This mistaken assumption is possibly based on the fact that Prophet Muhammad was an Arab, that most of the first generation of Muslims were Arabs, and that the Qur’an is in the Arabic language.But in actual fact, only about 18 percent of Muslims in the world today are Arabs. The largest Muslim populations are found in Indonesia, the Indian sub-continent and other parts of Asia. Islam is also widespread in many parts of Africa, and there are substantial minorities in Europe, North and South America, and Oceania. Islam is the fastest growing major religion in the world, and its adherents on all continents include both Arabs and non-Arabs.
Further, not all Arabs are Muslims, for there are significant communities of Christian Arabs as well as a number who belong to other religions or profess atheism. While Arab is a geographic and cultural term,
Muslim refers to an adherent to the religion of Islam.
While the revelation was still in its early stages, the Qur’an disclosed that Islam is indeed a global religion. Allah addressed His Prophet therein, saying:
“And We have not sent you but as a mercy to