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Biggest Cities with a Muslim Majority

Name the world's most populous urban areas where more than 50% of the population are Islamic.
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de, January 2024
Kuala Lumpur and Lagos do not have Muslim majorities
Cities will appear on the map once guessed
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Population
City
29.2 m
Jakarta
22.5 m
Cairo
22.5 m
Dhaka
20.9 m
Karachi
16.5 m
Tehran
15.9 m
Istanbul
14.5 m
Lahore
7.65 m
Baghdad
7.50 m
Riyadh
Population
City
7.05 m
Khartoum
6.95 m
Bandung
6.25 m
Dar es Salaam
6.20 m
Alexandria
6.00 m
Amman
5.95 m
Dubai
5.90 m
Surabaya
5.20 m
Kano
5.15 m
Ankara
Population
City
5.05 m
Kabul
5.00 m
Chittagong
4.78 m
Casablanca
4.78 m
Kuwait City
4.25 m
Algiers
4.20 m
Medan
4.05 m
Faisalabad
3.93 m
Dakar
3.93 m
Jeddah
124 Comments
+11
Level 28
Nov 22, 2013
wheres Kuala Lumpur?
+152
Level 82
Nov 22, 2013
Malaysia
+11
Level 82
Nov 8, 2017
I you trying to conserve dots and opted for a period instead of a colon?
+86
Level 67
May 5, 2018
Are you trying to conserve letters by writing 'I' instead of 'Are'?
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2018
ye
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Level 89
Dec 23, 2018
Ye what? Have not enough dots?
+30
Level 81
Apr 17, 2019
Dots I expensive theese days_

You gotta replace them with something less pricey_

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Level 52
Mar 14, 2021
Isn't anybody gonna ask me about the high price of question marks.).).)
+11
Level 52
Apr 30, 2021
what do you meanʔʔʔ its just the dots that are expensive.
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Level 66
Mar 28, 2024
bro Is rIch ,skull,
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Level 65
Oct 27, 2021
wel- 4 m3- l3tt3r5 & d0t5 r 3xp3n51ve]]]
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Level 66
May 4, 2023
show of on numbers_
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Level 68
Dec 23, 2014
Did you really just ask where a country is...in the comments section...on the internet? Just a few clicks away from Google or Wikipedia. -__-
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Level 82
May 23, 2016
No he asked where a city was. You could have found that out on Wikipedia.
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Level 54
Dec 5, 2015
3.1333° N, 101.6833° E
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Level 71
May 5, 2018
lol
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Level 58
Mar 23, 2022
@sambadojazz That's a lotta dots, you must be wealthy
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Level 28
Apr 19, 2019
Is this reply secretly pointless forever?
+2
Level 75
Jun 26, 2019
Unless the true emptiness of its meaning is revealed.

Then we can all get on with our lives.

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Level 79
Aug 28, 2019
That's where I was born! ;)
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_Lumpur#Languages_and_religions

46.4% Muslim, which is not quite a majority.

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Level 59
Nov 3, 2022
But Kuala Lumpur's urban area, that include Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, Selangor and Seremban, is Muslim Majority
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Level 66
Nov 1, 2023
That’s only the city proper, not the urban area which the quiz is about. Dar es Salaam should also 100% be on here
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Level 35
Sep 23, 2021
hi,,,

u dont kno KL?

