of Islam in Korea
Early Introduction Stage
Korea was full of poverty, sorrow and pain resulted from Korean War which
broke out on June 25, 1950. In such ruins of war, Islam began planting
its seeds by brother Zubercoch and Abdul Rahman who participated in the
Korean War as military service members of the Turkish Army of the United
Nations stationed in Korea. During his service he built a Quonset hut used
as Masjid, where he preached Islamic doctrine to the Korean People.
The Turkish Army taught the Korean people at the Masjid Tent built at
the refugees' villages the teaching of Islamic monotheism during the Korean
War, while the Korean people devoted themselves to religious lives in the
dark and ruined sorroundings wishing for bright future trusting Allah.
As a first step towards an effective Islamic work in Korea, the early Muslim
brothers organised a Korea Muslim society. This Islamic society elected
Almarhum Muhammad Umar Kim Jin Kyu as president.
Later, the leaders of the Korean Muslim were invited to visit Islamic
Countries and some of the Korean Muslims were sent to Muslim College in
Malaysia to be trained as future Islamic workers and leaders.
Malaysian Delegations led by Vice Minister Tunku Abdul Razak and his
wife, visited the site of the proposed masjid. Later on Haji Mohammad Nuh,
a Malaysian government officer, saw that a permanent base should be erected
to carry out dawah activities.
So, with the Malaysian government's donation of $33,000, he handed over
the money to the Korean Muslim Community to build a masjid in 1963. Unfortunately,
the construction of the masjid could not be completed due to various reasons
among them were the inflation.
It was not an easy task to make a base for dawah activities. Many difficulties
had to be endured and solved.
But despite all these, the dedicated early Muslims tried very hard to
promote Islam, with full faith in the One and Only God. They were successful
in converting the Korean Islam into Korean Islamic Foundation which was
approved by the Korean Government and was officially registered at the
Ministry of Culture and Information. (Registration no. 114, March 13, 1967)
Thus, Korean Muslim began to make ways for active dawah work and managed
to open a new era for muslims in Korea with the will of Allah.
Take Off State
The Korean Muslims' long dream, the construction of Central Masjid was
materialized in 1976. The opening of Central Masjid and Islam Center were
the most important turning points for the history of Korean Muslims. At
the opening ceremony, 55 representativesof around 20 countries glorified
the dream of Korean Muslims, and the magnificant opening ceremony served
as an outburst of sudden increase in the number of Korean Muslims.
The opening of the first Masjid of Korea contributed to rapid development
of Islam in Korea. Foreign Dignitaries (V.I.P) who participated in the
ceremony visited the then Prime Minister Choi Gyu Hwa to perform a role
of raising the interest in Islam.
In the mean time , the Korean Muslim's mission had made piligrimage
to Mecca to inspire the people with the Islamic belief and to perform faithful
duties in 1979, and the Korean Muslims spurred the propagation activities
in Korea taking the opportunity of so called "Boom of Middle East"(1974-1980)
by raising the interest in the Middle East and Islam.
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
The Korean Muslims are not lazy in making pilgrimage to the holy land,
one of the 5 Duties of Islam. Every year the Korean Muslims perform the
holy duty by organizing the piligrims group. The first pilgrimage was led
by Haji Subri Seo Jung Gil in 1960. One of the largest groups ever performed
Haji was in 1978 with 130 person in 1979, 104 persons managed to perform
1955 (September): Imam Zubercoch and Abdul Rahman,
Participated in the Korean War as military service members, reached Quran
for the first time in Korea.
1955 (October): Korean Muslim Committee started (Umar
Kim Jin Kyu as Chairman: Imam and Secretary General uhammad Yoon Doo Young)
1961 (September): 14 men mission headed by Senator
Ubaidulla of Malaysia stayed in Korea for 13 days.
1962 (August): The Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku
Abdul Rahman donated $33,000 for the construction fund of Central Masjid
of the Korean Muslim
1963 (October): The Malaysian Speaker brother Haji
Muhammad Noh visited Korea in (promised to propose to the Malasian government
for the development of Korean Muslim)
1967 (March): Korea Islam Foundation approved by Ministry
of Culture and Information of Korea (Approval No. 114, March 3, 1967)(Chairman
Suleiman Lee Hwa Shik), Secretary General Adul Aziz Kim Il Cho)
1974 (December): Through the good offices of late
President Park Jung Hee, 1,500 m2 of land was donated as building site
for Central Masjid.
1974 (May): Construction of Seoul Central Masjid and
Islamic Center were completed and opened.
1976 (December): Busan Temporary Masjid opened,
Br. Kim Myung Hwan began to perform dawah work.
1976 (March): Korea Islamic Cultural Centre Installed
and being operated in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
1978 (April): Temporary Masjid opened at Yok-ri Gwangjoo-eup,
Gyunggi-do, Korea: brother Abdullah Jun Deuk Lin began to preach Islam
to the people.
1978 (October): The largest pilgrimage group
of 132 persons went to perform the holy pilgrimage for the first time in
Korean History; Kuwait Temporary Masjid opened.
1980 (May): The then prime Minister Choi Gyu Hwa promised
to King Khalid of Saudia Arabia to donate the land for the construction
of Korea Islamic College during the joint comminique.
1980 (July): 130 thousand Pyongs of land was donated
for the construction of Islamic College in Yongin, Gyunggi-do, Korea.
1980 (September): Opening ceremony of Pusan Al-Fatah
Masjid was held
1981 (June): Opening ceremony of Kwang-Ju Masjid was
1982.(August): Indonesia Branch was established
1983 (August): W.A.M.Y. Seoul Regional Camp was held
under the auspices of O.I.C. & W.A.M.Y.
1984 (August): W.A.M.Y. Local Muslim Camp was held.
1985.(July): The 1st Leadership Training Camp was
1985 (August): The 2nd W.A.M.Y. Local Muslim Camp
1986.(April): Opening ceremony of Anyang Rabita Al-Alam
Al-Islamic Masjid was held
1986 (September): Opening ceremony of Jeon Joo Abu
Bakr sidiq masjid was held
1987 (August): 87 W.A.M.Y. Local Muslim Camp was held
1988 (August): 88 W.A.M.Y. Local Muslim Camp was held