Muslims active in Dominican society says leader; speaks on stigma, polygamy

Imam Idris Ahiwa

With over 1.9 billion followers, Islam is the second most practiced religion in the world, after Christianity. However, Muslims (followers of Islam) are still a religious minority in Dominica, but the numbers are growing.

With about 300-500 members now, the movement has seen the construction of two mosques –  one in Picard and the other in Goodwill – adding to its initial place of worship, a temporary structure in the Kalinago territory.

Islam is a monotheistic religion which teaches that Muhammad was the final prophet of God or Allah as He is known in Arabic. Followers of Islam are called Muslims. The word Islam means submission to the will of God. It teaches that Allah’s word was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed through the angel Gabriel. Islam respects some of the same prophets as Jews and Christians, including Abraham, Moses, Noah and Jesus.

Recently, Dominica News Online (DNO) had a brief sit-down with Nigerian-born leader of the Muslim community in Dominica (referred to as an Imam), Idris Ahiwa. He touched on the religion’s progress, a few core beliefs and some common misconceptions about the Islam in Dominica.

Muslims first came to Dominica and the Caribbean during the colonization years as slaves from West Africa.  They were not allowed to practice their religion and were forced to learn the language of their colonizers and later killed off. Another wave of Muslims eventually migrated as indentured labourers from Asia but the most successful group emerged in the 1970’s through the Black Power movement after Malcom X became a Muslim.  This resulted in some locals, Rastafarians included, converting to Islam, Ahiwa explained. The faith grew even stronger years later when some Dominicans studying abroad, got converted and began practicing the faith when they returned home.

As to its followers, the Imam said that there has been both internal and external growth, with 90 percent of the Muslim population in Dominica being born here. Moreover, according to him, about 120 Muslims who were students at the Portsmouth-based Ross University left the island after the school relocated to Barbados in 2018. The medical students had been a primary reason for the erection of the mosque in Picard.

Notwithstanding this, followers have also increased as a result of the Dominica Citizenship by Investment Program in which a number of Muslims who purchased Dominican citizenship have reached out and visited local mosques, the leader said.

Despite the growth however, Ahiwa said that Muslims still face some level of negative perception from the public.

Due to terrorist attacks from Islamic extremists around the world over the last few decades, Ahiwa said the religion has been somewhat generalized as one which is violent and intolerant of other religions.  Though the Muslim community here and internationally have condemned and distanced themselves from these radical attacks, the stereotype still exists.

Ahiwa believes that people with this distorted view of the religion are those who tend to have limited knowledge about Islam. He is adamant that 99.9 percent of Muslims “have nothing to do with terrorism.”

“Muslims are being viewed as terrorists and it seems the burden of proof is on you to declare and prove that you are innocent. So every Muslim is deemed to be a terrorist until you prove otherwise,” he lamented, admitting that local followers are occasionally called names like ‘taliban’ or ‘ISIS.’

“Islam does not teach you to hate a Christian, let alone to kill a Christian,” he stated while categorizing the religion as one of the most tolerant in the world. He said that based on the Quran – the Islam bible – Muslims are allowed to marry Christian and Jewish women, an act that is sometimes discouraged by Christians and Jews.

“We are more tolerant of Christians than Christians are tolerant of themselves,” he pronounced.

The leader attributes much of the stigmatization to international political groups with hidden agendas and global media.

“In America, terrorism is exclusively for the Muslims [while] criminal behavior in America is for blacks – ‘thugs’. When it’s white people, even with the insurrection, people do not want to call it domestic terrorism. A white man can go take up his gun, kill people, [and] people don’t call it terrorism. But if it is a Muslim, the first thing that comes to mind is terrorism even though they have similar motives,” he said.

Nevertheless, the religion is forging ahead and boasts of being “very active” and well represented in different sections of society, with doctors, lawyers, lecturers, a national epidemiologist and major businesses in Dominica such as Beauty Wise and Mega Store.

“We play our role,” the Imam added while touting an Islam-centered radio program on DBS Radio every Thursday night from 7p.m. “When there are meetings we are invited by the government to be part of them,” he added.

A core belief of Islam is that of the ‘oneness of the Almighty Creator.’ Muslims do not believe that any other being shares divinity with God – no intercessor or intermediary – neither does He have a mother, father or children. This means that they do not regard Jesus Christ as the son of God. They do not worship Prophet Mohammed, which Ahiwa said is often mistakenly believed by many. They accept that there is an upcoming judgement, resurrection and angels.

