Non-denominational Muslim

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World Muslim population by percentage (Pew Research Center, 2014).

Non-denominational Muslims are Muslims who adhere to a form of Islam that is not restricted to any specific denomination. In surveys asking for individuals to specify their religious denomination, such Muslims commonly self-identify as "just a Muslim". In Arabic, they may be referred to as ghayr muqallids or ghair muqalideen while they have also been called nonconformists.[1] Such Muslims may defend this stance by pointing to the Quran such as Al Imran verse 103, which asks the Muslims to stay united and not to become divided. [2] At least one in five Muslims in at least 22 countries identify as non-denominational Muslims. The Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project reports that non-denominational Muslims make up a majority of the Muslims in six countries: Kazakhstan (74%), Albania (65%), Kyrgyzstan (64%), Indonesia (56%), Uzbekistan (54%), and Mali (55%).[3] It has been described as a phenomenon that gained momentum in the 20th century which can overlap with orthodox Sunni tenets despite adherents not adhering to any specific madhab.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Contemporary Religious Thought in Islam - Page 342, Dr. Shaukat Ali - 1986
  2. ^ Intra-Societal Tension and National Integration, p 119, A. Jamil Qadri - 1988
  3. ^ "Chapter 1: Religious Affiliation". The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity. Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project. August 9, 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Islam in South Asia: A Short History - Page 491, Jamal Malik - 2008
  5. ^ Defence Journal - Volume 10, Issues 9-11 - Page 35, Ikram ul-Majeed Sehgal - 2007