Islam in Latin America

 

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Muslims explored South America long before Columbus “discovered” the Americas and Islam was the second monotheistic religion introduced in post-Columbian America after Catholicism.

Despite these facts, Islam has had a tragic past in Latin America and only recently have Muslims begun to reclaim their identity and their heritage. Latin Americans have come to know Islam largely through the behaviors of their Muslim neighbors: prayer, fasting, abstention of pork and alcohol. Muslims often face a variety of issues as minorities in South America: concerns regarding modesty in dress, political participation, practicing their religion, and civic involvement.

Today, Latin America has a vibrant Muslim minority which is committed to practice their religion, to increase awareness among fellow Muslims of authentic Islam, and to establish a niche for themselves in their adopted homelands as productive citizens devoted to the betterment of their countries.

Historical Legacy

Muslims in Latin America

7 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:

    Please show me facts proving that Muslims came to the Americas before the White Spaniards. Also I would give you 1 million Euros if you can find a significant amount of Muslims in Latin America.

  2. waw islam is the of the world

  3. Zaki Zako says:

    i love allah
    Thank God for the blessing of Islam

  4. RELIGIONS ARE ALL BASED ON OPPORTUNISM, COINCIDENCES, AND STUPIDITY OF THE MASSES.
    NO ONE PERSON OF AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE DENIS THE CONTRIBUTIONS ARABS HAVE ADDED TO THE HUMAN RACE, MATHEMATICAL, ASTRONOMICAL OR IN ANY OTHER FORM, AFTER ALL ALGEBRA IS AN ARAB WORD.
    THE EGYPTIANS, THE ASSYRIANS, CARTHAGEN AND MANY OTHERS.
    HOWEVER TO PUT ALL UNDER “MUSLIMS” OR “ISLAMIC” IT WOULD BE MISSLEADING.
    FIRST ISLAM DID NOT EXIST WHEN ALGEBRA AND THE ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERIES WERE DONE ESPECIALLY IN SYRIA.
    SECONDLY THE “MOORES” IN EUROPE WERE NOTHING LIKE THE ISLAMIST OF TODAY.
    ?al?? al-D?n Y?suf ibn Ayy?b, WAS A HONORABLE WARRIOR FOR MORE NOBLE THAN Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) WHO WAS A DOUBLE FACE TREACHEROUS KING.

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  6. Reform India's Muslim Personal Law, Breach the Stagnation in Muslim Religious Thought, Use the Opportunity to Work out A New Islamic Theology of Peace, Pluralism and Gender Equality

    Sultan Shahin, Editor, New Age Islam (www.newageislam.com)

    It is for the government of India to take a call in the matter. Why should Indian Muslim women not deserve the protection of Islam provided to their counterparts in Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere, practically in the entire Islamic world, except Saudi Arabia. … Why should Indian Muslims suffer the indignities imposed by the British in our land under an Anglo-Mohammedan law? …
    A debate kick-started by Personal Law reforms may then provide us an opportunity to take the issue of theological reforms to other areas too, which are far more important to the community and our religion. Personal Law debate would bring out the obscurantism of our ulema to the fore. It would bring out their lack of concern for Islam or Muslims.
    We have to virtually create, find acceptance for and popularise a new Islamic theology of peace, coexistence, inclusiveness, pluralism and gender equality.
    The stagnation, total lack of any theological debate, in the Muslim community, just has to be breached and broken. The stagnation suits the Islamist extremists who have a very coherent, well-designed, well-thought-out theology of violence and exclusivism, hatred and intolerance, as well as gender inequality and discrimination.
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