Many are justifiably reaching out to Muslims in the wake of the heinous mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand. However, some people in the United States seem to regard Muslims and Arabs as the same, while it appears that Pakistanis and other non-Arab Muslims were among those attacked. If you’re concerned, this guide can help you take the next step in understanding.
While these facts come “100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans,” an accessible, authoritative guide from the Michigan State University School of Journalism, they have global implications.
- While most Arab countries are majority Muslim, most Muslims in the world are not Arabs.
- About 60 percent of the world’s Muslims live in Asia, while about 20 percent live in the Middle East and North Africa.
- The No. 1 country in the world for Muslims is not an Arab country at all. It is Pakistan.
The bottom line: Support members of the religion and recognize that they are of many nationalities and races.