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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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Mushtaq Ahmad
MashAllah Allah bless them in this life and hearaftr
I love all islamic country..💖💖⭐🌙.. love you all muslim brother and sister in the world🌎🌎🌎🌄🏡🏠
syed sabiralikhan
Albania, the country of Shqiptar
blini laci
Alhamdulilah for the guide of our ancestors to the true religion of God. May Allah make muslims of balkan steadfast in their religion and bless them on both worlds
Assalamualaikum Albania...

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Simba Boy
God Bless you. I love Islam. Subhaan Allah.
Anang Gampal
Best and accurate Islam History.
Oliver Patrick
The true or real Albanian people are not Muslim. Turks masquerading as Albanians.
Richard Moloney
It must be awful to have so many Muslims in Albania.
Robiul Hassan
lots of love from Bangladesh
Павлина В
Love you Albanian From Russian Muslims 🇷🇺🇦🇱🇷🇺🇦🇱💜💜
Roy Chowdhury
Very educational. Thank you.
rizwan as
اسلام علیکم
البانیہ مسلم بھائی اور بہنوں
Allah akkbar
Kristian Nikollaj
May the Albanians leave Sunni Islam, and become Orthodox, Catholic, Bektashi and pagan. Sunni Islam is an evil religion. Albanians were forced to ‘embrace’ Islam, only because the Ottomans wanted revenge on the proud Christian people, who resisted the evil Islamic Ottoman empire for several decades. Albanians never converted to Islam by will, only by force!!
Dookhun Yusuff
Thanks, Very informative.
Pe rsi
Muslims as minority communities have always reproduced at higher rates than none-Muslims for the sole purpose of out populating them, hoping to eventually replace the local laws with the sharia.
Truthfears Guilty
Shqperia never had a leg to stand.
lili shyta
Muslim religion was never strong in Albania since it was given from colonizations. It is known that Islamic States in the Middle East they build Mosques in Ballkan to make sure to remind them they have to follow given religions, which Even today they are building Mosques without the majority people’s consent. Muslim religion sect assume that everyone has to be Muslim regardless what people’s desires. Considering the Muslim religion trend to spread in every corner of the world they keep building Mosques as a form of invasion and domination, especially in the countries where young don’t see any other form of future perspective. They have the experience where to go, where Governments are weak and youngsters roaming around hopeless of their future. Some youngsters meet drugs, some meet imams that are everywhere to recruit. Thanks EU that open borders to the old tradition of spreading Islam wherever they can. It is sure now the most females don’t want to live there, and not allowed to say what they feel when religion get a strong hold. Albania was doomed since the time occupied by Ottomans and imposed that religion and was forced to abandon Christianity in order to be alive from colonizations. Being occupied for 500 years what can you say for existence of a country abandoned from Europe for 500 years. Albania had the heroic legend Skenderbeu that fought and succeeded for 25 years in raw against the Ottoman army. For that time he didn’t let that army to gain territory in the Europe. Europe was never united to protect all the territories, but they left Albanians with no alliances alone against big empire. Muslim religion if a peaceful religion didn’t need to use army to spread like they did. Since they have deep conscience of the past the educated ones don’t allow to be labeled by religion but by their nation. Albanians identify themselves as Albanians with dinstict culture and identity, opposed by their enemy that want to label them as they like.
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5 Richest Religious Organizations In The World Muslims in Albania | Islam in Albania 2 days 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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