When I blogged about Madrid Central Mosque back in January 2013, I had some confusion where I thought there is only one mosque in Madrid. The picture above is Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid cum a mosque.
Not until I have arrived in Madrid that I know there are actually two different mosques!
One is Abu Bakar Mosque (Madrid Central Mosque) which is near Estrecho Metro Station, Line 1.
Another one is Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid near Barrio de la Concepcion Metro Station, Line 7.
Me and my husband frequent Abu Bakar Mosque for Friday prayer instead of Islamic Cultural Center because of the distance from our house.
The view at night was awesome.
So far, I have been to Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid twice.
It is obviously bigger from the one near Estrecho and the facilities are better. The area also has a decent parking lot plus a tiny park where some of the Muslims sell food and stuff after Friday prayer.
I was hoping to meet at least another Malaysian woman or Indonesian but I didn’t. Hehe…I just feel like speaking Malay sometimes. Arghh!! Hehe..
Most of the attendees of the mosque are Arabs from many regions. Mostly from Morocco, Algeria and Syria. The khutbah was given in Arabic language too so I just quietly listened with little to no comprehension. Hehe..
Here, I met a few of my husband’s friends too.
Funny…the first question that they asked me.
“Do you speak Arabic?” I said no.
“Then, how can you understand Al-Quran and your prayer?” Bummer…hehe. I read the translation in English.
I tried eating Moroccan sour milk called Laban
and the seller put some wheat or oatmeal like that. Kinda sour… Yup, it was sour and served cold. Because I was hungry, I devoured most of it. ^^
Maybe someday I will go here again. The Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid seems to have many programs prepared and I might just participate.
How to go to Islamic Cultural Center of Madrid?
Check the map as in the picture. Walking distance from the station is about 600m and based on my walking experience, 10 minutes for leisure walk like myself hehe.