Breaking news from Turkey: it seems that Turkish officials are unwilling to give up on their plans to build a mosque in the Castro Kingdom.
Yes, even though the Castro regime has said “no mosque for you!” the Turkish press reports that the efforts to build a mosque in Havana have not come to a standstill.
In fact, these reports point out that a building site has already been set aside in Habana Vieja (Old Havana).
Can this be true? Who knows?
These reports seem to take it for granted that medieval Muslims built a mosque in Cuba back in the 13th century, as recently claimed by Turkish president Recep Erdogan.
The same reports mistakenly state that the “mosque” supposedly seen by Columbus back in 1492 was in Havana harbor, near the alleged building site for the new mosque. The mountain top described by Columbus as a “mezquita” was actually hundreds of miles to east. Some historians think that it might have been on some other island.
The campaign to build a mosque in Havana stems from the fact that 9,000 or so Muslims live in Cuba.
A few questions come to mind: how did Castrogonia end up with a population of 9,000 Muslims? Who are these people? What are they doing there? Why is Turkey so eager to build a mosque for them?
Another question: how large a bribe will it take to change Raul Castro’s mind on this issue?
From the Hurriyol Daily News (Leading News Source for Turkey and the Region)
Land for mosque in Cuba is ready, says Turkish Religious Affairs official
After the Turkish president said a mosque would be appropriate on the spot where he claims that Muslims discovered the Americas, a site has reportedly been allocated for a mosque’s construction in the Cuban capital Havana.
Five acres of land in the Old Havana district of the city have been spared, and Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet) is working towards constructing the mosque, daily Vatan reported on Nov. 20.
Diyanet Vice General Manager Mustafa Tutkun, who is negotiating the possibility of a mosque’s construction in Cuba between Cuban officials and Turkey, said they had proposed the construction of a mosque similar to the picturesque Ortaköy Mosque in Istanbul. However, he added that Cuban officials would prefer the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) to construct the mosque, rather than one country.
“Our foundation is ready to pay the costs of [the mosque]. This idea first came out as our foundation’s project and bilateral visits then took place. The land where the mosque can be constructed is ready. We are thinking of building a [mosque] similar to the Ortaköy Mosque,” said Tutkun.
Speaking to an audience at the 1st Latin American Muslim Leaders Summit in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an hit international headlines by claiming that Muslim sailors arrived in America in 1178, more than 300 years before Christopher Columbus. He also said Columbus had mentioned the existence of a mosque on a hill on the Cuban coast.
Erdo?an later instructed Turkey’s educational institutions to adopt a policy of highlighting the contribution of Islam to global science and arts, including the discovery of the American continent by Muslim sailors.
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