All Muslims are Arab
Islam has been one of the fastest spreading religion in the world since the last few centuries. It has its origin from Muhammad who was Arab. Two of the most holy and sacred places of Islam, which are Medina and Mecca, are in Saudi Arabia. It is a very common assumption and belief among the people that all Muslims are Arab (Park, et al., 2007). This is due to the similarities in their origin and the believed source of Muslim religion in Arab. But, the above assumption cannot be proven and does not have truth in it and is an outcome of the ignorance of the people. However, even though Muslims follow Islam, it cannot be assumed that all the Muslims are Arab (Cainkar, 2004).
The origin of the religion does not have any relation with the followers of the religion and their religious choices. For example, though Jesus Christ was a Jewish, there is no connection between Christianity and Jewish religion. Similarly, though Buddha was from India and his teachings of Buddhism originated in India, Buddhism is not considered as an Indian religion. Similarly, though Muhammad, the founder of Islam may be Arabic, but all the Muslims cannot be assumed to be Arabs (Cooper, 2013).
It can be observed that the number of Muslims in this world is about 1.6 billion. Out of all these Muslims, only about 20% are Arabs. It is also seen that more than 80% of the Muslim population of the world lives in Asian and African countries. The three major countries having the highest Muslim population are Indonesia, Pakistan, and India. They are nowhere near the Middle-East, where Arab is followed by most of the people. Middle- east does not necessarily mostly contain Arabs as it is seen that there are very less Arab people in the two biggest countries of the Middle-East, namely, Turkey and Iran (Park, et al., 2007).
Hence, it can be stated Islam is for the Arabs as well as for the Muslims, but the two religions of Muslims and Arabs are not the same. Both the religions have their concepts, beliefs, religious practices, rituals and customs inherited from Islam. There are many signs which show relation between the establishment of Islam and Arabs like the holy Quran was also recorded in Arab and the most holy places of Islam are in Arab. However, few of the Muslims who are Arabs, now, constitute to be a very small portion of the Muslim population across the world.
Thus, from the above discussion, it can be stated that there are few Muslims which are Arabs and there are few Arabs which are Muslims. There are few Arabs who are even Christians. There are few Muslims who are from Persian origin, too. But, it cannot be assumed that All Muslims are Arabs or All Arabs are Muslims.
Cainkar, L., 2004. Islamic revival among second-generation Arab-American Muslims: The American experience and globalization intersect.. Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies., pp. 1 – 10.
Cooper, D., 2013. Christianity and World Religions: An Introduction to the World’s Major Faiths. s.l.:paperback.
Park, J., Felix, K. & Lee, G., 2007. Implicit attitudes toward Arab-Muslims and the moderating effects of social information.. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 29(1), , pp. 35-45..