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Sunni Islam in Lithuania

Islam came to Lithuania well before many other European nations when Grand Duke Vytautas the Great brought Muslim Tatars from the southernmost limits of his lands to defend Vilnius and the boundaries. This happened in the 15th century.

The passing centuries blended the medieval soldiers into the Lithuanian landscape. Their square wooden mosques (19th century) are more reminiscent of Lithuanian village houses than Arabic religious buildings. These mosques are unique and with only three left (in Raižiai, Nemėžis and Keturiasdešimt Totorių, the latter two near Vilnius) – a sight not to miss for anybody interested in Islam.

A mosque inspired by Arabic style was built in Kaunas for Vytautas the Great jubilee in 1930.

The 20th century brought new Muslims to Lithuania, firstly from the Soviet Union and after independence – from the volatile Middle Eastern and African lands. These new Muslims may be already outnumbering the traditional Tatar community. But, as of now, there is not even a mosque in Vilnius since the Soviets torn down the old wooden Tatar one that until 1968 stood in the old district of Lukiškės.

The practice of faith itself was heavily impeded under the Soviet occupation with most mosques closed, Quran hardly possible to get and Hajj outlawed. When the independence (1990) brought back the religious freedom Islam made some comeback in its communities.

There were almost 3000 Muslims in Lithuania during the 2001 census (some 0,1% of the population). Most Lithuanian Muslims follow Hanafi madhhab.

A traditional wooden mosque in Raižiai village (Alytus district municipality, Dzūkija), famous for its minbar made in 1686. The current mosque itself was built in 1889. Minaret is above roof but is not used for the original purpose. The door to the left is used by the women whereas the door to the right is the entrance for men. ©Augustinas Žemaitis.

See also: Top 10 Islamic sights and locations in Lithuania

Article written by Augustinas Žemaitis

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  1. nice and simple and beautiful mosque

  2. Mashaalllah,it is very beautiful mosque.

    • hi brothers and sisters , i have been to this mosque before but it turned out to be closed. all i wanted from my holiday in lithuania is to pray there as it was only 10 min from where i live but i was saddened by the fact that such a historical mosque in the middle of a muslim town is closed to the public and havent been opened for ages due to the indifference of people in charge of it , and here is the bomshell: THIS MOSQUE IS RECIEVING A CONSIDERABLE BUT AN UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT OF MONEY TO KEEP IT OPEN BY THE LITHUANIAN GOVERMENT AND THE EUROPEAN UNION , BUT THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE ARE ENJOYING THE MONEY FOR THEMSELVES INCLUDING A FREE HOUSE AND A COMMUNITY CENTER WHICH USED TO STORE THEIR FLOCK AS A STABLE . THERE IS A LOT OF FRAUD INVOLVED .
      my only dream is to get this beautiful mosque back to the muslim community and hear the adhan again .please help me to fight these irresponsible people and to report them to the authorities , all i need is how to go about this .
      thank you all and salam

      • Salaam Brother,
        I’ve visited Lithuania many times and always wondered firstly where do I find a mosque to pray in and secondly where are the Muslim population based,let me do some homework and find out why its closed may be a reason ,I don’t know but will get to the bottom of it brother im a well connected businessman.
        Brother I will get back to you insha allah

        • Dear Nazar Bhai, i need your help as i am planing for lathunia immigration and need your some assistance.

          • Hi Nazar and Azfar,
            I am also planning to immigrate Lithuania…..can you tell me how is it for muslim family? are they enough muslims if so where they live in majority?
            I appreciate your answers and support.

            Regards,
            Shamas

        • Aslam o ALIKUM
          Brs and sis
          I’m coming to Lithuania and this is my first time to visit to
          Vilnius, plz help Wr can I prayer and eat Halal food
          WASSLAM
          AtiF

        • aslam o alekum brother Nazar .i saw your email here ,im from pakistan but im living and working in italy ,soon i will marry nikah in kaunas ,my wife she is lithuanin and she is doctor,i want we can try to do open this msjid again and we will start namaz there ,so please contact with me .right now im in pakistan +92 311 4990 190.ALLAH BLESS you brother ,with best regards NAEEM AHMED

      • Asalmu alikum Br Youssef! I want to help you to open that Masjid. One of my friend Donatas is originally LITHUANIAN but he is very kind and wants to help Muslims in LITHUANIA. Please send me your e-mail and I will send you his details. Insha Allah it will be a big help.

