Shia Islam in Benin

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Shia Islam in Benin is composed of a minority, Shia Muslim community of Benin. The majority of Muslims in Benin, however, practice Sunni Islam.

History and culture[edit]

Following Shia Muslim observance are observed in Benin:[1]

  • Arba'een of Imam Hussain
  • Mawlid an Nabi, the birth of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Birth of Imam Mahdi (since 1960)
  • Eid al-Ghadeer, commemorates the appointment of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib by Prophet Muhammad as his immediate successor

Population estimates[edit]

Shia population in Benin is estimated between one to twelve percent of the total Muslim population of Benin, according to Pew Forum it is less than one percent[2] while as per Ahl al-Bayt World Assembly the population of Shia in Benin is around twelve percent of the total Muslim population of Benin.[3]


  1. ^ "Benin's National Holidays and other National Celebrations". 17 September 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Estimated Percentage Range of Shia by Country" (PDF). Pew forum. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Shia Population in: Benin". The AhlulBayt World Assembly. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 

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