India third in global Muslim population of 1.57 bn


Washington : The Muslim population in the world stands at 1.57 billion, and India has the third largest number of Muslims at over 160 million after Indonesia and Pakistan.

Muslims constitute 23 percent of the 6.8 billion global population, according to a new study in 232 countries and territories. Indonesia and Pakistan are home to over 200 million and 174 million Muslims.

"The new study is based on the best available data," said the Forum on Religion and Public Life, a unit of US-based think tank Pew Research Centre, which conducted the study.

"Previously published estimates of the size of the global Muslim population have ranged widely from 1 billion to 1.8 billion," said the centre, which analysed over 1,500 sources, including census reports, demographic studies and general population surveys.

India is home to 160.95 million Muslims, representing 13.4 percent of the country's population, or 10.3 percent of their global numbers.

India also tops the list of countries with the largest number of Muslims living as a minority community. India is one of four countries accounting for most of the global Shia population.

The key findings of the study, released here late Wednesday, are:

- India has the third largest population of Muslims worldwide

- China has more Muslims than Syria

- Russia is home to more Muslims than Jordan and Libya combined

- While Muslims are found on all five inhabited continents, more than 60 percent of the global Muslim population is in Asia

- Middle East and North Africa account for 20 percent of the Muslim population

- The Middle East-North Africa region has the highest percentage of Muslim-majority countries

- More than half of the 20 countries and territories in Middle East-North Africa region have populations that are approximately 95 percent Muslim or more

- More than 300 million Muslims, or a fifth of the world's Muslim population, live in countries where Islam is not the majority religion

- These minority Muslim populations are often quite large

- Of the total Muslim population, 10-13 percent are Shias and 87-90 percent are Sunnis

- Most Shias, between 68-80 percent, live in just four countries, namely Iran, Pakistan, India and Iraq

The new report has an executive summary, maps and charts to illustrate the geographic distribution of Muslims, explanations of the study's methodologies and a list of data sources by country.

Indonesia accounts for the largest number of Muslims at 202.87 million, or 88.2 percent of the country's population, followed by Pakistan with 174.08 million, or 96.3 percent of the population.

Bangladesh, Egypt, Nigeria, Iran, Turkey, Algeria and Morocco, in that order, make up the 10 countries with the largest population of Muslims.

Mapping the Global Muslim Population



Doesn't say anything about the Muslims in China - there are many

Doesn't say anything about the Muslims in China - there are many millions there.

From what I understand, they analysed data that was probably released (or given the green light) by the respective governements of those countries. They didn't conduct any new research themselves.

Because the 99.7% of the 1.57 billion Muslims living outside of the US or because of finding that a world outside of the US and Canada exists?

Thauban reported that the messenger of Allah said:

"It is near that the nations will call one another against you just as the eaters call one another to their dishes." Somebody asked: "Is this because we will be few in numbers that day?" He said: "Nay, but that day you shall be numerous, but you will be like the foam of the sea, and Allah will take the fear of you away from your enemies and will place weakness into your hearts." Somebody asked: "What is this weakness?" He said: "The love of the world and the dislike of death." (Abu Dawud)

Now we know why India is third world country

Now we know why India is third world country- third largest population of MUSLIMS = Third world country. Shed the Muslims and India will become developed country.

Great logic. It is because

Great logic. It is because people like you use their brains and logic of this kind that India has remained a third world country and will never move on to become a developed country

Have you seen Turkey?

Over 90% are Muslims and the CIA considers it 1st world.

One word.


By your logic indonesia is

By your logic indonesia is no.1 developed country.And Pakistan is no.2 developed country ,ahead than India!!!!!By the way in which school you have studied?


I have doubts about the number of muslims. I believe the numbers are exaggerated. Leaders of Muslim nations include non-muslims as muslims. Usually stats on muslims are attained from muslims, who tend to exaggerate. The stats obtained in India are more likely from muslims. I believe the non muslims in Indonesia, Bangladesh and even Pakistan are higher then reported. I have met Pakistanis who are Hindus and Christians in Europe label themselves as muslims, with muslim names in Pakistan just to survive in that country. True picture of non-muslims in pakistan and b'desh will come out in the next few years when the dust settles in those countries, they will surprised to know how many non-muslims esp Christians there are in those countries. The Christian missionaries are working hard in those countries. Already there are some new Afghan Christians spreading the gospal

have some knowledge

mr anom.plz read bible, it has name of prophet muhammad at 25 places,and also go through a book "muhammad in bible"
by shiekh ahmed deedat.also u can see for "true message of jesus"