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Sunday 17 December 2023

Ukraine Muslim Population

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Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe. Its eastern and northern borders are shared with Russia, the second-largest nation in Europe. Pre-war Ukraine had a land area of roughly 600,000 square kilometers and a population of about 41 million, making it the sixth most populous nation in Europe.


Islam in Ukraine


The majority of Muslims in Ukraine are Crimean Tatars, who practice Sunni Islam of the Hanafi school of thought, making it the largest non-Christian religion in the country. Other Turkic native Ukrainians, mostly in the south and southeast of the country, follow different branches of Islam.

Since 1991, there have been other significant changes affecting Ukrainian Muslims. In 1991, the Mejlis, a representative body representing Crimean Tatars, was established. Furthermore, Crimean Tatar language schools were established to overcome the consequences of the Soviet Union's restriction on language study.


What percent of Ukraine is Muslim?


As of 2022, there are estimated 1.1% of the country’s population identified as Muslims, making Islam a minority religion in Ukraine. According to the Muslim Clerical Board of Ukraine, there are 2 million Muslims residing there.


Ukraine had an estimated 150,000 Muslims, including 300,000 Crimean Tatars, as of 2012. The Religious Administration of Ukrainian Muslims' (RAUM) Mufti, Dr. Sheikh Ahmad Tamim, estimated that there were roughly 500,000 Muslims in Ukraine in February 2016.


According to, In Ukraine, there are 445 Muslim communities, 433 ministers, 160 mosques, and many more that are now under construction.

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Russian-Ukraine for Muslim


A total of 400,000 Muslims, most of whom are Crimean Tatar, now face uncertainty as a result of Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. One estimate places the number of Muslims in Ukraine at 100,000, with additional populations in Kherson and other locations.

Along with Crimean Tatars, other Muslim ethnic groups in Ukraine include Volga Tatars, Azeris, North Caucasians, and Uzbeks. The fate of Ukrainian Muslims is uncertain in the wake of the Russian invasion and heavily rests on the ongoing diplomatic efforts of world leaders to temper the rising tensions.


While Saudi Arabia and the Arab League also denounce Russia, Turkish President Erdogan has blasted the Russian invasion and Iran attacks the West for being to blame for the "crisis" in Ukraine. The other Muslim nations have also responded to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and have offered no words of encouragement to the Muslims who are leaving there.


Challenges of Muslims in Ukraine


According to the mufti of the Muslim Religious Administration of Ukraine, there are no sufficient mosques for Muslims in that Ukraine.

The absence of houses of worship was particularly apparent outside of major cities, according to Muslim scholar Said Ismagilov, who said that it was very difficult to acquire property for mosque construction.

Muslims in smaller cities with fewer Muslim populations have more difficulties since they lack access to halal food and even places of prayer.

Islam was prohibited in Ukraine during the [Soviet Union] era, so when Ukraine gained independence, Muslims began to educate themselves about their faith from the very beginning.





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