ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN JAMAICA

      

General Information

Sovereign                   : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)

GLand area                 : 4,181 sq mi (10,829 sq km); total area: 4,244 sq mi (10,991 sq km)

Population (2007 est.) : 2,780,132

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Kingston, 937,700 (metro. area), 590,500 (city proper)

Monetary unit             : Jamaican dollar

Languages                 : English, Jamaican Creole

Ethnicity/race            : Black 90.9%, East Indian 1.3%, white 0.2%, Chinese 0.2%, mixed 7.3%, other 0.1%

Religions                  : Protestant 61.3%, (Church of God 21.2%, Baptist 8.8%, Anglican 5.5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal           7.6%, Methodist 2.7%, United Church 2.7%, Brethren 1.1%, Jehovah's Witness 1.6%, Moravian 1.1%), Roman Catholic 4%, other including some spiritual cults 34.7%

Literacy rate             : 88% (2005 est.)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $13.47 billion; per capita $4,800. Real growth rate: 1.5%. Inflation: 7.1%.

Jamaica is an island in the West Indies, 90 mi (145 km) south of Cuba and 100 mi (161 km) west of Haiti. It is a little smaller than Connecticut. The island is made up of coastal lowlands, a limestone plateau, and the Blue Mountains, a group of volcanic hills, in the east.

Jamaica was inhabited by Arawak Indians when Columbus explored it in 1494 and named it St. Iago. It remained under Spanish rule until 1655, when it became a British possession. Buccaneers operated from Port Royal, also the capital, until it fell into the sea in an earthquake in 1692. Disease decimated the Arawaks, so black slaves were imported to work on the sugar plantations. During the 17th and 18th centuries the British were consistently harassed by the Maroons, armed bands of freed slaves roaming the countryside. Abolition of the slave trade (1807), emancipation of the slaves (1833), and a drop in sugar prices eventually led to a depression that resulted in an uprising in 1865. The following year Jamaica became a Crown colony, and conditions improved considerably. Introduction of bananas reduced dependence on sugar.

On May 5, 1953, Jamaica gained internal autonomy, and, in 1958, it led in organizing the West Indies Federation.

Islamic History and Muslims

The statistics for Islam in Jamaica estimate a total Muslim population of 6000, representing 0.2 percent of the population. There are 12 Mosque, 1 school and about 6 Muslim businesses in Jamaica, including the Islamic Council of Jamaica and the Islamic Education and Dawah Center, both located in Kingston and offering classes in Islamic studies and daily prayers in congregation. Outside of Kingston, organizations include Masjid Al Haq in Mandeville, Masjid Al-Ihsan in Negril, Masjid-e-Hikmah in Ocho Rios, and the Port Maria Islamic Center in Saint Mary. We have weekly lectures, every Sunday afternoon. We have annual congress. Converting is fairly good, being a 98% Christian country.

The first Muslims in Jamaica were slaves brought from West Africa in 1494. Over time most of them lost their Islamic identity due to forced conversions to Christianity. Muíminun of African descent belonging to the Islamic nations of Mandinka, Fula, Susu, Ashanti and Hausa ceaselessly tried to maintain their Islamic practices in secrecy, while working as slaves on the plantations in Jamaica.

About 16 percent of the 37,000 indentured Indian immigrants who arrived to Jamaica between 1845 and 1917 were Muslims. Muhammad Khan, who came to Jamaica in 1915 at the age of 15, built Masjid Ar-Rahman in Spanish Town in 1957, while Westmoreland's Masjid Hussein was built by Muhammad Golaub, who immigrated with his father at the age of 7. The indentured Muslims laid the foundation of the eight other masjids established in Jamaica since the 1960s, with the advent of an indigenous Jamaican Muslim community that now forms the majority of the Muslim populace on the island.
 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Islamic Council of Jamaica

Islamic Council of Jamaica
24 Camp Road, Kingston 4,
Kingston, 876, JAMAICA


876-928 1771
benedict@Anbell.net

Mosque, religious services, arabic/quranic classes, men's group, women's group meetings, basic school for children (general), small library...Mash'Allah, there are also 2 schools on the island, as well as mosques located in the following: spanish town, st.catherine,albany & port maria,st.mary, newell, st.elizabeth, 3 mile river, westmoreland, montego bay, red hills road, and of course kingston...There are 3,000+ muslims on the island, and the best way to find out locations and to recieve help is through the central mosque located in kingston.

ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION

ISLAMIC ASSOCIATION
MASJID AL-RAHMAN WINDSOR ROAD,
Spanish Town, 12, JAMAICA

 

 

PORT MARIA ISLAMIC CENTRE

PORT MARIA ISLAMIC CENTRE
9 1/2 KIRK ST. PORT MARIA, Saint Mary, , JAMAICA

 

 

Masjid Al-Ihsan

Masjid Al-Ihsan
Box 2726, West End Road, Negril, Jamaica,
Negril, , JAMAICA

876-8545753- 4300250
876-957-0253
weiserealtor@yahoo.com

Mosque and Regilious Srevices

Islamic Education and Dawah Center

Islamic Education and Dawah Center
ALBANY ALBANY, ST MARY,
Kingston, , JAMAICA

 

The Center offers all the services of a Masjid which includes weekly Jum'ah Prayers.As a part of its Dawah activities it provides and distributes pamphlets to schools as well as non-muslims on a regular basis.

Masjid-e-Hikmah

Masjid-e-Hikmah
Main Street, Next to Mr. Tyre,
Ocho Rios, St. Ann 0000, JAMAICA

876-9740200, 9740700
rajor1@aol.com 

 

Masjid Al Haq

Masjid Al Haq
26 New Green road,
Mandeville, , JAMAICA

 

 

MASJID AL-BASIR

MASJID AL-BASIR
17 FOSTER AVE,
Montego Bay, ST.JAMES , JAMAICA

 

 

Caribbean-American Program for Empowerment

Caribbean-American Program for Empowerment

16 1/2 Mountain View Ave,
Kingston, Kingston Jamaica, W.I., JAMAICA

718-421-1846
718-434-9748
geraldranglin@aol.comakbarcape@yahoo.com
WWW.AKBARCAPE.ORG

INTERFAITH ACTIVITIES HELP THE NEEDY

 

 

 

 

 

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

STOF\\\'S LIMITED

STOF\\\'S LIMITED
CONTENT DISTRICT,
Discovery Bay, JAMAICA , JAMAICA

876-973-2288
876-973-6069
hakhassauce@hotmail.com

 

Total I.T Solutions

Total I.T Solutions
36 Leader's Ave,
Montego bay, , JAMAICA

Web Designing, Networking, Software Development, Computer Repairs and Corporate Trainning..

 

MR TYRE

MR TYRE
26 MIRIAM WAY, Shop 3-5,
Montego Bay, ST JAMES , JAMAICA

876--952-4222, 979-3
876-952-8137
rajor1@aol.com

 

K A INDUESTRIES LTD (GRANITE & MARBLE)

K A INDUESTRIES LTD (GRANITE & MARBLE)
LOT 2 READING PENN ST JAMES,
Montego Bay, ST. JAMES , JAMAICA

876-979-1616
kainduestries@hotmail.com

WE DO KITCHEN COUNTERTOP, KITCHEN CABINETS GRANITE AND MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

 

muslimvacationsjamaica.com

muslimvacationsjamaica.com
67 Crane Rd. Black River,
Black River, St Elizabeth Jamaica. WI, JAMAICA

876-965-2756 or 892-
sakinahja@cwjamaica.com 
www.muslimvacationsjamaica.com 

A 10 bedroom guest house on the beach that is owned and operated by Muslims offering a quiet and relaxing enverionment suitable for the whole family.Halal food served daily. Transportation to Jumua\'ah on Fridays at Masjid Al Taqwa.

Daily Tours available to verious parts of the beautiful Island of Jamaica. Fishing trips and Mountain trail Hikes and waterfalls tours .

 

 

 

 

References
Islam in Islam in Jamaica  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Jamaica , June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=jamaica  ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=xx  , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Jamaica
, June 2008.