Islam in Haiti
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The estimated population of Haitian Muslims is about 3000, representing approximately 0.04 percent of the population, although local Muslims disagree and claim the actual number is near 5000 since inaccessibility or unavailability may exclude Muslims in the count.
Islamic organizations in Haiti include the Bilal Mosque and Islamic Center in Cap-Haïtien, which offers programs in Islamic studies and daily prayers, Byllal Miragoâne Mosque in Miragoâne and the Centre Spirituel Allah ou Akbar in Port-au-Prince. The foundation stone of the first mosque in Gonaïves has been laid and is near completion, named Mosque-ul-Munawwar, dedicated on his father's name by a Pakistan Army officer serving in MINUSTAH. After the 2010 earthquake a number of Islamic organisations and relief groups visited the country with the purpose of rendering aid and assistance to those affected. This influx saw an interjection of help and assistance to the local Muslims and their Jamaats. Resulting from this response one scholar from Trinidad (Mufti Shaheed Mohammed) has also established a Darul Uloom in the Miragoâne area which caters for Muslims of the entire country. The object of this Islamic Institute is to teach the authentic doctrines of Islam.
The history of Islam on the island of Hispaniola (which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic) begins with the slavery in Haïti. Many Muslims were imported as slaves to Haiti. Although many were forced to abandon Islam over time, their Islamic heritage has persisted in the culture of native Haitians. Additionally, a revisionist history of Dutty Boukman, whose death is largely considered the start of the Haitian Revolution, suggests that he was Muslim. In the early portion of the 20th century, a wave of Arab immigrants came to the Americas, in which a surprisingly noticeable amount settled in Haiti (and other countries as well).
It is said that the first to arrive in Haiti around 1920 was a man hailing from the Moroccan village of Fes along with 19 other families. Today, the majority of the country's Muslims are indigenous Haitians, followed by the ethnic Moroccans.
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