Learning the Way in The Barbadian East Indian Muslim Community
by Jackie Faine & Craig Burleigh - July 1976
July 7th, 2022 - My purpose for developing BarbadosIslandLife.com was to have a platform to present the many images and stories that I have in my files. I had begun scanning the images from the East Indian community story and we were finally able to find the notes and type written text that Jackie had done for these. I scanned and prepared the text for online presentation, but we still needed to put names to many of the faces.
We were able to contact Suleiman Bulbulia and Sabir Nakhuda of the local Muslim community and they were excited to learn of our work as they have been researching and writing the history of the East Indian community in Barbados.
We wish to thank them for the work they have done in helping us – going forward, they will be connecting these photographs with the stories of the people in the images and we look forward to hearing of what some of the people have done in their community and the world at large.
To learn more about the East Indian community in Barbados please read –
Jama Masjid 70 years –
Bengal to Barbados: A 100 Year History Of East Indians in Barbados by Sabir Nakhuda
The original article from 1976 -
There are two calls given when a Muslim child is born -
the first call, which is the ADHAAN, is said in the right ear loudly and calls the new servant of Allah to the worship of her creator. It is said also on behalf of the child's well being.
The second call, the IQUAAMAH, is said in the left ear and gives submission to Allah.
So begins the religious life of the Muslim.
A few days after birth, a male muslim child is circumcized. In Barbados surgeons are called upon to do this, but in India, barbers perform this rite. On the seventh day following the birth, a ceremony, AQIQUA, may be held. This is also the day when the child is named and hair and nails are cut.
Mr. Saied Piprawala, Jama Masjid 1976 h3-03-28