Islam is the majority religion of the Gambia, with around 95.3% of the population being Muslims. Other religious societies are made up of Catholics, Protestants, and Traditional African religion. Islam in the Gambia is characterized by its coexistence with other religions. The majority of its Muslims are Sunni belonging to Maliki school of jurisprudence, influenced with Sufism. The Ahmadiyya movement is also present. However, some popular religious and tribal practices diverge from mainstream Islam, with a system of marabout societies being very common. The religious freedom that the Gambia enjoys is largely attributed to the tolerance of the Muslim masses and leaders, both past and present, that ensures that the country's citizens are free to practice their respective faiths.