Cuba has finally got its first mosque thanks to Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi Arabian government has decided to provide financial assistance for the construction of the first mosque to serve Muslims in Cuba.
“Because of this donation from the Saudis, today we can say that we are building our country’s first mosque in Havana,” Vladimir Gonzalez said in an interview broadcast by Saudi State TV.
“There is a small Muslim community in our country; They are very organized. I am honored to facilitate their lives as Muslim people in Cuba,” he said.
The King Salman Mosque will be located in a privileged location in Havana. The mosque will be constructed on an estimated land of 4,312 square metres. Its design has taken into account the Islamic urban style and the urban identity of the Two Holy Mosques.
This will allow city residents and visitors to benefit from its outdoor amenities, which will include a banquet hall, restaurants, a public library, restrooms for the public and mosque-goers, green spaces, and umbrella-equipped rest areas. . Hydraulic mechanisms that help protect against rain and sun.
According to an estimate by the Islamic Organization of Latin America, about 1000 Muslims live in Cuba.
Until now, Cuba’s Muslim community has been praying either at home or in temporary prayer places. Friday prayers are currently held at the Casa de los Arabes (Arab House), which primarily serves Muslim diplomats and tourists.