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    Brazil - Few Imams, Closed Mosques

    "One third of the mosques are closed due to the absence of imams," Al-Sadiq Al-Othmani, head of the Islamic Affairs Department at the Sao Paulo-based Center of Islamic Da`wah in Latin America, told IslamOnline. net over the phone.

    There are mosques in all the major capitals of the Brazilian states and some cities in the interior.  In the city of Sao Paulo there are around ten mosques, including the Mosque Brazil, the first built in Latin America whose construction began in 1929.

    Muslims in Latin America

    Allah sent the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to convey the message of Islam to all mankind. Islam is the fastest growing religion on earth and it has already reached all the corners of our world, even Latin America.

    Although some modern scientists and historians have presented strong evidence that Muslims arrived in the Americas and established communities and trade there before the Europeans even knew of its existence, the Muslims who now live in Latin America and the Caribbean are not the descendents of those early explorers.

    There are basically three different groups of Muslims in Latin America: (1) the descendents of workers from the Indian subcontinent taken to the Caribbean; (2) more recent immigrants from Muslim countries; and (3) new Muslim converts, mostly former Christians and some who converted from Hinduism.

    Unlike Europe, where the Muslim population is increasing mostly due to immigration and high birth rates, Islam is growing in Latin America mostly due to conversion.

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