ISLAM and MUSLIMS IN ANTIGUA and BARBUDA
Sovereign : Queen Elizabeth II (1952)
Total area : 170 sq mi (440 sq km)
Population (2008 est.) : 69,842
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): St. John's, 23,500
Other large cities : English Harbour, 2,900; Codrington (capital of Barbuda), est. pop. 870
Monetary unit : East Caribbean dollar
Languages : English (official), local dialects
Ethnicity/race : black 91%, mixed 4.4%, white 1.7%, other 2.9%
Religions : Christian (predominantly Anglican and other Protestant; some Roman Catholic)
National Holiday : Independence Day (National Day), November 1
Literacy rate : 85.8% (2003 est.)
Economic summary : GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $1.189 billion; per capita $10,900 (2005 est.). Real growth rate: 3.8% (2007 est.). Inflation: 2.8% (2007
Antigua, the larger of the two main islands, is 108 sq mi (280 sq km). The island dependencies of Redonda (an uninhabited rocky islet) and Barbuda (a coral island formerly known as Dulcina) are 0.5 sq mi (1.30 sq km) and 62 sq mi (161 sq km), respectively.
Antigua was explored by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and named for the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Seville. Antigua was colonized by Britain in 1632; Barbuda was first colonized in 1678. The country joined the West Indies Federation in 1958. With the breakup of the federation, it became one of the West Indies Associated States in 1967, self-governing its internal affairs. Full independence was granted Nov. 1, 1981.
Islamic History and Muslims
The statistics for Islam in Antigua and Barbuda estimate a total Muslim population of about 350, representing 0.4 percent of the total population of 67,448. Most of the Muslim of the islands are Arabs of Syrian or Lebanese descent. There are two known Islamic organizations in St. John's, including the Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society and the American University of Antigua (School of Medicine) Muslim Students Association. Outside of St. John's, there is the Muslim Community of Antigua and Barbuda in Codrington, Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda have yet to establish a proper mosque, Islamic centre or institutions for Muslims in the country. The proposed site of the first mosque to be constructed by the Antigua and Barbuda International Islamic Society (ABIIS) is located on American Road in St. John's. Currently the location used for a mosque is a small hut which could accommodate about thirty individuals and is available for Friday prayers, the five daily salat, the two Eids and qurbani. Islamic Centers and Organizations.
Muslim Owned Business