In this article, we will know what is the Muslim population in Russia in 2022. Russia is a very large country, which from 1922 to 1991 it was the main part of the Soviet Union. Its current President is Vladimir Putin. Russia is a country in Eastern Europe and North Asia. Russia is the largest country in the world by area and with a population of about 144.1 million people. It is the most populous country in Europe and Moscow is its capital. The official language of Russia is Russian, which is the most widely spoken language in Europe. So let’s know about the Muslim population in Russia.
What is the Muslim population in Russia
Currently, the Muslim population in Russia is around 14 million, which is 10% of the total population. Islam is a minority religion in Russia. Russia has the largest Muslim population in Europe. More than 90% of Muslims in Russia follow Sunni Islam. There are over two million Shia Muslims. Ahmadis also have an active presence. Russia is a secular state, with the largest religion being Christianity.
A record ‘18,000 Russian Muslim pilgrims’ from across the country attended the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 2006. In 2010, at least 20,000 Russian Muslim pilgrims attended the Hajj. According to the 2010 Russian census, there are less than 300,000 permanent residents of the Muslim religion in the Russian capital, Moscow, while some estimates suggest that Moscow has about 1 million Muslim residents and over 1.5 million Muslim migrant workers.
The capital of Russia has allowed the existence of four mosques in Moscow. The mayor of Moscow claims that four mosques are enough for the population. There are currently 4 mosques in Moscow and 8,000 throughout Russia. In 2021 Putin announced that about 20% of the employees of the Russian aviation industry are Muslim. Islam is recognized as one of the traditional religions of Russia under Russian law and by Russian political leaders.
Islam is considered a part of Russian historical heritage, and in some cases even subsidized by the Russian government for the betterment of Islamic culture. A survey published in 2019 by the Pew Research Center found that 76% of Russians had a favorable view of Muslims in their country, while 19% had an unfavorable view.
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