We are very excited to bring you our first lady Waliah from Fez: Lala Kenza (q).
The maqam of Lala Kenza is on the main rise leading up to the zawiya of Mulay Idriss II, the most important sacred site of Fes. This maqam is often ignored and neglected. Goods to be sold are hung from the doors of her tomb.
The second door on the left, when exiting Mulay Idriss, is LalaKenza. There are three legends about her life. One is that she is the mother of Mulay Idriss II. The second is that she was one of the most devoted and trusting students of Mulay Idriss II. The last legend is that she was a shopkeeper who wished to be buried in her shop. In any event, there is a female saint buried here who, at one point, was respected and venerated by the community but was forgotten over time.
This information was translated and contributed to our project by Peter Dziedzic PhD and Fulbright scholar.
We ask Lala Kenza’s (q) blessings on our project.