ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN MALTA

      

General Information

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.

Islam is believed to have introduced to Malta when the Muslims captured Sicily from the Byzantines in 870. Malta fell to a Christian European power with the Norman Conquest in 1091. Muslims were allowed to practice their religion freely until the 13th century.
 

 

  Islamic Centers and Organizations

WORLD ISLAMIC CALL SOCIETY, Corradino Road, Paola, PLA 03, MALTA. Phone: 00356-21697203, Fax: 00 35621 697207,Email: islamicsociety@waldonet.net.mt , Malta@islamic-call.net , URL: www.islamic-call.net  , Directions: Islamic Center in Malta, General Information: - Islamic Center - MALTA ISLAMIC WELFARE FUND
Activities 1: 13:00-: Friday, Friday Prayer,  Activities 2: 08:00-22:00: Daily,  General Activities: Director : mohammed Albaloushi (Telephone: 00356 672163, 00356 697203/5 - Fax: 00356 697207)

Islamic full time school, corradino road, Paola, PLA01, MALTA. Phone: 00356 21 664791, Fax: 00356 21 803103,
Email: albatool@waldonet.net.mt  , URL: www.geocities.com/mariamalbatoolschool , Directions: Public Transport buses nos. (1,2,3,4,6) stop very close to the school. They depart Valletta Bus Terminus regularly.  General Information: Full Time Islamic School.Pre-school (kindergarten)classes 1 and 2 and Primary level classes from grade 1 to grade 6. School adopts the National curriculum together with Arabic and Quranic studies. General Activities: educational excursions, parents day, book fair, eid al fitr lunch, eid al fitr sweet bag for kids, eid al adha party.

   Muslim Owned Business

Sliema Mosque beside prelona hotel, tower road, Sliema Point Tower, Sliema 356, MALTA. Email: jamalmalta@yahoo.com

El MEDINA (HALAL) BUTCHER, MANSEJA ROAD 1, Ta Bengemma, SAN GWAN 356, MALTA. Phone: 32599-226362, Email: el-medina@onvol.net , 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

References
Islam in Malta ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Malta   , October, 2008).
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107763.html ,  October, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=malta   , October, 2008).
World Religions Statistics ( http://www.adherents.com/adhloc/xx , October, 2008).
Anonymous, Documents from Representatives of Islamic Organizations in Malta, October 2008.