Being the great mix, some Hispanics, Latin Americans and Afro-Latins share a Muslim heritage too.

Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr 2019

May 5 – June 4, 2019
During the Muslim holy month, the pious observe a daytime food and water fast
June 3-4, 2019
Eid Al-Fitr
The feast that ends Ramadan
“Eid Mubarak”

Celebrate Al-Hijra, the Muslim New Year 1440

Sundown to Sundown
Saturday – Sunday
August 31 – September 1, 2019

Eid al-Adha 2019

August 10 – 11, 2019
Sundown Saturday-Sunday
The most important Muslim holiday marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
“Eid Mubarak”

We are not so many, but to be Latin American is to be of all peoples and religions from every place in the world. It’s the same as being American of the United States. We are the great mix.

To be Latin American is also to be African. Islam is a leading religion in North Africa, West Africa, and East Africa.

There are many Latin Americans with an Arab heritage in Brazil, Argentina, El Salvador, Venezuela, Colombia and Paraguay. It’s easy to see in some very handsome Arab-looking, Latin American men. Most Latin Americans with an Arab heritage have grandparents and such from Lebanon and Syria. They may or may not be Muslim, but come from places where Islam is the dominant religion.

Spain itself is a mix of Christian, Jewish and Muslim people and culture. Spanish Flamenco has strong Arab roots. The Flamenco cry has an obvious relation to the Muslim call to prayer. Southern Italy has a Muslim heritage too.

So yes, we are Muslim too. Even if we are not, we should be protective of our Muslim brothers and sisters. The U.S. Constitution, the highest law of our land guarantees freedom of religion. We know very well how hard it is to be discriminated against as an outsider, a “them.”

There is no them. “They” may be in the stars up in the sky somewhere, but until we meet, there is only us.