Washington, Jan 28 (Agencies): Muslim community is set to outgrow other community populations worldwide with Pakistan surpassing Indonesia as the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Indian Muslims' number is expected to cross 23.6 cr in 2030, as the community's population world over is set to grow about twice the rate of non-Muslims in the next two decades, says a study.

In the next two decades, the Muslim population globally is expected to grow about twice the rate of the non-Muslims, the study, 'The Future of the Global Muslim Population', said.

If these trends go on, Muslims will make up 26.4 per cent of the world's population in 2030, up from 23.4 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 bn.

As per the report released by The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, India will have a Muslim population of 23,6182,000 in 2030; 16 per cent of the total Indian population by that year.

In 2010, India is estimated to have 177,286,000 Muslims, which is 14.6 per cent of the total Indian population.
   
In 2010, Pakistan had an estimated Muslim population of 178,097,000.

The report said, world's Muslims are expected to increase in number by about 35 per cent in the next 20 years, rising from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 bn by 2030.

The average annual growth rate of Muslims in the next twenty years has been projected to be 1.5 per cent, vis-a-vis 0.7 per cent for the non-Muslims.

From 1990 to 2010, the global Muslim population increased at an average annual rate of 2.2 per cent, compared with the projected rate of 1.5 per cent for the period from 2010 to
2030, the report said.

The Pew projections are based both on population trends and on hypothesis about how these trends will play out in future.