30 MORE | Muslim Sisters in Medellín

Mariana asking and learning about Muslim Community in Medellin Colombia from Brother Abdul Haq inside Masjid after Salat al Jumah Friday Prayers 2014-03-21-50031

Mariana asking and learning about Muslim Community of Medellín, Colombia from Brother Abdul Haq after Salat al Jumah. She is writing her Senior Thesis about the Muslims here.

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.

The Masjid is indeed small, a converted linear multi-room home itself converted from a garage.

The sisters on Friday have one of the three rooms.

Thus far, Mariana has learned much from Muslims whom she has met in person. Most of her research contradicts the headlines in the Colombian News when it comes to reporting about Islam.

This was a little bit of a surprise for her.

Mariana is writing her Senior Thesis on the Muslims of Medellin, she is here taking photographs before Jumah 2014-03-21-50008

Mariana taking photographs before Jumah as part of her research, for use in her final presentation.

I learn that the Sisters’ attendance for Friday Prayers has been a yo-yo. Big numbers some Fridays, and then next to nothing the next week with maybe only Mariana and one other woman present.

Also, the faces change each Friday in the Sisters’ prayer area. Consequently, Mariana doesn’t seem to feel any sense of an overall wider Muslim Community in Medellín. However, she does recognize some “Regular” faces among the brothers.

It appears to her that Muslims here may be praying on Fridays together, yet during the rest of the week, and outside of prayer, she doesn’t sense much unity.

She asked Abdul Haq how many Muslim might be living in all of Medellín?

His answer was about 2,000.

But with only fifty to sixty attendees in the most recent Jumah Friday Prayer, there are more questions to be answered.

I invited Mariana to consider publishing a version of her final presentation here on 30Masjids as a Guest Blog post.

Hopefully, InshAllah, if and when that happens, we’ll learn more about this nascent Muslim Community from a Colombian Woman’s Point of View.

Comments on: "30 MORE | Muslim Sisters in Medellín" (2)

  1. Imam Mahmoud Hassen said:

    Aselamu Aleikum,
    Dear my brothers/sisters in Islam from Medellin, i came from Ethiopia for the world urban forum from April 5 – 11. I am grateful for the information You post on this blog, may Allah reward you for your effort.
    can you give me the location of the mosque in the picture, i wanted to try to join you for Jumm’a prayer today.

    Thank you

  2. WalayKumSalam Imam Mahmoud Hassen,

    Deepest Apologies for replying to you AFTER Jumah.

    If you are still in Medellín, and wish to visit the Masjid, their address is :

    Calle 28 # 73 – 36, Belén Granada, Medellín

    NOTE: The Masjid is ONLY open from Late Asr until Isha, if you arrive after 4 p.m., the front door should be open, InshAllah.