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Level 35
Sep 23, 2021
hi
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Level 81
Jun 4, 2023
bye
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2024
Did you read the caveats at all?
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Level 72
Apr 10, 2024
They likely didn't have it back then.
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Level 45
Apr 7, 2014
I find it hard to believe that Mecca didn't make the list seeing that that is the Muslim holy city!
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Level 82
Apr 21, 2014
but, probably because they never celebrate Takos Tuesdays there, it's still only the 3rd largest city in Saudi Arabia. 4th, if we're going by urban area and counting all of the Eastern Provinces as part of Dammam. Though, if you include all of the pilgrims there during hajj, it would jump up to about the same level as Tashkent.
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Level 72
Sep 28, 2016
You know your topic. Even if your level is high and by looking at your other posts, you seem to have a wonderful general culture, you must have lived in the area ;)
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Level 82
Apr 6, 2017
bit of a geography nerd in general, and very well traveled, but yes I did live in Saudi Arabia for over 6 years and had an apartment in Dammam for 2. Very briefly resided in Khobar. Had a house in Riyadh for 4 years.
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Level 69
Apr 23, 2014
Surprised I didn't see Dubai or Abu Dhabi on here. But I'm thinking maybe they are too full of expats....???
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Level 82
Oct 20, 2014
Though Dubai is 87% expats, I think it's still a majority-Muslim country. Many of those expats are Muslims from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, etc. However, citpopulation gives them a total population of only just over 2 million. The fact that there aren't really any suburbs of Dubai except Sharjah (all surrounded by desert) makes it seem smaller in comparison to other urban areas.
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2016
Dubai is now large enough to appear on the list.
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Level 82
May 26, 2016
I'm suspicious of that claim. They keep building more and more giant skyscrapers there... but filling them up? Different story. When I was driving my ex around she kept remarking on how oddly empty the place looks. Very sharp contrast to cities on the list that are actually full of people like Cairo or Istanbul... or even Riyadh.
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Talk about cities full of people, ever come to Karachi? You won't have a second to rest your eyes. Also, since you'll be a tourist, you would probably get everything for free, as the people are very kind and welcoming.
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Level 75
May 26, 2016
With so many "biggest cities" quizzes around, it's getting a a bit annoying. I'm sure I've seen Baghdad, Khartoum and even Mogadishu at around 8M at some quizzes and yet none of the make this quiz.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2016
Baghdad and Khartoum ARE on this quiz. Mogadishu is never listed near 8 million.
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Level 30
May 29, 2016
I guess Birmingham wasn't big enough to get on the list
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Level 74
Oct 21, 2016
Birminghams majority is christian with just 20% muslim citizens.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
Amazed somebody took that seriously.
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Level 82
Mar 1, 2024
It’s a lot closer than that. In the last census, 34% of people in Brum said they were Christian, and 30% said they were Muslim. Christians are still the largest group (‘no religion’ was third at 24%), but nowhere near a majority.
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Level 64
Apr 9, 2024
Up to 30% now. Won't be long until it is indeed a Muslim majority city.
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Level 70
Apr 20, 2024
is that a bad thing?
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Level 89
Dec 23, 2018
Detroit is big enough.
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Probably about 1 or 2 percent Muslim.
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Level 67
May 6, 2021
I know this is 2 years ago, but in case anyone in the future sees, most of the Muslims in Detroit live in a different city, Dearborn, which is still 89% white.
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Level 76
Sep 19, 2021
Muslim and white - mutually exclusive? I suppose that says something interesting about whiteness.
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Level 86
Jan 5, 2022
My brother is both Muslim and white.
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Level 70
Dec 16, 2022
@Sugarush55 most of the Muslim population in Dearborn are Arab-Americans, and Arabs are considered white on the US census data.
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Level 79
Apr 18, 2019
No! No! No!
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Level 72
Sep 28, 2016
NO!! I tried a whole lot of Nigerian cities that I believed where majoritarly Muslim, my only miss is the one relevant to this quiz... :(
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Level 78
Jan 21, 2017
LIKEWISE!
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Level 70
Nov 27, 2016
Lagos has a larger population than Kabul etc.
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Level 68
Jun 4, 2017
But is Lagos majority Muslim?
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
No, probably not
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Level 57
May 5, 2018
It is in the predominantly Christian south of Nigeria, though it certainly has a lot of people who are Muslim.
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Level 71
Apr 7, 2024
Next time, please read the caveats…
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Level 70
Apr 20, 2024
that comment was over 7 years ago, probably before that was a caveat
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Level 41
Dec 28, 2016
Bradford-Leeds?
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Level 82
Jul 7, 2018
I thought I'd seen Amman listed on this site before as home to over 4 million people.
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Level 53
Jul 26, 2018
According to Wikipedia, the total metro population of Kuwait City is 2.4 million, the number there is the entire population of the country.
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Take it up with citypopulation.de. I trust them to get the numbers right. Keep in mind that official statistics can be very weird in countries that have huge populations of "guest" workers from overseas.
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Level 59
Jun 30, 2020
"the number there is the entire population of the country" Seems about right to me. Apart from the Kuwait City metro area, the country is entirely filled with empty desert.
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Level 82
Feb 14, 2019
Surely Amman is majority muslim? It's listed with 5.45 million at citypopulation.de.
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
Yes, fixed. Sorry about that.
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Level 75
Apr 17, 2019
Yogyakarta is 83% muslim and should have well over 4 million residents.
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2019
In the city or in the special administrative region?
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Level 75
Apr 17, 2019
Ok, fine... I used Wikipedia. They have 4,010,436 listed as the metro area population.
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Level 82
Apr 17, 2019
just asking. Anyway you should check on citypopulation since that's the source being used.
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Level 49
Apr 17, 2019
Tashkent?
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Level 79
Apr 18, 2019
Not big enough
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Level 90
Apr 17, 2019
A shallow dive into the religious make up of Dar es Salaam doesn't give me a good idea of the picture. Any one have better data?
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Level 72
Nov 1, 2019
I thought Dar Es salaam would be there too
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Level ∞
Feb 28, 2021
The country as a whole is only about 35% Muslim. So unless we see some specific evidence for Dar, it will be left out.
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Level 66
Nov 1, 2023
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Tanzania#:~:text=The%20largest%20religion%20in%20Dar,Sikhs%2C%20and%20Bahá%27ís.

