First mosque in modern Spain

The Basharat Mosque (span.: Mezquita Basharat; the name means “good news”) was inaugurated on September 10, 1982 in Pedro Abad, in the Spanish comarca of Alto Guadalquivir, province of Córdoba by Mirza Tahir Ahmad (late), fourth Caliph of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (currently fifth Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad heads the Community). The mosque is the center of Ahmadiyya-Movement in Spain.

The foundation stone was laid by the 3rd Khalifat-ul Masih, Mirza Nasir Ahmad on October 9, 1980. It is the first purpose-built mosque since the end of Muslim rule at the end of the 15th century.[1]
The annual gathering of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Spain (Jalsa Salana) is celebrated in Pedro Abad.

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  1. We have to admit that as far as Islamic Architecture is concerned the modern Islamic world has a lot of catching up to do. Prince Karim Aga Khan has established a price for modern Islamic architecture.

  2. Peace be on you.
    1- According to my humble understanding, one of the reason of fall and decline of Muslims of pre- Promised Messiah a.s. era (and after him now too) was to waste money on so-called ‘Islamic Architecture’. Doing lot of wasteful engraving, caligraphy, colours etc and making rounded upper ends of doors does not make any thing Islamic.

    2-Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be on him) has clearly instructed to make simple mosques. That is why by the grace of Allah, Ahmadiyya Communities mosques are always simple and practical.

  3. That is right. While research was going on in Europe in advanced Mathematics, Calculus, imaginary numbers, functions, physics, laws of nature, the Muslim rulers were making mosques and mausoleums. A lot of public money was being spent on such buildings. There was no wish for being simple.

    The kings and princes were having lavish dancing/ drinking parties in their palaces.
    The maulvis were sleeping, careless about peacefully preaching the word of God.

    There were many poets reciting poetry in the courts (chambers) of the kings. All such deeds brought down the grace of the Muslim Ummah down to ground level. (or buried underground).

    Even now, as we have entered the Spanish land, it is necessary to inform them that there is no political purpose whatsoever. It is all a spiritual program. There is never any will to rule over those people. We need to guide and serve the people in spiritual matters.
    The Spanish have been kind to accommodate us in Spain. It is our duty to constantly preach a message of peace with love and zero politics. May Allah bless us and the Spanish people to work together to achieve peace and happiness for the population.

  4. I would not think that the beautiful Islamic architecture was a reason or a sign of decline of the Muslims. The beautiful architecture was rather a sign of success. One of the reasons why the Arabs lost spain was that they were fighting among themselves. Yes, we should study the various reasons for the decline better, so that we understand it and take the corrective measures. (a bit late, but better late than never). The unity under one guided Khalifa is definately a sign of the recovery of the Islamic Ummah. Inshallah.

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