Islam in Somaliland

Almost the entire population of Somaliland are Muslims, the majority of the population belong to the Sunni branch of Islam and the Shafi'i school of Islamic jurisprudence.

Islam is the official state religion of Somaliland, Article 5 of the Somaliland constitution states:

1. Islam is the religion of the Somaliland state, and the promotion of any religion in the territory of Somaliland, other than Islam, is prohibited.

2. The laws of the nation shall be grounded on and shall not be contrary to Islamic Sharia.

3. The state shall promote religious tenets (religious affairs) and shall fulfil Sharia principles and discourage immoral acts and reprehensible behaviour.

4. The calendar shall be the Islamic Calendar based on the hijra, and not the Gregorian Calendar.

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