Biggest Muslim Cities

Name the world's most populous urban areas that are majority Muslim.
Urban area population according to citypopulation.de, January 2021
Kuala Lumpur and Lagos do not have Muslim majorities
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Last updated: February 28, 2021
First submittedJanuary 24, 2011
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Population
City
32.1 m
Jakarta
21.5 m
Cairo
20.3 m
Dhaka
18.2 m
Karachi
16.2 m
Istanbul
15.5 m
Tehran
13.5 m
Lahore
8.40 m
Riyadh
7.15 m
Baghdad
Population
City
7.05 m
Bandung
6.50 m
Khartoum
6.15 m
Surabaya
5.95 m
Alexandria
5.70 m
Amman
5.70 m
Dubai
5.15 m
Ankara
5.15 m
Jeddah
5.00 m
Chittagong
Population
City
4.85 m
Kano
4.55 m
Casablanca
4.50 m
Kuwait City
4.48 m
Kabul
4.08 m
Medan
4.03 m
Algiers
3.93 m
Dakar
3.90 m
Damascus
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Level 33
Nov 22, 2013
wheres Kuala Lumpur?
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Level 83
Nov 22, 2013
Malaysia
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Level 83
Nov 8, 2017
I you trying to conserve dots and opted for a period instead of a colon?
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Level 65
May 5, 2018
Are you trying to conserve letters by writing 'I' instead of 'Are'?
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Level 83
Jul 7, 2018
ye
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Level 87
Dec 23, 2018
Ye what? Have not enough dots?
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Level 71
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.).).)
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Level 53
Apr 30, 2021
what do you meanʔʔʔ its just the dots that are expensive.
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Level 60
Oct 27, 2021
wel- 4 m3- l3tt3r5 & d0t5 r 3xp3n51ve]]]
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Level 67
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 83
May 23, 2016
No he asked where a city was. You could have found that out on Wikipedia.
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Level 47
Dec 5, 2015
3.1333° N, 101.6833° E
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Level 69
May 5, 2018
lol
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Level 55
Mar 23, 2022
@sambadojazz That's a lotta dots, you must be wealthy
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Level 29
Apr 19, 2019
Is this reply secretly pointless forever?
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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 76
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 29
Sep 23, 2021
hi,,,

u dont kno KL?

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Level 29
Sep 23, 2021
hi
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Level 43
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 83
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 75
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 83
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 83
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 83
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 84
Nov 10, 2014
please Teheran not Tehran...
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Level ∞
Apr 24, 2016
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehran
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Level 54
May 26, 2016
But the quiz is in English....
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Level 56
May 27, 2016
Seriously when will people realize that the answers to these quizzes are in English and use the English word for the names of the cities. Who cares how they're written in other languages as these quizzes are written in English. Is that really too hard to understand?
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Level 71
May 28, 2016
It is not a difficult concept to get your head round. If you want to do quizzes in your own language you have to find a quiz that is in your language. If I was on the e.g. Croatian quiz site, I would not be commenting that the names used should be in English........ geeeeeeez!
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Level 83
May 31, 2016
Maybe Dudi was just trying to be helpful and explain the previous users confusion. Lighten up, people.

The sound that goes in that spot in the name Tehran doesn't exist in any of these languages, that's why you end up seeing it spelled different ways.

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Level 81
Sep 6, 2016
The 'e' that those languages insert isn't in the original Persian spelling of Tehran or in the Persian pronunciation. It is added because most European languages don't pronounce a 'h' at the end of a syllable. By adding a vowel the 'h' gets pronounced, but you sacrifice accuracy in another way by adding a syllable that isn't there in the Persian. The English spelling is more accurate, though given we don't pronounce 'h' it's debatable as to who is actually pronouncing it most closely to the Persian.
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Level 29
Apr 19, 2019
I mean, I wouldn’t like typing bangkok’s Native name......
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Level 71
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 34
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 61
Jun 4, 2017
Amazed somebody took that seriously.
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Level 87
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 66
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 73
Sep 19, 2021
Muslim and white - mutually exclusive? I suppose that says something interesting about whiteness.
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Level 81
Jan 5, 2022
My brother is both Muslim and white.
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2019
No! No! No!
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Level 75
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 74
Jan 21, 2017
LIKEWISE!
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Level 71
Nov 27, 2016
Lagos has a larger population than Kabul etc.
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2017
But is Lagos majority Muslim?
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Level ∞
Feb 14, 2019
No, probably not
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Level 59
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 45
Dec 28, 2016
Bradford-Leeds?
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Level 83
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 55
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 61
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 77
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 71
Apr 17, 2019
Yogyakarta is 83% muslim and should have well over 4 million residents.
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Level 83
Apr 17, 2019
In the city or in the special administrative region?
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Level 71
Apr 17, 2019
Ok, fine... I used Wikipedia. They have 4,010,436 listed as the metro area population.
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Level 83
Apr 17, 2019
just asking. Anyway you should check on citypopulation since that's the source being used.
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Level 50
Apr 17, 2019
Tashkent?
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Level 76
Apr 18, 2019
Not big enough
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Level 87
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 67
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 57
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 39
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 53
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 65
Mar 14, 2021
Where is Brussels??
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Level 57
May 15, 2021
...
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Level 66
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 70
Aug 27, 2021
Kano?
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Level 59
Aug 27, 2021
Kano brah
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Level 63
Aug 27, 2021
Paris?
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Level 59
Aug 27, 2021
?
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Level 59
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 45
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.