ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN BARBADOS

      

General Information

Sovereign                   : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

Land area                   : 166 sq mi (430 sq km); total area 166 sq mi (431 sq km)

Population (2008 est.) : 281,968

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Bridgetown, 98,900

Monetary unit           : Barbados dollar

Language                : English

Ethnicity/race           : black 90%, white 4%, Asian and mixed 6%

Religions                 : Protestant 67% (Anglican 40%, Pentecostal 8%, Methodist 7%, other 12%), Roman Catholic 4%, none 17%, other 12%

National Holiday     : Independence Day, November 30

Literacy rate            : 97% (1995 est.)

Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $4.841 billion; per capita: $17,400. Real growth rate: 2.5%. Inflation: 0.5% (2003 est.).

  An island in the Atlantic about 300 mi (483 km) north of Venezuela, Barbados is only 21 mi long (34 km) and 14 mi across (23 km) at its widest point. It is circled by fine beaches and narrow coastal plains. The highest point is Mount Hillaby (1,105 ft; 337 m) in the north-central area.

  Barbados is thought to have been originally inhabited by Arawak Indians. By the time Europeans explored the island, however, it was uninhabited. The Portuguese were the first Europeans to set foot on the island, but it was the British who first established a colony there in 1627. Colonists first cultivated tobacco and cotton, but by the 1640s they had switched to sugar, which was enormously profitable. Slaves were brought in from Africa to work sugar plantations, and eventually the population was about 90% black. A slave revolt took place in 1816; slavery was abolished in the British Empire in 1834.

  Barbados was the administrative headquarters of the Windward Islands until it became a separate colony in 1885. Barbados was a member of the Federation of the West Indies from 1958 to 1962. Britain granted the colony independence on Nov. 30, 1966, and it became a parliamentary democracy within the Commonwealth.


   Islamic History and Muslims

    There are between 1500 to 2000 Muslims on the island.  It is not known for certain when the first Muslims arrived in Barbados but historically research such as that done by Sh. Abdullah Hakim Quick has shown the presence of Muslims in the region since the early 1300s.  Subsequent to that period it may have been that Muslims were among the slaves brought to the island from West Africa by the British during the slave-trading period from the 1700s to the early 1800s. Unfortunately no research has been done in this regard pertaining to Barbados but it is a known fact that Muslim slaves were present in the America and in the Caribbean during that period.  Close to 90 percent of all Barbadians (also known colloquially as Bajan) are of African descent (Afro-Bajans), mostly descendants of the slave labourers on the sugar plantations. The remainder of the population includes groups of Europeans (Euro-Bajans), Asians, Bajan Hindus and Muslims, and an influential Middle Eastern (Arab-Bajans) group mainly of Syrian and Lebanese descent.

 

    Research currently being done by a Muslim here suggests that a Bengali from the Indian sub-continent was the first known Muslim to come to Barbados.  He came in 1913.  After his arrival a number of other Bengali Muslims came and settled.  Following the Bengali Muslims were a greater number of Muslims from Gujarat in India who migrated in the fifties, sixties and seventies. Today the Muslim community is predominantly made up of Muslims of Gujarat, Indian origin and descent.  There are also growing numbers of   Barbadians of African ethnicity who are Muslim.

 

   There are quite a few Islamic organizations in Bridgetown alone, including the Islamic Teaching Centre, Makki Masjid, Jumma Masjid and the Medina Masjid. The Barbados Muslim Association is an umbrella organization for Islamic Organizations on the island, which also advocates on behalf of Muslims at the national level. Each masjid is a registered organization administering their affairs.  However each masjid is a member of an umbrella organization, the Barbados Muslim Association.  The Institute of Islamic Propagation and Thought supplies and distributes Islamic literature fee of charge to all Islamic organizations. The Medina Foundation is a charitable organization aimed at helping the poor and needy and building healthy community relations with others.

 

   The first mosque, Juma Masjid, was established in Bridgetown around 1950 and can today accommodate up to 600 worshippers. The other mosques are smaller in size.  All these places offer congregational prayer five times a day and special weekly prayers on Fridays.  In addition each location has an Islamic school for children ages 4 to 12 years for the teaching of the Holy Quran and Islam.  These classes are conducted every evening Monday to Friday after the normal school hours. There is also a Muslim Primary school and a Muslim Girls secondary schools catering to the Muslim community.