This is only the percent for the city proper, but considering the percent for Kuala Lumpur was also used I dont see a problem with including Dar es Salaam

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Level ∞
Feb 29, 2024
Thank you, I'll add Dar es Salaam.
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2024
its not there
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Level 59
Apr 9, 2020
I was expecting lots of Pakistani cities. I'm pretty sure they all have Muslim majority
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Yes, me too. But I checked and even though our cities appear to be large, only 3 are above 3 million.
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2020
SURPRISED there is no indian city instead having more than 200000000 muslims in india
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Quiz counts only majority ones. So even though there are a lot of muslims in number, their percentage is still not high.
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Level 62
Apr 9, 2020
I think Izmir, Turkey should be on this quiz.
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Level 60
Jun 30, 2020
Even though the Izmir-Smyrna metropolitan area is 4.6 million, the urban area population is 2.9 million.
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Level 64
Mar 14, 2021
Where is Brussels??
+4
Level 68
May 15, 2021
...
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Level 70
Jun 5, 2021
I was pretty sure there was going to be a north nigerian city, and wasted a lot of my time. I guess most of their big cities are a bit under 50% muslim.
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Level 71
Aug 27, 2021
Kano?
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Level 68
Aug 27, 2021
Kano brah
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Level 67
Aug 27, 2021
Paris?
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Level 68
Aug 27, 2021
?
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Level 68
Aug 18, 2023
who's an edgy boi
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Level 68
Aug 27, 2021
I got Kano cuz it's one of my favorite cities now cuz of Mortal Kombat lol
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Level 62
Sep 19, 2021
Surprisingly I got all of the African ones. Missed Surabaya, always thought Medan was #3 after Jakarta and Bandung
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Level 54
Sep 19, 2021
How is Kuwait City on the list? There are not even 4.5 million people in the whole country??
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Level 47
Sep 19, 2021
Oh I don't know.... why don't you look at the population that's literally listed right next to the answer in the quiz?

Also probably because Kuwait City makes up more than 70% of the entire country's population.

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Level 59
Dec 27, 2022
there are almost exactly 4.5 million people in the whole country actually
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Level 51
Aug 25, 2022
Happy about the fact that I got Kano on the first try even though I didn't get 100% on the first try...
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2023
Urumqi?
+1
Level ∞
Feb 29, 2024
Majority Han Chinese so almost certainly not.
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Level 55
Apr 9, 2024
I tried this and Turfan and Harbin, which I get is incorrect, but I do find interesting.
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Level 34
May 29, 2023
ugh, I guessed Jeddah, but i thought it was spelled Jedah. nooooooooooooo
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Level 34
May 29, 2023
also, idk how, but i live in cairo, but i forgot cairo, lol
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Level 64
Sep 19, 2023
Kuala Lumpur has a muslim majority. According to the most recent census in 2020, 63.5 percent of the population practices Islam; 18.7 percent, Buddhism; 9.1 percent, Christianity; 6.1 percent, Hinduism; 9 percent, other religious groups that include animists, Confucianists, Taoists, Sikhs, Jehovah's Witnesses, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
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Level ∞
Feb 29, 2024
No. Your data is about the country as a whole. In the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, 45.3% are Islamic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Malaysia

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Level 68
Dec 10, 2023
where is london
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2024
Down south.

But not on this list if that is what you are asking. Because despite alarmist, rabble-rousing headlines in the Sun and the Daily Mail, London is not being overrun by Muslims.

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Level 64
Apr 9, 2024
Won't be long until it is though based on current trends.
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Level 55
Apr 11, 2024
Probably not how it works though considering the number of Christian and Hindu migrants also coming to the UK.
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Level 70
Apr 20, 2024
also not how it works to begin with
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Level 61
Mar 1, 2024
on the main island of Kiribati
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Level 71
Feb 29, 2024
Medan? According to Wikipedia it is majority Muslim and citypopulation.de has it at 4.2 million people
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Level ∞
Mar 1, 2024
Fixed
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Level 74
Mar 1, 2024
I somehow forgot Afghanistan 🤦‍♂️
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Level 61
Mar 1, 2024
Dar is muslim maj?? In a christian country, wow.

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Level 74
Mar 1, 2024
the Swahili people are majority muslim, so cities in eastern africa particularly on the coast will have a larger amount of muslims
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Level 55
Apr 9, 2024
The name is Arabic (Salaam is related to Islam; City of Peace?)... though I guess that's not always an indicator.
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2024
See I knew there were a bunch of Indonesian cities aside from Jakarta I just didn't know the names of
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Level 60
Mar 1, 2024
They irony of no Islamabad...
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2024
Reread the name of the city

Do you think that it'd be a Muslim majority?

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Level 72
Apr 10, 2024
Islamabad means "city of Islam", and is the capital city of Pakistan. In case you haven't noticed, the -abad ending means "city".
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Level 43
Apr 9, 2024
I'm shocked that Mecca isn't on there
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Level 55
Apr 11, 2024
It might be too small? Other than people visiting for Hajj I'm not sure if it's got a major population.