Guide to Islam, including history, beliefs, holy days around the world and essay on muslim religion boards. This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving. Islam began in Arabia and was revealed to humanity by the Prophet Muhammad.
Those who follow Islam are called Muslims. Muslims believe that there is only one God. The Arabic word for God is Allah. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Islam in Niger accounts for the vast majority of the nation’s religious adherents.
Many of the communities who continue to practice elements of traditional religions do so within a framework of syncretic Islamic belief, making agreed statistics difficult. Islam in Niger, although dating back more than a millennium, gained dominance over traditional religions only in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has been marked by influences from neighboring societies. Sufi brotherhoods have become the dominant Muslim organisation, like much of West Africa. Despite this, a variety of interpretations of Islam coexist—largely in peace—with one another as well as with minorities of other faiths. The government of Niger is secular in law while recognising the importance of Islam to the vast majority of its citizens.
One estimate has Christians at 0. Current estimates place the current Christian population at about 56,000 individuals with projected growth resulting in about 84,500 Christians by the year 2025. 1924 and to Tibiri a few years later. In the late 1970s there were some 12,000 Catholic and 3,000 Protestant converts in Niger, with the remaining Christian population made up of foreigners. Following a period of oppression, making the institutions of the religion illegal in the late 1970s and 80s, the National Assembly was re-elected starting in 1992. Although studies estimate that such practitioners number around 1,055,000 individuals, or about 6. Muslim communities throughout the country.