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The national religion of the country is Anglican, however the island also gives equal opportunity for people of other faiths to practice their religion freely. The total Muslim population of the country is about 4000.

The first Muslims to arrive in Barbados was about a century ago in 1913 when a silk merchant Abdul Rohul Amin arrived to Barbados from West Bengal. Following him several Bengalis arrived and they stayed at a house on the Wellington Street and some lived at the Milk Market and Tudor Street. Many of these travelers married Barbadian ladies and had families in Barbados.

After the Bengalis it was the Muslims from villages in Gujarat, India started arriving to Barbados. It is accounted that the first Gujarati Muslims arrived in 1929. Many of these Gujarati Muslims settled around Tudor Street and this encouraged other Gujarati Muslims to travel to Barbados. Many of them even managed to set up businesses around the Tudor and Swan Street.
Today the Muslim population of the area mainly comprises of descendants from the early immigrants. There are also many migrants from South Asia, Middle East, Guyana and Trinidad.

Many Muslims of Barbados reside in Bridgetown around the Tudor and Swan Street where visitors to Barbados can find some Muslim businesses too.
Today there are five places of congregational prayers in Barbados and each Masaajid has its own administrative committee.

Barbados has several actively functioning Islamic groups and organizations. To name a few:
The Barbados Muslim Association:

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Barbados Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Bridgetown

GEOGRAPHY

It is an Island in the North Atlantic Ocean. You can see coral reefs, caves and gullys etc all in an island of 431 square kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 0.28 Million. Muslims account for about 8% of the population.

CLIMATE

Barbados has a warm climate which is moderately tropical. Including higher rainfall, the average temperatures range from 21°C to 31°C.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

English is the official language. Bajan is widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT -4hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS

Independence Day: November 30th
Emancipation Day: August 1st
May Day: May 1st
Christmas: December 25th

CURRENCY

Barbadian Dollar

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 211
Medical: 511
Fire: 311

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