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Islam in Venezuela

The Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim in Caracas is the biggest mosque in Latin America.

There are approximately 100,000 Muslims in Venezuela which make up the 0.4 percent of the nation's population.[1] Venezuela has a small but influential Muslim population. Many of them are Arabs of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian descent and Turkish.[2]

The capital city Caracas has a Muslim population of 15,000. The Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim in Caracas is the second largest mosque in Maracaibo, the Asociación Honorable Mezquita de Jerusalén in Valencia, Centro Islámico de Maiquetía in Vargas, and the Asociación Benéfica Islámica in Bolívar. There is also a mosque in Punto Fijo built in 2008.

Margarita Island in particular is home to a sizeable Arab Muslim community. The local cable television outlets telecast channels like al-Jazeera; LBC Sat, a Lebanese channel; and more recently, MBC and ART, two Saudi Arabian channel. Women wearing hijab generally work as cash registers. On most shop counters, Quranic verses are on display. Muslims here are mainly involved in retail businesses as well as banks and travel agencies.

On 11 February 2006, around 200 (mainly Muslim) protesters marched to the Danish embassy in Caracas, and burnt Danish and U.S. flags as protests over cartoons of Muhammad spread to Latin America.[3]

On 20 July 2006, dozens of people marched in

  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo III: El Islam hoy desde América Latina (Spanish Edition)"[8]
  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMÉRICA LATINA Tomo II: Migración Árabe a América Latina y el caso de México (Spanish Edition)" [7]
  • KUSUMO, Fitra Ismu, "ISLAM EN AMERICA LATINA Tomo I: La expansión del Islam y su llegada a América Latina (Spanish Edition)"[6]
  • Mezquita Sheikh Ibrahim website on [5]

External links

  1. ^ International Religious Freedom Report 2007 - Venezuela
  2. ^ Luxner, Larry. "Bowing to Mecca from Caracas". Americas, 1992, volume 44, issue 4, page 4
  3. ^ Venezuelan Muslims protest cartoons, From correspondents in Caracas, The Australian, February 11, 2006
  4. ^ Israeli embassy receives document supporting the peace in Lebanon and Palestine. From the Venezuelan Ministry of Communications and Information. Caracas, July 20, 2006



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