Sayyidi Yousouf Ibn Ali was born in Marrakech and became famous within the community for defying death. He developed leprosy at an early age and was shunned by both his family and the community. During the 12thcentury leprosy was misunderstood. The locals thought that the disease was contagious and that they would also lose their limbs. Sayyidi Yousouf Ibn Ali was exiled and as a result, he moved to a cave near Bab Ghmat. The saint lived there until his death in 1196. His dwelling inspired his nickname “The Cave Man” or “Moul L Ghar.” After living beyond his expected age, he gained respect and was portrayed as a healer immune to both disease and poverty.
Location: The cave is located on the outskirts of the Marrakech medina, near the Bab Ghmat Cemetery and the Oued Issil River. Address: Av Bahmad Toulat, Marrakech