Religion in Swaziland
Swaziland is religiously diverse society with Christianity and Islam being the most widely professed religions. According to recent estimates, the population of Swaziland is 40% African Zionist (a Christian sect), 20% Catholic, 10% Muslim (mainly Sunni), with 30% from other religions, including Anglican, Baha'i, Methodist and Mormon, although estimates can vary widely. The Zionist Churches, which blend Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship, predominate in rural areas. A large Roman Catholic presence, including churches, schools, and other infrastructure, continues to flourish. The country forms a single diocese - the Diocese of Manzini.
Followers of Islam, Judaism and the Baha'i Faith are located in urban areas. Islam in Swaziland probably dates to the colonial period, when many Muslims settled in from other countries under the dominion of the British Empire. Nearly all Muslims in Swaziland are Sunni. However, there are a small number of Ahmadi Muslims also. Most immigrants from South Asia practice Islam. There are few atheists. Missionaries continue to play a role in rural development.
The new Constitution, which went into effect on February 8, 2006, provides for freedom of religion. The Government generally respects freedom of religion in practice. The US government received no reports of societal abuse or discrimination based on religious belief or practice during 2008.
- Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosques Around the World, pg. 107