Islam in Ecuador

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Statistics for Islam in Ecuador estimate the Muslim population of about 350.[citation needed] The first Muslim settlers in Ecuador were primarily Arabs who immigrated from the Middle East during World Warl I and thereafter from former territories of the Ottoman Empire. They settled mostly in Quito, Ambato and Guayaquil with smaller communities in Manabí, Los Ríos, and Esmeraldas provinces. Levantine Christians and Muslims created a secular ethnic organisation called Lecla in the 1940s and The Arab Club in the 1980s. By the mid 1990s nationalized citizens and native Muslims of Arab extraction were using a private apartment located in Avenue Los Shyris and Eloy Alfaro as a communal preyer venue, especially on Fridays. At a later day the Egyptian Embassy provided another private apartment for the same purposes. The Centro Islámico del Ecuador, founded on October 15, 1994, was the first Muslim religious organization recognized by the government. However it is not the first organization that opened the doors in this city. A mosque under the named Khaled ibn al Walid, was founded in the year 1991, it fonctioned in a private apartment where to conduct the religious rituals. Religious activities, as well as social, cultural and educational activities are conducted according to Sunni Islam. However, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is also represented 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 domiciled 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.