ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN NICARAGUA

      

General Information

National name           : República de Nicaragua

Land area                  : 46,430 sq mi (120,254 sq km); total area: 49,998 sq mi (129,494 sq km)

Population (2007 est.) : 5,675,356

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Managua, 1,390,500 (metro. area), 1,146,000 (city proper)

Monetary unit           : Gold cordoba

Languages                 : Spanish 98% (official); English and indigenous languages on Atlantic coast (1995)

Ethnicity/race : mestizo 69%, white 17%, black 9%, Amerindian 5%

Religions                    : Roman Catholic 73%, Evangelical 15%, Moravian 2%, none 9% (1995)

Literacy rate              : 68% (2003 est.)

Economic summary   : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $18.17 billion; per capita $3,200. Real growth rate: 2.9%. Inflation: 9.8%

  Largest but most sparsely populated of the Central American nations, Nicaragua borders on Honduras to the north and Costa Rica to the south. It is slightly larger than New York State. Nicaragua is mountainous in the west, with fertile valleys. Two big lakes, Nicaragua and Managua, are connected by the Tipitapa River. The Pacific coast is volcanic and very fertile. The swampy Caribbean coast is aptly called the “Mosquito Coast.”

  Nicaragua, which derives its name from the chief of the area's leading Indian tribe at the time of the Spanish Conquest, was first settled by the Spanish in 1522. The country won independence in 1838.

Islamic History and Muslims



Statistics for Islam in Nicaragua are not readily available, but according to Fahmi Hassan, President of the Asociación Cultural Nicaragüense-Islámica the Muslim population is near 500, mostly Arabs who immigrated to Nicaragua from the Palestinian territories and Lebanon, in addition to a growing number of indigenous converts. Recently the first mosque was constructed in the country on a parcel of land measuring three thousand meters in the San Juan district with a capacity for nearly one thousand people. And now there is also a new Islamic Center whos name is "Centro Cultural Islamico Nicaraguense" run by shiite Muslims in the country and their main goal is the spread of Islamic Teaching.
 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Asociacion Cultural Nicaraguense Islamica
 
Asociacion Cultural Nicaraguense Islamica
Ciudad Jardin,Casa N. P-5,Managua, NICARAGUA
505-2493504-249567
505-2497255
mezquita_nica@hotmail.com
mezquita_ni@yahoo.com
Masjed and  Islamic Center
Autolote Dignity S.A.
 
Autolote Dignity S.A.
Semaforos de Plaza Inter, 1 Cuadra Arriba, Managua. NicaraguaA
505-222-2022
505-222-2022
dignityautos@yahoo.com
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References
Islam in Nikaragua (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Nicaragua
, June, 2008).
Info please (http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107839.html
, June, 2008).
Islam Finder (http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=nicaragua
, June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Nicaragua, June 2008.