ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

      

General Information

National name                  : República Dominicana

Land area                         : 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)   : 9,365,818

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Santo Domingo, 2,851,300 (metro. area), 2,252,400 (city proper)

Other large city           : Santiago de los Caballeros, 501,800

Monetary unit               : Dominican Peso

Language                      : Spanish

Ethnicity/race              : white 16%, black 11%, mixed 73%

Religion                        : Roman Catholic 95%

Literacy rate                 : 85% (2003 est.)

Economic summary   : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $85.4 billion; per capita $9,200. Real growth rate: 7.2%. Inflation: 5.8%.

  The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

  The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Española, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

  Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L'Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808 the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844 the Haitians were thrown out, and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana.

Islamic History and Muslims

Statistics for Islam in the Dominican Republic estimate that 0.02 percent of the population (2,000 individuals) are Muslim, but accurate statistics of religious affiliation are difficult to calculate and there is a wide variation concerning the actual numerical amount. Although the majority of the population is Roman Catholic, Muslim students and local organizations such as the Círculo Islámico de República Dominicana (The Islamic Circle of Dominican Republic) and the Islamic Center of the Dominican Republic (located in Miami) have helped spread Islam in this country. Currently, the Círculo Islámico estimates that Muslims number about 3,000 (most recent statistics), comprising of a good number of local converts.


  The Círculo Islámico established the first mosque in the Dominican Republic in the center of Santo Domingo, about a five minute walk from the Palacio de Policía Nacional and the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) where Muslims from around the city would have easy access to reach it. They made an agreement with the owner to purchase the land and the building for an amount of 2.85 million pesos. The mosque is open daily for the five prayers (salat) and offers classes on Islamic studies for ladies and children on weekends. They also provide free medical consultation along with a free pharmacy, Consulta Al-Foutory, which is located in a separate building at the back of the mosque. Presently, there might be as many as three mosques in Santo Domingo, including; Masjid-e-Islam, Masjid-e-Makki, and Masjid-al-Noor. The former two are no longer thought to be active. Masjid al Noor is largely believed to be the only active Masjid on the Island and receives the bulk of the Muslim population for the two Eids, Ramadan, Salat al Jummah, and the five daily prayers. There is another Masjid which remains under construction in Los LLanos, Dominican Republic. Los LLanos is roughly a 30 minutes drive from Mezquita al Noor.

Recent research has suggested that the area comprising the modern-day Dominican Republic had substantial contacts with West African Muslims before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492.[2] The native Taíno Indians of Hispaniola claimed a black people had previously come to the island, having on the tops of their spears a metal which they called gua-nin, samples of which Columbus sent to the Sovereigns to have them assayed. These samples were found to have the same ratio of alloy as those in African Guinea. The origins of the word gua-nin may be tracked down in the Mande languages of West Africa, through Mandingo, Kabunga, Toranka, Kankanka, Bambara, Mande and Vei. Other examples of African contacts prior to 1492 have been found in several other locations in the Americas and have confounded claims that Europeans were the first peoples from the "Old World" to discover the region.

  Like other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, the history of Islam in the Dominican Republic began with the importation of African slaves, which first arrived to the island of Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and DR), beginning in 1502. These people arrived with a rich and ancient culture, although brutal repression and forced conversions gradually diluted their original cultural identity and religions. The first recorded instances of resistance were in 1503, when Nicolás de Ovando, Hispaniola’s first royal governor, wrote to Isabella requesting that she prevent further shipments to the colony of enslaved ladinos, or persons possessing knowledge of Spanish or Portuguese languages and cultures, but who also often had connections to either Senegambia, Islam, or both. De Ovando had arrived earlier in April 1502 and was already complaining that the ladinos on the island were “a source of scandal to the Indians, and some had fled their owners,” establishing maroon communities in the mountains.

   The first large scale slave revolt recorded in the Americas occurred in Santo Domingo in 1522 and was led by a group of enslaved Muslims from the Wolof nation. Intent on spreading sedition throughout the island, the insurrectionists moved to mobilize an equal number of coconspirators on neighboring establishments. Machetes in hand, they dismembered plantation personnel and livestock as they proceeded, initiating a “wild and bloody expedition under dawn’s early light.” In their wake lay torched houses and fields, while “here and there in the open ground lie the decapitated bodies of unfortunate whites who [the insurgents] were able to catch off-guard.” On December 28, 1522 they reached the cattle ranch of Melchoir de Castro, upon which they may have been planning an assault. By then, however, they no longer enjoyed the element of surprise; a mixed force of Europeans and indigenous persons under Melchoir de Castro’s leadership, both militia and volunteers, attacked the desperate band of Africans, effectively ending the revolt. Those not immediately killed took to the hills, only to be captured within a week. When the dust settled, some fifteen bodies were recovered, including those of at least nine Europeans. Diego Columbus reflected that if the uprising had not been quickly quelled, many more “Christian” lives would have been lost.

