The main religion of Afghanistan: Islam

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AFP New Delhi India Nov 03, 2016, 08.51 AM (IST)

Islam is the official religion of Afghanistan, practiced by over 99 per cent of citizens. Apart from Muslim, there are Sikh and Hindu communities as well. However, most other communities left the country during the times of war and migrated to India and other nations. In 1994, the country became the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan from the earlier Democratic Republic of Afghanistan, which imposed fierce religious rules and restrictions on the citizens. As per the Constitiution of Afghanistan, Article Three states that no law shall contravene the tenets and provisions of the holy religion of Islam in Afghanistan.  

An Afghan girl reads the Quran at a mosque in Kabul, during the holy month of Ramadan.

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An elder Afghan devotee prays at the biggest mosque of Kabul, Eid Gah.

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Afghan women pray during Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, in Herat.

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Afghan Muslims wash themselves before attending prayers on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at the Paul-e-Khishtee mosque in Kabul. 

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Afghan girls offering prayers at a mosque during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in Kandahar.

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An Afghan elderly man reads the Quran during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan at a mosque in Herat province.

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Sikh devotees perform prayers before a gathering with former Afghan foreign affairs minister at a Sikh temple in Kabul.

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Afghan men sit on the ground waiting for Eid al-Adha prayers to commence at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul. 

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An Afghan man prays at the mosque during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan in Herat province.

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Afghan men offer Eid-al-Adha prayers at the Eid Gah Mosque in Kabul. Afghans have started celebrating Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice. 

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Afghan children study the Quran during a lesson at a mosque in Ghazni.

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