 

    Al-Hudaa Muslim School offers primary education for boys and girls and secondary education for girls only. The Islamic Academy of Barbados was established in 1998 to promote Islam to Muslims and interested Non-Muslims. AB publishes pamphlets and books on various contemporary issues facing the Muslims of today including a quarterly journal Sa'wtus Saahil.

 

      The cultural centre of the Islamic community of Barbados is to the west of the city centre of Bridgetown. Close to an area known as Cheapside Market and Fontabelle, in Saint Michael. At a midpoint between more built up parts of Bridgetown and the Kensington Oval cricket stadium a large mosque with four tall minarets can be observed in the area.

 In addition to the Masjid a number of smaller Muslim organizations specializing in specific areas have been established.  Among these groups have been the Muslim Funeral Trust which was set up to run the Muslim Burial area at the Westbury Cemetery and to look after all aspects of burying the dead from the Muslim community. 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Medinah Foundation Medinah Foundation
Peterkin Road, Bank Hall, St. Michael.,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
medinah@caribsurf.com 
medinahf@gmail.com
Assalamualaikum. We are a charitable organisation aimed towards helping the poor and needy and building healthy commmunity relations with others. InshaAllah we also hope to achieve an atmosphere of Awareness, Respect and Tolerance for Islam.
Jumma Masjid Jumma Masjid
Kensington New Road,
Bridgetown, HG .3.533525, BARBADOS
246-426 0117

 

We, the members of the Jum'ua Masjid follow the Quran and Sunnah in the way of the Salf As-Saliheen. Also contains a Madressa for children.
Islamic Teaching Centre Islamic Teaching Centre
Harts Gap, Hastings,
Bridgetown, Christ Church , BARBADOS
2464270120

 

Masjid and Teaching Centre
Madina Masjid Madina Masjid
Sober's Lane,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-427-1258 Maktab for Children
Islamic Academy of Barbados Islamic Academy of Barbados
Laundry Rd, Country Rd, St. Michael (Postal address) P.O.Box: 830, Eagle Hall, St. Michael, Bridgetown, BB11081, BARBADOS
246-435-6563
246-435-3199
info@iabds.org
www.iabds.org
Islamic Academy of Barbados is established to promote the pristine message of Islam to lead the Muslims & interested Non-Muslims of twenty first century to the flawless message of Islam with accordance to the Qur'aan & Sunnah. IAB was established in July 1998. IAB publishes leaflets and books on various contemporary issues facing the Muslims of today including a quarterly journal Sa'wtus Saahil. IAB's literatures are FREE & available upon request. Amongst other activities are Annual Da'wah Conference and Youth Tarbiayh Trip, Tafseer, Counselling and social meetings. Also meetings with interested Non Muslim.
Barbados Muslim Association Barbados Muslim Association
c/o 28 Maxwell Terrace, Christ Church,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS

246-4284212
246-4202230
islambarb@hotmail.com 
Umbrella organization for Masjid (Mosque) and Islamic Organizations on the island.Advocating on issues related to Islam on behalf of Muslims at the National level.
Al-Falah Muslim insitution Al-Falah Muslim insitution
Passage Road, St.Michael,
Bridgetown, St.Michael none, BARBADOS

246-429-8622
alfalahbds@hotmail.com
Muslim school for children, both Primary and Secondary. School dedicated to building a solid Islamic character and foundation. Secondary is for girls only.hifz class in the morning,Islamic Assembly,
Makki Masjid Makki Masjid
6th Avenue Belleville, St. Michael,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-228 3653  
Institute of Islamic Propagation and Thought Institute of Islamic Propagation and Thought
Maxwell Main Road , Dover ,,
Oistins, Christ Church Wa1, BARBADOS

