Islam has been a part of the Jamaican social fabric since the days of slavery
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By Super Admin
Published on 09/30/2009
The origins of Islam in Jamaica goes back to the days of slavery. Slaves from Africa carried the Islamic religion with them when they were transported from their homeland to Jamaica.

Altogether there are 11 Muslim places of worship in Jamaica. Mr. Muhammad estimates there about 5,000 Muslims in Jamaica who practise the religion on a regular basis. But on the days when there are major festivals on the Islamic calendar, up to 10,000 Muslims living in Jamaica are known to converge at the offices of the Islamic Council of Jamaica, he said.

Muslims like other faith-groups in Jamaica are increasingly gaining official recognition. Muslim clergy can now perform weddings recognised by the State. Dovecot Memorial Park has reserved a section of that cemetery for the burial of Muslims.