Marshall: Learn from Muslims

Don’t be afraid of the Muslims among us; learn from them.

That advice has come from historian Trevor Marshall, as a community exclusively for Muslims begins construction in Clermont, St James.

He said while the Muslim community was flexing its muscles culturally and economically, and as a distinct ethnic social group in society, black Barbadians were being left behind.

Historian Trevor Marshall
Historian Trevor Marshall

“They are undeniably affluent and they have saved far better than we black people and far better than our white community. They have accumulated a lot of money and have a simple lifestyle,” he said in an interview with Barbados TODAY.

“We are now seeing another ethnic group assert itself. All that is happening is that we Barbadians are shocked because we thought of them as just ‘coolie men’ . . . But the Muslims are      well established.”

As he indicated that Muslims have a strong presence on the island, the veteran historian said he was disappointed that the Ministry of Education has never included the study of the community on the curriculum.

“We black Barbadians . . . have never studied them. A lot of stupid people in Barbados consider Trevor Marshall as a troublemaker and a controversial twistorian and historian. [They] are now waking up to the fact that the Muslims are a serious and economically powerful group in Barbados,” he said.

Stressing that he was not attacking the community, the historian added: “The Muslims in Barbados are not Isis . . . they do not intend any danger to our community.”

Marshall, who has conducted research and studies on the group, noted that Muslims have been in Barbados since 1910, but have peacefully operated under the radar and traditionally kept to themselves as they practised their beliefs.

“This is now 104 years. Muslims can mainly be found in the lower income suburbs of Bridgetown and Hindus have moved up into Bellville and both groups are now moving out into the wider suburbs and more affluent areas of Barbados,” he said.

The new Muslim community, located opposite Queens College, will include a housing development, a mosque and a community centre. The project is being headed by the An-Noor Muslim Association.

anestahenry@barbadostoday.bb

25 Responses to Marshall: Learn from Muslims

  1. Dolores Huard
    Dolores Huard October 1, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Sure, our men need to learn how to treat the women in their lives like second class citizens!

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard October 1, 2014 at 10:35 am

      I’m talking about here at home in Montreal. A Muslim man and his son killed his 3 young daughters and ex wife because they were dressing like us – in other words not wearing the hijab or nikab! Another African Muslim slapped his daughter in the head so hard that he killed her and all because she hadn’t washed the floor “the way he thought she should”! (He got off scott free by the way because his family said that is the way they do things in their country! I’m talking about a Muslim friend of mine who told me she told her grandson his female cousins would be SERVING him when they grew up! If that’s not second-class I don’t know what is!! I’m talking about Canadian women who marry Muslim men and then have to cover their heads! And my question to them is, why don’t the Muslim men have to cover THEIR heads. And don’t tell me it’s written in the Koran!

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    • Errie Berrie
      Errie Berrie October 1, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Dolores, CHristian men, Rastafarian men, Hindu Men, Athiest men are all charged for what you have describes all over the world. If you do not understand or agree with a religion does you don’t have the right to speak with such self- given authority on something that is happening miles away from you. Do you know any Barbadian Muslim families???

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  2. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews October 1, 2014 at 10:29 am

    because it worked so well in other countries , Right ?

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  3. bernard and india walker October 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Color and god don’t match . Ask Rihanna . her niece came home to get baptized. In the black section of church . careful stupid you might trip

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  4. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway October 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

    And it is ok to not let people buy a property in the new community because of their religion or beliefs, gated is one thing , closed is another…

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  5. Hermine Alleyne
    Hermine Alleyne October 1, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I have lived among the Muslims in Belville for 25years and thy were the nicest neighbors and friends,our kids were always welcome in each other’s home.what’s the fuss is all about can’t we just get along?

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard October 1, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      No one is saying they’re not nice Hermine. I’m just saying I don’t agree with any religion where a woman isn’t considered equal to a man and treated as such.

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    • Bobby Brown
      Bobby Brown October 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      One made bad for all

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard October 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      My point exactly Jomo!