246-420-8276
iipt@sunbeach.net
We Supply and distribute Islamic Books and Literature Free of Charge to All Islamic Organisations, we also try to solicit Back issues of Islamic magazines to distribute freely as well.
Islamic Teaching Centre Islamic Teaching Centre
Harts Gap, Hastings,
Bridgetown, Christ Church , BARBADOS
2464270120 Masjid and Teaching Centre
Islamic Society of the Universty of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus Islamic Society of the Universty of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, St.Michael,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-417-4534 (Guild)
islamicsociety.uwi@gmail.com
http://islamicsociety.guildchill.com
The Islamic Society was formed in November 2006 and its aims are to: -Reach out to other Muslim students on campus, provide any information that they may need and offer any assistance. -Promote greater awareness and understanding of Islam on campus -Encourage positive engagement with the student population. Please contact us for any other addidtional information you may need about the Islamic Society, University of the West Indies or Barbados in general.
Muslim Students Movement Muslim Students Movement
Maxwell Terrace, Christ Church,
Christ Church, , BARBADOS
12464284212
12464202230
 
the Foundation For Islamic Development Inc. the Foundation For Islamic Development Inc.
Gibbons Christ Church,
Oistins, , BARBADOS
  This organisation seeks to represent Muslims and their rights in the community. The development of a strong united Muslim community is also the aim of this group.
       

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
ALL TEES SOUVENIR T SHIRT SHOP ALL TEES SOUVENIR T SHIRT SHOP
MALL 34 , BROAD STREET , BRIDGETOWN,
Bridgetown, ST MICHAEL BB11129, BARBADOS
246-435-8800
246-435-8800
rogerjuman@yahoo.com
A QUALITY COLLECTION OF 100% COTTON T-SHIRTS.
Adam\'s Store Adam\'s Store
Swan Street, St.Michael,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
  Sells clothing.

 

B.P Trading B.P Trading
Mason Hall Street,
Bridgetown, St. Michael , BARBADOS
1-246-426-3012
1-246-429-2028
ybhamjee@yahoo.com 
onepandor@yahoo.com
Importers and wholesalers of general household items and electrical appliances.
Belleville Auto Spares Belleville Auto Spares
George Street.St.Michael,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
236-4265783

 

dealer in motorcar spares
Foam Centre Foam Centre
Lucas Street,
Bridgetown, St Michael , BARBADOS
1246-4275483
1246-4265407
yahyabhana@hotmail.com
 
KHAN\\\'S APARTMENTS KHAN\\\'S APARTMENTS
#10 Belle Main Rd, St.Michael,
Belle, , BARBADOS
246-2287530
4294663
shamirkhan@caribsurf.com
rooms at low rate water and electricity included
Manjra & Sons Manjra & Sons
Milk Market,Tudor Street,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-4263944
drivebar@caribsurf.com
Ladies and Gent\'s clothing, dress bags and many items of interest.
Mico garment factory ltd Mico garment factory ltd
Harbour ind park,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-426 2941
246 429 7267
micobds@hotmail.com
Garment manufacturers/wholesale distribution

 

Patel's Store Patel's Store
#1Swan & Roebuck Street,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-436-1206
PatelsStore@hotmail.com
WE SELL LADIES CLOTHING,BAGS AND OTHER ACCESSORIES WE ALSO DO WACTH REPAIRS .
SIGNSTATIONS LTD SIGNSTATIONS LTD
HARTS GAP,
Bridgetown, CHRIST CHURCH 00000, BARBADOS
246-4260183
4369323
SIGNSTATION@CARIBSURF.COM
MANUFACTURER OF SIGNAGE - I.E. BANNERS, VEHICLE GRAPHICS, LICENSE PLATES, 3D SIGNS, REAL ESTATE SIGNS, ETC.
Stop 'N' Shop Stop 'N' Shop
Milk Market, Tudor Street,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-4370786
246-4363786
manjray@caribsurf.com
Clothing, hardware and household items, cell phone unlocking service and accessories.
Supreme Distributors Inc. Supreme Distributors Inc.
Harbour Road Bridgetown BARBADOS,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246 -437 6910
246 4297267
supreme@caribsurf.com
Importers and ditributors of a wide range of food and general merchandise
Xpress Travel Services Xpress Travel Services
Laundry Rd, Country Rd, St. Michael,
Bridgetown, , BARBADOS
246-429 8225
435 3199
xpress@sunbeach.net
Specialist in Worldwide Airline bookings, Hajj & Umrah Services and Package Tours

 

       

References
Islam in Barbados ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Barbados  , June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107321.html ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=barbados   , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Barbados June 2008.