ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN SURINAME

 

General Information

National name            : Republiek Suriname

Land area                    : 62,344 sq mi (161,471 sq km); total area: 63,039 sq mi (163,270 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)  : 470,784

Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Paramaribo, 217,300

Monetary unit              : Surinamese dollar

Languages                  : Dutch (official), Surinamese (lingua franca), English widely spoken, Hindustani, Javanese

Ethnicity/race             : East Indians (Hindustanis) 37%, Creole (mixed white and black) 31%, Javanese 15%, “Bush Negroes” (also known as Maroons) 10%, Amerindian 2%, Chinese 2%, white 1%, other 2%

Religions                   : Hindu 27.4%, Protestant 25.2% (predominantly Moravian), Roman Catholic 22.8%, Islam 19.6%, indigenous 5%

Literacy rate              : 93% (1995 est.)

Economic summary  : GDP/PPP (2005 est.): $2.081 billion; per capita $4,100. Real growth rate: 2%. Inflation: 9.5%.

  Suriname lies on the northeast coast of South America, with Guyana to the west, French Guiana to the east, and Brazil to the south. The principal rivers are the Corantijn on the Guyana border, the Marowijne in the east, and the Suriname, on which the capital city of Paramaribo is situated.

    Suriname's earliest inhabitants were the Surinen Indians, after whom the country is named. By the 16th century they had been supplanted by other South American Indians. Spain explored Suriname in 1593, but by 1602 the Dutch began to settle the land, followed by the English. The English transferred sovereignty to the Dutch in 1667 (the Treaty of Breda) in exchange for New Amsterdam (New York). Colonization was confined to a narrow coastal strip, and until the abolition of slavery in 1863, African slaves furnished the labor for the coffee and sugarcane plantations. Escaped African slaves fled into the interior, reconstituted their western African culture, and came to be called “Bush Negroes” by the Dutch. After 1870, East Indian laborers were imported from British India and Javanese from the Dutch East Indies. Known as Dutch Guiana, the colony was integrated into the kingdom of the Netherlands in 1948. Two years later Dutch Guiana was granted home rule, except for foreign affairs and defense. After race rioting over unemployment and inflation, the Netherlands granted Suriname complete independence on Nov. 25, 1975.

Islamic History and Muslims

  According to various sources, the Muslim population of Suriname represents about 20 percent (94.000) of the country's total, and therefore the nation has the highest percentage of Muslims than any other nation in the New World.
  Muslims first came to Suriname as slaves from Africa, however a substantial portion of the African population has converted to Christianity through time, so they did not contribute to the current population in any significant way. The next group of Muslims to come to the country consisted of indentured laborers from India and Indonesia. Most of the Muslims in Suriname today are descended from these people.
The country's Muslims are largely Sunni but there is a small population of Ahmadi Muslims as well.

  The trans-Atlantic slave trade brought millions of Muslims into the Caribbean, including Suriname. Unlike wealthier Muslims in Trinidad and Guyana, Surinamese Muslims belong mostly to the low- and middle-income groups and are predominantly agricultural workers. There are several mosques spread all over the country.

  In other countries, Muslims are called to prayer from the top of the minaret, or tower, of the mosque. In Suriname, however, where the majority of Muslims are Javanese, they follow the custom of their homeland and await the sound of a drum. Javanese life centers around the home, which a Muslim leader blesses before the family moves in.

  The first Jama Masjid in Netherlands was built in 1981 by Muslims of Suriname who settled in Holland. The new mosque was built in 2005 and includes an Islamic Cultural Center.

Suriname, South America 

 

Paramaribo Mosque

 

Mosque and Synagogue - Peaceful neighbors

 

Ahmadiyya Anjuman Isha’at Islam Mosque in Paramaribo, Suriname

 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Baitur Rahim

Baitur Rahim
It is a small village easy to find it,
Clevia, , SURINAME

 

 

ISLAMIC INFORMATION SERVICE IIS

ISLAMIC INFORMATION SERVICE IIS
PRINSHENDRIKSTRAAT 45,
Paramaribo, PBM 0000, SURINAME


597-471951- 425672
597-425672
mhbechan@sr.net
 

dawa in dutch

 

AT TAQWA

AT TAQWA
Sidodadiweg 77 - Dessa,
Lelydorp, District Wanica , SURINAME

00597 08627739
oelomo2@yahoo.com 

 

DJAMA'AH ANSHORULLAH

DJAMA'AH ANSHORULLAH
JOZEF ISRAELSTRAAT PC , No. 2610,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

00597-456892

 

Arabic Lessons, For Kids and For Adults

IMDADUL ISLAM

IMDADUL ISLAM
JODENBREE STRAAT,
Paramaribo, 51, SURINAME

 

 

ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION

ISLAMIC ORGANIZATION
WATERMOLENSTRAAT 10 , PoBox 278,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

00597-455423

 

ISLAMIC STUDENTS ORGANIZATION OF SURINAME

ISLAMIC STUDENTS ORGANIZATION OF SURINAME
PoBox 1597,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

00 597 530015 en 530
00 597 530017
alallmoh@parbo.net

 

MUSLIM LEAGUE

MUSLIM LEAGUE
13-A HENHUTTER STRAAT,
Paramaribo, a, SURINAME

 

 

Al Huda

Al Huda
Leiding 11a,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

 

 

Surinaamse Moeslim Associatie (SMA)

Surinaamse Moeslim Associatie (SMA)
Kankantriestraat 32-40,
Paramaribo, Paramaribo 597, SURINAME

597-403467

 

 

Daarussalaam

Daarussalaam
larecontre,
Domburg, Wanica , SURINAME

larecontre@hotmail.com

 

arabisch,voor beginners/quran,jong en oud/fiqh/ hadith/nasehah,jong en oud

Himaytul Islam Welgedacht

Himaytul Islam Welgedacht
Welgedacht C weg # 53,
Distrikt Wanica, , SURINAME

shahas@sr.net

 

Khilafat Anjuman

Khilafat Anjuman
Crommelinstraat 46,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

479113

Mosque with daily prayers and Friday Jumma Prayers. Attached is an Islamic School and Home of the Elderly.

Masdjid Al Muchsiniin

Masdjid Al Muchsiniin
Javanicalaan,
Houttuin, Wanica , SURINAME

 

 

Masdjid Mifthacul Djannah

Masdjid Mifthacul Djannah
Serie B, Koewarasan, Wanica, SURINAME

+597 8581880
miftachul.djannah@gmail.com 

 

Masdjid Tawakal

Masdjid Tawakal
ciwinistraat,
Nickerie, Nickerie,Van petten polder , SURINAME

Mohamed Moestafa Moskee

Mohamed Moestafa Moskee
Fredericiweg,
Nickerie, Paradise , SURINAME

+597-236334

 

On the site is a Mosque, a Moesafier khana for travellers, a Kurbani Ghaa and a school for members to learn and read The Holy Quoran

Mosque AL-Karam

Mosque AL-Karam
Suikerrietstraat 1653 -nw.nickerie,
Nikerie, , SURINAME

 

 

SADAQATUL ISLAM

SADAQATUL ISLAM
COESEWIJNESTRAAT 11,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

Khutba is allways in Dutch or Sranang Tongo. SADAQATUL ISLAM is part of Surinaamse Islamitische Organisatie. SADAQATUL ISLAM is an open and friendly Masjid for all Muslims. Subhan Allah

 

Sahabatul Islam

Sahabatul Islam
Tajerbladstraat 79,
Paramaribo, Kwatta , SURINAME


597-520464
(597)520457
amirasmo@yahoo.com

his the eldest islamic organization (since 1930)of the jawi people facing the Qibla, Quran for kids,Quran hifs,ta\'leem,Quran in group,*Burial Fund for every member *education in islamic teachings *special informationdays for sisters *sportactivities

Surinaamse Moeslim Associatie (SMA)

Surinaamse Moeslim Associatie (SMA)
Kankantriestraat 32-40,
Paramaribo, Paramaribo 597, SURINAME

597-403467

 

 

Akaidul Islam

Akaidul Islam
87 Calcuttastreet,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

597-402993

 

 

Itqon foundation

Itqon foundation
Jawahierweg 79,
Paramaribo, Paramaribo , SURINAME

597-8619149
597-476083
secretariaat@itqon.org

Islamic propagation, based on the Qur\'an and the Sunnah, as practised by the muslims of the first generations.

Madjlies Moesliemien Suriname

Madjlies Moesliemien Suriname
Watermolensraat 10,
Paramaribo, , SURINAME

475220

An Islamic Social and Relgious Organisation aim at uniting the Muslims.

MUSLIM LEAGUE

MUSLIM LEAGUE
13-A HENHUTTER STRAAT,
Paramaribo, a, SURINAME

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Husrah Agriculture N.V.

Husrah Agriculture N.V.
Longmay 60,
Nickerie, , SURINAME

+597-236087
+597 236137
husrah_agrnv@sr.net

Our organisation is a company which milling padie to rice. We are exporting rice actual to the Caribbean and Europe. If it is lucrative we\'ld like to export to other parts of the world, Inshallah.

 

 

 

 

References
Islam in Suriname ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Suriname, June, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108000.html, June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=suriname, June, 2008).                                                           Caribbean Suriname ( http://www.30-days.net/muslims/muslims-in/america-south/suriname/, June, 2008).  
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Suriname, June 2008.