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The Trinidad Newsday online edition reported that Cedros, a fishing village in south-western Trinidad, held hosay festival celebrations.  Hosay is  well known  in St. James, a suburb of Port of Spain, Trinidad's capital city.  While the Guyana Chronicle laments that it is a "A Muslim custom on the verge of extinction here".

For 85 years they have been satisfying our cravings for sweets and KC Confectionary intends to continue for years to come.  KC Confectionary Limited began in 1922 as a cottage industry and has diversified and expanded today to a fast paced, people-driven company that is foremost in technology and innovation.


Nasser Mustapha, PhD, Sociology, UWI, is currently a senior lecturer in sociology and head of the behavioral sciences department at UWI, St Augustine. He is a member of the International Sociological Association and the Caribbean Studies Association. As an expert in the field of sociology, and a respected member of the Muslim community (this being the holy month of Ramadan), Sunday Newsday took the opportunity to ask some questions pertinent to both areas.


NAAIL ALI, 26, was kidnapped outside his family’s Gasparillo hardware at about 8.45 am yesterday by three armed men and up to late yesterday, no ransom was demanded and Ali’s whereabouts remained a mystery.

ASJA commemorates Arrival Day

Haji Kamal Hosein, PRO of the Anjuman Sunnat-ul-Jamaat Association (ASJA) said when Muslims first came to TT as indentured servants, they were not allowed to openly practise their faith.



Bandits shot and killed a Muslim community activist in Marabella yesterday and stole an undisclosed sum of money that he was on his way to deposit at a Republic Bank branch for his employer.

Muslims protest at the wanton murder of co-believer

THE BODY of Aleem Ali, a 15-year-old schoolboy who has been missing since Monday, was found on Wednesday afternoon in bushes at Upper St Michael Road, Tacarigua. The body which was badly burnt was discovered at about 4 pm by forest rangers and bore several chop wounds.



Tariq Ali, 40, of Alfredo Street, Woodbrook, left his home on Sunday telling relatives that he was going to the ATM Machine in Woodbrook.

Reports revealed that Ali was walking along Adam Smith Square around 9.30 pm ,when he was confronted by a group of men who beat him on the head and robbed him of cash.

A passerby who witnessed the killing alerted the Woodbrook Police and the bleeding Ali was rushed to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

He succumbed to his injuries on Monday night.


THOUSANDS of mourners, including politicians, lawyers, doctors and members of several Islamic organisations, turned out at the Barrackpore Islamic Community Centre to bid farewell to Ashmead Baksh, 30, son of UNC MP for Naparima Nizam Baksh, who was shot to death and partially burnt one day after being kidnapped. Police investigating the weekend murder of Baksh, a contract supervisor who worked in his father’s contracting business, told Newsday that fear of being held by persons searching for Baksh, including members of the Jamaat-al-Muslimeen, led to the kidnappers aborting their plans to hold Baksh for a $5 million ransom and, in the end, deciding to kill him instead.

Kidnap victim Ashmead Baksh, Shazara Baksh sister, and father Nizam Baksh, MP for Naparima.


Ashmead Baksh’s widow Reshma, seated left, and mother Latiffa, being hugged at right, are among the Muslim women who mourned his death at his funeral in Barrackpore yesterday.

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