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Top Ten Countries with Largest Muslim Population (2015)
(Population estimates are rounded to the ten thousands. Percentages are calculated from unrounded numbers. Figures may not add exactly due to rounding).
The second largest religion in the world, Islam has a total of about 1.62 billion members, or 23 percent of the entire world's population. About 49 countries have a Muslim majority, although Africa is the only continent with a Muslim majority. Most of the world's Muslim population lives in South Asia, particularly the countries of Indonesia, Pakistan, and India.
Over 88 percent of Indonesia's population follows Islam, and 96.4 percent of the population of Pakistan is Muslim. Countries nearing 100 percent Islamic populations include Morocco, Somalia, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Iran, and Western Sahara.
As a secular state, Indonesia has Islam as its dominant religion. Indonesian Muslims mainly follow the Shafi'i school of Sunni jurisprudence.
Islam is the state religion of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Called as the “global center for political Islam”, Pakistan has the world's third largest Shia population after Iran and India.
With Cheraman Juma Masjid In Kerala as the first mosque in India, the country had Mappilas in Malabar as the first community to have converted to Islam.
Islam is the largest religion of Bangladesh. The United Nations has identified Bangladesh as moderate Muslim democratic country with a majority of Muslims being Sunni.
Egypt has Islam as its dominant religion with almost the entirety of Egypt's Muslims as Sunnis in addition to a small minority of Shia and Ahmadi Muslims.
A majority of Muslims residing in Nigeria are Sunnis. The religion of Islam was first documented in Nigeria in the 9th century.
Islam has been the official religion of Iran since the Islamic conquest of Persia. 90-95% of the Iranians are Shia's and 5-10% are Sunni.
The presence of Islam in Turkey dates back to latter half of the 11th century. 97.8% population identifies as Muslim and only 2% is non-religious.
A vast majority of Muslims in Algeria are Sunni Muslims belonging to Maliki School of jurisprudence, in addition to a small minority of Ibadi, Shia and Ahmadi Muslims.
With more than 99% of the population adhering to Islam, it has become the largest religion in Morocco. A huge majority of Muslims in Morocco are Sunni Muslims belonging to the Maliki School of jurisprudence.