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Italy Tastes More Islamic in Ramadan
Rome mosque, also called the Islamic
Tamer Abul Einein, IOL Correspondent
October 27 (IslamOnline.net) - The Muslim community in Italy has
managed to give the European country an unusually conspicuous
Islamic taste during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, despite
the community’s relatively short age.
Tangible touches were visible everywhere in the European
country; Muslims meeting to perform prayers, especially
Tarawih, in mosques, collective iftar banquets being
held for all, even non-Muslims, in addition to a lot more.
homes an estimated one million and 200 thousand Muslims hailing
from different countries, such as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia,
Egypt, Senegal, Turkey, south-east Asian countries and Balkan
During the dawn-to-dusk fasting month, popular areas in western
Italy have been looking more like out-of-Europe places,
According to IslamOnline.net correspondent.
mosque, known as the Islamic cultural center, is one of nine
mosques built in the Italian capital, Rome.
hosts no less than 400 Muslims who come to perform the
sight of veiled Muslim women going to the mosque to perform
prayers or to nearby orient shops, has also become usual in
Italian cities and towns this Ramadan.
mosque was built in 1994 in this popular area, however, it was
very simple to get closer to the people in the area. Muslims and
Arabs no longer face harassment from the other,” Samir Al-Khaledi,
mosque imam told IslamOnline.net.
Collective iftar banquets are also usual scenes in the
the Italian city of Milan, around 80,000 Muslims received the
dawn-to-dusk fasting month with feelings of determination to
challenge racial practices against them, especially from Italian
such a Muslim flow, the four Islamic centers in the city find no
enough places to receive worshippers willing to perform the
“Expansion in building prayers halls in Milan is not an easy
task as it is extremely difficult to find wider places,” said
Abdul Wahab Checharellu, deputy chairman of the Islamic
organizations union in Italy.
they know the place will be operated by an Islamic center or
used to perform prayers, the hall owners refuse to hire the
place. It is a normal result of some Italian media campaigns
against Islam and Muslims.”
Unlike its fellow European countries such as France and Britain,
the Muslim community finds it difficult to establish
institutions to graduate scholars.
Muslim immigration to Italy is somehow new. The Muslim community
needs some time to adapt to the new society and the western life
before discussing the establishment of institutions to qualify
imams,” Checharellu noted.
Tarabulsi, an official of Jamayat Al-Jaliya mosque in Precia,
“Muslims are in need of scholars from the Arab and Islamic
countries, however, this requires coordination between the
mosques and the hosting centers. They must coordinate with
scholars on the issues of concern to the Muslim community in
Precia is home to 70 thousand-strong Muslim community.
has 12 halls for performing prayers, largest of which is the
Jamayat Al-Jaliya mosque which is established on a space of
Italian government has lately promised the Muslim community to
provide a 15,000-strong hall to hold the Eid El-Fitr
dawn-to-dusk fating month tastes special in northern Italy, as
“Ramadan traditions are a mixture of religious and cultural
activities, the Islamic culture and social service,” said
Mostafa Al-Tommi, secretary general of the Islamic studies and
culture center in Emilia province, Romagna.
is attributed to the fact that the Muslim community in Italy
hails from different African, Balkan and Arab nationalities.”
sign of cooperation between the Muslim community in the country,
the Islamic societies in northern Italy have agreed to exchange
scholars and imams during the fasting month to meet demands of
around 30 prayer halls in the area.
Muslim women in Italy also enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the
holy month, despite backbreaking burdens.
“Muslim women in Italy bear double burdens, either the
responsibility of work, home and family or having to attend the
religious lessons and participate in preparing the collective
iftar banquet once per week,” Latifa Bu Omul, member of the
Islamic European woman association told IOL.
added the Muslim community in the area has made remarkable
achievements such as gaining the government approval to change a
deserted school into a mosque.
Muslim community, though its majority are workers, held
intensive talks with government officials to show importance of
the dawn-to-dusk fasting month.
union has set preparations for the holy month in different ways,
as it held talks with the Italian officials including the
president and cabinet ministers to highlight the importance of
Ramada to the Muslims with the ultimate aim of enhancing
interaction between the government and the Muslim community,”
Mohamed Nour Dashan, chairman of the Islamic centers union in
Italy told IOL.
union has also raised awareness of the Muslim worshippers to
respect public manners such as not parking cars near the mosque
or making noise.”
advice would yield positive results on the image of Islam and
Muslims in the country, he added.
advice attracts attention of the public opinion to get posted on
the daily life of the Muslim family. This must be shown in a
nice image to help improve the image of Islam and Muslims in the
union has also invited non-Muslims in the European country to
share iftar banquets with Muslims in a bid to enhance
communication between the two sides.
Vatican has recently called on non-Muslims to fast the last
Friday of the dawn-to-dusk month to show solidarity with the
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