ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN GUADELOUPE
Status : Overseas Department
Land area : 680 sq mi (1,761 sq km); total area: 687 sq mi (1,780 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 456,698
Capital (2003 est.) : Basse-Terre, 12,900
Largest city : Abymes, 65,700
Monetary unit : Franc
Languages : French 99% (official), Creole patois
Ethnicity/race : Black or mulatto 90%, white 5%, East Indian, Lebanese, Chinese less than 5%
Religions : Roman Catholic 95%, Hindu and pagan African 4%, Protestant 1%
Literacy rate : 98% (1977 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2003 est.): $3.513 billion; per capita $7,900. Real growth rate: n.a. Inflation: n.a.
Guadeloupe, in the West Indies about 300 mi (483 km) southeast of Puerto Rico, was explored by Columbus in 1493. It consists of the twin islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre and five dependencies—Marie-Galante, Les Saintes, La Désirade, St. Barthélemy, and the northern three-fifths of St. Martin. The volcano Soufrière (4,813 ft; 1,467 m), also called La Grande Soufrière, is the highest point on Guadeloupe.
French colonization began in 1635, and in 1674 Guadeloupe became part of the domain of France. In 1946, it became an overseas department of France.
Islamic History and Muslims
Islam has grown in Guadeloupe from 80 years, is at this time that the first place of worship was created by a handful of Muslims, an apartment of about sixty square meters, served as a place of worship . Today with a community that has nearly a thousand people is still the same place that serves as a prayer room for meetings of the faithful, place of education and dispenses knowledge. This place can accommodate about 50 people. This space called Mosque is managed by the Muslim Institute of Guadeloupe, cultural association whose purpose is to consolidate the ties of brotherhood between Muslims.
At the beginning of 90 years, the need to build a mosque has become a major concern for the Muslim community of Guadeloupe.
A construction project has been put in place, but unfortunately it was unsuccessful.
Today, the Muslim population of Guadeloupe is growing, the current mosque can not accommodate all those who want to come to the Friday prayer in particular and the problem of building a Mosque arises more than ever .
It is within this context that a new association worship (Law 1905) was established in June 2005, the Association of Muslims of Guadeloupe, whose main purpose is to lead the construction project of the Mosque of Guadeloupe . Our project is not the construction of a mosque, he wants to be the real glue that must unify Muslims of Guadeloupe. This project will also help accommodate the many brothers and sisters who pass through the Guadeloupe as well as providing religious instruction.
Beyond the construction of a building of worship, which is now essential to bring together Muslims, this project is to enable the community to better organize.
The Muslim community of Guadeloupe is like that of the hexagon. It is diverse and mainly after little advantaged backgrounds. We are therefore faced with severe financial difficulties because our community can not meet its own need donations needed for the construction of the mosque in Guadeloupe.
To implement this project to its completion, insa'Allah, it is essential to mobilize all forces and all human, financial and technical resources to get the best of the best buildings and organizations as possible.
With God's help, we can achieve our goal if everyone participates in accordance with its capabilities to our project.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business