ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN PALAU

      

General Information

Total area                      : 177 sq mi (458 sq km)

Population (2007 est.)   : 20,842

Capital city (2003 est.) : Melekeok

Monetary unit              : U.S. dollar used

Languages                    : Palauan 64.7%, English 9.4%, Sonsoralese, Tobi, Angaur (each official on some islands), Filipino 13.5%, Chinese 5.7%, Carolinian 1.5%, Japanese 1.5%, other Asian 2.3%, other languages 1.5% (2000)

Ethnicity/race                : Palauan (Micronesian with Malayan and Melanesian admixtures) 69.9%, Filipino 15.3%, Chinese 4.9%, other Asian 2.4%, white 1.9%, Carolinian 1.4%, other Micronesian 1.1%, other or unspecified 3.2% (2000)

Religions                      : Roman Catholic 42%, Protestant 23%, Modekngei 9% (indigenous), Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Jehovah's Witness 1%, Latter-Day Saints 1%, other religion 3%, unspecified or none 16% (2000)

Literacy rate                : 92% (1980 est.)

Economic summary     : GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $124.5 million note: includes US subsidy; per capita $7,600 (2005 est.). Real growth rate: 5.5% (2005 est.). Inflation: 2.7% (2005 est.).

  The Palau island chain consists of about 200 islands located in the western Pacific Ocean, 528 mi (650 km) southeast of the Philippines. Only eight of the islands are permanently inhabited. They vary geologically from the high mountainous largest island, Babelthuap, to low, coral islands usually fringed by large barrier reefs.

  The original settlers of Palau are believed to have arrived from Indonesia as early as 2500 B.C. The Palau islands' position on the western threshold of Oceania and their proximity to Southeast Asia have led to the population being a mixture of Malay, Melanesian, Filipino, and Polynesian ancestry.

  Explored by the Spanish navigator Ruy López de Villalobos in 1543, the islands remained under nominal Spanish ownership for more than 300 years before Spain sold them to Germany in 1899. Japan occupied Palau during World War I and received a mandate over them from the League of Nations in 1920. They remained in Japanese control and served as an important naval base until the U.S. seized them during World War II. After the war they became a UN trusteeship (1947), administered by the U.S. Palau signed a Compact of Free Association with the U.S. in 1992, requiring the United States to provide economic aid in exchange for the right to build and maintain U.S. military facilities in Palau. Palau became a sovereign state in 1994. In 2000, former vice president Tommy Remengesau won the presidential election.

Islamic History and Muslims

 

   Islamic Centers and Organizations

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Al-Palau

Al-Palau
Post Box 424-Moqbul APt # 2,
Koror, Koror 96940, PALAU

680 -488-4340
moqbulhusain@yahoo.com

This a prayer room run by the Bangladeshi Muslim worker at Palau. Situated in PDS Road behind the International Palasia Hotel of Koror. We organize the daily Jamaat ( Five Times) and Friday Prayer. Besides that We have a weekly program to Invite people (Dawat) After Magrib. Contuniue Boyeen from Hadiis till Asha. Monthly-Third Friday (Magrib) to Monday Fazar Payer Stay at Masjiid (who can effort) called people (Muslim) to Nazam (Pray).This is similar to Tablig Zamat. But due to small place we can not go out in another place to organize such thing. We are practicing to concentrate in Islamic activity for those days from our normal daily life.

 

 

 

 

   Muslim Owned Business

Organization Name

Address

Phone-Fax-Email-Web

General Information

Cross Road

Cross Road
Koror,Palau 96940,
Koror, Koror 96940, PALAU

 

This is shop located in front of Etpison Museum. General Merchandise shop own by Some Bangladeshi Muslim brother/with a Palaun local partner.

 

 

 

 

References
Info please ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107866.html ,  June, 2008).
Islam Finder ( http://www.islamicfinder.org/cityPrayerNew.php?country=palau  , June, 2008).