A man has made a call to prayer in Al Hambra palace in Granada, Spain. The video was uploaded by the man in self and it has become viral within the Muslim netizen community.
A Brief History
The palace s a major tourist attraction in Spain and is a UNESCO Heritage site. It was built in 1292 by a Muslim emir who ruled over southern Spain and by 1333, it was converted into a royal palace by the Sultan of Granada.
When the Spanish Christian rulers reconquered Spain in 1492, the drove out the Muslims and used the Alhambra palace as their official palace. Since then and to this present day, the palace has never accommodated any Muslim prayers.
Who’s The Caller?
The man who made the Azean has made it publicly his Facebook account. His name is Mouaz An-Nass and is said to be originally from Syria. He is a writer/singer and he went to Granada as a tourist.
He is said to make the call to prayer as he felt that it was too long ago since such a call was made in the Alhambra palace.
The video that has been made viral on many social media accounts.
Can You Make The Call To Prayer?
If you intend to do the same in the tourist sites of Southern Spain where Muslims once ruled over, think again. Most places have strict rules forbidding acts of worship of any kind. Some have even staffs who supervise over the conducts of tourists and would not think twice to remove visitors who disregard their rules.
This is not a surprise given that their they hold on to their Christian heritage and would not welcome back a Muslim rule over their land.
Nonetheless, I myself have seen some Muslim tourists who have made a 2 rakaah prayers in Mezquita of Córdoba, Spain while the staffs were occupied with other tasks. This was around ten years ago when I made the trip to visit the Muslim heritage of Spain.
What Else Can You Do ?
Other than the usual tourist activities of visiting interesting locations and shopping, you could also visit halal restaurants around the areas. This would serve a 2-fold purpose: ensuring you eat halal even when travelling and supporting the local Muslim community with their businesses.
More importantly, the Muslims of Seville, Spain are raising funds to build a masjid and a community center for its Muslim population, at around 25,000 people. Details can be found on their instagram account.
Farah Ishak is a Content Writer at Halalop. She grew up in the United Kingdom where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Management. Later, she completed her MBA and held senior-level positions in Malaysian based MNC. She left the corporate world to be with her young kids. She is passionate about issues concerning Muslim women, Startups and Muslim businesses in general.