Islam in the Netherlands Antilles

Islam is a minority religion in the Netherlands Antilles. There are about 2,500 Muslims in the Islands,[1] 1000 of which are in the Caribbean Netherlands,[2][3] or 0.31% of the population. Most Muslims are emigrants from Lebanon, Syria and Suriname.[4]

HistoryEdit

Muslims began to reach the islands during colonial times as workers, from African countries then from the Indian subcontinent. Then there was a wave of Muslims coming from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq as well as some indigenous people who converted to Islam.[1] In 1982 there were about 2000 Muslims.

Islamic centersEdit

The majority of the Islam community is located on Curaçao where is the only mosque:[4] Omar bin Al-Khattab Mosque, with its imam Sheikh Yakubu Mohammed.[3] There are other Islamic centers including:

  • Bonaire Islamic Center, Kaya Hanchi Amboina, Bonaire
  • Curaçao Islamic Center, Weg Naar Welgelegen # 6, Island of Curaçao, Willemstad
  • Sint Maarten Islamic Center, Puma Road 26, Philipsburg
  • Muslim Gemeente Curaçao, Weg Naar Welgelegen 6, Curaçao, Willemstad
  • Muslim Student Association, University Of Sint Eustatius School Of Medicine, Oranjestad, ST EUSTATIUS
  • Sint Eustatius Islamic Foundation, Oranjestad, Sint Eustatius[3]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "الأقلية المسلمة في منطقة البحر الكاريبي" (in Arabic). 23 June 2014. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  2. ^ Muslim Situation in the Caribbean
  3. ^ a b c ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
  4. ^ a b Religion in Netherlands Antilles