Muslims engage in ritualized prayer and worship five times a day – early morning before sunrise, sometime after noon, around 4 p.m., after sunset and before they go to bed. These sessions take about 10-15 minutes and are done individually or collectively. Males are obligated to attend a collective Friday worship session at a local mosque at about 1:30 p.m. but females are not.

Before one can start worship, they must wash or cleanse themselves in a particular way which is referred to as an ablution. Also, they must learn at least two chapters of the Quran in Arabic to worship.

The concept of Sabbath is not observed.

Women must wear the Muslim dress (with only face or eyes and hands exposed) in public and can only wear ‘regular’ clothing when around males whom they are not allowed to marry like brothers, father, uncles or sons. Men can choose to wear the Muslim dress in public or not.

“The less attractive you are out there the better,” Ahiwa said, adding that in Islam sex is not allowed except within marriage.

“So whatever that may or could… lead [to] or encourage [sex outside of marriage], Islam does not allow it,” he said. For that reason, shaking hands and hugging people of the opposite sex is forbidden, he added.

On the issue of polygamy, the leader said that indeed Islam allows a man to marry more than one wife but with conditions; he must prove that he is able to support all spouses equally with his time and money. According to him, only about two such relationships exist in Dominica, since most Muslim men are unable to support more than one wife.

“In Islam, financial responsibility rests entirely on the man. No matter what [a woman] earns, and you could have a lot of money, you are not obliged to put a dime in the house. The man has to provide everything – food, shelter, and clothing. So if he can afford to have financial responsibility to marry a second wife, he is allowed,” Ahiwa explained, adding that the husband must treat both wives fairly and equally. They all have to agree to time sharing. “It’s also practical to have them (the wives) near to each other,” he noted.

“If he builds a house for one, he has to build a house for the other,” he said adding that, “if they chose not to share a house then that’s their right. You cannot put them in one house.”

Dominican law allows a man to have one wife but Ahiwa explained that a Muslim marriage is different from the traditional and legal marriage as it is popularly known.  For Islam, marriages are religious and couples do not have to legally register their unions. He said some Muslims do so strictly for legal purposes. He said that a religious marriage is done in the sight of God and that marriage is real.

“So you can have a woman who is legally married but divorced in Islam and remarried in Islam, which is acceptable,” he said adding  that a “legal” marriage “has nothing to do with the Almighty Creator.”

“If the man is married to the first wife legally, when he goes for his second wife, he doesn’t register it. So there is nothing to prove that he has broken any law… So you can’t take me to court and say I am committing bigamy. Some people will say ‘well she is a side woman.’ Call it whatever you want but Islamically, she has equal rights,” he said.

Regarding the debate as to why a woman cannot have more than one husband, Ahiwa said, “A man will spend his money to have more than one wife. Will a woman spend her money to have more than one man?”

“The main purpose of sex is to multiply… if a man marries two wives or four wives [then] every two years he will have a child. If the woman marries two husbands she can only make one child and without DNA… that child belongs to which of the husbands?” he reasoned.

Admitting that having more than one wife can cause jealousy and problems in marriages, the leader said that, “Some women who understand that very well and don’t want their husband to have a second wife. They don’t want him to get more money so that he can have a second wife. The more he has money, the more he can take on a second wife.”

Another belief of Islam is that Muslims should not openly sin. While admitting that everyone sins, the leader said that flaunting it is not acceptable in Islam.

“In the Christian [community], hiding and doing [sin] is hypocrisy. In Islam, the person who hides and does something still has faith. That’s why he is hiding. He is not comfortable… One who does it in public he doesn’t care… it’s not a good thing to be public about it and to be bold faced and go around [sinning], he said.

“If somebody who is being looked up to does that in the public [one would say] ‘look the pastor and them doing that too…so why you all have to talk to me?’ So it’s not a good thing to commit sin in public and to be bold about it,” he said.

Muslims usually fast during Ramadan – a holy month of introspection and prayer. It is celebrated in April as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran. They fast for 30 days – eating and drinking only between sunset and dawn. There is total abstinence from food and drink during the day.

Throughout Ramadan, “we share and worship together. It’s a wonderful feeling,” the leader said.

