Fundación Mezquita de Sevilla (Seville Mosque Foundation) was established in 2005 as the vehicle through which to construct a Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in the city of Seville, Spain.
After research and previous experiences, it was concluded that a foundation is the best legal tool and means for this project, for it allows continuity of the project and its supervision. The regulation of a foundation in the Spanish legal framework is the closest of that of and Awqaf in the Islamic Law. Meaning, that once the mosque is stablished is governed by a set of rules that will allow its continuity throughout time.
The Seville Mosque Foundation is registered under the Ministry of Education and Culture with the registration number: CUL/1679/2005, Number 1091.
The Seville Mosque Foundation was founded by the Islamic Community of Spain, an entity registered in the Ministry of Justice since 1979, which has also funded the Granada Mosque Foundation, through which the Great Mosque of Granada was constructed, and the Al Andalus Educational Foundation, which has a project to build the first Islamic school in Spain.
The board of the Seville Mosque Foundation is presided by Ibrahim Hernandez, and the board is completed with five trustees which are key figures within the Muslims of Seville and the Muslim community of Spain.
The main goal and the sole reason of the foundation is the construction of a Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre in the city of Seville and assuring it’s continuity through a Waqf.
The Project: Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre
The Seville Mosque Foundation will be the first purpose-built mosque in Seville in the last 800 years, but the Mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre are not looking to the past, rather to the future of Muslims in Seville, Spain and Europe.
It will cater for the social and spiritual welfare of the almost twenty-five thousand Muslims that live in the province of Seville through its prayer area and the adjacent cultural centre, that will be open to all. It will have a strong emphasis on teaching, learning and providing services to the community with the necessary infrastructure.
We want it to be a cultural bridge and point of relationship with the city and its inhabitants, both the Muslim and non-Muslims, and a place that enriches the cultural and touristic attraction of the city through a landmark building and the services provided within it.
The project is based on the Imaret model, that was traditionally conceived as a hub of teaching, learning, library, community centre with services to the community.
An important feature of the imaret model, and one that we want to emphasize, is the Awqaf that were set for its maintenance assuring its viability and sustainability throughout time.