Banda Aceh's Grand Mosque

Islam is the dominant religion in Aceh and over 98% of the 4 million people identify as Muslim.

According to data from the 2005 census, the religious percentages in Aceh are 98.87% Islam, 0.87% Protestantism, 0.15% Buddhism, 0.09% Catholicism and 0.02% Hinduism.[1]

Islam in Aceh is Sunni with Shafi'i mazhab in Fiqh.


The earliest Islamic kingdom in Southeast Asia is Samudra Pasai, located along the northern coast of Aceh. Its earliest tombstones date back to 622 Hijri / 1226 CE. The tombstone belongs to Ibnu Mahmud and Teungku Raja Ahmad.[2]

On 27 December 2023, hundreds of Muslim students from various universities in Aceh, such as: Abulyatama University, Bina Bangsa Getsempena University, and University of Muhammadiyah Aceh, stormed a shelter for Rohingya refugees and forced them out of a convention centre in the city of Banda Aceh, demanding they be deported.[3][4] The students also seen kicking the belongings of the Rohingya men, women, and children who seated on the floor and crying in fear.[3] They burned tyres and chanting “Kick them out” and “Reject Rohingya in Aceh”.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Profil Provinsi Aceh". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2010-05-08.
  2. ^ PCBM, Dit (2018-06-06). "Kompleks Makam Kuno Leubok Tuwe Makam Syuhada Awal Samudra Pasai". Direktorat Pelindungan Kebudayaan (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2022-08-20.
  3. ^ a b c "Indonesian students evict Rohingya from shelter demanding deportation". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2023-12-27.
  4. ^ (2023-12-27). "Ratusan Mahasiswa di Banda Aceh Gelar Demo Tolak Rohingya". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 2023-12-27.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)