Cuban Muslims gather at the Abdallah Mosque during Ramadan in Havana
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Cuba's small Muslim community to mark end of RamadanThey speak little Arabic and don't have a real mosque, but members of Cuba's small Muslim community practice the faith and will quietly mark the end of Ramadan as best they can. It is here where Cuban Muslims have gathered for the past year to pray."Salam aleikum," a smiling man named Javier says as he welcomes visitors in Arabic on a hot summer afternoon. He was born into a Catholic family but converted to Islam two years ago.There are as many as 10,000 Muslims in Cuba, making up less than 0.1 percent of the island nation's population.According to experts, Islam was introduced to Cuba by Muslim students who came from countries such as Pakistan in the 1970s and 1980s.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised it to Cuba in February 2015 .Cuba's Muslims have been clamoring for their own house of worship for 25 years.It can be difficult being an observant Muslim in Cuba during the holy month of Ramadan.Tradition holds that Muslims break their obligatory fast by eating dates, but in Cuba there aren't any.The Cuban Muslims also study Arabic with apps they can use offline.
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