Is Islam the fastest growing religion?
If you look at the numbers, it's not.
Islam is not the fastest growing religion in the world. Islam is the religion of the uncivilized third world where the birth rate is high. In these same Countries, Muslims are killed if they convert to Christianity.
The Islamic religion has a long history of myth making. The claim they are the fastest growing religion in the world is pure myth. We have collected the latest statistics from David A. Barrett’s huge two volume, "World Christian Encyclopedia", the 2001 AD edition. In case you haven’t heard of this work, it is the world standard for religious statistics.
Muslim's claim that their growth rate is 235 percent and 47 percent for Christianity. This statistic came from the Readers Digest Almanac and Yearbook 1983, and represents 235 percent increase over 50 years. Muslims always leave off the 50 year fact to make it appear they are going 235% every year. A simple review of the readers Digest study shows that the growth rate of Islam vs. Christianity is directly linked to the birth rate in Third World countries where Islam dominates and not actual conversions to each religion. Christianity has always been larger than Islam. These statistics from Readers Digest are over 20 years old. Further, we do not consider readers digest to be an authority on such matters. Why will Muslims not quote real authoritative statistics from certified research groups who show Islam is not the fastest growing religion in 3/4’s of the worlds countries.
There are over a billion Muslims in the world today, including 3 to 5 million in the U.S., making it the second most populous religion on earth after Christianity. According to some estimates, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. (The Joy of Sects, Peter Occhigrosso, 1996, p394-397)
Islam is the religion which has developed from the preaching and life of Muhammad, a citizen of the city of Mecca in Arabia, who early in the seventh century of the Christian Era appeared as a preacher of monotheism to his own people and founded a religious movement which today counts perhaps as many as 300,000,000 followers, mostly in the heat belt from Indonesia to Morocco. (Islam: Muhammad and His Religion, Arthur Jeffery, 1958, p xi-xiv)
Before we examine the true facts from informed statisticians, we want to make it clear that we are not claiming Christianity is the fastest growing religion on earth. Such a claim is a needless as it is irresponsible. Having said this, in terms of sheer numbers, there are more Christians being added to planet earth, than any other religion on earth, including Islam. (see Table 1-2 for proof.)
Relative size and growth of Islam to Christianity:
From Table 1-1, there are 1.9 Billion Christians making up 31% of the world population, whereas there are only 1.2 Billion Muslims making up only 20% of the population. It seems that Allah's little trick by making Judas appear like Jesus, so Jesus could escape crucifixion and Judas was crucified in his place, kind of backfired, since 31% of the world's population never learned Allah played a trick and really believes that Jesus not only died, but was raised from the dead! This should be most troubling for Muslims to think that "Allah's deception" (Qur'an 4:156) actually became the world's largest religion!
From Table 1-1, the relative growth rates of Islam to Christianity are compiled from data that ended the very year before the great terrorist attacks of 911 against the world trade towers in 2001 and the train bomb in Spain in 2004. Statisticians are predicting that Islamic motivated terrorism will last the decade and bring Islam into great disrepute with the world population. This will have a very strong dampening effect on the long term predicted Islamic growth rates for the years 2025 and 2050.
From Table 1-1 you can see that the world growth rate of Muslims is 2.13, and for Christians it is 1.36. A closer look reveals, however that the birth rate of Muslims world wide, is literally double that of Christians. This is due to the fact that Muslims are largest in the developing world where dirt floors, thatched roofs and large families are common. When you the actual conversion rate, where men chose their religion, rather then are born into it, you can see that Christians are converting, on a percentage basis, almost twice as many as Muslims (1.7:1). This means that individual Christians are out converting Muslims almost two to one! What this means, is that as third world Muslim countries become more civilized, their birth rate will drop off to match the rest of the civilized world, but Christians will still continue to out convert them at a rate of 1.7:1.
From Table 1-1 you can see that while Muslims claim they are the fastest growing religion in the world (2.13), the statistics say that Baha'is are growing at a faster rate (2.28) and faster still are Zoroastrians (2.65).
