Libya is an Islamic country where rules and norms of the Koran are stridently followed. All the travelers are supposed to follow the same lines and have to pay homage to all the sacred and religious places. Any person who is offends any religious crime is entitled to severe corporal punishment. The use of alcoholic drinks and smoking is strictly banned in public areas. The banquets and rites of religious interest are enjoyed in this country with proper reverence.
The main religion in Libya is Islam. 97% of the populace of the country follows Islam only. The major portion of the populace is engaged in the Sunni Islam branch that acts as a spiritual guide. The rest of the populace follows Ibadism.
The Sunni branch of Islam is mostly adhered to in Libya and this branch gives stress to the alliance of religion and state. The branch also thinks positively about those Muslims who do not want to become a part of this branch. In the year 1930, a Senussi movement was prevalent in the country and this movement assumed great significance in Cyrenaica city of Libya. The objective of the movement was to end the disorder in Cyrenaica and the ethnic groups of Cyrenaica started to feel the importance of unity. There is another illustrious form of Libyan Sufism, which is widespread in certain parts of the country.
The religion in the country infuses all facades of existence and people give prime relevance to Islamism. Owing to the significance attached to Islamism, the sovereignty of religion in Libya is banned. According to the declaration of the constitution of the country, Islam will be the predominant religion in all respects. The state can do anything in order to safeguard the religion from any kind of external threat.
Colonel Qadhafi also promotes the practices pertaining to Islamism. The Muslim community of the country should always prepare for holy war as per the circumstances. Qadhafi believes that religion can only restore happiness on earth and tourists are supposed to pay heed to all the Islamic practices.
Egyptian Christianity can also be found in the country, but this community makes up only 1% of the entire populace of Libya. The country is also a famous abode to about 40,000 Roman Catholics and two bishops serve these Catholics. The Anglican congregation of Tripoli is dedicated to workers who hail from diverse countries.
During prehistoric times, the country had a Jewish population but most of the populace was forced to leave the country.