ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN MALTA
National name: Repubblika ta' Malta
Total area: 124 sq mi (321 sq km)
Population (2007 est.): 401,880
Capital (2003 est.): Valletta, 194,200 (metro. area) 6,900 (city proper)
Largest city: Birkirkara, 21,600
Monetary unit: Maltese lira
Languages: Maltese and English (both official)
Ethnicity/race: Maltese (descendants of ancient Carthaginians and Phoenicians, with strong elements of Italian and other Mediterranean stock)
Religion: Roman Catholic 98%
Literacy rate: 93% (2003 census)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $21.89 billion; per capita $53,400. Real growth rate: 3.8%. Inflation: 0.7%.
The five Maltese islands—Malta, Gozo, Comino, Comminotto, and Filflawith—have a combined land area smaller than Philadelphia. Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea, about 60 mi (97 km) south of the southeast tip of Sicily.
The strategic importance of Malta was recognized by the Phoenicians, who occupied it, as did, in turn, the Greeks, Carthaginians, and Romans. The apostle Paul was shipwrecked there in A.D. 60. With the division of the Roman Empire in A.D. 395, Malta was assigned to the eastern portion dominated by Constantinople. Between 870 and 1090, it came under Arab rule. In 1091, the Norman noble Roger I, then ruler of Sicily, came to Malta with a small retinue and defeated the Arabs. The Knights of St. John (Malta), who obtained the three habitable Maltese islands of Malta, Gozo, and Comino from Charles V in 1530, reached their highest fame when they withstood an attack by superior Turkish forces in 1565. Napoléon seized Malta in 1798, but the French forces were ousted by British troops the next year, and British rule was confirmed by the Treaty of Paris in 1814.
Malta was heavily attacked by German and Italian aircraft during World War II but was never invaded by the Axis powers. It became an independent nation on Sept. 21, 1964, and a republic on Dec. 13, 1974, but it remained in the British Commonwealth. In 1979, when its alliance with Great Britain ended, Malta sought to guarantee its neutrality through agreements with other countries. Although Malta applied for membership in the European Union, when the Labour Party won the election in Oct. 1996, it froze Malta's EU application and withdrew from the NATO Partnership for Peace program in an effort to maintain its neutrality. When the Nationalist Party won the Sept. 1998 elections, however, it revived the EU accession bid, and in May 2004 Malta joined the EU. In July 2005, it ratified the proposed EU constitution.
Islamic History and Muslims
With Roman Catholics estimated at 95-98%
of the population, the Maltese Muslim community is considered to be very small.
The Muslim population of Malta is estimated to be about 3000, of whom 2250 are
foreigners 600 naturalized citizens, and 150 Maltese, mostly women who converted
soon after marrying Muslim men. There is one Muslim mosque and one Muslim
primary school in Malta. The mosque was founded in 1978 by the World Islamic
Call Society which is a Libyan governmental association for promoting Islam.
Islamic Centers and Organizations
WORLD ISLAMIC CALL SOCIETY,
Corradino Road, Paola, PLA 03, MALTA. Phone: 00356-21697203, Fax:
00 35621 697207,Email:
Malta@islamic-call.net , URL:
www.islamic-call.net , Directions: Islamic Center in Malta,
General Information: - Islamic Center - MALTA ISLAMIC WELFARE FUND
Islamic full time school, corradino
road, Paola, PLA01, MALTA. Phone: 00356 21 664791, Fax: 00356 21
Muslim Owned Business
Sliema Mosque beside prelona hotel, tower road, Sliema Point Tower, Sliema 356, MALTA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
El MEDINA (HALAL) BUTCHER, MANSEJA ROAD 1, Ta Bengemma, SAN GWAN 356, MALTA. Phone: 32599-226362, Email: email@example.com , Directions: OPPOSITE HSBC BANK IN SAN GWANN, General Information: Thank ALLAH we only ones in Malta who can provide halal slaughter legal in Malta, as well as supply companies, Banquet, ships and aircraft with all the necessary all types of meat . Islamic Butcher for all kinds of Halal slaughtered meat and poultry products. Lebanese kafta mergeze sausage pure beef burgers, fish, and imported Arabic products. We take orders for ships and we cater for parties and occasions. Nabil Faitury
Ali Baba, 9, Triq Ponsonby, Sliema, , MALTA. Phone: 1009-7122, General Information: Halal Restaurant