Ahiwa studied Islam in Sudan and travelled to Dominica in 1999 when he was asked to serve as a qualified Imam. He has been in that position ever since.

 

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. Jules Vert
    April 8, 2021

    A lot of things are not as straightforward as they may seem. In addition, we have our biases that often preclude an logical analysis of either history or our point of view. I think that a subject like this is an opportunity for respect and dialogue. I see a number of comments that are not consistent with history and the people’s experience. In this age of knowledge, too many of us are apt to repeat what we’ve heard without doing a little bit of research ourselves. It doesn’t take much research to totally separate Jesus from any of the violence associated with Christianity over the years. That’s not what some want to hear so they will close their ears to it. Conversely, the Quran, written centuries after the new testament, itself promotes violence. I had to read the Quran for school. Muslims are divided as to how old Aisha, one of Mohammed’s wife, was when she was married to him. She appears to have been 9 and there is much debate as to whether that was okay. Some vigorously…

  2. Viewsexpressed
    April 8, 2021

    “Mr. No You Didn’t”
    Absolutely Not! You’re so wrong and misinformed and out of context.
    What I read is outdated and Disgusting.

    • No you didn't
      April 10, 2021

      “Mr J Jno-charles I mean Viewsexpressed”
      Like I said, that’s what we were taught but both religions defeated your people and violently shut down their education and religious systems. Like the ostrich your neck is buried in ‘what you know’. Very difficult for you to unlearn that. But show us which other group or race that worship a god they did not choose. None, only African People!

  3. J.John-Charles
    April 8, 2021

    Two corrections
    (1) The men can marry women of other religions, not that they are so nice and tolerant of other faith. But they have in mind to convert them to Islam.
    (2) It should be Deuteronomy 18:18 not Genesis

  4. Bent
    April 8, 2021

    Then teach the truth to everyone. Christ came for jew n gentile alike as we struggle economic battles. The monotheist sees no separation by religion but awareness in all religions. Allah was a prophet of God, not to negate Jehova whom created his awareness on earth. Allowed his existence, that the truth may be spoken. But where did he reap his faith, if not of his Absolute Trinity. Nothingness as with all prophets.

  5. Viewsexpressed
    April 8, 2021

    Kalinago, you are fundamentally wrong and silly with your Idiotic lying 🤥 thoughts. It’s Disgusting reading this flabagasted Insulting thoughts of yours. Where on earth you learnt this BS. When you home reflect and go to church to repent and ask for forgiveness. Who on earth told you that people don’t go to church often. You must have done an island survey to arrive at this thought. Share with us please your research and results. If you haven’t then you apologise and repent. Go to confession and come out with this gentlemanly intelectual that we are sure you that you are. Please read and research before you pen your thoughts. Gods Blessings 🙏 and Guidance. Be Safe 😃. Have a Great Day in God’s Name. Amen 🙏🏽
    Blessed 🙏 Day. Greetings

  6. Read Me
    April 8, 2021

    That Kind of hatred for people who do not follow islam is alarming . There are some extremist is all faiths and religions however the extremists that seem most dangerous are muslims. There are good and bad ppl in all faiths but the way non believers are looked down apon is out of order. Society and the world is afraid of muslims and know there boundaries when going against some of the terrorist activity but with Christianity ANYTHING goes

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    • click here
      April 9, 2021

      Did you know that most Klu Klux Klan members consider themselves Christians? That is why they always burn a cross. How much terror has the Klan caused black people in America un the guise of Christianity? When Columbus and and the other explorers came, they brought with them priests who themselves approved of the brutality done to Africans and Caribbean Indians who refused to join or be converted. Christians used the christian bible to demonize other races and cultures and rape and loot, pillage, plunder nations of people for centuries in JESUS NAME. So lets not forget the other side of the coin. We hear stories of chrisitan leaders abusing their congregations, being adulterers, stealing etc. but Muslims, because they are different from us in appearance and practice, are seen as the bad ones. When infact, im betting that a muslim has NEVER offended or hurt any one of you reading this.

