What Is the Main Religion in Malaysia?

The main religion in Malaysia is Islam. Out of Malaysia's population of 29.6 million, 61.3 percent of inhabitants are Muslims, and Islam is also the country's state religion.

The three other main faiths in Malaysia are Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism, which claim 19.8 percent, 9.2 percent and 6.3 percent of the population, respectively. Many members of the sizable Chinese community in Malaysia practice Confucianism, Taoism and traditional Chinese religion. The country is also home to a small minority of Sikhs, animists and Bahá'ís.

Many of the religions correspond with ethnic categories. For example, around 55 percent of the country's population is made up of ethnically Malay Muslims, the vast majority of the country's Muslim population. The Indians living in the country are overwhelmingly Hindu. Christianity, however, does not have an ethnic base but a geographic one, as most of its practitioners are in eastern Malaysia.