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Islam in El Salvador

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Islam in El Salvador

There is a small Muslim community in El Salvador, largely consisting of Yemeni Arabs. However, the majority of the Palestinian Arab population in the country are Christian.

There is an Islamic Cultural Association operated by the Shia community, named Fatimah Az-Zahra. They published the first Islamic magazine in Central America: Revista Biblioteca Islámica. Additionally, they are credited with providing the first and only Islamic library dedicated to spreading Islamic culture in the country.[1] Ahmadiyya Muslim Community also exists in the country.[2]


  • Background 1
    • 20th-century immigration 1.1
  • Centers 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6


20th-century immigration

The arrival of families emigrating from Arab countries (Syria, Lebanon and Palestine) primarily occurred during the early 20th century. However, the majority of these Middle Eastern immigrants were Christian - of the few Muslim families, little or nothing has been documented.


In 1994, the first center of Islamic worship was inaugurated in El Salvador, named Centro Islámico Árabe Salvadoreño, founded in the capital city of San Salvador by a group of Salvadorian nationals and individuals of Palestinian ancestry. In 2004, a second mosque was inaugurated in the capital by Shiites, they named it Fátimah Az-Zahra, in honor of Fatimah, the daughter of the Islamic prophet Muhammad from his first wife Khadija. They began diffusing Islamic literature through the Internet, inaugurating the country’s first Islamic Website that includes the publication of a quarterly magazine and that currently counts more than 100 digitized Islamic books.[3] In 2007, a third mosqie, called the Mezquita Dar-Ibrahim, was inaugurated in San Salvador.

The Islamic Centers are generally involved in performing the Friday congregational prayers known as Salaat-al-Jummah, distributing literature, charitable activities, online propagation and donating informative materials on Islam to various religious and cultural institutions throughout the country. For example, the Fátimah Az-Zahra Islamic Center provides introductory classes on Islamic doctrine and history. These classes, which are open to the general public, are not solely religious in nature: courses in foreign languages and efforts to improve adult literacy are also offered.[4]


  1. ^ El Sitio de Los Musulmanes Shiítas de El Salvador
  2. ^ "Ahmadía, el ala pacífi ca del Islam, atrae a guatemaltecos". Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ Revista Comunica de la UCA


  • El Islam en El Salvador
  • Oficina de Divulgación Islámica, Fátimah Az-Zahra
  • Pedro Escalante & Abraham Daura Molina (2001), Sobre Moros y Cristianos, y otros Arabismos en El Salvador, Embajada de España en El Salvador y Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional, San Salvador, ES pp. 17
  • Archivo Electrónico de la Prensa Gráfica, correspondiente al 17 de febrero de 2008
  • Revista Comunica de la UCA
  • Mauricio Pineda Cruz, Carlos (July 2005). Al-Qaeda's Unlikely Allies in Central America. Terrorism Monitor Vol. 3, Issue 1
  • Marín-Guzmán, Roberto (2000). A Century of Palestinian Immigration into Central America: A study of their economic and cultural contributions. San Jose, CR: Universidad de Costa Rica.
  • Pagano, Néstor y Amoretti, María.Los Imames de la Buena Guia de la familia del Profeta Muhammad. Biblioteca Islámica Fátimah Az-Zahra
  • Pagano, Néstor.Jesús, Hijo de María En el Corán y la Tradición

External links

  • El Sitio de Los Musulmanes Shiítas de El Salvador
  • Oficina de Divulgación Islámica, San Salvador, San Salvador
  • Centro Islámico
  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMERICA LATINA Tomo I: La expansión del Islam y su llegada a América Latina (Spanish Edition)"[1]
  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo II: Migración Árabe a América Latina y el caso de México (Spanish Edition)" [2]
  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo III: El Islam hoy desde América Latina (Spanish Edition)"[3]

See also

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