It is one of the mosques that was established during the era of the Ayyubid state in Egypt. The mosque consists of a rectangle preceded by several entrances, descending to the first entrance by several steps, and followed by the external entrance by another door that leads to a large corridor with two marble columns, and then comes the third door, which was renovated by Sultan Al-Ghouri in the year 911 Two wooden shutters with deep engravings were installed on this door, which were transferred to it from the Imam al-Shafi’i mosque and dated 608 AH. The door leads to the rectangular mosque and ends with the qibla wall, where the mihrab and minbar are located.
It was built by the Ministry of Endowments during the reign of Egypt’s Khedive Abbas Helmy II in 1322 AD, and this appears from the kufic writing on the pulpit.
The Imam Al-Laith Mosque is located on Imam Al-Laith Street. After his death, he was buried in the small cemetery in the shrine of Imam Al-Shafi’i. After the year 640 AH, Abu Zaid Al-Masri, the chief merchant, erected the tomb and the philanthropists continued to compete in increasing this building.
- In the year 780 AH, his dome was renewed by Saif al-Din al-Muqaddam, then it was renewed a second time in the days of al-Nasir Faraj Ibn Barquq, and after that it was renovated several times, and most of the mosque's buildings today are in its mihrab.
The kings of Egypt used to go to the tombs of the two imams: Al-Laith and Al-Shafi’i to visit and be blessed, especially Sultan Qaitbay and Sultan Al-Ghouri.