The Bahamas

There is only one Masjid in the Bahamas and the address is as follow:

Ja-maa’Ahlus-Sunnah

(formally Jamaat-ul-Islaam of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas)

The Islamic Centre

Carmichael Road

P.O. Box N-10711

Nassau, Bahamas.

Telephone: 242-3416612(Masjid and Administrative office)

                    242-3646233(Fax)

                    242-5575021 Mobile Number

e-mail: jamaa.ahlussunnah@gmail.com


    Vacationing in the Bahamas, who would have thought that there are Muslims living in nice neighborhoods with a beautiful mosque. There are more than 300 Muslims in Nassau, Bahamas who are organized and have five daily prayers. Islam has returned to the Bahamas more than 40 years ago via United States.

    History 
    Which country is closest to Miami? It is the Bahamas, only 40 miles from Miami to the east while Cuba is 80 miles to the south. The Bahamas consists of more than 700 islands, well known for their gorgeous beaches, sea of colors, vivid flamingoes, and Poinciana trees that line the edge of roads and tantalize the senses with their fragrant aromas. Christopher Columbus discovered it on October 12, 1492 and named it Bahamas (low water or sea). The British have controlled it until the Bahamians achieved their independence on July 10, 1973. The thirteen colonies fought the British and won the island for few years but at the treaty of Versailles in 1783, the British traded Florida for the Bahamas.

    Economy
    Nassau, the capital, is the queen of archipelago, most densely populated consisting of two thirds of total population of 342,000. Eighty five percent of people are of African descent with literacy rate is 95 percent. City of Nassau is decorated with architecture of British, Spanish, Indian, Chinese and flavor of southern US. In 2008, 4.6 million people visited Bahamas, 85 percent from the USA. Its economy thrives on four areas for income: tourism, fishing, banking, and farming. The Bahamas, because of it strict secrecy laws, is called the “Switzerland of the West.” It has no income tax, sales tax, capital gain tax, estate tax, or inheritance tax. The nation’s stable government and economy as well as its proximity to the US make it one of the most attractive areas for investors all over the world. There are 110 US affiliated businesses operating in the Bahamas, mostly in tourism and banking.


    The Islands of the Bahamas is one of those places where the population of Muslims is less than 1%.  This size represents a huge challenge to those Muslims who are mostly converts to Islam and are striving to live by the tenets of Islam every single day.  There is one masjid (Muslim place of worship) which is still in the process of being built to completion and an effort is made to have the adhan (call to prayer) called for each salat (prayer) daily.  The website is intended as a means to communicate the Bahamian Muslim Community's activities to its national audience and to reach out to all internationally.  The website provides a history with an appendices of photos of some interesting historical documents dating to slavery times.  It keeps all informed about community activities, photos of the masjid, provides answers to frequently asked questions and where one can find halal meat.  You can visit the Bahamian Muslim Community in the virtual world by clicking the website or if your travels take you to the Bahamas why not visit the masjid.  There is a contact form on the website if you wish to obtain further information directly from the community.


    Dr. Munir Ahmad Rashad

    Dr. Rashad converted to the Islamic religion in 1971 and officially adopted the Islamic name of Munir Ahmad in 1980 via deed poll. He is very active in the local Islamic community. He is married to Walia Rashad (nee Miller) and they have one son Clyde, a daughter-in-law Delrose and two grand-daughters, Jaida and Jodi.

    Born on 28th September, 1943 in Nassau, Bahamas, the third of twelve children born to Eric and Ruth Russell. His father was a musician and teacher of music and his mother was a hard working housewife who raised all her children. He received his early education at St. Joseph's Catholic School and St. Augustine's College. In 1965 he received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Xavier University in Lousiana. He taught Biology, Chemistry and Health Science at Xavier's College in Nassau before going off to Howard University College of Dentistry in 1967.

    After receiving his certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in 1974, he immediately returned to Nassau to establish himself as a specialist in dentistry at the Princess Margaret Hospital. He completed continuing education courses at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and University of Miami, in Miami, Florida in his specialty, as well as other areas of dentistry, such as oral pathology and public health. He received an M.P.H. degree from University of Minnesota in 1987.

    In 1989, he was appointed Consultant Head of Dentistry at Princess Margaret Hospital and held that position until April of this year. Dr. Rashad has spent the last 33 years contributing to health education and the development of dentistry and medicine in The Bahamas. He has participated as a lecturer and presenter at Medical and dental conferences in The Bahamas, the Caribbean and the United States. He has been active in the Bahamas Dental Association, the Caribbean Atlantic Regional Association (CARDA), and the International Dental Federation from 1975 to present. He has served as chairman of the Medical Records Committee at Princess Margaret Hospital, 1996-present; chairman of the Medical Staff Organization at Doctor's Hospital, 1992-1994; president of the B.D.A., 1977-1979; president of the Bahamas Academy of Medical Sciences, 2002-2004; and recently as an executive member of the newly formed Bahamas Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He also belongs to two specialty organizations, the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the National Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

    Dr. Rashad has been awarded the title of "Health Hero" for his outstanding service in the field of dentistry, by PAHO/WHO and the Ministry of Health on the occasion of the 100th anniversary celebrations of P.A.H.O., on the 8th of September, 2002 at Government House. Over the years he has provided his expertise to the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation and the Professional Boxing Commission of The Bahamas as a ringside doctor. He has traveled with The Bahamas National Boxing Team as team doctor, to the Caribbean, Mexico, South America and the U.S.A. and to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England in 2002.

    Masjid in The Bahamas

    There is only one Masjid in the Bahamas.  The Imam is Faisal AbdurRahmaan Hepburn

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