There are quite a few mosques in Paris, providing Muslim travelers a number of places for prayers. Read on for more information on where to go to pray in Paris!
Islam flourishes in Paris, with France being home to the second largest community of Muslims in the continent of Europe. Islam is also the second-most widely practiced religion in the country and Muslims make up around 5-10% of the entire population. Due to the sizeable Muslim population living across France, several mosques have been established across various parts of the country - including several Muslim areas in Paris. Muslim travellers will be able to witness a large number of mosques in Paris in particular.
There are over 2,000 mosques in France – of which over 75 mosques are found in the capital city of Paris.
The largest mosque in France and the third largest across Europe – the Grand Mosque of Paris – is the most prominent masjid in Paris - located in the Fifth Arrondissement. The Grand Mosque of Paris – also known as the Grande Mosquee De Paris – is one the largest and most prominent mosques in Paris. It was established in 1926, following the First World War as a token of gratitude towards the thousands of Muslim tirailleurs who lost their lives during the fight against Germany.
The Grand Mosque of Paris features Mudéjar style architecture and features a massive minaret that soars 33 metres in to the sky. A long and fascinating history is associated with the Grand Mosque of Paris, particularly during the period of the Second World War, when the mosque acted as a secret refuge for large numbers of Jews. The mosque kept the Jews safe by providing them food, shelter as well as fake Muslim birth certificates to ensure their safety.
At present, the Grand Mosque of Paris features a separate prayer area, religious school area, a library, conference room, restaurant and tea room.
In addition to the Grand Mosque of Paris, there are several other mosques in Paris. The Adda’wa Mosque is located towards the North of Paris and is another prominent masjid in Paris. The Adda’wa Mosque is capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people during prayer times and plans are underway to make it the largest mosque in Europe.
Yet another prominent masjid in Paris - located in Saint-Denis, in the northern suburbs of Paris, France.
Other mosques in Paris include - the Al Ihsan, Mosquée d'Evry-Courcouronnes, Association Culturelle des Musulmans de Sartrouville, Mosquée de Levallois, Mosquée de Gennevilliers Ennour, Mosquée de Javel, UOIF, Masjid Pontoise, Association Culturelle Islamique de Clichy and Mosquée de Clichy Ibn Khaldoun.
With a total of almost 100 mosques scattered across the Muslim Areas in Paris, Muslim travellers will not find it difficult to gain access to prayer facilities in Paris.
In addition to mosques and prayer facilities, Paris also offers Muslim travellers several Halal-friendly accommodation options, Halal restaurants and numerous shopping boutiques to ensure an incredible stay in the city.
The easiest way to locate the nearest mosque in Paris when travelling in the city is by downloading the HalalTrip App and using its useful "Can You Reach The Mosque" feature. The feature provides a list of all the nearby mosques in Paris that are located closest to you based on your current location, making it an excellent tool for mosque discovery when travelling.
You can download the free app here:
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halaltrip.app .