Islam in Trinidad and Tobago

Islam in Trinidad and Tobago

Muslims constitute 6 percent of the population on Trinidad and Tobago, representing 65,318 individuals. The majority live in Trinidad but there are a handful in Tobago as well. The first Muslims to arrive in the country arrived from Africa brought as slaves by the colonists. The next set of Muslims came from South Asia as indentured labourers to work on sugar cane and cacao plantations. Muslims today are mostly of South Asian descent but there are converts from all races. In Trinidad there are Islamic primary and secondary schools. The first Muslim secondary school in the country, ASJA Boys' College, San Fernando, was established in 1960.

The two major Islamic boards are the Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association (ASJA) and the Trinidad Muslim League (TML). There are many mosques and Eid ul Fitr is a public holiday. In 2005, an Islamic channel, the Islamic Broadcasting Network was aired, being gladly accepted by the Muslim community and the general population.

The Remembrance of Muharram is commemorated, in its local form known as Hosay.

External links

* [ Pictures of Masjids in Trinidad and Tobago]
* [ Trinidad & Tobago Muslims (from Muslims in the Caribbean website)]
* [ Saudi Aramco World - Muslims in the Caribbean - Trinidad, Guyana etc.]
* [ Muslims in T&T - Trinidad Guardian, Indian Diaspora Supplement May 30, 2000]
* [ A unique Muslim identity in Trinidad and Tobago - Indian Muslim News and Information October 18, 2007]
* [ How a Minister in Trinidad and Tobago entered Islam]

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