ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN ANTIGUA and BARBUDA

      

General Information

Sovereign                 : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

Total area                  : 170 sq mi (440 sq km)

Population (2008 est.) : 69,842

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): St. John's, 23,500

Other large cities    : English Harbour, 2,900; Codrington (capital of Barbuda), est. pop. 870

Monetary unit          : East Caribbean dollar

Languages              : English (official), local dialects

Ethnicity/race          : black 91%, mixed 4.4%, white 1.7%, other 2.9%

Religions                 : Christian (predominantly Anglican and other Protestant; some Roman Catholic)

National Holiday     : Independence Day (National Day), November 1

Literacy rate            : 85.8% (2003 est.)

Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $1.189 billion; per capita $10,900 (2005 est.). Real growth rate: 3.8% (2007 est.). Inflation: 2.8% (2007

Antigua, the larger of the two main islands, is 108 sq mi (280 sq km). The island dependencies of Redonda (an uninhabited rocky islet) and Barbuda (a coral island formerly known as Dulcina) are 0.5 sq mi (1.30 sq km) and 62 sq mi (161 sq km), respectively.

Antigua was explored by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named for the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Seville. Antigua was colonized by Britain in 1632; Barbuda was first colonized in 1678. The country joined the West Indies Federation in 1958. With the breakup of the federation, it became one of the West Indies Associated States in 1967, self-governing its internal affairs. Full independence was granted Nov. 1, 1981.

Islamic History and Muslims

  The statistics for Islam in Antigua and Barbuda estimate a total Muslim population of about 350, representing 0.4 percent of the total population of 67,448. Most of the Muslim of the islands are Arabs of Syrian or Lebanese descent. There are two known Islamic organizations in St. John's, including the Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society and the American University of Antigua (School of Medicine) Muslim Students Association. Outside of St. John's, there is the Muslim Community of Antigua and Barbuda in Codrington, Barbuda.

  Antigua and Barbuda have yet to establish a proper mosque, Islamic centre or institutions for Muslims in the country. The proposed site of the first mosque to be constructed by the Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society (ABIIS) is located on American Road in St. John's. Currently the location used for a mosque is a small hut which could accommodate about thirty individuals and is available for Friday prayers, the five daily salat, the two Eids and qurbani.  Islamic Centers and Organizations.

 

 

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Muslim Community of Antigua and Barbuda Muslim Community of Antigua and Barbuda
Codrington, Barbuda Island, Antigua and Barbuda,
Codrington, , ANTIGUA BARBUDA
  Antigua and Barbuda have yet to establish a proper mosque, Islamic centre or institutions for Muslims in the country. There are about 400 Muslims (about less than 1.0%) in Antigua and Barbuda, mostly Arabs (Syrian and Lebanese).
Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society
American Road, St. John's,
Saint John's, Saint John's , ANTIGUA BARBUDA
1-268-460-7852
islamantigua@hotmail.com
The proposed site of the masjid of Antigua & Barbuda International Islamic Society (ABIIS). Currently our masjid is just a small hut which could accommodate about thirty (30) persons.
Muslim Students Association of the American University of Antigua -- College of Medicine Muslim Students Association of the American University of Antigua -- College of Medicine
Jasmine Court -- Friars Hill road,
Saint John, , ANTIGUA BARBUDA
msa@auamed.net The MSA is the home for the Muslim students at AUA.
       

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Aaishah & Mustafa Designs Aaishah & Mustafa Designs
Bishopgate Street, Saint John\'s. Antigua,
Saint John's, , ANTIGUA BARBUDA
268-460-7852
musti_aljozuriy@yahoo.com
Aaishah & Musti Designs (AMD) is a small cross-stitch design business which is owned by Brother Mustafa Muhammad and wife, Sister Aaishah Muhammad. It is operated from their home located on Bishopgate Street. We offer original and other cross-stitch patterns that caters to the needs of both the local person and the tourist.
Abdul Salaam vegetable farms Abdul Salaam vegetable farms
P.O.Box 1856, St.john`s,
Saint John, Antigua , ANTIGUA BARBUDA
  It is a vegetable farm. From st.john`s city it is about 15-20mins drive. Is in the East of the Island and on the main road.
       

References
Islam in Antigua and Barbuda  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Antigua_and_Barbuda  , June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107284.html ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=antigua_barbuda , June, 2008).
World Religions Statistics ( http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_12.html#25 , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Antigua and Barbuda , June 2008.