The Basic Law, in accordance with tradition, declares that Islam is the state religion and that Shari'a is the source of legislation. It also prohibits discrimination based on religion and provides for the freedom to practice religious rites as long as doing so does not disrupt public order. The Government generally respected this right, but within defined parameters that placed limitations on the right in practice. While the Government continued to protect the free practice of religion in general, it formalized previously unwritten prohibitions on religious gatherings in locations other than government-approved houses of worship, and on non-Islamic institutions issuing publications within their communities, without prior approval from the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs (MERA). There were no reports of societal abuses or discrimination based on religious belief or practice.
Churches in OmanOman is a hub in the Middle east and due to their vast expansion there is a need for expatriate workers. Oman recognizes that many expats come from different religious backgrounds and have allowed places of worship to be established in the Sultanate. Here we look at the Churches in Oman and where they are. These churches are places of worship but also cater to marriages and baptisms as the need arises.
Oman Evangelical Christian ChurchGood Shepherd Hall, PCO Ghala, Muscat
Worship Service every Friday - 3-5:30pm.
English Speaking Congregation SalalahSalalah Christian Centre
Worship: 7:30 p.m Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Friday
Protestant Church OmanThe Protestant Church in Oman (PCO) is a diverse and embracing community of Christians, called by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to worship and serve God in the world. We strive to be a welcoming place where the Good News of Jesus Christ is shared in word and deed.
Tel: 00968 24702372 / 24799475
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic ChurchThis Church is a witness to the faith and dedication of expatriate workers who flocked to this country since the early 1900s. A rapid increase in the expatriates made it necessary for bigger Church to be constructed some years later with the generous help of the faithful.
Tel.No.: +968 24701893/24784977
Holy Spirit Catholic Church - Ghala/span>In 1986, the Late Rev. Fr Barnabas Maddii, briefed His Lordship Bishop Bernard G. Gremoli, who in turn approached His Majesty, Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, who, in his benevolence, donated a plot of land in the serene surroundings of Ghala, thus paving the way for the consecration of our beloved Parish, 'The Church of the Holy Spirit'
Ghala, Sultanate of Oman
Tel : 24590373 / 24594656
Muscat Mar Gregorios Orthodox Maha EdavakaThanks to the Lord, from a very humble beginning, our parish has grown to become a major one in the gulf region. In the year 2000, a new Church was built jointly with the Oman Marthoma Parish named "St.Thomas church in Oman" which can very comfortably accommodate the large congregation of ours.
Tel: 00968 24702606
Temples in OmanShiva Mandir, Mutrah, Old city of Muscat - pradosham celebrated with abhishekam chanting rudram, shivaratri with EkAdasa rudram.
Krishna templeKrishna temple, Darsait, (Ruwi) : Tel- 24798546
Shiva TempleShiva Temple at Muscat (near Sultan's Palace) which is 33 km from Seeb Air Port and is in the heart of the city. The Name of deity is "MOTIESWAR" built by Gujarathies of India settled before 400 years.
The age of the temple is 350 years and earlier it was inside the Old Palace. The temple was extensively renovated before 10 years. There is a well which has water throughout the year though Muscat is a desert. During the Mahasivrathry more than 20,000 hindus flock the temple throughout the day and night and Abhishekams take place from 5am to 12 in the midnight with 3 arties. Regular vedic chanting takes place with Mahanyasam and rudra and chamakams.Rudra Kramarchana is also done by the vedic group. Many religious discourses take place in the temple hall.
Daily flowers,cow's milk and Bhel Patrams come from the farms of the trustees and the affluent gujrathies for the temple requiremnets. The timing of temple is from 6 am to 11 am and from 5 to 9 pm.