ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN GUYANA

      

General Information

Cooperative Republic of Guyana

Land area                  : 76,004 sq mi (196,850 sq km); total area: 83,000 sq mi (214,970 sq km)

Population (2007 est.) : 769,095

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Georgetown, 227,700

Monetary unit          : Guyanese dollar

Languages               : English (official), Amerindian dialects, Creole, Hindi, Urdu

Ethnicity/race           : East Indian 50%; black 36%; Amerindian 7%; white, Chinese, and mixed 7%

Religions                 : Christian 50%, Hindu 35%, Islam 10%, other 5%

Literacy rate            : 99% (2003 est.)

Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $4.057 billion; per capita $5,300. Real growth rate: 4.5%. Inflation: 10.4%.

  Guyana is situated on the northern coast of South America, east of Venezuela, west of Suriname, and north of Brazil. A tropical forest covers more than 80% of the country.

  The Warrou people were the indigenous inhabitants of Guyana. The Dutch, English, and French established colonies in what is now known as Guyana, but by the early 17th century the majority of the settlements were Dutch. During the Napoleonic wars Britain took over the Dutch colonies of Berbice, Demerara, and Essequibo, which became British Guiana in 1831.

 Slavery was outlawed in 1834, and the great need for plantation workers led to a large wave of immigration, primarily of East Indians. Today, about half of the population is of East Indian descent and about 36% are of African descent.

 In 1889, Venezuela voiced its claim to a large swath of Guyanese territory, but ten years later an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to British Guiana.

  British Guiana became a Crown colony in 1928, and in 1953 it was granted home rule. In 1950, Cheddi Jagan, who was Indian-Guyanese, and Forbes Burnham, who was Afro-Guyanese, created the colony's first political party, the Progressive People's Party (PPP), which was dedicated to gaining the colony's independence. In the 1953 elections, Cheddi Jagan was elected chief minister. The British, however, alarmed by Jagan's Marxist views, suspended the constitution and government within months and installed an interim government. In 1955, the PPP split, with Burnham breaking off to create the People's National Congress (PNC). The leftist Jagan of the PPP and the more moderate Burnham of the PNC were to dominate Guyanan politics for decades to come. In 1961, Britain granted the colony autonomy, and Jagan became prime minister (1961–1964). Strikes and rioting weakened Jagan's rule, much of it believed to be the result of covert CIA operations. In 1964, Burnham succeeded Jagan as prime minister, a position he retained after the country gained full independence on May 26, 1966. With independence, the country returned to its traditional name, Guyana.

  Guyana is an American Indian word meaning “Land of Many Waters.” The country is characterised by its enormous rain forests and rivers. The table mountains found in the interior regions inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1912 novel “The Lost World” which was a type of “Jurassic Park” adventure story from 100 years ago.

   Most of Guyana’s 767,000 people live along the Atlantic coast. South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis and Afghans) make up the majority of Muslims in Guyana (more than 75,000 people). Like the Africans who came as slaves most of Guyana’s ethnic groups were labourers brought into the country to work on sugar and cotton plantations with the exception of the Amerindians. South Asians from largely Hindu and Muslim backgrounds make up 51% of the population. “Whites” and Chinese, make up less than 2% percent of the population. Over 500,000 Guyanese have emigrated to other countries including the United States, Canada, England, Suriname and Trinidad.

Islamic History and Muslims

  The first Muslims to Guyana were probably Fulanis from Africa. While Guyana’s Muslim community is made up primarily of South Asians there is a growing Afro-Guyanese minority. Most are Sunni Muslims attending over 125 mosques. Former president Hamilton Green was reportedly a Muslim convert. Guyana officially joined the Organisation of Islamic Conference (CIO) in 1998 (see its local Guyanese web site at: http://www.ciog.org.gy). The CIOG is involved alms (zakat) distribution and other social welfare programs including help for widows. Guyanese Muslims are split into traditionalist and reformist camps which have been in ideological conflict for decades.

  Guyanese Muslims pay close attention to the issues affecting Muslims abroad such as the conflicts in Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan and so on. Local organisations often host prominent Muslim scholars from South Asia and the Arab world as a means of encouraging solidarity and identification with the global “ummah” (the worldwide Muslim community).

About 10 percent of Guyana's population is Muslim, representing 76,528 individuals. The Sunnatival Jamaat is the orthodox Sunni Islamic movement. The largest Islamic organization in the country is the Guyana United Sadr Islamic Anjuman. Many of these people were immigrants from Africa and the Middle East.

Until the 1970s, Muslim holidays were not officially recognized. A number of non-Christian religious days are now public holidays. Muslim holidays include Id al Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the sacred month of fasting; Id al Adha, the feast of sacrifice; and Mawlid, the birthday of Muhammad. The dates for these holidays vary according to the Islamic calendar.

