The origin of Muslims in HK is difficult to trace. However, the Muslim community becomes conspicuous since HK came under British rule in the middle of the 19th century. The British brought Muslim soldiers from India. Coming with them were Muslim merchants. As Muslims increased in HK, forming a distinct community, the government allocated land to them to build mosques and cemeteries.
As years went by, more and more Muslims came to HK and settled down. Among them were Chinese Muslims coming from the Mainland.
The Muslim community in Hong Kong is about 70,000 in number, about one percent of the total population. Muslims here have different ethnic backgrounds. More than half are Chinese. Others trace their ancestry to Pakistan, Indian, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Arabia and Africa.
Shias of Hong Kong
The Shia community in Hong Kong is 500 strong and they carry the noble task of Islamic Dawah in Hong Kong.
Islamic Centers in Hong Kong Mosques
There are five mosques in HK, four of them on HK Island, one in Kowloon.
Jamiathe Masjid/Shelley Street Mosque
30 Shelley Street, Central built in 1890, rebuilt in 1905, the oldest mosque in Hong Kong listed by the government as a historical building to be preserved as heritage has recently been renovated plan to construct an Islamic Cultural Centre by its side