By this stage, most Muslims are not Arab. As a matter of fact, I think the majority of Muslims live in South Asia or Africa. The largest single Muslim country is Indonesia. The native language of most Muslims is anything other than the Arabic in which the Qu’ran is written. The Qu’ran, technically, is forbidden to be translated to other languages. Therefore, many or most Muslims will not read a translated version as to do so is to sin. Most Muslims outside of Arab speaking nations memorize the Qu’ran by rote. They can recite suras from the Quran from beginning to end. Yet, they haven’t the foggiest notion of the meaning of that which they recite. They rely upon Mullahs or Imams to tell them meanings. In many places, the Mullahs themselves are illiterate or have no knowledge of Arabic. Therefore they do not know what the Qu’ran actually states. That’s why most Muslims are Muslim in name only. They worship an idol called “the Qu’ran.” They have no knowledge of the actual Qu’ran and take the word of the more famous and fundamentalists Mullahs as to what being a Muslim entails.
I met a young man in Herat who was given the privilege of giving the Friday prayer because of his voice and his memorization of the Qu’ran. This child was brought over to pray at one of my Class Graduations. Afterwards, I spoke to the child. ”So, you’ve memorized the whole Qu’ran?”
“Yes Sir, and I have been tested to ensure the completeness of my knowledge.”
“That is amazing. So you speak Arabic as well as Dari? And at such a young age.”
“No sir, I only speak Dari. I do not know Arabic.”
“So you memorized the whole of the Qu’ran but you don’t know what any of it means?”
“Yes Sir. But the Mullah tells me what it means. He shares with me his knowledge.” And that is the majority of Muslims. They may know some or all of the Qu’ran. But it is a relatively small percentage of the Muslim population which can read the actual Qu’ran with any dawning of comprehension. To most, it’s merely a series of squiggly lines.