From Table 1-1 regarding world distribution, you can see that Islam is only in 204 of the worlds 238 countries. Christianity, on the other hand is in all 238 countries of the world. Christianity has a 100% penetration rate world wide!
From Table 1-2, you can see that presently every 24 hours, the world population of Christians increases by 69,000, whereas there are only 68,000 Muslims. The only reason Muslims are anywhere near Christians is because of higher birth rates in the uncivilized parts of the world where Muslims are largest. The vast majority of the 69,000 Christians will be educated, whereas the majority of the 68,000 Muslims will be illiterate peasants without clean drinking water.
From Table 1-4, you can see the relative growth rates of Christianity vs. Islam broken down into 6 continents. In each of the 6 continents, Christianity enjoys a wider distribution of countries.
From Table 1-4 the continent "Africa" we observe that Christianity slightly larger but is growing at a much faster rate than Islam. Although the birth rates are about identical, individual Christians are making twice as many converts as Muslims. In the African continent, Christians are both the largest and fastest growing in relation to Islam.
From Table 1-4 the continent "Asia" we observe that although Islam is 25% and Christianity is only 10% of the population, again Christianity is growing at a must fast rate. Even the Jews are growing at a faster rate (2.99) than the Muslims in Asia! While birth rates for Muslims are higher than Christians, individual Christians are 13 times more effective at making new converts than Muslims. In the Asian continent, Christians are growing faster than Muslims.
From Table 1-4 the continent "Europe" we observe that while Muslims are growing faster than Christians, Buddhists claim the prize for the fastest growing religion at a rate of 1.39. Muslims make up only 5% of the population in Europe and most of the Muslim growth in Europe is from immigration. Although 77% of Europeans are Christians, Buddhists, not Muslims, are the fastest growing religion in the continent of Europe.
From Table 1-4 the continent "Latin America" that we observe that while Muslims (1.99) are growing faster than Christians (1.63), they make up only 1/3 of 1% (.3%) of the population, whereas Christians are 92 % of the population. The down trend in Christianity conversion is mainly defects from Catholics to non-religious. It must be troubling for Muslims to know that although they are growing faster than Christians, Baha’is are growing much faster than Muslims at a rate of 2.87! In the Latin American continent, Christians make up 93% of the population. Although tiny Islam is fastest growing faster than Christianity, it is the Baha’is, who take the prize for fastest growing the Latin America.
From Table 1-4 the continent "North America" we observe that while Muslims are growing faster than Christians, they make up only 4% of the population, whereas 84% are Christians. Most of the Muslim growth in North America is from immigration. Canada alone immigrates more Muslims apart from the USA, to account for almost all the growth in all of North America every year! It sure must be a hollow boast for Muslims to claim they are the fastest growing religion in North America, when it is because of the kindness and generosity of Christians who let them immigrate, often fleeing the persecution between hostile Muslim sects. There are still 50% more Jews in North America than Muslims in 2004. Muslims lie when they tell you they are the fastest growing (1.56) religion in North America. From Table 1-4, we can see that they are no better than 5th place in growth behind: Atheists (3.51), Hindus (3.13), Sikhs (2.81), Buddhists (2.75), Baha’is (2.25). We tire of the lies and myth making of Islamic spin doctors.
Muslims claim they are the fastest growing religion in Canada, based upon the National Census: 1971: 33,000; 1981: 98,000; 1991: 253,000. But from Table 1-4 shows that there were less than 11,000 Muslims in Canada in 1900! Sure on a purely statistical basis, dividing the small initial numbers by those added by immigration, they come out on top, but that’s because of the kindness of the Christians who let them into their country! It is a myth that Muslims are converting any measurable numbers of non-Muslims. About the only time anyone converts to Islam is through marriage, usually a woman, who is forced to convert.
