ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN SAINT LUCIA
Sovereign : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)
Land area : 236 sq mi (611 sq km); total area: 238 mi (616 sq km)
Population (2007 est.) : 170,649
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Castries, 60,300
Monetary unit : East Caribbean dollar
Languages : English (official), French patois
Ethnicity/race : Black 82.5%, mixed 11%, East Indian 2.4%, other or unspecified 3.1% (2001 census)
Religions : Roman Catholic 68%, Seventh-Day Adventist 9%, Pentecostal 6%, Evangelical 2%, Anglican 2%, other Christian 5%, Rastafarian 2%, none 5% (2001)
Literacy rate : 90% (2001 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2006 est.): $1.179 billion; per capita $4,800 (2005 est.). Real growth rate: 5.1%. Inflation: 2.9% (2005 est.).
One of the Windward Islands of the eastern Caribbean, St. Lucia lies just south of Martinique. It is of volcanic origin. A chain of wooded mountains runs from north to south and from them flow many streams into fertile valleys.
The first inhabitants of St. Lucia were the Arawak Indians, who were forced off the island by the Caribs. Explored by Spain and then France, St. Lucia became a British territory in 1814 and one of the Windward Islands in 1871. With other Windward Islands, St. Lucia was granted home rule in 1967 as one of the West Indies Associated States. On Feb. 22, 1979, St. Lucia achieved full independence in ceremonies boycotted by the opposition St. Lucia Labour Party, which had advocated a referendum before cutting ties with Britain.
Islamic History and Muslims
According to Abdullah Abdul Raheem; there are very small Muslim community (150-200 ) in St Lucia. The community is made up of mainly converts or locals, who are of African descent, but who also include immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia and other Caribbean countries. Islam has been in St Lucia from the early 90's. Some locals who lived abroad came back home to settle down (mainly from the USA). One of the main brothers Abdul Rabb was instrumental in having his presence as a Muslim felt on the Island. His manner of dressing was not the same as locals and so people would enquire about this and so he would use the opportunity to invite to Islam. Currently we have no actual Masjid. We have some small Musalla. Three in Castries the capital and one in Vieux Fort another town. Business wise we have some Syrian Muslims who run clothing and shoe stores others sell incense oils and perfumes. But the majority of brothers are engaged in the construction industry either skilled as in masons, carpenters or semi skilled laborers.
The rate at which people embrass Islam is on average 1-2 per month, mainly males. We have a registered Islam Organisation but it does represent the entire body of Muslims. Our activities such as Eid Salah and Taraweh and Islamic classes (children) is organised by a small group of brothers.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
Muslim Owned Business