Monday 20 May 2019

Islamic facts

Dublin's Mosque on the South Circular Road
Dublin's Mosque on the South Circular Road

Islam has been the fastest growing religion in Ireland over the past two decades.

In 1991, there were an estimated 4,000 Muslims in Ireland - today the figure is in the region of 65,000.

According to Dr Ali Selem, two-thirds of the current number are either born in this country or are 'naturalised' Irish. It is thought that by 2020, there will be in excess of 100,000 Muslims in Ireland.

The number of mosques to cater for such growing numbers has mushroomed in recent years too.

There are now 52 mosques in the Republic of Ireland, with more in the offing.

The first mosque in the Republic was established in 1976, while 1983 saw the introduction of what is now the country's busiest mosque, the Dublin Mosque (left) on the South Circular Road.

In 2008, Islam overtook Catholicism as the world's largest religion. An estimated quarter of the world's population are Muslims.

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