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.