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 Statistics for Islam in Barbados estimate a Muslim population of over 4000, most of whom are immigrants or descendants of immigrants from the Indian state of Gujarat. A few immigrants from Guyana, Trinidad, South Asia, and the Middle East, as well as about 200 native-born persons, constitute the rest of the growing Muslim community, representing 1.50 percent of the population [1] Close to 90 percent of all Barbadians (also known colloquially as Bajan) are of African descent (Afro-Bajans), mostly descendants of the slave laborers on the sugar plantations. The remainder of the population includes groups of Europeans (Euro-Bajans), Asians, Bajan Hindus and Muslims, and an influential Middle Eastern (Arab-Bajans) group mainly of Syrian and Lebanese descent.

There are three mosques, a musallah an Islamic Academy, one Muslim school and various other Islamic organizations. To name them, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Barbados, which was established in 2011,[2] The Islamic Academy of Barbados, The Barbados Muslim Association, The Islamic Teaching Center, The Institute of Islamic Propagation and Thought, The Medinah Foundation and The Al-Falah Muslim School. Mosques include the Jumma Masjid, Madina Masjid (formerly City Masjid) and the Makki Masjid.(see:

Research has shown that the first known Muslim to arrive in Barbados was over ninety years ago when in 1913 Abdul Rohul Amin, a silk merchant from West Bengal came to Barbados.  Soon after, some more Bengalis arrived and they shared a house in Wellington Street, in the City. Some of them also lived in Milk Market and Tudor Street (upstairs Bata Shoe Shop) in Bridgetown.  Most of these Bengalis married local Barbadian women and started families in Bridgetown.  Today many well-known Barbadians are the grandchildren of these unions. 
These Muslims started the itinerant trading process, which continues up to this day.  In the early stages most of the trading was with poor Barbadians living in the country areas who found it difficult to get to Bridgetown to do their shopping.  The traders would take the bus to get their wares to the people in the country.  If there were no buses available they would walk long distances just to accommodate the customers.  In those days many Barbadians could not afford to pay cash for goods, so credit from the “Coolie man” was a welcomed commodity.  Over the years, these traders built up a relationship with Barbadians, which still remains of mutual benefit.   
Today the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the first Muslims in Bridgetown are involved in all segments of society and make significant contributions to the development of Bridgetown and Barbados as a whole. Some are doctors, lawyers, engineers and public servants.
 On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the annual Islamic Festivals, in 2002 Mr. Glyne Murray, then Senator and Minister of State, visited Muslims at the Mosque in Kensington for the special event.  In bringing greetings from the Prime Minister he noted: “…at this time when so much of the world is convulsed in suspicion and resentment particularly of the Muslim faith, I think we in Barbados have a golden opportunity to show the world that we can live together like brothers and sisters because we know we are working for one thing, a better life for ourselves and a better Barbados, which we share.”(see:


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