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Islam in South Africa

Last Updated on August 18, 2021

According to 2015 estimates, Muslims constitute approximately 1.9 percent of the total population. The Muslim community consists of individuals of Indonesian, Indian or Pakistani descent, and nearly 70,000 Somali citizens and refugees.

Total population: 57.398.421
Muslim population (2019): 860.000

Islam in South Africa
Islam in South Africa

The constitution guarantees freedom of religion or belief, including the right to form, join and maintain religious associations. It prohibits religious discrimination, limits freedom of expression so that it does not extend to advocacy of hatred based on religion.

The constitution also provides for the promotion and respect of languages used for religious purposes, including, but not limited to, Arabic, Hebrew and Sanskrit.

Muslims in South Africa live in harmony and coexistence with other faiths. This religious cohesion is more evident in Indian residential settings, where Muslims live, work and go to school with their South African peers, whether they are Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists or Christians.

However, in 2019, there were a number of anti-Muslim incidents, including the vandalism of several mosques, the
desecration of Muslim graves in the Cape Town cemetery, and attempts to prevent Muslims from performing the sacrifice ritual on Eid al-Adha.