Thursday 14 July 2022

Islam in Uruguay

Uruguay is a country in South America and Montevideo is the largest city of the country and also its capital. As per 2019 estimate, it has a population of 3,518,552,mainly Christian dominant. Of this Muslims are a very tiny fraction, 0.02% or merely 1,000.  A significant Muslim population lives in Chuy, near the Brazilian border, as well as Rivera, Artigas and Montevideo.

There are three Islamic centers in Montevideo:
  • 1) Musallah Al Haazimi
  • 2) Egyptian Cultural Islamic Center
  • 3) Islamic Center Uruguay

Not very much information is available about life of Muslims living in Uruguay, may be because of its small number. I will appreciate if Muslims living in Uruguay add more information by entering their input in the comment column given at the end of the post.

Uruguay has no official religion; church and state are officially separated, and religious freedom is guaranteed. Due to secular nature of the Uruguay's constitution, Muslims are free to proselytize and build places of worship in the country. The Egyptian embassy in Monteviedeo provides a room for Friday prayers.
A news appeared some seven years ago that dAdel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, a 50-year-old Tunisian, married Roma Blanco, a 24-year-old Uruguayan (photo above). The news was siginificant becasue the Tnisian was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee. He was married to Roma Blanco, a 24-year-old Uruguayan who converted to Islam. The union was the first of two weddings being organized by men resettled in the South American country. She said she converted to Islam four months ago and planned to take the name Samira. She and El Ouerghi met a month ago at a mosque. Blanco wore a light purple scarf and a violet jacket with gold-colored lacing. She also had henna designs on her hands, customary for Muslim women for the marriage ceremony.

Please watch a documentary on Islam in Uruguay:
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