Islam in Somaliland

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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.[1][2]

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.


  1. ^ Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi, Culture and Customs of Somalia, (Greenwood Press: 2001), p.1
  2. ^ BBC News - Regions and territories: Somaliland
  3. ^ Somaliland Constitution