ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN HAITI

      

General Information

National name           : République d'Haïti

Land area                   : 10,641 sq mi (27,560 sq km); total area: 10,714 sq mi (27,750 sq km)

Population (2007 est.) : 8,706,497

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Port-au-Prince, 1,764,000 (metro. area), 1,119,000 (city proper)

Monetary unit          : Gourde

Languages                : Creole and French (both official)

Ethnicity/race           : black 95%, mulatto and white 5%

Religions                  : Roman Catholic 80%, Protestant 16% (Baptist 10%, Pentecostal 4%, Adventist 1%, other 1%), other 3%, none 1%. Note: roughly half the population practices Vaudou

Literacy rate           : 53% (2003 est.)

Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $15.82 billion; per capita $1,900. Real growth rate: 3.5%. Inflation: 8.9%.

Haiti, in the West Indies, occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. About the size of Maryland, Haiti is two-thirds mountainous, with the rest of the country marked by great valleys, extensive plateaus, and small plains.

Explored by Columbus on Dec. 6, 1492, Haiti's native Arawaks fell victim to Spanish rule. In 1697, Haiti became the French colony of Saint-Dominique, which became a leading sugarcane producer dependent on slaves. In 1791, an insurrection erupted among the slave population of 480,000, resulting in a declaration of independence by Pierre-Dominique Toussaint l'Ouverture in 1801. Napoléon Bonaparte suppressed the independence movement, but it eventually triumphed in 1804 under Jean-Jacques Dessalines, who gave the new nation the Arawak name Haiti. It was the world's first independent black republic.

Islamic History and Muslims

The estimated population of Haitian Muslims is about 3250, representing approximately 0.04 percent of the population, although local Muslims claim the actual number is much larger, nearing 5000 due to many Muslims that supposedly aren't counted due to inaccessibility or unavailability. There are many Islamic organizations in Haiti, including the Bilal Mosque and Islamic Center in Cap-Haïtien, which offers programs in Islamic studies and daily prayers, and the Centre Spirituel Allah ou Akbar in Port au Prince. Haiti, an Afro-Latin nation, has a small but nevertheless marked Arab presence which further influences Islam in the island.

The history of Islam on the island of Hispaniola (which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic) begins with the slavery in Haïti. Many Muslims were imported as slaves to Haiti. Although many were forced to abandon Islam over time, their Islamic heritage has persisted in the culture of native Haitians. Additionally, a revisionist history of Dutty Boukman, whose death is largely considered the start of the Haitian Revolution, suggests that he was Muslim. In the early portion of the 20th century, a wave of Arab immigrants came to the Americas, in which a surprisingly noticeable amount settled in Haiti (and other countries as well). It is said that the first to arrive in Haiti around 1920 was a man hailing from the Palestinian village of Aizariya, near Jerusalem, along with 19 other families. Today, the majority of the country's Muslims are indigenous Haitians, followed by the ethnic Middle Easterners. As a result of limited financial resources, they were unable to build a mosque or school until 1985, when a residence was converted into a mosque and a minaret was constructed. In 2000, Nawoon Marcellus, a member of Fanmi Lavalas from San Raphael, became the first Muslim elected to the Chamber of Deputies of Haïti.
 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Bilal Mosque Islamic Center Bilal Mosque Islamic Center
Charrier, Street Bilal #8 PO Box 91,
Cap-Haitien, , HAITI
  Islamic studies,Dawah ul Islam,Brotherhood,CLASE FOR A WOMEN AND CHILDREN, QURAN CLASE
Al nour Al nour
near the telecommunication ministry, Port Au Prince International, , HAITI
  mosque

 

Centre Spirituel Allah Ou Akbar : Centre Spirituel Allah Ou Akbar
61 rue becassine carrefour feuilles, Port au Prince, HAITI 6116, HAITI

509-22213485
max_astier@hotmail.com 
tias_jaafar@yahoo.com
www.csa-haiti.info
 
masged la lumiere de l'islam masged la lumiere de l'islam
CHALLON MIRAGONE,
Miragoane, HAITI , HAITI
BYLLA-0050937628727
byllal_89@yahoo.fr
 
Muhammad Ali Jihadnafsi -FonDation Islamic D\\\'haiti Muhammad Ali Jihadnafsi -FonDation Islamic D\\\'haiti
Rue, Roza#19 Bazindry Canapevert Pap Haiti,
Port-au-Prince, H T I WI, HAITI

+(509) 2940-0231
dawah_ul_islam@hotmail.com
The FonDation Islamique D\'haiti as name s know before as MuhammadAliJihadnafsi is a islamic center who tabligh Dawah ul Islam, whe have social service, clinical for all muslim and non Muslim, food given to every friday after jumuah salah to muslim and non muslim whom asist at special Dawah doing that days, clinical service, taleem doing,tabbigh jamah,visit the brothers, Quran clase for a sister and childrens
       

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
       

References
Islam in Islam in Haiti ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Haitihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Haiti   , June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107612.html ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=haiti   , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Haiti, June 2008.