Jakarta (ANTARA) - Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas is convinced there will be no adverse effect on Indonesia following the loss of status of being the country with the largest Muslim population to Pakistan.

He also believed Indonesia's Hajj quota would not be reduced despite the status changes.

"I believe this situation will not affect our Hajj quota because (the quota) is calculated per one thousand Hajj pilgrims. Our quota will not be affected," he stated here on Thursday (April 4).

The minister's remarks were conveyed in response to the recent World Population Review data showing that Pakistan had surpassed Indonesia in terms of the Muslim population number.

The review showed that Pakistan replaced Indonesia as the country with the most Muslim population, at 240.8 million Muslims, or equal to 98.19 percent of its population.

Meanwhile, Indonesia's Muslim population currently stands at 236 million, or equal to 84.35 percent of the country's population.

Qoumas emphasized that Islam is not concerned about the number of people who profess the faith but rather about the quality of each Muslim instead.

"Islam is not about how much (the number of Muslims). Islam is about quality not quantity," Qoumas stated.

Meanwhile, the ministry's Director General of Islamic Community Guidance, Kamaruddin Amin, highlighted a report which concludes that Islam will become the dominant religion globally in upcoming years.

Amin said the projection showed that Islam has become more attractive to the world population since it plays an increasingly significant role in life.

"Islam has become more attractive not only in the Middle East but also in East Asia and Europe," the director general remarked.

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Translator: Asep Firmansyah, Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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