Islam in Nepal

Mosque in Kathmandu, Nepal

Islam is a minority religion in Nepal. According to the 2011 Nepal census, Nepal has 1 million Muslims comprising 4.4% of the population of Nepal.[1]

Islam is thought to have been introduced by the Bangladeshi Muslims, Indian Muslims and Pakistani Muslims settling in Nepal.[2] Ahmadis maintain a small presence in Nepal.[3]


According to the 2011 Nepal census, there are around 1.164 million Muslims in Nepal. Almost all of them live in Terai Region. [4] Districts with large Muslim concentrations are: Rautahat (19.7%), Banke (19.0%), Kapilvastu (18.2%), Parsa (14.5%), Mahottari (13.3%), Bara (13.0%) and Sunsari (11.5%). There are only 21,866 Muslims in the capital city of Kathmandu (1.25% of the total population).

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