Though predominantly of Islamic origin, Malaysia is a multi-religious country. Know more about religions/ religion in Malaysia.


Main Religion: Islam
Other Religions: Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Confucianism

Malaysia is a multi-ethnic country, where people of different origins live together happily. Talking about religions, there are numerous religions practiced by variety of inhabitants. Islam dominates the religious background of the country, where almost 60% of country's population practices Islam. More or less, Islam is stated as the state religion and is followed by the majority of Malays. And Malaysia is predominantly an Islamic country, though many other religions are practiced here.

Besides Islam, the other religions include Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Taoism and Confucianism. Nearly all Chinese have faith in Buddhism and Taoism, but there are others who prefer Christianity. Indians usually observe Hinduism, while scores of indigenous people have adapted Christianity, though many others still practice animism. Nowadays, Islam is a concoction of Sufi and Wahabi elements, and pretty liberal in Malaysia.

Malaysia ReligionsBuddhists make about 19% of the population, Hindus approximately 6%, Christians about 9% whilst 3% is made in totality by, Confucians, Taoists, Animists and Sikhs. If compared with Peninsular Malaysia, Christianity has made a better impact upon East Malaysia where native people converted into Christians. Regardless of a predominant Islamic population, the constitution promises freedom to profess, practice and propagate other religions in the country.

Malaysia, a multi-religious country, has true colors of different customs, festivals and religions in its culture. Despite people follow their own faiths, racial diversity is actually reflected and people have adopted an international approach. Profession and business are other reasons that have developed a more rational lifestyle. To put succinctly, Islam is the predominant religion though many other religions thrive in Malaysia.

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