        • aslam o alekum brother Dr.Nazir .i saw your email here ,im from pakistan but im living and working in italy ,soon i will marry nikah in kaunas ,my wife she is lithuanin and she is doctor,i want we can try to do open this msjid again and we will start namaz there ,so please contact with me .right now im in pakistan +92 311 4990 190. and this is my skype ( parwaaz_ali ) ALLAH BLESS you brother ,with best regards NAEEM AHMED

          • Asslam o alikum Naeem ahmed bhai. my name is sohail khan i am from karachi pakistan i got acceptance letter from Vilnius Gediminas Technical University it’s in vilnius.please tell me about lithuania and vilnius .is it safe for study and living ? is there any muslim community ? my contact +92-300-2877448

  3. Assalam-O-Alaikum,

    Mr. Yousaf.

    no need to worry.. Inshallah I am coming there next year and will try to sort out this together with the help of Allah. I am also looking for some Muslim are to live in Vilnius. and I am keen interested to operate a Masjid and a community center there for Muslims. Inshallah

  4. Hi Hashmi,

    AoA; Good to hear from you. I would like to join in your effort. Can we keep in touch? Thanks

    • Asalam u alaikum! All brother and sisters, I hope that muslim’s problems will be solved by the help of Allah, no matter where Muslims are facing them (problems). I am also planning to go to lithuania. I hope if I go there and be there Allah will guide and help me to help our muslim brothers there!
      Take care all and keep praying because prayers worth fulfillment!

    • salam alekom . i just moved their with wife and kids and while watching TV i found out that their a facebook page that i didn’t catch the name and a muslim community please let me know of any updates

      i live in druskininkai

      • Salam
        can you help me in finding a reliable immigration lawer for Lithuania
        regards

      • Yasser how did you like it especially in terms of your and your’s family future point of view? Hows job situation and business conditions?
        Looking forward for your response brother.
        Regards,
        Shamas
        Pakistan

      • aslam o alekum ,i hope you well there ,im NAEEM AHMED from pakistan but im living and working in italy,but my wife she is from lithuania,and next month i will come there kaunas ,from how long you are living there ?now im in pakistan ,you can cotact with me on skype ( parwaaz_ali ) and send me sms +92 311 4990 190.and please send me your contact ,ALLAH PAK bless you,with regards NAEEM

  5. Assalam Alaikum,
    Bro”s i am from India and i am planning to be there , inshallah we will make urs dream come true. …..

  6. Mashallah, Allah will help you in all your plans.

  7. Asalam o Elehkum brother. I’m looking for Quran in Lithuanian language but I can’t find it anywhere. One of my Lithuanian friend has got a keen interest in Islam and want to read Quran. I’ll be very grateful if you could tell me how can I get it as I we live in UK and Quran in Lithuanian language is not available here.
    Wasalam

    • To my knowledge Quran was first translated to Lithuanian by Sigitas Geda in 2008 as “Koranas. Literatūrinių prasmių vertimas”. I have not seen it in bookshops recently but it may be bought online. This translation was however done from a Russian translation rather than an Arabic original and has been criticized by some as doubtful. It seems I have seen another more recent translation that claimed to be approved by Lithuanian Muslims – perhaps you should search for that one. Some translated suras (about half) are also available online here. However the online translation is work-in-progress, parts of it are not easy to understand, different suras are likely translated by different people and thus the same words translated differently in different suras.

  8. Go back to you country’s no one want you in lithuania….

    • We in the real Western European countries are saying the same thing to you. So, on behalf of everyone from UK, Germany, spain, France, Italy Greece, Im saying to you, fuck off back to your countries you russians europe doesnt need you!