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    • Dolores Huard
      Dolores Huard October 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm

      LOL!

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  6. Errie Berrie
    Errie Berrie October 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    What an ignorant, bigoted bunch of people.

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  7. jr smith October 1, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    @eerie.com,good on yah. black people must always make excuses for they failing,bajans were blaming the whites , not any more they are blaming the trinnis, so watch out they will blames the Muslims next.
    How many domestic murders ,we had in Barbados so far this year. bajan women who are so liberated.
    Bajans sat back in Barbados, and allowed the demise of our main stay crop sugar cane.

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  8. Tony Waterman October 1, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    @Robert Holloway!!! uNLESS YOU HAVE SOME inside INFORMATION, We are going to have to take the big shot of this organisation at his word,and as far as i can recall in an article in the Nationnews he said that ANYONE can purchase in that Community. of course if you go to purchase and all the lots were presold, not much you can do ,is there???

    @Dolores Huard!!!If you read GENESIS CH.2:18 “”18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a HELPER suitable for him.”” How different is this from the Muslim Man having his wife as his Helper,and not his LEADER.JUST A QUESTION??????
    HAVE WE NOT ALWAYS HAD A GROUP IN BARBADOS CALLED THE CLOSED BRETHERN,WHERE YOU OR I CANNOT ASSOCIATE WITH AT A CERTAIN LEVEL UNLESS WE ARE NOT MEMBERS OF THEIR ORGANISATION????? HOW LESS DIFFERENT ARE THEY FROM THE MUSLIMS???? AND WHY HAS NO ONE EVER GONE AFTER THEM FOR THEIR ORGANISATIONAL BEHAVIOUR.

    JUST ASKING QUESTIONS AND TRYING TO GET A FEEL FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY IN A CHANGING BARBADOS

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  9. Levi Mayers
    Levi Mayers October 1, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    after reading all these comments thus far i must say, a nation divided will crumble and fall!!! when it is not religion it is race it is sickening!!!! we are one!!! one people one barbados one nation. we should stop nit picking and focus on the real issues like the inability of government to make adequate decisions, heavy taxation things like that that affect us all….we are all barbadian we must unite!!!

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  10. Errie Berrie
    Errie Berrie October 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I’m so happy to see so many Muslim LADIES posting and putting these ignorant people to shame. Talk about what you know… Thank you Faheema

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  11. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Fatimah J Best, please…. we need your input.

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  12. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase October 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    The ignorance is killing me!!

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  13. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole October 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Even if alot of what was written in this post can be dismissed. It is good that we are talking. It has provened to me that the majority of Barbadians know very little about the Muslim community that has lived there for decades. Both sides are to be blamed. The blacks on a whole have not reached out and the Muslims have not assimilated into Barbadian society as I see it. They have remained strangers.

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  14. Faheema Patel
    Faheema Patel October 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Heather Cole i have many non-muslim friends that know me well and can ask me anything about islam, some barbadians go by the little they know and some ask which I am always willing to share and many others would as well

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  15. jeff arthur October 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    i agree with heather cole

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  16. asiba October 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I have lived among them and my friend teases me that I have copied some of their habits such as deciding on wearing one single colour of clothing. Nobody can rtell how much you have and you can wear one white suit made a particular way for a whole year and then get another suit for the next year. Try it , it works/ Dont buy new cars –too much money–depreciate too fast–buy good second hand cars @ auctions etc—Build Family houses –save money

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  17. D. Chandler October 4, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Please stop blaming this administration for every problem we’re having. Mr. Stuart is doing a fantastic job in holding the country together. Any government today all over the world is finding it extremally difficult to run their country and the reason for this is the monumental failure Obama administration. its been almost 6yrs since he took office and there is still a dismal world-wide recession although he promised better. D
    on’t ever forget that Owen Arthur had it good and easy and sweet and dandy under Bill Clinton but everyone’s had it difficult under Obama. Sorry mates this is true like it or not.

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