Over 60% of the Muslim population is from Asia-Pacific and about 15% are from Sub-Saharan Africa.An estimated 87-90% are Sunnis and the remainder are Shi’as based on the same Pew Research Center polls cited above.By 2050, the population of Muslims and Christians are projected to even out with the two faiths constituting approximately 60% of the world’s population. They represent many movements and identities: immigrant and indigenous, Sunni and Shi‘ite, conservative and moderate, orthodox and heterodox.The majority are immigrants or the descendants of those who have come to the U. and Canada over the last century from around the world.Muslims believe that the separation of Isaac and Ismail was part of a divinely ordained plan that would eventually lead to the guidance of a great segment of humanity through their message and that of their progeny who would bear the call to Abrahamic monotheism.Hagar is regarded in the Islamic tradition as a strong woman whose power of faith led her to realize that her separation from Abraham and her relocation to Arabia was part of a divine decree whose purpose she would only later understand.
As indicated by the numbers above, Arabs make up no more than 20% of the world’s Muslim population with the three most populous Muslim countries being in the Asia-Pacific region of Indonesia, Pakistan, and India.
It would be after many generations of Ismail’s progeny prospering in Arabia that what Muslims believe to be the One God’s final prophet sent for the guidance of all humanity would be born in the person of Muhammad.
Geography and the Numbers of Muslims According to recent polls conducted in 2015 by the Pew Research Center, the population of Muslims in the world is about 1.6 billion or about 23% of the world’s population.
They are posted not as a comprehensive treatise on Islam but as helpful advice for those looking for answers and guidance.
Links and Resources on Islam Throughout the following sections a variety of recommended links and resources for further information about Islam will be provided.
Abraham and Hagar’s son, Ismail, marries and becomes assimilated into Arabia.