  9. Assalamu Aleykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu brothers, masha Allah to hear your plans.. I’m sure that Lithuanian muslims too will want join.. You can find in Facebook our groups and write your ideas insha Allah..
    Wa aleykum assalam

  10. Aslamoalikum Brothers,
    I am planning to migrate to Lithuania , can any one guide me? like if that will be a nice decision? and how are the business oppertunities? specially the IT market? I have many other questions but dont know where to start. i am facing some ness issue in the country to i am planng to settle abroad. please guide me

  11. Dear all i am planing for lathuania immigration. Can anybody help me.

  12. Dear All
    Glad to know that MashAllah many Muslim brothers are settling in Lithuania, very soon In sha Allah we will see the growth of Muslim population & all the masajids full of namazies. My advice to all these new settlers are Please put all your efforts, time & money to flourish Islam in this country & run the affairs of the Mosque smoothly. make sure that all Muslim brothers can say their prayers five times and especially the Friday payers.
    May Allah help you all
    aman
    auk786@yahoo.com
    +971509416171

    • Salam Alekom Mr Aman , just moved in so happy to find that community here please keep me updated i live in druskininkai for now

      Thanks

      • Salam
        can you help finding a immigrants lawer for Lithuania.
        Regards

      • aslam o alekum brother Yasser .i saw your email here ,im from pakistan but im living and working in italy ,are you pakistani?,soon i will marry nikah in kaunas ,my wife she is lithuanin and she is doctor,i want we can try to do open this msjid again and we will start namaz there ,so please contact with me .right now im in pakistan +92 311 4990 190.ALLAH BLESS you brother ,with best regards NAEEM AHMED

    • No need muslims in my country!!!! No islam either!!!!! U r not welcome at all…

  13. For all those who need Lithuanian Study or Business visa please email me at
    fnkconsultants@yahoo.com
    I am very glad to see that some Muslim Brothers are uniting to do a very good work.May Allah help us all.

  14. Assalama wa’alaikam dear brothers and sisters

    I am Dawood from India I am coming to Kaunas for my higher studies. Do any muslims live in Kaunas? Please let me know if any body living in kaunas.

    My details are

    Dawood Basha D
    kaunas University of technology
    kaunas.

    email: dawoodips@gmail.com

  15. Asslamualaikum
    I am planing for lathuania immigration. Can anybody help me.

  16. Don’t come to Lithuania. We, the people of Lithuania do not want you here!

  17. Azar contact with me I m also planning for that

  18. As salam o alaikum !
    I also want to cum there for any sort of work. Any body gave me the refrence

  19. ASLAMO ELEQUM BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN LITHUANIA.
    I have been looking for business oppertunity in lithuania and while surfing i always had one thing in mind.will and where i will find muslims.and finally after searching for 2 mnths i managed to find you guys.Alhamdolillah.i will try to stay in touch and pray that the name of Allah and azan are once again heard 5 times a day.i will be visiting lithuania, vilnius in oct,and if i find it interesting amd safe enuf for my family ill sure migrate tjere.salam and blessings to all muslims brother and sisters

    P.S can some one guide me if we can find halal meat in vilnius along with rent if commercial space for a restaurant/fast food and rent for a 4 bed house.

  20. Assallam O Allehkum
    Dear brothers and sisters
    What are the chances for settling in Lithuania?
    How are the chances for getting a job there easily?
    What about the business for doing business?
    Is there any Baloch Community to help?
    Please guide.

    • Dear Brother assalam.i would like to offer my servises in order to teach young mmuslim kids in lithuania.i have done my MA in islamic studies.i came twice in vilnius in 2012 and 2013 on trp.but then i left to my country because of my family problam.once agan i have learnt 60% lithuanian language also so it will be very easy to teach young muslim kids and can become imam also inshallah . i can send my detail cv also.my contact no is 00923222478415 khan_anwarzab@yahoo.com wasalam

      • aslam o alekum brother Anwar.i saw your email here ,im from pakistan but im living and working in italy ,soon i will marry nikah in kaunas ,my wife she is lithuanin and she is doctor,i want we can try to do open this msjid again and we will start namaz there ,so please contact with me .right now im in pakistan +92 311 4990 190.ALLAH BLESS you brother ,with best regards NAEEM AHMED

  21. AOA ally dears

    I am living in lithuania from few month,and i have lithuaniam parmanent visa, if there are some my pakistani or indian or any nation muslims friend in lithuania please contact me at fb basharat89 i wish to start strugle for the people of lithuania muslims to work for them and take on they right way if any body sincer me so please join me on facebook

    • Mashsallah. I already left msg on facebook. Please reply back on either face book, Skype or e mail. thanx

    • Brother Basharat Khan u haven’t replied yet. Is it because you don’t really want me to meet you or something else. just reply as soon as possible. Inshallah you won’t regret.

