Al-hamdu lillahi Rabbi ’l-‘alamin. All praise is due to God, Lord of the worlds!

The day has come in which we see the fulfilment of our hopes.

Ours has been a brief journey with a clear and sincere intention to arrive at the opening of a new space for ‘ibada, teaching and enjoyment, all within Allah’s commandments and the example of His Messenger Muhammad, s. a. w. s.

How satisfying it is to feel Allah’s guiding hand in our endeavours to fulfil His will!

It was a beautiful spring day, pervaded by a soft light and a cool breeze. It was a pleasant day spent under the shade of the trees, the palm-trees and the small awnings prepared for this occasion.

The opening ceremony was presided over by:

Sheikh Hajj al-Mishri, from Ma‘atamaulana (Mauritania)
Sheikh Muhammad Casby, Imam, Albayzin Mosque, Granada
Sheikh ‘Umar al-Faruq, Imam, Malaga Mosque
Sheikh Hamid, Imam, At-Taqwa Mosque, Granada
Sheikh ‘Abder-Rahman, Imam, At-Taqwa Mosque

The ceremony began with a recitation from the Holy Qur’an and then the Shuyukh said each a few words.

Their eloquent speeches emphasized the importance and transcendence of this event, with the opening of a new place of worship to Allah; of the agreement reached to attain this common goal, and of the unity represented by this event. Some speeches, like that of Sheikh ‘Umar al-Faruq, were very emotionally charged as he remembered how he arrived in Granada 30 years ago, a fact that reflects somehow the present endeavour, and at about the same time as the present building was being constructed. And other speeches, like that of Sheikh Hamid, who has been with us for 20 years, a Maliki faqih in the great Andalusian tradition, emphasized the importance of the effort necessary to search for knowledge in our mosques and centres, and of practising it.

After praying the salat of Dhuhr, we served a meal, prepared with two lambs sacrificed for this occasion. It was a good sign that there were no left-overs, after 300 meals were served. After lunch, we had some green tea spiced with mint grown in the garden of the Mosque.

After Salat al-‘Asr, we listened to a concert by the musical ensemble Al-Kawthar, and the audience enjoyed their music and songs of praise which brought to the occasion the sweetness and tasting of the best of this world and the remembrance of the Next.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said in the famous hadith sahih: “The Earth has been made for me a mosque, and pure.”

Shuaib Sánchez, at Atarfe (Granada), 30th of May, 2011


Here are some photos of the inauguration: