After a very long year of hard work and some unexpected paperwork struggle, the new Felanitx mosque is now reality and has finally been inaugurated.
The non-Muslim folks of the town seem to have given up their initial opposition and appear to have come to terms with the new place of worship. I have not yet had a chance to visit the new Sunna mosque but I will any day soon try and pay a visit. I had been into the building though some ten years ago, long before the property was acquired by the Moroccan newcomers. The building is quite modest in size really; it has now been restored and fitted out for the new purpose. A small patio belongs to the property but there is no minaret. There is also no call to prayer in Felanitx as you would hear it in North African villages.
The building extends on two floors of which the ground floor has been converted into a prayer room which I believe is for men only. The first floor is not really finished yet; it may ultimately become the prayer room for ladies. A Moroccan neighbour that I spoke to a few days ago opined that the Islamic ladies in Felanitx do not really go to the mosque for their prayers. I find that hard to believe, but he should really know; he is a member of the community that he was talking about. He commented that ladies only would go to the mosque for prayers at the occasion of the Ramadan festivities which are coming up in about eight weeks time.
The Felanitx imam – the leader of both, the mosque and of the Islamic community in Felanitx – also seems to have taken up residence in this newly converted building.
Mubarak greetings to the Felanitx Sunna community and their new mezquita.
The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 16th, 2009. The time was 13:49:22.