ISLAM EN LA ISLA.....ISLAM IN THE ISLAND
¡¡ISLAM IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:
Estimate that 0.02 percent of the population (2,000 individuals).
Muslim students and local organizations such as the Círculo Islámico de República Dominicana (The Islamic Circle of Dominican Republic) have helped spread Islam in this country. Currently, the Círculo Islámico estimates that Muslims number about 3,000 (most recent statistics), comprising of a good number of local converts.
The Círculo Islámico established the first mosque in the Dominican Republic in the center of Santo Domingo, about a five minute walk from the Palacio de Policía Nacional and the Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) where Muslims from around the city would have easy access to reach it. The mosque is open daily for the five salats (prayers) . They also provide free medical consultation along with a free pharmacy, Consulta Al-Foutory, which is located in a separate building at the back of the mosque.
Presently, Masjid al Noor is largely believed to be the only active Masjid here in the Island and receives the bulk of the Muslim population for the two Eids, Ramadan, Salat al Jummah, and the five daily prayers. There is another Masjid in Los LLanos, Dominican Republic. Los LLanos is roughly a 30 minutes drive from Mezquita al Noor.
Like other countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, the history of Islam in the Dominican Republic began with the importation of African slaves, which first arrived to the island of Hispaniola (modern day Haiti and DR), beginning in 1502.
And because of the african muslim slavery we have today some words and places that have their origin in them, some examples are:
* Rio JUMA (jumuah)
* Rio MAIMON (maimoon)
* Rio AMINA
¡¡ It is definitely a great thing to have ISLAM growing and it is simply amaizing to be able to live in such way ...
ISLAM is so complete, so great, so fulfilling, is a WAY OF LIFE !!!
I will tell you about my experience so you can have an idea of how this beautiful way of life, changed mine entirely.