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“Hari Raya” & The Cambodian Muslims Community










Today is “Eid al-Fitr”, also known as “Hari Raya Aidilfitri”, a religious festival celebrated by Muslims around the world. The festival is to celebrate the end of Ramadan, a one-month period of fasting by Islam followers.


Not many people may know, but Muslim communities exist in Cambodia as well. Around 2-3% (300,000~400,000) of Cambodia’s population are Muslims, and they are made up of mainly the Cham people and Malay-Cambodians.


Like all Islam followers in other countries, Muslims in Cambodia follow the same Islam religion practices, such as going for prayers at local mosques in Cambodia and celebrating Islam religious festivals. Muslim women in Cambodia can also be spotted wearing the “Tudung/Hijab” head scarf. Every year it is said that some number of Cambodian Islam followers make pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city of Islam as well.


However, many Muslims in Cambodia, especially the Cham people, are actually living in poverty. The Chams can be found living in rural areas in Cambodia, as well as along the banks of Mekong River and areas surrounding the Tonle Sap lake. They mainly depend on farming or fishing for a living.


While Muslims in Cambodia are often seen as an ethnic minority, in recent years, the Cambodian government has allowed Islam religion to be openly practiced in Cambodia, and provides necessary financial/welfare support to the impoverished Muslim communities in Cambodia.

写真: カンボジアにあるモスク(左)とクメールムスリム女性たち(右)
Photo: A mosque in Cambodia (left) and Cambodian Muslim women (right). Photo credit:



  • Wikipedia, カンボジアのイスラム教,カンボジアのイスラム教
  • European Institute for Asian Studies, “Islam in Cambodia: The Fate of Cham Muslims” by Federico Sabeone, June 2017,
  • Khmer Times, “RHB Cambodia Brings Hari Raya Joy to 40 Families”, 10 May 2021,