  Although modern day scholars of religion in the Dominican Republic have acknowledged the African nature of Afro-Dominican practice of Catholicism, there has not been a detailed study of the influence of Islam. Similar to the process of black consciousness among African-American Muslims, Dominican converts to Islam often become interested in the religion through a re-examination of their African heritage as well as the cultural legacy of the Moors of Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain). Many conclude that Islam is not alien to Latin American culture and begin to look at it as an alternative form of religious practice.

 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Circulo Islamico de Republica Dominicana

Circulo Islamico de Republica Dominicana
66 Avenida Francia,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

809-686-2492

 

A masjid with 5 times daily prayer and classes for ladies and children on weekends. Regularly planned events involving the community. Alhamd u Lillah we also provide free Medical consultation along with a free pharmacy, Consulta Al-Foutory is located in a seperate building at the back of the Masjid,Regular prayers Iftar (fast breaking) dinners every night during Ramadhan. Islamic classes for children every Saturday in afternoons.

Assurancia loyale Intelecto

Assurancia loyale Intelecto
Av:Josemarti #20 3piso,
Santo Domingo, Republica Domonicana , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

809-251-4354
asulointelecto@yahoo.com
 

social muslim service

hadith clase medical atention,tomuslim and non muslim

Islamic center of Dominican republic

Islamic center of Dominican republic
BM No. 2571 ,8357 West Flagler St. Suite D,
Florida, Miami 3144-2072, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-473-7811/567-8
(809) 472-1235/566-6
 

Islamic center

 

Islamic circle Of The Dominican Republic

Islamic circle Of The Dominican Republic
Bm No. 2571,8357 West Flagler St. Suite D,
Saint Domingue, 33144, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

473-7811
472-1235

Islamic Organisation

 

 

 

 

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Esmeralda Guest House

Esmeralda Guest House
La C/Elvira de Mendoza #151, Casi Esq C/SAtiago,
Santo Domingo, zona universitaria , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

1-809-476-7254
1-809-221-5354
walasr@gmail.com

Rent rooms and study apartment... Contect to USMAN ULHAQ. 1-809-802-5008...... If you're planning to visit Santo Domingo, we can certainly recommend Hotel Esmeralda. It's not expensive and you'll find everybody very helpful (not just Eric but the other guests as well) and they'll soon order you a taxi or tell you how to get to wherever you're going. From the Caribe Tours bus terminus its only 10 minutes to the hotel. Guest House Esmeralda, Calle Elvira de Mendoza # 151 Tel number: +1-809-476-7254 or +1-809-707-0388 or +1-809-221 5354 E-mail: alexandra.g@verizon.net.do

Muda Food House

Muda Food House
CALLE FRANCIA 54,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

2 MINUTES WALKING FROM MOSQUE.

Desi Food Mart

Desi Food Mart
Calle Rosa Duarte # 45 , Av.Francia Esquire,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-687 - 9557

 

.FRESH PRODUCTS .EXPRESS HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

 

H & H SUMINISTROS

H & H SUMINISTROS
C/1era. # 5 , Residencial Procasa , Km 7 1/2 , Carr.Sanchez,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-535 - 2970
hyhsuministro@hotmail.com

Whatever your office needs .. !

REFRITECNICA DAWOD

REFRITECNICA DAWOD
Autopista de San Isidro km 7,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-748 -1343

WE OFFER : .FROST SYSTEM .DOMESTIC AND INDUSTRIAL REFRIGERATION .REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF : AIR CONDITIONERS AMERICAN AND JAPANESE REFRIGERATORS WASHING MACHINES DRYERS STOVES 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND WE GIVE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR CLIENTES

WOL NET

WOL NET
PROLONGATION MEXICO # 307 ROGELIO ROSELL SQUARE SECTOR IVAN GUZMAN,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-534 - 4560
wolnet_do@hotmail.com

.INTERNET CENTER .CALLING CENTRE .COMPUTER AND ENGLISH COURSES .SALES OF CALLING CARDS (ORANGE,TRICOM,ORTANGE) .SENDING OF FAX

Ali Celular

Ali Celular
Av Charles de Gaulle , Old Codetel Building,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-728-2222

Sales of cellular and accesories. And payments of rent phones

 

Consultorio dental especializada

Consultorio dental especializada
Duarte no. 54,
Mao, Valverde , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

809-5727235
saqibk@hotmail.com 

dental clinic

 

Consultorio Medico Dr. Hasan

Consultorio Medico Dr. Hasan
Av. Monumental Esq. Calle 8 #87 Los Angeles .,
Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

809-616-8207and 616-
hasanrodriguez@tricom.net

 

Muslim Doctors giving consultation, medical orientation and treatment respecting the laws of Quran and Sunnha.Also giving Da´wa to the non muslim.

NIHON AUTO

NIHON AUTO
Av. 27 de Febrero # 494 , Near Privada Esquire,
Santo Domingo, , DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

(809)-530 - 9806
nihon530@hotmail.com 

IMPORT AND EXPORT OF VEHICLES

 

 

 

 

 

References
Islam in Dominican Republic ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_the_Dominican_Republic   , June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107475.html ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=dominican_republic   , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Dominican Republic, June 2008.