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Difference Between Muslims and Arabs

islam1Muslims Vs Arabs

Oftentimes, Muslim and Arabs are being stereotyped as belonging to each other’s group. Many believe, to this date, that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims. However, this is not always the case.

Muslims are individuals embracing the religion Islam, hence Muslims are part of a religious sect. Arabs on the other hand are individuals that dwell or own the Arabian or Arab regions. Thus, they form a specific internationally known nationality. They speak the Arabic (Arabian) language and can choose whatever faith or religion they plan to follow. On the other hand, Muslims can have native tongues of almost any language in the world.

Perhaps the reason why the terms Arabs and Muslims get intertwined frequently is the fact that the Arab region is the cradle of religion. It is where most religions had begun to sprout, which includes Christianity and Islam; not to mention Mohammed (Islam’s prophet) to be of Arabian decent. Yet, it must be noted that an Arab citizen can be of any religious order like: Jewish, Islam and Christianity. Hence, this gives birth to Christian Arabs and Muslim Arabs. In the same manner, depending on your nationality you can still be a devotee of Islam. You can be called an American Muslim or Arab Muslim, for that instance.

The Arabs live predominantly within the Middle Eastern nations including  Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iraq while the Muslim congregation lives mostly in Asia (about 60%) while the rest are in the Middle East, Africa and other parts in the world.

Lastly, recent world headcount estimates that the Muslim population has grown to as big as 1.5 billion worldwide in 2009 (almost one-fourth of the total population in the world) whereas the Arab people can only sum up to several millions. Thus, it is safe to establish the fact that Muslims are ideally greater in number than the Arabs.

Summary :
1.Muslim is a type of person who accepts the Islamic religion whereas an Arab is a type of ethnicity or nationality.
2.Muslims can use many different languages since they can reside from anywhere around the world while the Arabs primarily use the Arabic language.
3.Arabs usually originate from the Middle East specifically from Iraq,  Syria and Saudi Arabia whereas Muslims can come from almost every corner in the world mainly in Asia.
4.Muslims are practically more in number than the Arab total populace.

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  1. Why are you advertising political propaganda on your site? Do you think white Americans are the only people that might be reading your website??

  2. I would like to complement your statement that the Iranians are not Arab and add that neither are the Moroccans/Tunisians / Chadians/Sudanese/ Egyptians/Syrians/ Lebanese or any other country for that matter other than Saudi Arabia and those genetically connected to that people. Many states may speak Arabic just as many states speak English does not make them English (part of England) So yes maybe we all have to go back to our roots and put history back on the right track.

    • So does an Arab muslim not practise the same Islam as a Pakistani muslim?

      • Hi Cyle! Actually in some cases we could say Arab Muslims practice islam better than us Pakistani Muslims like mostly, we have a bad habit of forgetting those arabic supplications since we are non Arabs while the Muslim Arabs have an advantage as being Arabs because they could easily remember and continue doing their dhikr and recite Holy Qur’an in a more beautiful manner than us Pakistani Muslims. There are many other minor differences too. I hope that you continue your search on this difference topic to learn more deeply about Pakistani and Arab Muslims.

        I’m sorry for my bad English. I was a lot tired rn after studying maths for 5hrs continuously. I hope you got my point my friend 🙂


        • I am in love with a man who is from Jordan …. his language I believe is Arabic ….. I’m confused which launguage to learn cause I love this man and want to honor him by learning can someone e help? I am hurt also because he didn’t notice the effort I made to learn and speak his launguage to him in a personal post to him confused

          • The majority of Jordanians speak Arabic. It’s called Levantine arabic like the Palestinians, Lebanese and Syrians.
            Levantine Arabic is distinctive from other Arabic languages.

        • India and Pakistan and the rest of the Muslim world embraces Islam more than the Arabs do.
          That’s a fact

      • People from Pakistan do not speak Arabic. Their Quo’ran is supposed to be read in Arabic, so I wonder how Pakistani people could read that book.

        A Muslim is a follower of Islam. A Muslim is not an Islamic man.
        A Muslim is a person who belongs to the Islamic religion.

      • Two different cultures

    • Algeria was primarily called Numidia. The country was inhabited by Imazigh. They were not Arabs. It is about the 7th century that Numidia was progressively attacked and invaded by Arabs who brought in the crescent, the sword and the Qur’an. Originally, Numidia was polytheist with pacific people.
      Same thing with Morocco. In Egypt, the armies of Muhammad invaded and conquered the beautiful egyptian country killing thousands of peaceful people.
      Today, in Algeria, lots of Imazigh do not speak Arabic by choice.
      Arabs killed Amazigh by the thousand.

    • We need more people like you that are knowledgable and know their facts

  3. Are most Arabs not Muslim,does anyone know percentage? Thanks

  4. I’ve found this page to be very informative, as well as the comments. Thanks.

  5. Cyle Peters: IDK, but arab atheists DOES exist. How many, Im not aware of, but you find them here and there on the internet.

  6. Well first,I would like to comment the people who said that this author wrote IRAN acually guys if you read correctly he wrote iran. Second, in Islam, the number of prophets who were Arabs are counted in 1 hand which is 4 not all of the due to many reason.

  7. Very informative. I really got more important information dat i needed.

    Thanks guys.

  8. Can any one clarify to me of which religion was Prophet Mahomed before Islamic religion was born?


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