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Castro Kingdom’s relations with Muslim world about to get more formal… maybe…

 

Proposed model for new mosque in Havana

Ortakoy Mosque in Istanbul: Proposed model for new mosque in Havana

It is no secret that Castrogonia has deep ties to Muslim extremists and terrorist groups.

Up until now radical Muslim operatives in the Castro Kingdom  have had no mosque in which to worship, but that may be about to change.

A lot depends on how many palms need to be greased, however, and how willing to shell out lots of cash the Muslim patrons of this project  may be.  Building a mosque is no different from building a hotel or any other business venture.  The "red tape" labyrinth set up by Castrogonia's corrupt officials may delay the construction of Havana's first mosque for years, or even prevent it altogether.

Another possible obstacle is the fact that the patrons in question -- the Turks-- are Sunni Muslims, but Castrogonia has much deeper ties with the Shiite Muslim world, especially Iran.

As any first year student of religion can tell you, followers of different traditions within the same religion often dislike and distrust each other more than they do those outside of their religion.

Building one Sunni mosque may create more problems than the Castro regime may want to handle.

So, let's see how this develops....

From Vocativ (Turkey):

Plans revealed for a mosque in Havana

For years, Cuba’s Muslims—estimated at just a few thousand—have been a bit, well, unorthodox.

Most have favored a flexible version of Islam that’s adjusted to years of living in the pork-loving Communist state. Religious practices like avoiding booze, fasting on Ramadan and getting circumcised are often considered optional for Muslims on the island.

Many haven’t even worshiped at a mosque, since Cuba has never permitted one. That is, until now. Cuba, it seems, may be getting its first mosque, courtesy of the Turkish government.

Turkish officials sent a delegation to Cuba last week to discuss the project. The tentative plans call for building a mosque in Havana modeled after the 19th-century Baroque style of Ortakoy Mosque in Istanbul.

“We thought the mosque would fit perfectly in Havana’s historic district with the neighborhood’s European architecture,” says Yuksel Sezgin, press adviser for Turkey’s Religious Affairs Foundation, a branch of the country’s top government-run religious organization.

Turkish officials say the project is part of a wider effort to reach out to Muslims across the Caribbean. The foundation will complete a similar mosque project in Haiti by the end of the year.

According to the plans, the Havana mosque will be 32,300 square feet and have the capacity to serve 500 people....

...The Cuban Embassy did not respond to a request for a comment. But when news of the initiative emerged, there were several reports in Turkey indicating that many Cubans were unhappy about the mosque plan, so President Castro, and his officially retired brother, Fidel, were planning to meet to discuss the project.

A few days later, Cuba’s ambassador to Turkey, Alberto Gonzales Casals, denied there was any friction about the mosque, but cautioned that the final decision of who would build it yet to be made.

Entire article HERE.

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