Today a large number of followers of various religions are found in Oman, where the state guarantees freedom of religion for the country’s nationals and residents. The Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs is responsible for the various religious communities in Oman, and the various religious congregations are provided with the facilities necessary to practice their faith. Christian churches of various denominations are found in Muscat and Salalah, with temples for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists as well.
Missionary activities are forbidden to all religious communities, including the Islamic.
Oman works to promote a true understanding of Islam, which is a moderate religion, to help counter the bigotry that has led to the spread of a stereotypical and erroneous view of Islam and Muslims.
In doing so, it seeks to encourage greater intellectual and cultural interaction between peoples, and to highlight the country’s practical experience of mutual coexistence and a belief in the need to build bridges of understanding, tolerance and friendship between peoples.