    • Sallam o alikum,

      I am Ali Hassan and I am living in Kunas am from Pakistan.

      • aslam o alekum brother Ali .i saw your email here ,im from pakistan but im living and working in italy ,soon i will marry nikah in kaunas ,my wife she is lithuanin and she is doctor,i want we can try to do open this msjid again and we will start namaz there ,so please contact with me .right now im in pakistan +92 311 4990 190. my skype is ( parwaaz_ali ) ALLAH BLESS you brother ,with best regards NAEEM AHMED

    • asak yes brother I can do any thing so pl let me know about this specially in teaching quran and Arabic etc inshallah

    • A.A, Basharat bai i have been trying to find you in FB but could not….Can you ad me there plz….my id is “Eid M Shamas”
      Thanks,
      Shamas Pakistan

  22. Dear Brothers
    I am M.Phil in Education and teaching in a college. I want to come to lithuania for permanent. I hope any muslim will help me in this matter. My email is drqaj@yahoo.com and cell no. is 0092 333 6700905. please tell me is there are any job oppournities or not ?

  23. We all know the results of arab migration to White Countries. Why does Lithuania want those same results?

    • We don’t. Though as long as they plan to integrate into our culture (which I very much doubt), learn our language, and don’t force their beliefs on us, I’ve got no problem with them. Lithuania is dying as it is.

  24. Dears,
    aoa,
    I am planing to start immigration process for Lthuania.Any one can help me to send me information.Is is good?and how much is the job chances.I will be move with my family.

    best regards to all

    M.Imran Butt

    • The situation in Lithuania depends on what you compare it to.

      Lithuania is poorer than most Western countries, therefore if you plan to move to European Union you would likely earn way more in Western Europe than in Lithuania.

      Lithuania is also poorer than the following muslim countries: UAE, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Brunei and Kuwait.

      Lithuania is, however, richer than the other muslim countries and it is also richer than most other Eastern European countries.

      See the map on Economy of Lithuania article to see which countries are richer and which are poorer than Lithuania.

      Also, as in every country, there are legal restrictions of foreigner work. A foreigner should find a job in Lithuania *before* actually moving to Lithuania, then his/her company would sponsor a work permit. The permit will be granted (for up to 2 years) *only if* there is no Lithuanian citizen capable of doing the same job.

      Additionally, knowledge of Lithuanian language is a must for many jobs. As such, if you speak English but not Lithuanian it would be easier to migrate to an English-speaking country.

  25. Salam alakum brothers and sisters,

    I am in Lithuania and would like to know how many masjids there are there I have seen the one in kadiani but its was broken only thing remaining was the mimbar. I would also like to build that masjid if anyone can advise. Jazak Allah

    • There are 4 masjids in Lithuania.

      You have probably meant “Kėdainiai town“ rather than „Kadiani“ and you have probably meant a „minaret“ rather than „minbar“.

      However, while there is a minaret in Kėdainiai, there was never a masjid there. That minaret is actually an observation tower built by a general who had a manor nearby. That general fought in a war against Ottoman Empire and was inspired by Islamic architecture so he decided to build a minaret in his manor park as a folly. More info at the Kėdainiai page.

  26. Assalamo alaykum
    Brother and sisters in Vilnius
    I am living in uk I am german national I want to marry from Vilnius
    Because I want to help Muslims families
    I can marry from any where but I want to marry from Lithuania because I love these people if you can help me to find me a Muslim girl I will be very thankfull to you
    Zafar

  27. Assalamo Alaykom,
    does someone know about mosques in Trakai?
    i’d liek to make my wedding in one of trakai mosques, so maybe anyone can recomend me a mosque?
    djazakom Allaho khairan
    assalamo alaykom w rahmatullah

    • There are no mosques in Trakai. The closest mosque is in Keturiasdešimt Totorių village ~15 km away.

      • alslam alikom,,,,akhi augustinas,,,its seems you know the country well,,,im wonder If I can get help from you ,,,,,,,,im Mohamed original Egyptian but im living in Sweden since 2008,,,,i wish I get married from good muslim women from west europ ,my question
        can I get help from you to find that??or show me the way how? please answer me at my mail,,,,,,,,ali_412@live.se

  28. Dear Brothers Assalamun Aleykum,
    I am from Turkey. I have some Furniture upholstery fabrics (120 mts) in Lithuania Alytus – which I can transfer these fabrics to Mosque if it is required or can be used somewhere. If someone helps, I can transfer it. Kindly help.

