Cairns on Humaithera

From the album Modern Miracles

After climbing to the top of Mount Humaithera, people stack stones and ask God to help them travel to Mecca or build a house. The Moulid of Abu al-Hasan ash-Shadhili occurs annually in the Eastern Desert.

Abu al-Hasan ash-Shadhili predicted his own death when leaving Alexandria on the Hajj in 1258. He fell ill at Humaithera and died, so today Egyptians make the trip to Humaithera if they cannot make it to Mecca.