MOSQUE FAISAL CONAKRY
Conakry Grand Mosque, the biggest in West Africa, was built by Ahmed Sékou Touré. The Mosque itself
cost SR 60 million to build, while the Center cost a further SR 20 million.
Although much of Guinea was converted to Islam by the sword, the Muslim fail has brought peace to the country.
Today Muslims account for 85 per cent of the population and Christians 7 per cent. Sometimes, it is added, they
are 100 per cent animist. Islam is demographically, socially, and culturally the dominant religion.
Approximately 85 percent of the population is Muslim, due to rapid islamization during the 19th and 20th centuries.
Guinea has often been the theater of sometimes bloody clashes between traditional animist religions and Islam,
but both groups agree on one things: no one cannot live without religious faith. Guinea is similar to many
African countries in that if atheism exists at all in it is very rare…and usually shrouds an intellectual
fabric imbued with a diffuse belief in animism.