Published on 20th September 2017


  • Salama Palamo Diaz was born muslim in 2000; in March of 2016 she gave birth to her first daughter, Asia. In the picture she wears the traditional tzotzil wool skirt and she poses in front of a maize field, staple food of the Indigenous Mexican Community.

  • The hatchet and the machete used to sacrifice the cow during the Eid al-Adha, also called the "Sacrifice Feast", the second of the two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide every year. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God's command. Before he sacrificed his son, God had intervened by sending his angel Jibra'il, who then put a sheep in his son's place.

  • Rakma, born in 2006, fixing her hijab on the way to the mosque.

  • For the sacrificial feast the Muslim men sacrificed two cows, in the direction of the Mecca. During the pre-Columbian era, human sacrifice in the Maya culture was the ritual of offering nourishment to the gods. Blood was regarded as a potent source of nourishment for the Maya deities, and the sacrifice of a living creature was a powerful blood offering. The most common form of human sacrifice consisted in the heart extraction.

  • The garden of Yamila Gomez Gomez, sister of Yahya, Imam of the Sunni Mosque Alkawzar. She was born in 1980 and she converted to Islam together with her brother when she was 15 years old. She is the wife of Mohamed Sharif, the muezzin of the mosque, with whom she has seven sons.

  • Hotel with Turkish baths built in the early '900 by a Mexican family in the center of San Cristobal de las Casas. The land, after becoming a parking space, is on sale for many years.

  • A sajjāda, a prayer rug used by Muslims, placed between the ground and the worshipper to ensure cleanliness during the various positions of the Islamic prayers, spread out in the garden. Yahya Goméz, Imam of the Sunni Mosque Alkawzar, brought these rugs as a present from his pilgrimage to Mecca.

  • Domingo López Ángel is the second indigenous convert and he's a leader of the Council of Indigenous Representatives of the Chiapas Highlands (CRIACH).

  • The group of Sufi Murabitun Muslims from Spain started building their mosque more or less in 2012, but is still unfinished. The building has a 17-meter minaret, visible from more than three kilometres away. The minaret will call to the azhan adhan (prayer), five times a day.

  • Child praying in the Ahmadi mosque.

  • "Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever". Koran

  • The Ahmadi mosque. Ahmadiyya is an Islamic movement founded in the Punjab, British India, at the end of the 19th century, inspired by the life and teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (1835-1908). The Ahmadi movement identifies itself as Muslim and follows the teachings of the Koran. However, it is regarded by orthodox Muslims as heretical, because it does not believe that Mohammed was the final prophet sent to guide mankind.

  • A detail of a representation of the Black Stone in Mecca, inside the home of Yahya Gomez, the Imam of Alkawzar Sunni Mosque. He bought this souvenir during the pilgrimage to the Mecca.

  • A little girl praying.

  • Salama Palamo Diaz in her room with her favorite hijab, a gift from foreign Muslims who have come to know the community.

  • Siamese embalmed calf in a butcher shop, a metaphor of syncretism. Muslims consume halal meat, the word ‘halal’ literally means permissible. The Halal food Authority rules for halal are based on Islamic Shari’ah that require animals to be alive and healthy at the time of slaughter, since carrion is forbidden and, jugular vein, carotid artery and windpipe have to be severed by a razor sharp knife by a single swipe, to incur as less a pain as possible. They can't eat pork meat.

  • Yalal, 13 years old. His brother studies in Yemen, but he prefers to follow schools near his family and support them.

  • In the Quran, paradise is described as filled with material delights, such as beautiful maidens, precious stones, delicious foods, and constantly flowing water, For these will be the ones brought nearest to God in Gardens of bliss: many from the past and a few from later generations.

  • "Be". Hadiya in her home, before going to pray in the mosque. She was born in 2012, she is the youngest daughter of Imam Yahya Gomez.


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  • chiapas
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  • conversion process
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  • jannah
  • paradise
  • garden
  • syncretism