(AhlulBayt News Agency) - The Fatemeh al-Zahra (AS) Islamic Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in a day-long program hosted a number of the city’s elderly people.
The elderly spent a good day at the center and were served meals, drinks and cookies.
The center hosted the program based on the teachings of the Holy Quran about respecting and caring for the elderly.
The Fatemeh al-Zahra (AS) Islamic Center is a Shia center established to introduce and promote Islamic teachings in the South American country.
Most Muslims in Brazil are Sunnis. Shias have four centers in Sao Paulo.
The number of Muslims in Latin America according to some estimates is over four million. Followers of Islam in Latin America are mainly concentrated in Brazil, El Salvador and Argentina.
Christianity is the dominant religion in Brazil but there is also a small Muslim minority living in the country.
The Federation of Muslim Associations of Brazil estimates there are about 1.5 million Muslims in the world’s fifth-largest country by both area and population.
Islam in Brazil is said to have first been practiced by African slaves brought from West Africa. Scholars note that Brazil received more enslaved Muslims than anywhere else in the Americas.