Top 10 Countries with the Highest Muslim Population in the World 2024

 

 Top 10 Countries with the Largest Muslim Populations Worldwide

Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world, which makes Muslims the second-largest religious population in the world. There are more than 1.9 billion followers who adhere to the religion Islam; this contributes to 24.9% of the world’s population, next to Christianity, which is 31.1%, and Hinduism, which is 15.2% followed by Islam.

Muslims have two major subdomains in their religion: Sunni and Shia. Sunni contributes to the major population of Muslims, which is 85 to 90%, with Shia being the minor population, which is 10 to 15%. Though the Muslim population is being spread all over the world, the majority of them are living in Asian countries.

Let’s discuss in detail the top 10 countries with the largest population of Muslims.

 

1. Indonesia:

Indonesia

Indonesia ranks first in the case of being the country with the largest Muslim population among the other countries in the world. There are more than 231 million Muslims in Indonesia, which accounts for more than 87 per cent of its inhabitants. We can see a lot of Islamic schools in Indonesia that preach orthodox Islamic norms.

 

 

2. Pakistan:

Pakistan

Pakistan is the second-largest country in the world, with the largest Muslim population. There are more than 215 million people who follow Islam in Pakistan, which is more than 96 per cent of the population in that country. The majority of the Muslims in Pakistan follow Sunni Islam. A city named Karachi in Pakistan has the world’s largest Muslim majority.

 

 

3. India:

India

India ranks third in having the largest Muslim population in the world. Though in India, Muslims contribute less than 15% of the total population, where Hinduism and Christianity are followed by more, it ranks third because India is the second largest populated country in the world. There are more than 200 million people who have adhered to Islam in India. The Muslim population in India may increase so quickly as Islam is being followed by more people day by day.

 

 

4. Bangladesh:

Bangladesh

With a significant Muslim population, Bangladesh is ranked as the fourth state globally. Even though Bangladesh is a secular nation, its sociopolitical traditions and culture are more Islamic, with over 150 million Muslims making up 91% of the country’s overall population. Most of the Muslims in Bangladesh follow Sunni Islam.

 

 

5. Nigeria:

Nigeria

Nigeria is ranked 5th globally in the largest Muslim population in the world. Nigeria is home to the largest Muslim population in the world. More than 95 million Nigerians identify as Muslims, making up more than half of the country’s total population. Nigeria is a diverse country where the majority of the population is Muslim and follows Christianity. Most of the Nigerian Muslims follow Sunni Islam.

 

 

6. Egypt:

Egypt is ranked as the sixth most populous country in the world for Muslims. Egypt is home to about 85 million Muslims, making up over 90% of the country’s population. The majority of Egyptian Muslims adhere to Sunni Islam, while a small minority practise Shia Islam. Since 1980, Islam has been the official religion of Egypt. The world’s most significant Sunni university is located at Al-Azhar University in Egypt.

 

 

7. Iran:

Iran ranks seventh globally in terms of the number of Muslims inhabiting there.  with more than 82 million people in Iran following Islam, which contributes to more than 98.5 of the total Iranian population, the majority of the Muslims in Iran follow Shia Islam. Iranians are the earliest people in the world to have had a fast conversion to Islam in the past.

 

 

8. Turkey:

Turkey is ranked eighth among the nations with the highest Muslim populations. Islam is practised by more than 74 million people, making up more than 99.8% of the nation’s entire population. The majority of Muslims in Turkey practise Sunni Islam. Turkey is a secular nation even though the great majority of its citizens are Muslims, according to a 1928 law.

 

 

9. Algeria:

Algeria ranks 9th in the order of countries with the largest population of Muslims among the other countries in the world more than 41 million people in Algeria practice Islam which contributes to more than 99% of the population in the state post of the Algerian Muslims follow in Islam. The Algerian government strictly follow Islam and Islam is their state religion.

 

 

10. Sudan:

Sudan is ranked as the 10th largest country to have the most Muslims. About 39 million people in Sweden follow Islam which contributes to 90.7 percent of the entire nation’s population with the second most followed religion being Christianity. though Sudan is a religious country there is a lot of influence on the religion in terms of governance.

No. Country Population
1 Indonesia 231 Million
2 Pakistan 212 Million
3 India 200 million
4 Bangladesh 153 Million
5 Nigeria 95 Million
6 Egypt 85 Million
7 Iran 82 Million
8 Turkey 74 Million
9 Algeria 41 Million
10 Sudan 39 Million

 

These are the top 10 countries with the largest population of Muslims in the world. Though countries like Saudi are solely Muslim country, because of the less overall population they are not in the top 10 list.

 

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