The Muslim community of Seville began in the seventies, when the first Spaniards became Muslims. Since then, it has grown exponentially in one of the largest and most established Muslim communities in Spain. Being one of the few to have four generations of native Spanish Muslims in their families. Certainly they are a reference of Islam in this great city. Today there are more than 30,000 Muslims in Seville.
Over the years the community has expanded with the unstoppable growth of families and increasing number of new Muslims. The community is also surrounded and supported by several generations, of a large community of immigrants, from Morocco, Algeria, Senegal, etc.
Throughout the years we have had different centers in the city, and now we have one in the heart of Seville, in Plaza Ponce de León, which has been open and full of activity for over 15 years.
Since 2000 we began to work on the project of building a mosque in Seville. In 2014 we renovated the project management, and we are currently working on the construction of an Islamic Cultural Center. Because we believe it is not only a necessity for the growing Muslim population in Seville, it will be a big step in returning Islam to its rightful place. To lift and pull Muslims and Islam, from those small centres and garages in the outskirts of the city. It will be a place for expansion, a place of service to Muslims and non-muslims, a place where people can see Islam for its reality and light.
Seville Mosque Foundation was created in 2005 as a legal tool, to represent the Muslims of Seville and for the construction of the Mosque and Cultural Center. The foundation is registered in the Ministry of Education and Culture, 651CUL.
The board of trustees is composed of key figures of the present and future of the Muslim community in Seville.
Among the specific purposes of the statutes of the Seville Mosque Foundation are;
- To facilitate all Muslims, without distinction of nationality, age, sex, race, or origin, a place of prayer and worship and provide the means and instruments for the observance of religious practices and for the development of education, well-being and the harmonious coexistence.
- To provide help and cooperation to the youngest, the elderly, the weak and the handicapped who are in need regardless of their nationality, race or religious belief.
- To provide help to Muslims in Spain, in particular, and to those in the rest of the world, in general, who are in need for reasons of age, weakness, disability, ignorance, poverty or economic and social circumstances.
- To promote in the Mosque and in the Cultural Center, the holding of classes, conferences and seminars that will be open to both Muslims and those who are not.