The Focolare began to establish contact with Muslims in the 1960’s. In Algeria a deep friendship blossomed between Christians and Muslims in the 1970’s and then spread in the city of Tlemcen, giving life to a Focolare community that was almost totally comprised of Muslims. This not only overcame barriers between Islam and Christianity but also the cruel years of the civil war.
This experience of friendship was the basis for eight international gatherings of “Muslim Friends of the Focolare” between 1992 and 2008. Now there are several thousand Muslims who are in contact with the Movement around the world.