The Islamic Council of Jamaica
Propagating the true message of Islam
ISLAM IS one of the world's largest religions, with much of its converts living in the Eastern Hemisphere. Islam is also strong in some Western hemispheric countries.
And right here in Jamaica, regarded a Christian country, Islam has taken root. There are 12 places of worship, including the masjid (mosque) at the Islamic Council of Jamaica (ICOJ) headquarters, located at 24 Camp Road, Kingston 4.
Tijani has been married to her husband for 26 years. For her, marriage means family. She met her husband in Nigeria through her husband's cousins. He was ready to settle down, she was ready to settle down and, through planned meetings and common interests, they struck a love match and made their marriage work. She now has children and has achieved a respectable position in her family and in Islam.
"The mother is the most respected person in the family. She holds the highest position in the children's lives," Tijani said.
Islam encourages men and women to take their roles seriously. Both are considered equal in Allah's (God) eyes. As a woman, Tijani is in charge of her husband's property, including clothing, food, well-being and the home. And when children come into the picture, it is the woman's responsibility to look after them while the husband provides for them.
"He knows mummy is there for me."
Muslim women can have jobs and hire a helper to help with the household chores, as long as her duty to her family isn't sacrificed.
Muslim places of worship in Jamaica
published: Saturday | April 23, 2005
The Islamic Council of Jamaica also operates two schools basic/kindergarden schools - one is located at its head offices in Kingston and the other in Spanish Town.