  29. Alsalam Alykom
    Again, the usual case of corruption and greed of Muslim brothers and sisters.
    I am depressed of how muslims are dealing with each other and how they lost their iman and taqwa, how to we do and fight for nothing but among our selves for our own selfish……
    we even forgot… no matter what i wrote or said….
    May Allah forgive us all for what we are doing to our self.

    • Asslamu alaikum brothers i am from pakistan and working in indonesia, i am planning to move to lithuania for better opportunities, can any Muslim brother guide me where i should start, i also found there are 4 mosques in Lithuania, i hope with the help of ALLAH Almighty we will repopulate these mosques Insha Allah…..

    • assalamwalykum wah rah matuallah
      brother mahmoud hope u doing great are you in Lithuanian now
      and i am always COME AN GO IN Lithuanian so as i am part of it so to bring this mosque back inshallah will be together so please all should be in contact by having each other detail through email or whats app as technology is fast and we can request government to make it available

  30. we can do it inshallah asalamwalykum

  31. Only tolerant Muslims should be allowed into Lithuania, not the ones that want to take over the country replace local laws with Sharia law and/or force conversions to Islam!!
    Muslims must be free to practice a tolerant form of Islam!!
    Their philosophy must be one where Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other philosophes can coexist in peace!!

    Otherwise Lithuania will become another France, England, Sweden!!

    P.S.

    1) Vitautas brought in Tatars to guard Trakai because he could not trust the Lithuanians!!

    2) there have been no Muslim, Christian conflicts in Lithuania for over 600 years, why start now

  32. Salam Dear muslim brothers ,I am based in London UK/ british passport holder, have been divorced for 10 years ,ever since I have been looking to get married to a Lithuanian muslim lady to bring her to uk to live and start a family in uk. if you know of any muslim sister ,please email me on chatto131@yahoo.co.uk Jazaka allaho khair . salam

  33. Assalamu allekom bro & sis,my name is Muhammad Saeed,
    I’m living in England &my wife is from Lithuania.i be very happy to be the part of your struggle for that mosque.

  34. Asalam o Elehkum brother. I’m looking for Quran in Lithuanian language but I can’t find it anywhere. P.s. i am not Lithuanian, and i dont live in Lithuania, i like to download and print for one of my friend

    • Asalam o Elehkum brother. I’m looking for Quran in Lithuanian language but I can’t find it anywhere. P.s. i am not Lithuanian, and i dont live in Lithuania, i like to download and print for one of my friend

      • Regarding Lithuanian translations of Quran:

        To my knowledge Quran was first translated to Lithuanian by Sigitas Geda in 2008 as “Koranas. Literatūrinių prasmių vertimas”. I have not seen it in bookshops recently but it may be bought online. This translation was however done from a Russian translation rather than an Arabic original and has been criticized by some as doubtful. It seems I have seen another more recent translation that claimed to be approved by Lithuanian Muslims – perhaps you should search for that one (but that one is only in book form to my knowledge). Some translated suras (about half) are also available online here. However the online translation is work-in-progress, parts of it are not easy to understand, different suras are likely translated by different people and thus the same words translated differently in different suras.

        So, all-in-all, I don’t think a good online translation of Quran into Lithuanian language exists. If your friend also speaks English, perhaps it is better if he would read English translation.

  35. Asalaam
    I hope you can help me , i am coming to Kaunas on 26th June for two week to work i come over every 4 weeks. but this time it’s in ramadan time could help me to find halal food like meat and other thing.
    Please could contact me soon as possible so i can still keep the ramadan do you have time table for ramadan.
    Many thanks for your help.
    with asalaam
    Ghulam Murtaza

    • There is a halal kebab restaurant not far from the Kaunas mosque. As for the local ramadan timetable, you should perhaps ask at the Kaunas mosque. Prayer times for Kaunas are available here (click), on the top right.

  36. Lithuanua doesnt need muslims and islam…dont spread this bullshit.

  37. Slaam to all my brothers nd sisters.my email is alisheikhrabbani@gmail.com

  38. Assalamau alaikum,
    how’s are everybody. Me from Bangladesh.


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