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Mexico: Spreading the Message of Islam

The Metro subway system in Mexico City is one of the busiest in the world, and approximately 4.5 million people use this form of public transportation on a daily basis. Due to this high volume of traffic, it has become a place for a group of Mexican Muslims to practice Da'wah, which is a way of preaching the religion of Islam.

In this video, Mustafa, shows some of the advertisements that have recently been placed inside the subway cars inviting people to learn about the religion. The advertisement is from the Islamic Cultural Center in Mexico City [es], which offers a weekend cultural event.

Another effort to spread the message of Islam took place on the streets of Mexico City. This other video shows a van driving up and down the streets of this neighborhood inviting people to a conference.

According to the most recent census, Mexicans are overwhelming Roman Catholic at a figure of 88% of the population. The 2008 Census indicates that there are 25,000 Muslims in the country, which represents .02% of the total population.

While much of the activities and public events take place in the Federal District, there have been some recent coverage on a small group of converts in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Journalist and blogger Franc Contreras of Mexico Monitor, also works for Al Jazeera English. In 2008, he traveled here to produce a report on a group of Mayan indigenous that converted to Islam. Watch the video report here.

There are also Mexican Muslims, who also use blogs to connect with others and to help spread the message of Islam. Carlos Alberto Rojas, also known as Isa, studied at the Islamic University of Madinah. He also maintains a blog where he offers up his assistance and support for those with questions. He publishes his phone numbers and the times that he is available to speak [es] with anyone with questions on Islam, fasting or to inquire about future events.

  • Aber Sabeel

    Just a small correction: the so-called \Islamic Cultural Center\ is not in Mexico City. In fact, it is run by a person who lives about 2-3 hours far from Mexico City, in a village called Tequesquitengo. The so-called \mosque\ that is there, is actually placed in the most perfect settings FOR A SUMMER HOUSE, because there are no Muslims in the area. The place is also used as a motel where any non-married couple can spend a few hours, definitely not worshipping God!

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  • akhter
  • http://mysticsaint.blogspot.com Sadiq Alam

    Thanks for the update.

  • akhter

    Yet another reason why the forcefully converted Mexicans should revert back to the glorious Islam!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDrObm8aotM

  • azmat

    Akhter,
    Yes, Islam will only bring about glorious opressions and dictatorships followed by beheadings and killing of innocent people. Coversions by the sword, sex and terror will be the rule of Allah the most unmerciful.

    • tosamja

      Don’t you understand the meaning of ALLAH. Obviously not so let me give you a translation: It means GOD. Allah is just a way of saying God in a different language. So basically you just called God unmerciful. Some religious person you are …..

  • akhter

    So we have yet another brainwashed Zombie fooled by some ex Muslims, dictatorship are the works of the mighty super USA,who is only interested in its safe delivery of oil,and where ever there is a threat,eg Iraq, Afghanistan,Lebanon and soon to be Iran,are invaded and bombed to submission,isnt that killing of innocent children and women,and when those who loose everything and react they are called terrorist.
    For your information Indonesia,Malaysia are amongst the largest populated Muslim countries in the world , tell me which Muslim Army invaded them?It was the sword of intellect which conquered them.

  • Dan

    Azmat, are you sure you’re not referring to the Reconquista? BTW, whatever happened to the glorious civilizations of the Americas after the Spaniard colonialist bastards came? And you have the nerve to lecture others about forced conversions when the conquistadores had no shame in forcibly converting the natives to Catholicism.

    • tosamja

      Finally someone says something about the forceful conversion of the Natives to Catholicism.

  • michael

    why dos’nt Islam stop worrying and blaming everything on the U.S. and worry and work on your own house.

  • akhter

    Michael, did you know America was the homeland of the so called red Indians,on whose skeletons the foundations of USA are build!!

    • michael

      you had better look a little deeper at your history of muslim on muslim slaughter – we are all guilty but it does not mean we can’t move foward in peace.

      • tosamja

        Well if we are all guilty then why don’t you look at your history. Since your pushing others to look at theirs. Take a good look at yours first. Also before you bash on others, first make sure that your own hands are clean.

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