Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions

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Jamaat al-Muslimeen

  • Ken ChitwoodEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-08956-0_270-1


The Jamaat al-Muslimeen is an Islamic group in Trinidad founded and led by Yasin Abu Bakr. They advocate justice for the poor and the reformation of religious life of Trinidad.


Led by Imam Yasin Abu Bakr, Jamaat al-Muslimeen started as a local Islamic group advocating for justice and reformation of Islamic religious life in Trinidad. It drew its support from the ranks of urban Afro-Trinidadian poor in Port of Spain rather than among the Syrian or South Asian Muslims in the country. Abu Bakr is a former police officer who resigned in 1968 and converted to Islam in Canada. He returned to Trinidad with the aim of setting up Islamic da’wa, or mission, with urban youth. Drawing inspiration from the Nation of Islam and, by proxy, the Black Power Movement in the United States and the wider Caribbean, Abu Bakr wanted to create a community set apart, which would empower its members and correct the wrongs of the wider society. And so, set apart a community he did. They...


Islam Salafism Trinidad Jihadism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of FloridaGainesvilleUSA