  7. Viewsexpressed
    April 7, 2021

    Kalinago you are wrong and out of Context. I went to both State’s School 🏫 and Religious Schools. Our parents and families where not inward in unnecessary worship. ….meaning could go to church regular as I chose. We are NOt summoned nor penalised to go to church regularly. We all enjoy worshiping at home 🏠 with families, extended family and Christian friends and neighbours. Amen, 🙏🏽. It’s graceful, focus, patronising and welcoming.
    We visit the Infirmary, hospital those at home 🏠 sick and maybe lonely. We Catholic Christians and Acolytes look out for our Vulnerable People and with the Priest or Lay Minister deliver Holy 🙏🏽 Communion, engage in pray and upliftment of our faith and charity to those sick and unable to go out. We’re so excited and engaged in our Religious Catholic Christians Members. Amen 🙏🏽 our God 🙏 and his Son Jesus Christ has Blessed🙏🏽us Richly. As acolytes we joyously go with priests visiting the Hospital, Homes and Infirmary. Gods Rich Blessings.Amen.

  8. Viewsexpressed
    April 7, 2021

    Kalinago you are wrong and out of Context. I went to both State’s School 🏫 and Religious Schools. Our parents and families where not inward in unnecessary worship. ….meaning could go to church regular as I chose. We are NOt summoned nor penalised to go to church regularly. We all enjoy worshiping at home 🏠 with families, extended family and Christian friends and neighbours. Amen, 🙏🏽. It’s graceful, focus, patronising and welcoming.
    We visit the Infirmary, hospital those at home 🏠 sick and maybe lonely. We Catholic Christians and Acolytes look out for our Vulnerable People and with the Priest or Lay Minister deliver Holy 🙏🏽 Communion, engage in pray and upliftment of our faith and charity to those sick and unable to go out. We’re so ecitef and engaged in our Religious Catholic Christians Members. Amen 🙏🏽 our God 🙏 and his Son Jesus Christ has Blessed🙏🏽us Richly. As acolytes we joyously go with priests visiting the Hospital, Homes and Infirmary. Gods Rich Blessings.Amen.

  9. Viewsexpressed
    April 7, 2021

    Males can go Worship in the Mosque and Females are kicked and locked 🔐 out of the Mosque. Why 😭? This is religious ignoramous stupidity, clumsiness and discriminatry behaviour by so called you head of this questionable Mosque thoughts. As Human Beings, despite the mosque, all women from whatever faith and church must be respected. We dismiss and do not condone this discrimoinatary behaviour of belittling Women who are mothers. The question now is why is it our devoted Christian Faith is not discriminatry, and we all go to church together with Male sitting with Females. Our focus is not necessarily focus on this but on the service of our Christian Faith together with Males and Females worship together, pray together and receive Communion together in the name of our devoted Christ Jesus and our Saviour God’s 🙏 Name. Amen, God🙏is Good and merciful.
    I’m so proud to be ChristianCatholic and Religious in worship.Amen. Gods Blessings 🙏 and Guidance to Muslims and our Christians. God🙏

    • Toto
      April 8, 2021

      So a male muslim can have more than on wife with the blessing of God but a female cannot have two husbands. A woman must cover herself up but not a man. Brother Idris I cannot support any religion or organisation that treats women as inferior second class citizen, christian muslim jew or anything else and then justify all that nonsense by quoting a holy book. If there is a God, one God and even though we call it a He, we don’t know the sex of God and in my view that God would treat all humans equally and have no sex discrimination. We already have enough troubles in the world without all that. Preachers everywhere causing mepwi. My advice, pray less and work more to all of you.

      • click here
        April 9, 2021

        Muslim women who embrace these rules do not see any of them as inferior. You may because you have no clear understanding as to why they do what it is they do. I have personally heard from Muslim women that they feel empowered by covering up. Many like the fact that they do not have to suffer the disrespect other non covered up women face on a daily from disrespectful men. Many undrstand that when a man takes another wife, he is protecting her, and not thinking about sex. Also that there are economic benefits to polygamy. For example 3 earners instead of 2 or 1 in the house. In fact, the more wives you have the more empowered THEY are as there is strength in numbers. As far as giving God a sex, that is not your place, nor mine to try to do so

