Mohamad K. Yusuff


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Guyana Dedicates Historic First Masjid Site

The masjid site dates back to the days of indentureship, when Muslims (brought to the Caribbean from India by the British after the abolition of slavery) performed ritual prayers in their homes. The dedication marked the site where the first masjid (on the South American continent) was built by Guyana's indentured Muslims in the 1860's. At first, there was no building on the site, but the area was marked off in the traditional Islamic manner to signify a sacred place where Muslims met in the open to carry out ritual worship. Later, the indentured Muslims constructed the first masjid, which was a structure made of mud and palm leaves.

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