Islam in Ecuador

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The statistics for Islam in Ecuador estimate a total Muslim population of about 350.[citation needed] The first Muslim settlers in Ecuador were primarily Arabs who immigrated from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Egypt following the two World Wars and the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. Their settlements were concentrated in Quito and in Guayaquil with smaller communities in Manabí, Los Ríos, and Esmeraldas provinces. Arab Christians and Muslims created a non-religious ethnic organisation called Lecla in the 1940s and The Arab Club in the 1980s. By the mid 1990s Ecuadorian citizens began converting to Islam, and together with the Arab community, they rented an apartment located in Avenue Los Shyris and Eloy Alfaro {where it functions till today} to be used for Friday prayers. Later the Egyptian Embassy provided a private apartment for the same purpose. The Centro Islámico del Ecuador, founded on October 15, 1994, was the first Muslim religious organization recognized by the government. How ever it is not the first organization that opened the doors in this city. The mosque under the named Khaled ibn al Walid, was founded in the year 1991, having only one private apartment where to conduct the religious rituals. The religious activities, as well as social, cultural and educational activities are conducted according to Sunni Islam. However, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also exists in the country.[1]

The Khaled ibn al Walid mosque nowadays is run by Sheikh Mohamed Mamdouh, and had opened it doors for all Muslims residing in Quito.

In Guayaquil, the Centro Islamico Al Hijra was established since 2004 by Juan Saud from Ecuador, Ali Said from Pakistan and Mazhar Farooq from India.

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