The Comoros which is from the Arabic word qamar: most people here are Muslims and it is now known that many, if not most, are descendants of people from Hadhramout. Arabic is one of the main languages on the islands.
People in Comoros claim that Islam was introduced on the islands right during the Prophet's lifetime. But, it is Arab and Persian merchants who are known to have extensively spread Islam here.
Mosques, here, are very similar in many ways to those in Hadhramout, especially to those of Tareem, with maulid being very much a part of Islamic festivities here; and just like in Hadhramout, there are many tombs on the islands.
Pemba, 50km. north of Unguja Island, is an island which is an extension of the Zanzibar archipelago. Islam was probably introduced here in the 7th Century. Arabs and Persians had been trading for hundreds of years through waters nearby and passing through this sleepy island. The island has several small mosques and many ruins. It is also known for its breathtaking coral reefs and excellent diving spots.
Unguja is the main and most populous of the Zanzibar archipelago. Mosques are in every part of the Island and the calls for prayers can be heard almost wherever you are here.
As Islam was introduced here much earlier than most parts of Africa, some of the mosques are very old.
The narrow streets here are very similar to those of Old Mukalla and Tareem. Most women, when out of their homes, dress in black, and many men dress in sarongs. Just like in Hadhramaut. Many people here are of mixed blood; and are descendants of Arabs from Oman and Hadhramout. And Persians.
Like in all sub-Saharan African countries, mosques near to churches are common. The congregants of the two houses of worship live and co-exist in peace and understanding with/of each other.
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Very few places are as breathtakingly and enchantingly beautiful as the Islands of Seychelles. Life here is quiet and tranquil. Very few Muslims and mosques can be found on these islands. Of late, Arabs from the Gulf have started visiting and investing in Seychelles. That has increased the number of Muslims by a few.
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