 

CIOG Guyana Summer 2006- Adelphi

CIOG Guyana Summer 2006- Adelphi

CIOG Guyana Summer 2006- Adelphi

CIOG SUMMER 2006 - Meten Meer Zorg Camp

CIOG SUMMER 2006 - GEORGETOWN

 

 

    Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
The Central Islamic Organization Of Guyana The Central Islamic Organization Of Guyana
Woolford Ave.,Thomas Lands,G/Town,
Georgetown, Guyana P.O.Box 10245,George, GUYANA
592-2258654,56167
592 -2272475
ciog@sdnp.org.gy
www.ciog.org.gy
The CIOG is the main organization of the Muslims of Guyana.Its activities are geared towards taking care of the Educational,Social and Welfare needs of the Muslims of Guyana. The CIOG also makes representation on behalf of muslims to the Government. Conducting Training Programs for Imams and Madrasa teachers,The National collection and distribution of Zakat,An Orphan Sponsor Prog. Twice weekly T.V.Programs,Radio Programs, Medical Outreach Prog,Disaster Relief Prog. Peace Education Institute,Regular feeding of Poor and needy in poor ares of country.The CIOG issues certificates for businesses that provide Hallal meat to the Public.
MUSLIM YOUTH ORGANISATION OF GUYANA MUSLIM YOUTH ORGANISATION OF GUYANA
WOOLFORD AVE GEORGETOWN,
Georgetown, DEMERARA , GUYANA
592-2261233

 

MULIM YOUT ORG IS A NON GOVEMENTAL ORG THAT SERVES THE MUSLIM YOUTHS AND ALSO ALL OTHER MUSLIM.IT IS GARED TO PROMOTE SPORTS ,CULTURE,DAWAH,HEAHTH,IN GENERAL PROPAGATE ISLAM.MUSLIM YOUTH ORGANISATION IS THE ONLY ORG THAT THAT PRAY THE TWO EID SALLAH IN OPEN AIR,THAT IS ON THE LAWNS OF THE MUSLIM YOURH ORG.
Muslim Youth League of Guyana Muslim Youth League of Guyana
Anna Catherina Islamic Complex,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-276-0030,2760245
592-276-0245
muslimjournal@yahoo.com
The national Muslim Youth group of Guyana
Guyana Islamic Trust Guyana Islamic Trust
29 Lombard Street, 4th Floor, Georgetown,
Georgetown, South America , GUYANA

(592) 227-0115
(592) 227-3283
gits@guyana.net.gy
http://www.gitgy.com
 
Involved in Islamic Education and Tarbiyyah nationwide.
Hague Front Masjid Hague Front Masjid
Duke Street, Hague Front, W.C.Dem. Guyana,
Hague, Region 3 , GUYANA
  Quran class,family class,tafseer class,,family program,madrassa
Jama Masjid Jama Masjid
Ankerville, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice.,
Port Mourant, , GUYANA
592-337-2860

 

This is a Masjid that also have a Youth center besides it.
Anna Catherina Islamic Complex Anna Catherina Islamic Complex
Lots 111A & B, 112A & B, 113B, Anna Catherina, West Coast Demerara,
Georgetown, West Coast Demerara , GUYANA
592-268-2245
592-268-2245
anna_catherina_isla

mic_complex@hotmail.com

 
New mosque New mosque
First st alexander village,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
  sister classes
Queenstown Jama Masjid Queenstown Jama Masjid
295 Church Street,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-2271657 Masjid open to the Muslim Public at all prayer time.Arabic class
Guyana Islamic Institute Guyana Islamic Institute
Zeeburg, West Coast Demerara,
Georgetown, Demerara , GUYANA

592-277-0583-4
gii@gitgy.com
www.gitgy.com
Provide education for all ages across Guyana. It has a One-Year Diploma Program in Islamic Studies and Arabic Language. Students from Guyana and other countries attende this Program. The new one year program will commence on the 3rd September,2007 inshallah. Registration begins from the 15th August,2007. Further information contact Arif on 592-655-0694 or Saeed on 592-652-9525 or the Institute's Phone on 592-277-0583-4
ANJUMAN HEDAYATUL ISLAM ANJUMAN HEDAYATUL ISLAM
LOT 2 METEN MEER ZORG W.C.D.,
Met En Meerzorg, , GUYANA
   
Berbice masjids Berbice masjids
378, Haswell, Port Mourant, Corentyne,
Port Mourant, Guyana, South America , GUYANA
592-337-2860 It is under construction. It will cater from Grade One to Grade Eleven. It will begin classes in September 2004, inshaa Allaah.
La Grange Sunnatul Jamaat Masjid La Grange Sunnatul Jamaat Masjid
La Grange, West Bank Demerara,
La Grange, , GUYANA
  The only mosque in La Grange..All is welcomed. Educational Course 2nd Weekend,children course upto age16 m/f.
NEW AMSTERDAM MASJID NEW AMSTERDAM MASJID
LOT 3 MAIN STREET,
New Amsterdam, BERBICE , GUYANA
592-333-5623
namasjid@yahoo.com
 
