Cuba houses a mosque named Abdallah Mosque in Old Havana open to everyone for all daily prayers. Elsewhere, Cuba’s Muslims usually pray in their homes. Although former President Fidel Castro was reported to have promised to build a mosque for his country’s Muslims, according to members of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH) who visited Cuba,.
The Quba Mosque
The mosque is a place to gather for prayers, to study and to celebrate festivals such as Ramadan. It can also be used to house schools and community centres. The Arabic word for mosque , “masjid”, means “place of prostration”.
Cuba is a country of undeniable enchantment with its butter-soft balmy beaches, lush green countryside, and colorful colonial cities, which crawl with 1950s Cadillacs and overflow with the scent of rum and cigar smoke.
The majority of Cubans only know Spanish, but in larger cities and tourist areas, English is more commonly spoken . Although knowledge of Spanish isn’t required, you are encouraged to learn simple words and basic phrases in order to maximize your experience with the Cuban people .
Christopher Columbus landed at Cuba in 1492 and claimed the land for Spain. Columbus named the land Isla Juana, but later it would be called Cuba, which comes from the local Native American name of coabana. The first Spanish settlement on Cuba was Baracoa which was founded by Diego Velazquez de Cuellar in 1511.
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In the City of Mecca , only Muslims are allowed. Non-Muslims may not enter or travel through Mecca ; attempting to enter Mecca as a non-Muslim can result in penalties such as a fine; being in Mecca as a non-Muslim can result in deportation.
” Mosque ” is the English name for a place of Muslim worship, equivalent to a church, synagogue or temple in other faiths. The Arabic term for this house of Muslim worship is ” masjid ,” which literally means “place of prostration” (in prayer).
Importance of mosques for imparting proper Islamic worship and knowledge. A mosque is generally a very symbolic place for a Muslim , being a humble way for Muslims to recreate pure divine presence on earth. The primary purpose of the mosque is to serve as a place where Muslims can come together for prayer.
The religious significance The Qur’an invokes the importance of Friday as a sacred day of worship in a chapter called “Al-Jumah,” meaning the day of congregation, which is also the word for Friday in Arabic. Muslims believe Friday was chosen by God as a dedicated day of worship.
As in any country, crime is a concern in Cuba . Thankfully, violent crime is rare, but thieves won’t hesitate to steal your belongings, especially cameras. When on the beach or walking through Havana, don’t set your stuff down. Always keep your cameras, wallets, purses, passports, and other valuables close to your body.
The main island of Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean. Cuba’s coastline stretches over 3500 miles. The most popular sport in Cuba is baseball. Cuba’s three biggest exports are tobacco, sugar and nickel. Cuba has nine UNESCO World Heritage sites.
One of the most popular entrees in Cuban cuisine is ropa vieja. This stewed shredded beef dish is slow cooked in fresh tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic and wine to create a mouthwatering meal. And following its origins, the dish is accompanied by white rice , black beans and sweet plantains.