Fr. John Domin
1923 - 2017
Tue 6/13 10:30 am
Centro Cultural Islámico Rey Fahd de Argentina is a Mosque and cultural center designed by Saudi architect Zuhair Faiz. Construction began in 1998; the building opened in 2000.
Estimates from Frommer's guide to Buenos Aires place the the Islamic and Arabic population in Argentina at about 750,000. Muslim visitors to the city are welcome to attend services.
This is a door leading to an expansive interior courtyard.
Purported to be the largest Islamic center and Mosque in Latin America, it includes prayer halls for 1,200 men and 400 women.
Included on the huge campus of the cultural center is a primary and secondary school as well as a divinity school and a dormitory for 50 students.
The Center offers classes on the Koran and Arabic language.
Beautiful art covers the walls of the Center Library.
The Library is open to the public daily, except on Muslim holidays when the Center is closed.
A different view of the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center.
The crescent moon on the top of the mosque is the symbol used in contemporary architecture to identify it as a mosque, just as Christian churches have crosses. According to some legends, the Moon-god was called al- ilah, i.e. god, which was shortened to Allah in pre-Islamic times.
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King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center, B. A., Argentina
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