  10. J.John-Charles
    April 7, 2021

    Muslims are mentioning Abraham, Moses even Jesus and Muhammad.
    But God made it clear in Genesis 17:21
    ” I will establish My covenant with Isaac.” Again Gen. 21:12 States
    “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”
    This prophet shall come through him, not ISHMAEL of whom Muhammad came.
    So how can Muslims claim Genesis 18:18 applies to Muhammad?
    God told told the people of Israel, they may set up a king over them,one from among their brothers.So why should they set up a non-Jewish prophet to rule over them?
    Muhammad could not read nor write.Their own Qur’an agrees with this.For Surah 29:27 is saying to us, he could not read nor write..But Moses could read and write. Numbers 12:6 and Num.13:1
    Muhammad never spoke directly to Allah. Muslims claimed that it was the angel Gabriel who gave revelations to Muhammad..
    So this prophet of theirs is no match to Moses the real man of God.
    Jesus Christ the Savior, is Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

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    • Viewsexpressed
      April 8, 2021

      Tell those Muslims J. jno.Charles. I am a proud Christian and I’ve been Blessed 🙏🏽 and happy all my life. We’re taught and Disciplined to love and appreciate everyone’s Rights irrespective of colours Religion, nationality etc.
      I have worked hard and continue to engage and assist ANYONE who has fallen, sick, hungry and abused. This is a God 🙏 ridden Right for all Human Bet irrespectively of Faith, Religion, Colour, Rich People etc etc.
      My Christian Religious faith and my devoted Christian Church has brought me up to the stage of Primary, Secondary College and University Education where I met all Peoples for Eg. Rasta, Different Faiths, Atheist etc. We as humans must embrace EVERYONE irrespective of who they are. God🙏is Good. Jesus Christ is our Saviour, he suffered openly for us. To this day he’s Spiritually Alive. Amen and we enjoy and are uplifted everyday reading our Bible. Thanks to my devoted Parents, Priests, Extended Families, Friends, Scouts and my Catholic Christian…

      • click here
        April 9, 2021

        You life experiences are no different from a muslim or his children. So what if have been a christian all your life? I know muslims who have done all what you have mentionned and much much more. We need to stop acting like our religion is better than anyones. If so, what about the man in the wilderness who knows not of GOD but treats his fellow man with love and respect, cares for the earth and the animals but has no concept of god or religion. Does he have less favor with God because he isnt a christian? or wasnt baptized? He may have much more favor with God than you or i. Yall sound like those church monkies and religious persecutors who know not even of yourselves but want to judge others.

    • awa wi doctor
      April 8, 2021

      Religious persecution in high and low places. “my god is better than yours” syndrome. they vs us. Muslims know that there is one God. Many messengers. Muhammad is not the God of Muslims, he is only a messenger. just as Christ is to the Christians. Many “Christians” – (followers of Christ), go to church and can quote all scriptures, but their words, thoughts and actions are different. then again, noone is perfect.

    • Viewsexpressed
      April 8, 2021

      Amen. Well said, well received, well versed. Thanks much.
      We respect people who are Muslims and we have concerns the way they treat their Muslim Women.
      We Catholic Christians respect our Women, Wives, Sisters, Aunts, God 🙏 Mothers, people of All Faiths, Atheist etc. We Christians respect all women in particular our Wives(gentle committed mothers, Grand Mothers, Aunts Sisters Etc). What I read and concerned about is the thought that women are not seen equal to men etc, but must be committed wholly to Muslim men. In our Catholic Religion we respect our wives, mothers, Sisters, Aunts, in Laws Grandmothers etc. And we all worship well and enjoy and embrace our Christian Religion, and celebrate our God and our Jesus Christ. God 🙏 is Good always. I love and embrace my Catholic Christian Religion Faith wholly. God is good and his son Jesus Christ has Blessed us Wholly and spiritually. Amen Our God 🙏 is Good.
      Blessings 😊 All. We embrace EVERYONE whoever you are.Gods Blessings Amen

  11. J.John-Charles
    April 7, 2021

    While it is true.Not all Muslims are terrorist. But if you watch closely, all the savaged and wicked terrorist groups are Muslims. Al Qaeda, ISIS, What about the infamous Boko Haram etc etc. Boko Haram in Nigeria, going in Christian schools kidnapping the young girls.I don’t have to tell you, what these girls are going through in the forest.These animals are doing this for their Muslim faith.
    Another thing, follow the Islamic States where the religion and government is one.They don’t tolerate any other religion. Muslims are coming to the West and establish and practice their religion.But they don’t give you the same right where They came from.If you go and pray “Haily Mary mother of god.” You will be jailed or killed.
    In Dominica, if they get into government.They will show their true nature.They are not peaceful.
    Yes the men can marry women of there faith, in order to convert them to Islam.But the women may face death.
    Don’t forget, their slogan is “Submission”

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  12. Kalinago
    April 7, 2021

    One thing I admire about the Muslims is the ritualized prayer and worship times during the day. I have seen it done already. A lot of the other religions do not take time out to worship like this. Something I believe that each individual should have a right to irrespective of their religion and their job. We ought to make time for God, or whatever higher being that we worship, that’s why I do not understand how someone can be an atheist. At the end of the day don’t we all want the same thing?

