Are there Muslims in Mexico

Islam in Mexico

The Islam in Mexico According to official estimates, it comprises around 318,608 Muslims, who make up 0.3 percent of the total population. There is little information about the origin of Islam in Mexico. It is often assumed that the Islamic foundation was laid with the arrival of Turkish and Syrian immigrants. Although the Islamic community in Mexico is rather small, it shows considerable diversity. The number of Muslims of foreign origin and native converts is roughly equal. Most Islamic organizations in Mexico today focus on "grassroots" missionary activities that have the greatest impact at the local level of individual communities.

The Centro Cultural Islámico de México (CCIM), a Sunni organization led by Omar Weston, a British convert, is active in several major cities in northern and central Mexico. She has set up a Da'wa center near Mexico City with the aim of offering a place of gathering and prayer and conducting Islamic studies.

In addition to the CCIM, there is a Sufi order in Mexico City called Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order only, which is a modern American branch line of the traditional Turkish Jerrahi Order from Istanbul. It is led by two women, Shaykha Fariha and Shaykha Amina. Their beliefs consist of an unorthodox mixture of Islam, mysticism and feminism for some Muslim believers.

Islam in Chiapas

The Spanish Murabitun Community, the Islamic community in Spain, is located in the Spanish city of Granada and has strong ties with the Chiapas community. The Spanish missionary Muhammad Nafia (formerly Aureliano Perez), today Emir of the “Comunidad Islámica en México” (Islamic Community in Mexico), came to the state of Chiapas shortly after the Zapatista uprising and established an Islamic community in the city of San Cristóbal. Since then there have been reports of numerous conversions by Maya and Tzotzil Indians. The President of Mexico Vicente Fox has expressed concern about growing fundamentalism and possible ties of Zapatistas to the Basque separatist organization Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA), but it appears that the Indians have no interest in political extremism.

In San Cristóbal there is a pizzeria and a carpentry workshop run by Mayan Muslims. In a Koran school (madrasa) children can learn Arabic and pray in a back room at the five times of prayer.

Individual evidence

  • Felipe A. Cobos Alfaro: Los musulmanes de México en la Umma, Diario de Campo. Boletin interno de los investigadores del área de anthropología # 96 January-February 2007, México, INAH (Spanish)
  • Islam is Gaining a Foothold in Chiapas, Jens Glüsing, in: Der Spiegel, May 28, 2005
  • Mexico Discovers Islam, Michelle Al-Nasr
  • ISIM review Number 15, spring 2005

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