- Published on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 11:42
- Written by Dayana Sobri
In the year 622, the first revelation was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who embarked on his journey to spread Islam. The event was seen as so important as the start of a golden age and the rise and fall of Islam in its development.
Based on current statistics, the Muslim population has now grown over 1.6 million people, equivalent to 23.4% of the world’s population. This makes Islam the biggest religion in the world.
These are the 10 countries in the world with the largest Muslim population, with reference to data acquired from The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in 2010:
Did you know that Indonesia is the Southeast Asian country with the highest Muslim population? The percentage of Indonesian Muslims reaches up to 12.7% and had an increase in 2010, to up to 88.1%, equivalent to 205 million Muslims on a worldwide scale.
Initially, the Muslim population in Pakistan only comprised of 11% of the entire world Muslim population. However in 2010, the number of Muslims increased to 178 million, making it 96.4% of the total population.
With over a million Muslims, this is the third country in the world to have the highest population of Muslims. In 2010, the percentage of Muslims only amounted to 10.9% before its increase to 14.6% which is about 177 million after more of its citizens converted to Islam.
Previously, the country had a total of 9.2% of Muslims, however this percentage rapidly increased to 90.4%, which is an estimated 149 million Muslims in 2010.
The transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia has up to 80 million Muslims, which makes it 4.9% out of the world Muslim population. 94.7% of its Muslim citizens make up the majority of the total population in the country.
Who would have guessed that this country located in the West African region would be sixth on this list. According to statistics, the percentage of Muslims in Nigeria is up to 4.7%, equivalent to 76 million in the total world Muslim population.
The country which is situated in Western Asia has up to 99.6% Muslims. This makes up the total of about 76 million, and 4.6% out of the world Muslim population. The majority of Muslims in this country are Shiite.
Turkey, which used to be the Ottoman Empire situated in the Western Asian region with a portion of Southeastern Europe is inhibited by up to 98.6% Muslims. 76 million Turkish are Muslims, making it 4.6% of the total world Muslim population.
Not many know that this country situated in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast has a total 38 million Muslims, equivalent to 98.2% of the total population in its country. This makes up to 2.1% of the total world Muslim population.
The country in the Maghreb region of North Africa has a total Muslim population which amounts to 32 million. This equivalents to 99.9% its total population, and making it 2% of the total world Muslim population.