ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN VENEZUELA

      

       

General Information

National name             : República Bolivariana de Venezuela

Land area                    : 340,560 sq mi (882,050 sq km); total area: 352,144 sq mi (912,050 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)   : 26,084,662

Capital (2003 est.)         : Caracas, 3,517,300 (metro. area), 1,741,400 (city proper)

Largest cities                : Maracaibo, 1,889,000 (metro. area), 1,854,300 (city proper); Valencia, 1,515,400; Barquisimeto, 948,900

Monetary unit              : Bolivar

Languages                  : Spanish (official), numerous indigenous dialects

Ethnicity/race             : Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arab, German, African, indigenous people

Religions                   : Roman Catholic 96%, Protestant 2%

Literacy rate             : 93% (2003 est.)

Economic summary  : GDP/PPP (2006 est.): $186.3 billion; per capita $7,200. Real growth rate: 10.3%. Inflation: 15.8%.

Venezuela occupies most of the northern coast of South America on the Caribbean Sea. It is bordered by Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east, and Brazil to the south. Mountain systems break Venezuela into four distinct areas: (1) the Maracaibo lowlands; (2) the mountainous region in the north and northwest; (3) the Orinoco basin, with the llanos (vast grass-covered plains) on its northern border and great forest areas in the south and southeast; and (4) the Guiana Highlands, south of the Orinoco, accounting for nearly half the national territory.

When Columbus explored Venezuela on his third voyage in 1498, the area was inhabited by Arawak, Carib, and Chibcha Indians. A subsequent Spanish explorer gave the country its name, meaning “Little Venice.” Caracas was founded in 1567. Simón Bolívar, who led the liberation from Spain of much of the continent, was born in Caracas in 1783. With Bolívar taking part, Venezuela was one of the first South American colonies to revolt in 1810, winning independence in 1821. Federated at first with Colombia and Ecuador as the Republic of Greater Colombia, Venezuela became a republic in 1830. A period of unstable dictatorships followed. Antonio Guzman Blanco governed from 1870 to 1888, developing an infrastructure, expanding agriculture, and welcoming foreign investment.

Islamic History and Muslims

There are approximately 400,000 Muslims in Venezuela, 1.0 percent of the nation's population. Venezuela has a small but influential Muslim population, many of them Arabs of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian descent and Turkish. (Luxner, Larry. "Bowing to Mecca from Caracas". Americas, 1992, volume 44, issue 4, page 4)
  The capital, Caracas, has a Muslim population of 15,000. The Mezquita Al-Ibrahim mosque in Caracas is the biggest in Latin America. Located in a rapidly changing area of the city, this historic mosque features the use of dome, minaret and portal to single its presence in the urban landscape, and devices such as the octagonal hall rising up from a platform to a circular dome to achieve the transition between the street and the interior of the prayer hall. It was constructed with funds from the Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ibrahim Foundation under the planning of architect Oscar Bracho. Other notable mosques and Islamic organizations include the Isla Margarita-Caribe La Comunidad Islámica Venezolana, Centro Islámico de Venezuela, the Mezquita al-Rauda in Maracaibo, the Asociación Honorable Mezquita de Jerusalén in Valencia, Centro Islámico de Maiquetía in Vargas, and the Asociación Benéfica Islámica in Bolívar.
  Margarita Island in particular is home to a sizeable Arab Muslim community. The local cable television outlet carries al-Jazeera as well as channels from Lebanon, like LBC Sat and ART and more recently, the Saudi/Imarati MBC. Women wearing hijab work cash registers, and on most shop counters, Qur'anic ayah are on display. Arabs are involved mostly in retail businesses and more recently, banks as well as travel agencies.
  On February 11, 2006 around 200 (mainly Muslim) protesters marched to the Danish embassy in Caracas and burnt Danish and U.S. flags, as protests over cartoons of Muhammad spread to Latin America.
  On July 20, 2006 dozens of people marched in Caracas towards the Israeli embassy to protest against the war in Lebanon. Most of them were Venezuelan Muslims, but some were members of pro-government organizations.

