Islam in Namibia

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Namibia is home to a small but sizable Muslim community.

Number of Muslims[edit]

Islam in Namibia constitutes of about 9,000 Muslims,[1] many of whom are Nama.[2] Islam along with Judaism, Buddhism, and the Baha'i Faith who make up the largest minority religions in Namibia combined account less than 1% of the population of Namibia.

Growth of Namibia's Muslim community[edit]

Most of Namibia's Muslim community are members of the Namaqua ethnic group.[3] It is believed that this is mostly as a result of the efforts of a prominent politician among the Nama, Jacobs Salmaan Dhameer, who converted to Islam in 1980.[3] The first mosque in the country, called the Soweto Islamic Centre, was established 1986 and is located in Katutura. As of May 2009, there were twelve mosques in the country, six of which were in Windhoek.[4] Twenty-four Namibians are currently studying in Saudi Arabia while others have been sent for long term Islamic training in institutions in South Africa.[3] The Namibia Islamic Judicial Council is based on Ondobe, Ohangwena Region.[5] NIHA (Namibia Islamic Halaal Association) is Namibia's oldest and most well known Halaal Certifying body. Recognised by Halaal Certification body in South Africa and in many other Islamic states. NIHA established in 2001 and before known as the Namibia Halaal Slaughterers Association. NIHA is under the leadership of Faroek Nazier the founder of the organisation. NIHA certifies majority of Food outlets and is highly trusted for its quality assurance to the Halaal consumer.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Table: Muslim Population by Country". Pew Research Center. 27 January 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Islam in Namibia, making an impact". Islamonline.net. 
  3. ^ a b c IslamOnline.net- News
  4. ^ Finding Sanctuary in Islam Inter Press Service News Agency, 12 May 2009
  5. ^ ijcnam.org