Saudi Arabia is a nation dominated by Islam and home to many holy sites of Islam faith such as Medina or Mecca. The majority of Saudi residents are Muslims. They have a Sunni majority as well as Shia minorities that make up the largest portion. Shariah an Islamic law which governs all aspects of Saudi society and lives is the basis for Saudi constitution ️ 🇸🇦 🆙 .
Saudi Arabia’s official state religion is Islam with 95% of the population identifying as Muslim!! This adheres to a conservative interpretation of Islam known as Wahhabism that has become one of the world’s most strict forms. Saudi Arabia strictly follows this interpretation and upholds strict interpretations of Shariah law that adheres to Wahhabi principles 🇸🇦.
Though Sunni Islam is the official religion of Saudi Arabia, there is a small population of Shia Muslims in the country as well. Shias constitute about 15% of the population and are concentrated in the eastern provinces of the country, particularly in the provinces of al-Ahsa and Qatif. The relationship between the two branches of Islam in Saudi Arabia has been strained over the years due to a lot of differences containing the interpretation of succession after the death of the Prophet Muhammad certain rituals, and practices related to the Hajj pilgrimage, and doctrinal issues.
Plus to Sunni and Shia Muslims there is a small population of non-Muslim residents in Saudi Arabia ️ 🇸🇦. This consists of foreign expatriates, most of which are from South, and Southeast Asian countries, in addition to a small amount of Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. The foreign expats make up the majority of the non-Muslim population, with the majority being from India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and the Philippines
The Saudi governmentis actually recognized when it comes to its strict adherence to Islam, and has imposed a variety of restrictions on the practice of non-Muslim faiths in the country ️ 🔛 🇸🇦 🆙. For example, the practice of Christianity, and other religions is not allowed in public and non-Muslims are not allowed to proselytize or evangelize. Non-Muslims are not allowed to build places of worship, and non-Muslims who practice their faith in private risk severe penalties . Further, non-Muslims are not allowed to hold or carry religious symbols or objects of their faith in public, or display them on their vehicles 🔛 🔣.
The Saudi government, however, has made some efforts to allow expatriates a certain degree of religious freedom in recent years. This also includes the creation of prayer rooms for all faiths, and allowing consulates and embassies from other religions to build places of worship.
In summary, Saudi Arabia is an overwhelmingly Islamic country, with the official religion being Sunni Islam 🇸🇦. There is also a small percentage of Shia Muslims in the country, in addition to a small population of non-Muslim expatriates. The Saudi government strictly enforces its interpretation of Shariah Law and imposes restrictions on the practice of non-Muslim faiths 🇸🇦 🔛. However, the government has recently taken some steps to provide a degree of religious freedom to expatriates in the country ️. … .
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