PARIKA SUNNATUL JAMAAT PARIKA SUNNATUL JAMAAT
EAST BANK ESSEQUIBO,
Hydronie, PARIKA, GUYANA
   
THE LINDEN JAMAA'AH THE LINDEN JAMAA'AH
LOT 1 SILVERCITY WISMAR,
Linden, WISMAR , GUYANA
   
Guyana Islamic Relief Organisation Guyana Islamic Relief Organisation
29, Lombard Street,
Guyana, Guyana, South America , GUYANA
   
Al Ghazali Islamic Academy (AIA) Al Ghazali Islamic Academy (AIA)
Woolford Avenue, Thomas Lands,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-225-6167 or 225-
592-227-2475
contact@ciog.org.gy 
 
Caters from Pre-K to CXC level. Provides free tuition and transportation, uniform and textbooks for Orphans and Vulnerable Children from Annandale, ECD to Grove, EBD.
HujjatulUlama DarulUloom Guyana HujjatulUlama DarulUloom Guyana
# 74 Berbice,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-335-3534
takieupdate@yahoo.com
www.hujja.org
A registered non profit oorganisation that is registered with the Government, it started in 1992 as a school to teach Quran. It has grown into a huge entity catering for some 150 students from both local and international. Students are tutored on both Academic and Islamic studies. Active participation in media and social work along with interfaith activities makes it parallel to any other active NGO in the country. Its famous publication the Unique Reemedy educates the masses on various topics.
ISA Islamic School ISA Islamic School
East Street,
Georgetown, Guyana , GUYANA
  Provide education from Pre-K to Grade Eleven
Laser Edge Academic College Laser Edge Academic College
200 De Souza St. Better Hope,
Georgetown, Better Hope , GUYANA
592-220-4321
razah@networksgy.com
General Academic College,

Dawah and islamic lectures

LBI Islamic Academy LBI Islamic Academy
LBI, East Coast Demerara,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-220-1176

 

Cater from Pre-K to Grade Three. It is a branch of ISA Islamic School.
       

Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
A&A MOHAMEDS ENTERPRISE A&A MOHAMEDS ENTERPRISE
40 HOWES ST CHARLESTOWN,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-2277071 DEALERS IN LISTER/PETTER ENGINES AND SPARES
Amin Enterprise Amin Enterprise
Meadow Bank,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-226-0011, 592 22
worldwideamin@yahoo.com
Service Diesel fuel pumps and injectors, Importers of Heavy duty parts, Catterpillar, Cummins and Detroit Diesel,Etc.
Dar- Al- Taqwa bookstore Dar- Al- Taqwa bookstore
29 Lombard St.,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
623-3099
shireenyusuf@hotmail.com
An Islmaic bookstore stocking a wide range of books, Muslim dress for male and feemale, and an even wider range of gift items
Dr. S. Ali Dental Clinic Dr. S. Ali Dental Clinic
627 New Market st. Georgetown.,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-227 - 1480
shameer1961@yahoo.com
General Dentistry for the family - Fillings, Cleanings, Dentures, Crown and Bridge, Root canal therapy, Teeth whitening, extractions, etc.
MADINA HALAAL RESTURAUNT MADINA HALAAL RESTURAUNT
143 ZEEBURG W.C.D.,
Zeeburg, , GUYANA
592-277 0581
275 0520
haleemkhan@hotmail.com
 
Mohameds Enterprize Mohameds Enterprize
29 Lombrd St.,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
592-227-0179 A wholesale and retail business establishment owen by a prominent member of the muslim community
Power Surf Internet Café Power Surf Internet Café
29 Lombard Street,
Georgetown, , GUYANA
(592) 660-9212
samirbaksh@yahoo.com
http://www.powersurfcafe.netfirms.com/
Internet café and call center . we also sell Muslim Chants and Quranic CDs Opening Hours
ROYAL JEWEL HOUSE ROYAL JEWEL HOUSE

137 Regent Street, Georgetown, Guyana , GUYANA

592-226-2708
592-225-2764
royaljewel@email.com
Retail Store dealing in Gold & Silver Jewellery, Watches & Clocks, Watch Bands/Batteries/Repairs, Sunglasses, Novelties & Gifts, Islamic Decorations and Guyana Souvenirs.In business over 60 Years.
zaladin industrial commercial trade zaladin industrial commercial trade

as above,Corriverton, BERBICE Lots 33/34 78 Corri, GUYANA

592-335 3510 / 335 3
zjuman@yahoo.com
 
Business in existence for more than 50 years firm foundation on reliability ,importers of light and heavy agricultural machinery and spares and general merchandizing ,also ocean and river transportation suppling materials for the building industry
       

 References
Guyana - Land of Many Waters ( http://www.30-days.net/muslims/muslims-in/america-south/guyana/,  June, 2008).
Islam in Guyana ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Guyana,  June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107608.html,  June, 2008).
World Religions Statistics ( http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_122.html,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=guyana,  June, 2008).
Islamic Population ( http://www.islamicpopulation.com/america_general.html,  June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Guyana, June 2008.