Muslims & Mosques

Islam in Rwanda

While the majority of Rwandans are Christians, there is a notable Muslim minority in the country. Islam has a long history in Rwanda, dating back to the pre-colonial period. The Muslim community in Rwanda is diverse, with both Sunni and Shia Muslims present. The practice of Islam in Rwanda is characterized by a blend of local traditions and global Islamic influences.

Mosques and Community Involvement

Mosques serve as the primary places of worship for Muslims in Rwanda, providing spaces for prayer, religious education, and community gatherings. The Muslim community in Rwanda has actively contributed to the country’s social fabric, participating in various aspects of public life. While smaller in number compared to the Christian population, Muslims have been involved in initiatives promoting education, healthcare, and interfaith dialogue.

The government of Rwanda recognizes Islam as one of the country’s official religions and has worked to ensure religious harmony and cooperation. The coexistence of various religious groups, including Muslims, is a testament to Rwanda’s commitment to unity and reconciliation following the challenges faced during the 1994 genocide. As part of the broader tapestry of religious diversity, the Muslim community contributes to the multicultural identity of Rwanda.