Practice of Islam increases in Dominican Republic

An estimated 1,700 practicing Muslims live in the Dominican Republic, reports El Caribe. About 10-15% are Dominicans, some 200-250 people. The country’s main mosque is located on Calle Francia in Gazcue, Santo Domingo.

{FILE IMAGE} Hamdy Mahmoud, the Imam or leader of worship at the mosque, says there are other spaces for followers of the religion in Bavaro, Santiago, Boca Chica, San Jose de los Llanos and Constanza. The faithful are called to prayer five times a day, and there is a special service on Fridays.

El Caribe reports that the practice of Islam first arrived with students who came to study medicine here.

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