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Religion in Bangladesh

The Bishwa Ijtema , the second-largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj .

The main religion in Bangladesh is Islam (89.4%), but a significantpercentage of the population adheres to Hinduism (9.6%). The majority of Muslims are Sunni , although a small number are Twelver Shias or Shias. Bangladesh has the fourth largest Muslim population after Indonesia , Pakistan, andIndia, with over 135 million.
Many people in Bangladesh practice Sufism , as historically Islam was brought to the region by Sufi saints. Sufi influences in the region go back many centuries. The largest gathering of Muslims in the country isthe Bishwa Ijtema , held annually by the Tablighi Jamaat . Other religious groups include Buddhists (0.7%, mostly Theravada ), Christians (0.3%, mostly of the Roman Catholic denomination), and Animists (0.1%).
Islam was made the state religion in the 1980s. However in 2010 the High Court held up the secular principles of the 1972 constitution.

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