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    • Viewsexpressed
      April 7, 2021

      Kalinago you are wrong and out of Context. I went to both State’s School 🏫 and Religious Schools. Our parents and families where not inward in unnecessary worship. ….meaning could go to church regular as I chose. We are NOt summoned nor penalised to go to church regularly. We all enjoy worshiping at home 🏠 with families, extended family and Christian friends and neighbours. Amen, 🙏🏽. It’s graceful, focus, patronising and welcoming.
      We visit the Infirmary, hospital those at home 🏠 sick and maybe lonely. We Catholic Christians and Acolytes look out for our Vulnerable People and with the Priest or Lay Minister deliver Holy 🙏🏽 Communion, engage in pray and upliftment of our faith and charity to those sick and unable to go out. We’re so ecitef and engaged in our Religious Catholic Christians Members. Amen 🙏🏽 our God 🙏 and his Son Jesus Christ has Blessed🙏🏽us Richly. As acolytes we joyously go with priests visiting the Hospital, Homes and Infirmary. Gods Rich Blessings.Amen.

  13. Ibo France
    April 7, 2021

    Politics and Religion are like two mind altering drugs. Look at what these two have done for the people of the Caribbean region.

    POLITICS: poverty, crime, disunity/tribalism, social inequality

    RELIGION: close mindedness, fanaticism, fear, ignorance, turning society against itself

    My religion is to do to my fellow human beings and. the environment; that is, harm no one and not to protect God’s creation.

    LOVE is my religion.

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  14. Dawna
    April 7, 2021

    Sir, you are the reason why a lot of people feel muslim women are ‘controlled’ for lack of a better word. You could have done a better job of explaining the reasoning for the dressing. It shows that you are primitive in your thinking. Some muslim women feel empowered to be fully covered meanwhile you are putting it down to only for the satisfaction of man. Also sex is for enjoyment, the “main purpose” is not the main purpose but rather a possible eventuality of sex. Saying sex is for procreation leaves out barren women and men. But to each his own. Also, when the prophet took another wife it was to protect her, however, this thinking has gotten lost, and now sheer greed is what is causing muslim men to take multiple wives. If it was so natural muslim women ALL OVER would embrace it, rather we usually feel hurt when a husband wants another wife.

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    • badbaje
      April 7, 2021

      Where did you get your knowledge of the Muslim faith. Multiple wives is a show of greed? How many did King Solomon have. You must not have any African ancestry, or you would know it is in our history for a man to have multiple wives, as long as he can afford to provide for them. And sex is originally for procreation, the pleasure or enjoyment as you put it has taken over.

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      • Viewsexpressed
        April 7, 2021

        Absolutely BS talk badbaje. A Disgusting flabagasted thoughts you have penned. To be honest I am lost to what you are saying and have lost your thoughts on the matter you attempt to share.
        It is in our history to have multiple wives,? Where the Hell did you get this fake Muslim thoughts. How many wives do you have and how many Children. I am not and will never be a Muslim. I am a proud Christian and embrace of our saviour Jesus Christ. Amen 🙏🏽. Our God 🙏 is exceptionally good and he gave us our Beloved Jesus Christ. Amen 🙏🏽. God is good, our family is good and happy with one wife.
        Should a Muslim woman have more than one Husband? Why on earth Muslim men can have multiple wives and women cannot have multiple husband’s. What’s wrong with you people.
        God 🙏 is Good…Jesus is our saviour.
        Blessings to all, remember to read your Bible and cherish and respect and love your wife and dedicated Children. Amen. God 🙏 is God. We say a prayer for everything one. Amen. Blessings.

