ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN HONDURAS

      

General Information

National name           : República de Honduras

Land area                  : 43,201 sq mi (111,891 sq km); total area: 43,278 sq mi (112,090 sq km)

Population (2007 est.) : 7,483,763

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Tegucigalpa, 1,436,000 (metro. area), 1,248,300 (city proper)

Monetary unit           : Lempira

Languages                 : Spanish (official), Amerindian dialects; English widely spoken in business

Ethnicity/race             : Mestizo 90%, Amerindian 7%, black 2%, white 1%

Religions                    : Roman Catholic 97%, Protestant 3%

Literacy rate              : 76% (2003 est.)

Economic summary   : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $24.69 billion; per capita $3,300. Real growth rate: 6%. Inflation: 6.4%.

Honduras, in the north-central part of Central America, has a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Guatemala is to the west, El Salvador to the south, and Nicaragua to the east. The second-largest country in Central America, Honduras is slightly larger than Tennessee. Generally mountainous, the country is marked by fertile plateaus, river valleys, and narrow coastal plains.

During the first millennium, Honduras was inhabited by the Maya. Columbus explored the country in 1502. Honduras, with four other Central American nations, declared its independence from Spain in 1821 to form a federation of Central American states. In 1838, Honduras left the federation and became independent.

Islamic History and Muslims

 The statistics for Islam in Honduras estimate a total Muslim population of 2,790, representing 0.04 percent of the population[citation needed]. However, although there are no official statistics, it is estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 of the country's seven million inhabitants are of Arab descent, and of these, the great majority are Palestinian Arabs. However, the vast majority of these Arabs are of Orthodox and Catholic Christian decent. No other country in the Western Hemisphere has a higher proportion of Arab immigrants and, in absolute numbers, Honduras ranks fourth after the United States, Canada and Chile. There are two known Islamic organizations in Honduras, including the Centro Islámico de Honduras in San Pedro Sula led by Yusuf Amdani, and the Comunidad Islámica de Honduras in Cortés.
Honduras received its first Arab immigrant in 1896, and by 1918, according to a local survey, Arab immigrants were largely Palestinian Christians in San Pedro Sula, the country's second-largest city. Immigration picked up again after World War II and the Arab-Israeli war of 1948. In 1984, an Islamic charitable organization was founded, with the main object of taking care of the interests of the Arabs and Muslims in the country, and they have since built a mosque, where they meet and discuss their social and religious affairs, including the education of their children, the most important of which is teaching them the Qur’an and the Arabic language.
 

   Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Centro Islámico De Honduras
 

Centro Islámico De Honduras
Pasaje continental 2y3 Av. 2y3 Calle.,San Pedro Sula, California 90008, HONDURAS

323-290-9525
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dawah_ma_90221@yahoo.com 

Mosque

Comunidad Islámica De Honduras
 

Comunidad Islámica De Honduras
Apartado No. 4 Puerto Cortés Cortés - HONDURAS

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Dawah

References
Islam in Honduras (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Honduras,  June, 2008).
Muslims in Honduras ( http://www.islamicpopulation.com/honduras_muslim.html,  June, 2008).
Info please (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107616.html,  June, 2008).
World Religions Statistics (http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/Wh_35.html,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder (http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=honduras,  June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Honduras, June 2008.