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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Allah Kore Cumhuriyeti'yi Korusun, Part III: Bupyeong Masjid, Incheon Bupyeong-gu


The Bupyeong Masjid (Hanja: 富平聖院) also known as Al-Huda Islamic Center which is situated between Seoul and Incheon (Specific location: 5 Majang Avenue/Majangno, Sipjeong-dong 574-19 beonji, Incheon Bupyeong-gu), mainly serves as a place of worship for foreign Muslims who are working in the surrounding south-eastern Incheon region such as GM Korea Bupyeong Plant (General Motors-Daewoo Auto and Technology - GMDAT) and Namdong Industrial Complex, Incheon Namdong-gu.

This masjid is administered by Dawat-e-Islami, an Islamic proselytising organization based in Pakistan. Founded in the early 1980s, the organization is ideologically alligned with the Barelvi movement within Sunni Islam (Ahli Sunnah wal Jama'ah - Four Major Maddhabs: Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki and Syafie). In addition to local charity efforts, Dawat-e-Islami also offers online courses in Islamic studies and runs its own television station.

The Foreign Muslims who live in Incheon Metropole are majorly originated from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Nevertheless, the Malaysian Muslim Students who are living here are the students of Inha University, one of Incheon's leading university. This masjid is accessible by using Incheon Metro Line 1 to Station I122: Bupyeongsamgeori (Three Intersections of Bupyeong)/부평삼거리역