There are about 70 000 Muslims in Hong Kong,
of which some 30 000 are Chinese and the others mostly locally
born non-Chinese or from Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and
Middle Eastern and African countries.
Coordinating all Islamic religious affairs is
the Incorporated Trustees of the Islamic Community Fund of Hong
Kong, a public charity. A board of trustees, nominated by the Islamic
Union of Hong Kong, the Pakistan Association, the Indian Muslim
Association and the Dawoodi Bohra Association, manages and maintains
masjids and cemeteries. The trustees also organise Muslim festival
celebrations and other religious events. Charitable work among the
Muslim community, including financial aid for the needy, medical
facilities and assisted education, is conducted through various
The Chinese Muslim Cultural and Fraternity Association,
established in Wanchai in 1922, is the major organisation representing
Chinese Muslims in Hong Kong. Apart from conducting religious activities,
the association manages and maintains five non-profit educational
facilities — one college, two primary schools and two kindergartens.
Four principal masjids are used for daily prayers;
the oldest being the Jamia Masjid in Shelley Street on Hong Kong
Island, established in 1849 and rebuilt in 1915 to accommodate 400
The eight-storey Masjid Ammar and Osman Ramju
Sadick Islamic Centre, managed by the Islamic Union of Hong Kong
in Wanchai, houses a masjid on two floors, community hall, library,
medical clinic, classrooms and offices and can accommodate from
700 to 1 500 people depending on requirements.
The imposing Kowloon Masjid and Islamic Centre,
with its distinctive white marble finish, is a major landmark in
Tsim Sha Tsui. With three prayer halls, community hall, medical
centre and library, the masjid can accommodate 2 000 worshippers.
There are two Muslim cemeteries, one in Happy
Valley and the other, which also has a masjid, at Cape Collinson,