  15. No you didn't
    April 7, 2021

    For any Black man to embrace Islam and christianity, that’s what we know, but it’s very bad to become an instrument of our own destruction. It’s like making a pact with the devil to attend your own funeral. Only the Blacks have a religion they did not choose. Some take up the Arab religion while others take up the Europeans religion. We must develop an undying love for our people. They both shut down The African Spiritual System and education from egypt to Ghana, enslaved the people and force-fed their religion on the continent. We owe it to ourselves to stay away from those religions.

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    • badbaje
      April 7, 2021

      You sir have said a mouthful. I agree with every word you said.

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  16. Viewsexpressed
    April 7, 2021

    “Women Must wear Face and

    This is Rediculous, sexist and inhuman thought. We were All born with our featyredi, beauty and talent. Don’t reduced your women our women to be inferior and submissive to a man who wears a robe. A man is a man so is a woman a woman and stop reducing them to this inferiority complex attitude. This is discriminatary brutal behaviour through submission by these Muslim men who present themselves as superior. My Christian faith does not and will NOT tolerate this sexist brutal behaviour. I’m proud be a Christian Catholic. I grew up there and I’m still proud to be a devoted Christian. Amen
    We Christians are committed and devoted to our God and his trusted son our Blessed 🙏 Jesus Christ. Amen 🙏🏽. God is Good. I love my faith and Christian religious beliefs & Faith Amen.
    Gods Blessings 🙏 and Guidance always upon everyone. God is Good..his son Jesus Christ is our Saviour. Amen to all Brothers and Sisters. Gods Blessings and Guidance 🙏.

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    • Gone are the days
      April 7, 2021

      They both were forced on to your people at gun point thru some of the most violent chain of events mankind ever experienced. The enslavement of African people, the harems of young and little black girls, the horror, the torture, the largest refugee crisis imaginable, and almost got away with it. There’s were all stories they adapted from original writings on walls of temples, tombs, scrolls that they and the Romans copied from Egypt, created religion from those stories and events; then shut down the original source.
      We Owe It To Ourselves to Search For THE STORY BEHIND THE STORY!
      Read the almost 20 years of research by Chancellor Williams, lifelong research of John H Clarke etc that broke the code of silence on the issue.
      How did jesus & christianity also come to you? Violently of course!
      We are the only race to worship a god they did not choose. Just think about it.

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  17. Viewsexpressed
    April 7, 2021

    Click here, I read you comments with a taste of ridiculous thoughts. I’m an independent proud Christian born, raised with our Prolific Jesus thru God 🙏 given Rights to worship. There a child of God to be independent in thoughts and prayers and worship. I was raised as this prolific Christian in a Christian like religion and in my 60’s I’m still proud being a devoted Christian. On the other hand✋I respect all faiths and religion Amen. But I will not and never be converted into a Muslim. I’m a devoted Christian, independent with my Rights and not one Muslim will convert me or my family to be a Muslim. Jesus Christ is our saviour and that’s where it stands. I listened to and read too much of the activities of this Muslim faith and me and my family will never be muslim. I respect all religions, faith. I will not be of Muslim faith based on my readings of the brutal treatment of women and thoughtlessness behaviour of some Muslins. My Christian is a loving faith with God. Amen🙏🏽 Jesus.

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    • badbaje
      April 7, 2021

      Another brain washed individual.

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  18. Galileo
    April 6, 2021

    As you have said the suspicion and apprehension come from a lack of understanding of the faith. I too had negative feelings and thoughts towards the religion until I had a Muslims brother as a roommate at university. By far one of the most decent individuals I ever met. I am a devout catholic and we cohabited and never once got into an argument about our respective faiths.
    We shared information with each other and that was beneficial to us both. Is only then I found out they regard Jesus Christ.

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  19. click here
    April 6, 2021

    Last night i was in Picard just getting a Schwarma and i happened to overhear the “muezzin”/ “adhan/azhan” (call to prayer) coming form the mosque up there.. I sat and listened for a little while befoe heading back down to Roseau. I was indeed a pleasure to experience it, even though i was only on the outside. Al-hamdulillah.

    Im not muslim or islamic, but i am familiar with the faith and some of its practices.

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    • Me
      April 9, 2021

      A human being is no less of a human being because he- or she, does not believe in God. It is te essence of being human to have a free will and thought and express the same without being persecuted or cast out. Religious zealotry breeds tyranny.

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