The population of Muslim countries in the world

The population of Muslim countries in the world

Muslims are followers of Islam who believe in the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and live according to them. There are over two billion Muslims worldwide, making Islam the world’s second largest religion, surpassed only by Christianity. In fact, many researchers predict that Muslims will outnumber Christians by 2050.

Although Muslims are found all over the world, the majority live in North and Central Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Many countries in these regions are more than 90 percent Muslim, including Egypt, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan, Turkey, and Iran. Any country where 50% or more of its population are Muslims is considered a Muslim-majority country.

The country with the largest number of Muslims in total is Indonesia, which has about 231 million Muslims. This is 86.7% of Indonesia’s population and nearly 13% of the world’s total Muslim population. In Indonesia, Islam can be broadly classified into ‘modernism’, which follows orthodox theology while following modern teaching, or ‘traditionalism’, which follows the interpretations of local religious leaders. .

Top 10 countries with the largest number of Muslims (2021):
Indonesia (231,000,000)
Pakistan (212,300,000)
India (200,000,000)
Bangladesh (153,700,000)
Nigeria (95,000,000–103,000,000)
Egypt (85,000,000–90,000,000)
Iran (82,500,000)
Turkey (74,432,725)
Algeria (41240913)
Sudan (39,585,777)
Interestingly, while the countries listed above generally have the largest number of Muslims, many of the smaller countries have higher concentrations of Muslim citizens.

Top 10 countries with the highest percentage of Muslims (2021):
Maldives (100%)
Mauritania (99.9%)
Somalia (99.8% – equal)
Tunisia (99.8 percent – equal)
Afghanistan (99.7 percent – equal)
Algeria (99.7% – equal)
Iran (99.4%)
Yemen (99.2%)
Morocco (99%)
Niger (98.3%)
*Note: At 99.4% Muslim, the disputed region of Western Sahara ranks 8th – but was disqualified because it is not yet recognized as a country by the United Nations.

Many Westerners may be surprised to learn that Islam is an Abrahamic religion, meaning that Muslims worship the same God as Christians, Jews, and Baha’is—albeit with significant differences in scripture, theology, beliefs, and practice. .

Just as Christianity includes several sects (Catholic, Lutheran, Mormon, Baptist, etc.), Islam also includes two main sects: Sunni (75-90%) and Shia (10-13%), as well as a number of sects. Smaller. branches. For example, Indonesian Muslims are approximately 99% Sunni, 0.5% Shia, and 0.3% Ahmadi.

The Sunni-Shia divide is almost as old as Islam itself, stemming from a disagreement in 632 AD over who should succeed Muhammad as the leader of the religion. In the centuries since then, other theological disputes have arisen.

Tensions between different Muslim groups, especially Shia and Sunni, have occasionally led to armed conflict and terrorist activity. Muslim extremists are responsible for insurgencies in several African countries, and violence between Muslim sects has turned into full-scale civil wars in countries including Iraq, Yemen and Syria.

For a detailed breakdown of the number of Muslims in each country of the world and what percentage of the population of that country, check the table below.

10 countries with the highest percentage of Muslims:

Mauritania (100.00%)
Somalia (99.80%)
Tunisia (99.80%)
Afghanistan (99.60%)
Iran (99.40%)
Western Sahara (99.40%)
Turkey (99.20%)
Yemen (99.10%)
Algeria (99.00%)
Morocco (99.00%)
The study was revealed by World Population Review.

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