 

Al-Ibrahim mosque in Caracas

 Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
Sheikh Ibrahim Mosque Sheikh Ibrahim Mosque
Calle Real de Quebrada Honda,Los Caobos, A.P. 52106 Sabana Grande,
Caracas, 1050, VENEZUELA
02-577-7382
02-577-5932
Mosque
Sunni Sunni
8 senghennydd Road,
Barcelona, cardiff , VENEZUELA
029-20230605
schez5000@yahoo.com 
Mosque or library to get knowledge about Islam
The Islamic Community of Venezuela The Islamic Community of Venezuela
Avenida Romulo Betancourt, Sector Genovez,Porlamar, Isla de Margarita,
Porlamar, Nueva Esparta 6301, VENEZUELA
0295-619381
0295-631925
kassemtayjan@hotmail.com
www.cive.net 
 
MASJED AL KHULAFA ARASHIDIN MASJED AL KHULAFA ARASHIDIN
URB. DE MENDOZA,
San Felix De Guayana, CIUDAD GUAYANA 8051, VENEZUELA

028-974 25 79
028 974 25 79
chica@cantv.net
 
CENTRO ISLAMICO DEL SUR CENTRO ISLAMICO DEL SUR
AV. INTER COMUNAL EL TIGRE - EL TIGRITO, FRENTE A LA REDOMA,
El Tigre, ANZ 6050, VENEZUELA
0283-0416 683 1099
0058 283 235 4701
akramrifaie@hotmail.com
 
 
Asociación islámica Mezquita de Palestina Asociación islámica Mezquita de Palestina
Avenida Universidad con calle unión # 74,
Maracay, Aragua , VENEZUELA
5843-835889
(58-43)335713
gazista@hotmail.com
Salafi mosque and islamic center located in Maracay,Venezuela
Centero Islamico merida Centero Islamico merida
edificio los crisales,piso 2 No-1 en la calle 23 con ia avenida 6 Municipio libertador estado Merida,
Merida, Edo.merida 5101, VENEZUELA
   
Comunidad islamica de margarita Comunidad islamica de margarita
organizacion sabana mar,
Isla Margarita, , VENEZUELA
   
COMUNIDAD ISLAMICA VENEZOLANA COMUNIDAD ISLAMICA VENEZOLANA
OFICINA UNO,
El Tigre, ANZOATEGUI , VENEZUELA
0414-1905001  
Masged Alraoda Masged Alraoda
ATRAS DE MAKRO,
Maracaibo, , VENEZUELA
   
MASJED ALQODES MASJED ALQODES
FRENTE DEL C.C.tamanaco,
Valencia, bobo , VENEZUELA
   
C. ISLAMICO D VZLA.المركز الاسلامي الفنزويلي & Colegio Venezolno Islŕmico C. ISLAMICO D VZLA.المركز الاسلامي الفنزويلي & Colegio Venezolno Islŕmico
Calle 9, Urb. La Paz, El Paraiso,
Caracas, Distrito Capital 1020, VENEZUELA
4728323- 471.60.72
471.60.72
islam_ven@hotmail.com
The first islamic center and College of Venezuela primer centro y colegio islámico en venezuela
Comunidad Islamica Puerto La Cruz Comunidad Islamica Puerto La Cruz
Av. Bolivar. Edif. los dones,
Puerto La Cruz, , VENEZUELA
jean_paul_128@hotmail.com

 

 
COLEGIO VENEZOLANO ISLŔMICO COLEGIO VENEZOLANO ISLŔMICO
URB.LA PAZ , CALLE 9 , EL PARAISO , CARACAS,
Caracas, DF 1021, VENEZUELA
0212-472.37.72 _ 472
hasanaudi2@yahoo.com
 
       

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name Address Phone-Fax-Email-Web General Information
CEDROMAR c.a. CEDROMAR c.a.
Av.20 / calle 30 y 31,
Barquisimeto, Lara 3010, VENEZUELA

0058-2512320255
2335690
abbes_38@hotmail.com
 
CICLO BELEN,C.A. CICLO BELEN,C.A.
CALLE 36 ENTRE 19 Y 20,
Barquisimeto, LARA 3001, VENEZUELA
0058-04167595891
0058-04145230064
ciclobelen@yahoo.com
Its an organization, especialized on selling bicicles accessories in general, and bicicles in particular.
Genial C.A Genial C.A
calle 22 entre Av. 20 y Carrera 21,
Barquisimeto, Lara 3010, VENEZUELA
0058-251-2324693
0058-251-2322463
talalan@maktoob.com
 
LA COLMENA DE VENEZUELA C.A LA COLMENA DE VENEZUELA C.A
AV. MIRANDA No 4-92,
Anaco, ANZOATEGUI , VENEZUELA
58282-4255310
58-282-4247661
yehiahay@hotmail.com
 
       

References
Islam in
Venezuela ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Venezuela  , June, 2008).
Info please (
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108140.html,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder (
http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=venezuela  , June, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in
Venezuela, June 2008.