Jose Miguel, a young Spaniard, vows to convert to Islam at the Great Mosque of Granada. Photo/EuroNews
GRANADA – In the region of Andalusia, southern Spain, stands a magnificent mosque called the Grand Mosque of Granada (Grand Mosque of Granada). This mosque is unique because almost every Friday it is visited by non-Muslims to pray converted to Islam.
According to reports by Anadolu and Euro News, Monday (29/5/2023), the phenomenon of Spaniards being attracted to converts has occurred in recent years. Their purpose for converting to Islam by saying the Shahada sentence is the mosque.
A video reported by Euro News shows a young Spaniard, Jose Miguel, reciting the Shahadah at Granada’s Grand Mosque after Friday prayers.
“Almost every Friday the Spaniards convert to Islam in our mosque. There has been a serious increase in the number of Spaniards converting to Islam, especially after the pandemic. It is a situation that makes us happy and proud,” said Umar del Pozo, president of the Association of Spanish Islamic Peoples and the Grand Mosque Foundation of Granada.
“About 36,000 Muslims live in the city and districts of Granada. About 3,700 of them are Spaniards who converted to Islam and their third-generation children,” continued Del Pozo.
Secretary of the Spanish Islamic Commission Mohamed Ajana told Anadolu that the Muslim population living in Spain has increased 10-fold in the last 30 years, exceeding 2.5 million.
According to him, these figures are official records, and according to unofficial figures, there are around 3 million Muslims living in Spain.
In Spain, there are Muslim communities from Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Senegal and Algeria living in industrial areas such as Catalonia, Valencia, Andalusia and Madrid.