ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN BERMUDA
Status : Overseas territory
Land area : 19 sq mi (49 sq km); total area: 21 sq mi (53.3 sq km)
Population (2008 est.) : 66,536
Capital (2003 est.) : Hamilton, 970
Monetary unit : Bermuda dollar
Ethnicity/race : Black African 58%, white and other 42%
National Holiday : Bermuda Day, May 24
Literacy rate : 98% (1970 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $4.5 billion; per capita $36,000. Real growth rate: 4.6%. Inflation: 2.8% (Nov. 2005).
Bermuda is an archipelago of about 360 small islands, 580 mi (934 km) east of North Carolina. The largest is (Great) Bermuda, or Main Island. Explored by Juan de Bermúdez, a Spaniard, the islands were settled in 1612 by an offshoot of the Virginia Company. Bermuda became a Crown colony in 1684.
In 1968, Bermuda was granted a new constitution, its first prime minister, and autonomy, except for foreign relations, defense, and internal security. The predominantly white United Bermuda Party has retained power in four elections against the opposition—the black-led Progressive Labour Party—although Bermuda's population is 58% black. U.S. air and navy bases, which had been leased in 1941 for 99-year terms, closed in 1995, along with Canadian, British army, and Royal Navy bases. In a referendum held in Aug. 1995, nearly three-fourths of those voting opposed independence.
Islamic History and Muslims
The first Muslims reached to Bermuda in 1950. The message of Islam was brought to the North Pacific island of Bermuda by African immigrants. At present there are about 600 Muslims in this island state. There are two Mosques, one Muslim School, several privately owned businesses. There is very little activities. Jum’ah at both Masjids. Converting to Islam is slowly but steadily. Islamic Center of Bermuda is working on establishing a Shura Committee to assist families with problems. We have a visiting Hafiz for Ramadhan.
The people of Bermuda love Islam and Muslims thanks to their Islamic roots. Many people in the country are likely to embrace Islam if proper dawa work is conducted using modern means.
Sheikh Sharif Al-Elmi, imam of the Muhammad Mosque in Hamilton, said drugs are one of the major problems facing the people of Bermuda. "We are making intensive effort to protect Muslims as well as non-Muslims from this scourge," the imam said.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business