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A sequel of Islam in Europe series, this video discusses history of Islam in Albania and Muslims in Albania.

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**Islam in Albania**

Albanians are the biggest Muslim nation of Europe. Located at the western part of the Balkans they are believed to be descendents of the ancient Illyrians, which inhabited Europe some 2500 years ago. While in the ancient times they were pagans, with the advent of the Christian teachings of St. Paul among Romans, they converted in Christianity. Albania’s total territory is 28,000 Sq kms. Its capital city is Tirana, founded in the 17th century by an Albanian Pasha, who, as the legend says, originally named it Teheran.


Historically, the Albanians are the only Balkan people whose national consciousness has not been shaped or identified by their religious affiliation. Instead, Albanians have defined their national identity through language. Throughout their turbulent history, Albanians have shifted with relative ease from one religion to another – being Catholic, Orthodox or Muslim according to how this best served their interests at the time. In the late Middle Ages, their lands became the battlefield between the Catholic West and the Orthodox East. Whenever the West was advancing, the Albanian feudal lords adopted Catholicism; whenever Byzantium was the victor and the West retreated, they embraced Orthodoxy.

Albania is a self-proclaimed secular state that allows freedom of religion. There are 3 main religions: Islam, Orthodox and Catholic Christianity. The percentage of Muslims remains the majority at more than 65%. More than 20% of the population are Orthodox and about 10% are Catholic. The Muslim population is further divided between the 85% who followed the Hanafi school of the Ahli-Sunnah wal Jama' and the 15% who were affiliated with the highly syncretic Bektashi sect.

History of Islam.

The contacts of Albanians with the Islamic world are relatively new compared to other countries. Islam appeared for the first time in the old continent at the end of the first millennium (9th-10th centuries). Historically, inter-religious contacts between Christian Albanians and Islamic preachers belong to the 13th -14th century. During the 15th and 16th centuries, a number of mosques which are important Islamic culture centres were established in the main cities of Albania.

The Albanians embraced Islam nearly as a whole, which is remarkable when seen in the light of Albanian history. The rugged terrain of this region served as a natural barrier against outside invaders and greatly slowed the spread of foreign ideas, such as Christianity and linguistic borrowing. Before the outlawing of religion in 1967, Albania's population was 75% Muslim, 15% Orthodox Christian and 10% Roman Catholic.

Albanians were the first nation who embraced Islam massively in Southeastern Europe and cooperated with the Turks for building their Islamic empire in Asia, Africa and Europe. Until 1913, the country was part of the Ottoman Empire, being more or less the last major Balkan territory to be held by the Turks. Many Albanians served the Ottoman Empire with distinction. It was part of the Ottoman tradition to recruit conquered peoples and co-opt them into government. Albanians constituted the bulk of the Osmanli armies,· and the majority of the janissari corps were manned by them.· People from Shemsedin Sami, who contributed to the modernization of the Ottoman state during the 19th century, most of the bodyguards of sultan Abdülhamid II, as well as the grand vizier of sultan Selim one, were Albanians.

Mosques in Albania.

However the mosque building process did not manage to recover the country’s thirst for rediscovering their prohibited religion. If until 1967 in Albania some 1666 mosques existed, nowadays, after the communist destruction, Albanians have managed to rebuild only around 500 mosques throughout the country, even that some Christian fundamentalist organizations in the United States claim that the country has over 3000 mosques.· At present the country has around 350 imams and 500 mosques around the country, which means 1 imam for 10,000 people and 1 mosque for 70000 people. Turkey currently is building 18 large Islamic religious centers around the world. The projects include a mosque in Tirana, Albania which will hold more than 4,000 worshippers.

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Comments 251 Comments

Pelasgo Illyrian
I'm from Albania and i'm Muslim thanks God! Im proud of my religion and my country.
Rara Nobbee
Asslamualaikum my brother and sister all over the world
Real G
Ju qift allahu Robt qe sdoni shqiperinn para fes
Praise be to God that I am not a Muslim
Death to all religions!!
Truther Asitis
Leo Vokaj
We are Catholic, Muslim, and Orthodox, we don't have religion problems never, we are Albanian the same people the same blood.
Florian Hoti
We are christians!
dimitrios elafros
The Albanians had been the butchers and hatchet man for the seljuk scum or Otomans they are still the same. 👎👎👎
ruman ibrohen
salam i am muslim from THAILAND
Edison Hoxha
The Negative comments are from ppl with they own ideas.. Albanian Muslims we are because we chose to be Muslims.
Wakanda Forever
Ottoman TURKS forced their conquered Balkan people into Islam by heavy Taxation on non Muslims.
Skender Krasniqi
Te gjitha fete jane sjell nga lindja e afert nuk ka nevoje qe te silleni te menqur dhe te akuzoni Shqiptaret musliman se e kane pranuar fene me dhune,por eshte Allahu ai qe na ka udhezuar ne kete fe deshi apo jo perandoria osmane!
zainal abidin
i am from malaysia ameen
George Miguel Nossar
Por isso o pais ta uma droga aonde o islamismo passa ele caga com a nação.
Artenis Bilali
Don not forget turkey's albanians .5milion (muslim)kosovo' albanias2.5milion. Mecedonia 1 milion . Albanian's muslim 2.5milion and more. Egypt'albanians syria jordani almost 10 milion . That mean that yeeh . Islam relegion saved albania peoples from disappearing. Know we would be serbian greek .E verteta eshte se feja Islame na e ruajti kete komb dhe kete gjuhe se perndryshe do te ishim duke folur greqisht apo serbisht . Faleminderit Allah qe e ruajte kete komb nga fqinj mizor...
No Albania equals Europe with 100% muslim population 🤗
Abo Ali
Fake information
Kosovo eshte serbi
Seno Susanto
Ukhuwah islamiyah
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5 Richest Religious Organizations In The World Muslims in Albania | Islam in Albania 2 months ago   08:08

5 Richest Religious Organizations In The World


Do you believe in the existence of God? Well, most of you do and we want your full focus. By believing in God, people have faith that their soul is safe with God and there is something positive waiting for everyone. Religion celebrates the spirit of positivity and hope and thus religious organizations are formed. But they have to be funded and who funds them? Yes, it’s us- the followers, the tax payers. But you would be surprised to know that your hard earned money has made these organizations a wealthy setup. If you ever think about the unequal income distribution within your country or globally, know that a big chunk of wealth goes to religious institutes which do not have to pay taxes even!

Number 5. Church of Scientology
Number 4. The Church of England
Number 3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Number 2. The Roman Catholic Church
Number 1. Padmanabhaswamy Temple

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