— HiMY SYeD (@30masjids) April 11, 2014
30 MORE | Salat al Jumah, Friday Prayer – WUF7 Green Pavillion, World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Colombia
30 MORE | World Urban Forum, Muslim Prayer Space – 4th Floor, WUF7 Green Pavillion, Plaza Mayor – Medellín, Colombia
AsalamAlayKum from the World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia!
With 25,000+ people registered for this United Nations sponsored Biennial forum on Cities and Urbanism, there are bound to be many, many Muslims in attendance.
On the Morning of Saturday April 5, 2014, the First Official Day of WUF7, I asked where the “Multi-Faith Prayer or Meditation Room was?”
After a few moments at one of the numerous Information Kiosks, I was taken by one of the Volunteers to the 4th Floor of the Green (see what WUF7 Organizers did there!) Pavillion.
Pleasantly surprised to see that this wasn’t a Multi-Faith Prayer Space but a Dedicated Muslim Prayer Room, for both Males and Females!
The Qibla Direction was already posted. But no prayer times.
In 2010, I attended World Urban Forum 5 in Rio De Janeiro. The Prayer Space was Multi-Faith. Friday was the last day of the WUF5, like it is now.
Then, we didn’t perform Jumah there, instead because I knew where Rio’s ONLY Masjid was, me and group of African Muslims, hopped into Mini-Buses they had rented, and we headed out to make Jumah. Upon Arrival, we had just missed it. So we all prayed Dhuhr together.
I took it upon myself to schedule a Jumah here at WUF7, InshAllah…
WUF7 Jumah Qhutbah will be at 1 p.m. on Friday April 11 2014, on the 4th Floor of the Green Pavillion, in the Muslim Prayer Room.
— HiMY SYeD (@30masjids) April 2, 2014
Sister Rania has lived in Medellín, Colombia for eight years.
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After Jumah Prayers in Medellín, Colombia I introduced myself to Young Brother Abdullah.
He is 18 years old, Colombian, and being from Medellín, makes him a real Paisa. Which is how local residents in this city self-identify.
Abdullah embraced Islam at the age of 13.
He learned of Islam from Sister Rania, a Muslim family friend.
This is Brother Ahmed, he normally delivers The Jumah Qhutbah, The Friday Sermon, in Medellín’s only Masjid.
He wasn’t here last week, yet Alhumdulillah, Praise be to God-Alone, I was able to somewhat follow along in his mixing of Arabic and Spanish to get a gist of what his message was for this week.
Perhaps you might feel the same watching and listening. InshAllah!
Here are some images from my Second Jumah here in Medellín, Colombia…
As first, I assumed this young woman in a headscarf was a Muslim Sister, perhaps a newer Muslim who had embraced Islam locally?
I would learn she is a Student researching Islam and Muslims for her Senior Thesis.
Mariana has been present in Medellín’s only Masjid each Friday for the past several weeks. Salat al Jumah is really the only time Muslim Sisters are ever at the masjid. Hence, her research is taking a bit longer than one may think.
We ended up interviewing each other. Me for her research paper, and her for this 30Masjids blog post.
AsalamAlayKum from Medellín, Colombia!
I came here ahead of the Seventh World Urban Forum happening April 5-11, 2014.
In 2010, I attended the Fifth World Urban Forum held in Rio De Janerio, Brazil.
Both of the Muslim Communities I found in Rio De Janeiro and Medellín share some similarities:
- Both have about 100 Muslim families in total in a city of millions
- Both cities only have the single Masjid.
- Each city’s masjid are open for only part of the day, usually Maghrib and Isha prayers
InshAllah, a much longer story will be posted about this fascinating city and its Muslim story to date, including an interview with the founder of the First Masjid in Medellín, Colombia, Brother Abdul Haq!
I am en route ultimately to Medellín, Colombia several weeks ahead of the Seventh World Urban Forum.
Originally, I decided that once I arrive in Florida, that is where I could catch up my Sunset and Night Prayer as this connection in Charlotte, North Carolina was too short to risk taking a few minutes break to pray.
Upon arriving in Charlotte Douglass Airport, my connecting flight was delayed about 40 minutes. Alhumdullilah, I could pray and InshAllah arrive in Florida having completed even my Isha Prayers on time.
A quick look at the CLT airport map and the Chapel was easy enough to locate. It’s on the second floor in the middle of the Terminal connecting all the gates. To find it, immediately go up the stairs where it says USO. Walk left, and there on the first corner on your right, is the Multi-Faith Chapel.
— HiMY SYeD (@30masjids) December 21, 2013