History of the Muslims in Belize

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - History - 332 pages
History of the Muslims in Belize is an excellent pioneering work which traces the historical background and development of the Muslims in Belize, Central America. As a chronological account of "how it all started" the book states that Islam was introduced into Belize through the missionary work of those few who had earlier embraced the teachings of the Nations of Islam that then reared its head in many communities in the Americas, mostly areas populated largely by the "Afro-American" communities. In their struggle for emancipation, Muslims in this part of the Caribbean got yet another chance-a volte face-as the book goes on to say that despite their acceptance of the Nations of Islam's teachings which centres on the "superiority" of the Black race and "Blackman is the original man" it wasn't long when these types of doctrines were discarded by the Muslims in Belize with their entry into the mainstream or rather orthodox Islam. According to the book, the community is a vibrant Muslim community. In fact it has a mosque-Masjid al-Falah-permanently built that ended the movement of the faithful from rented rooms and apartments. In 1978 the Muslims got the community incorporated and registered under the Government of Belize as the Islamic Mission of Belize which now has a school, the Muslim Community Primary School [formerly Sister Clara Muhammad School] that lays one of the contributions undoubtedly the community is making to the value system of Belize. From a relatively small and obscured community to arguably an organised one, Muslims are growing in Belize with much conviction; for their "new" found faith has ushered them into the circle of the over 400,000 Muslims scattered across the nations of the Caribbean. This book offers also an array of discussions of the major aspects of today's contemporary issues as they affect the history of the Muslims. Muslims in Belize is an excellent companion to read for readers concern with the history of Muslims in this remarkably important English-speaking country in Central America, called Belize.

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Abdulmajeed Nunez was born 35 years ago in Belize; the only revert in his family. He is a social worker by training with 4 years experience with the Belize Police Department before he left to pursue a private career. Mr. Nunez grew up in Belmopan in the late 1970's as a Roman Catholic, when Belize was still "innocent", and was raised by his mother Thomasa Nunez-Marin. Mr. Nunez learned to be responsible at a very early age as he began to work with his mother at a tender age of eight. His father, a freemason, was a very good tailor and agile fellow and well respected in the community. He was very articulate; however was overwhelmed by the teachings of the "MASONS." Since embracing Islam in 1992 Abdulmajeed Nunez's goal has been to attract other Muslims to assist the Islamic Mission Belize to build the first Islamic High School in the country and the first Islamic University in the Central American Region. Mr Nunez is currently the acting principal of the Muslim Community Primary School, Belize, Central America. He is happily married and has six children.

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