From Table 1-4 the continent "Oceania" we observe that Christians represent 83% of the population and Muslims are a miniscule 1%.Yet the facts are that in Oceania, Muslims are indeed growing at a fast rate than Christians at 3.04. But the fastest growing religion is "new-religionists" at a staggering rate of 9.02, followed by Buddhists at 5.19, then Sikhs at 3.55, then Zoroastrians at 3.18. Muslims are no better than the 5th fastest growing religion in Oceania!
There are more new Christians added to the world population than any other religion on earth every day. This data makes the entire discussion about "rates of growth" irrelevant. The fact is today, that Christianity is the fastest growing religion on this most critical basis. This may change, but today, in 2004 AD, Christians take the prize for being the fastest growing religion.
On none of the 6 continents are Muslims the fastest growing religion.
That Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world is pure myth at best and at worst a deliberate deception of solid statistical facts.
New from conversion
1,188,242,789 Total adherents
865,558 New from conversion
1,372 Number of adherents to make one new convert
1,999,563,838 Total adherents
2,501,396 New from conversion
799 Number of adherents to make one new convert
Last edited by Scutter; 12-30-2005 at 07:27 AM.
Re: Is Islam the fastest growing religion?
Now I know that this one is bias, the man IS trying to sell a book, ya know.
Christianity taking over planet?
New book makes case it's fastest growing faith on Earth
© 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
What is the fastest-growing religion on Earth?
Most news reports suggest it is Islam.
But a new book makes a compelling case it is a new, or, perhaps, old form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity that is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia.
In "Megashift," author Jim Rutz coins a new phrase to define this fast-growing segment of the population. He calls them "core apostolics" – or "the new saints who are at the heart of the mushrooming kingdom of God."
Rutz makes the point that Christianity is overlooked as the fastest-growing faith in the world because most surveys look at the traditional Protestant denominations and the Roman Catholic Church while ignoring Christian believers who have no part of either.
He says there are 707 million "switched-on disciples" who fit into this new category and that this "church" is exploding in growth.
"The growing core of Christianity crosses theological lines and includes 707 million born-again people who are increasing by 8 percent a year," he says.
So fast is this group growing that, under current trends, according to Rutz, the entire world will be composed of such believers by the year 2032.
"There will be pockets of resistance and unforeseen breakthroughs," writes Rutz. "Still, at the rate we're growing now, to be comically precise, there would be more Christians than people by the autumn of 2032, about 8.2 billion."
According to the author, until 1960, Western evangelicals outnumbered non-Western evangelicals – mostly Latinos, blacks and Asians – by two to one. As of 2000, non-Western evangelicals outnumbered Westerners by four to one. He says by 2010, the ratio will be seven to one.
"There are now more missionaries sent from non-Western nations than Western nations," he writes.
This trend, says Rutz, has been missed by Westerners because the explosive growth is elsewhere.
Hundreds of millions of these Christians are simply not associated with the institutional churches at all. They meet in homes. They meet underground. They meet in caves. They meet, he says, in secret.
And what is driving this movement?
Miracles, he says.
"Megashift" attempts to document myriad healings and other powerful answers to the sincere prayers of this new category of believer, including, believe it or not, hundreds of dramatic cases of resurrections – not near-death experiences, but real resurrections of actual corpses.
"When I was a kid in Sunday school, I was really impressed that 3,000 people were saved on the Day of Pentecost," he writes. "I thought, 'Wow, that'll never happen again!"
But, Rutz says, it now happens around the globe every 25 minutes.
"By tomorrow, there will be 175,000 more Christians than there are today," he writes.
The essence of Rutz's book is about how Western Christians can tap into what he sees as a mighty work of God on Earth.
"Very few people realize the nature of life on Earth is going through a major change," he writes. "We are seeing a megashift in the basic direction of human history. Until our time, the ancient war between good and evil was hardly better than a stalemate. Now all has changed. The Creator whose epic story flows through the pages of Scripture has begun to dissolve the strongholds of evil. This new drama is being played out every hour around the globe, accompanied sometimes by mind-bending miracles."
Re: Is Islam the fastest growing religion?
Here is an interesting article from a muslim, although I'm sure that if he lived in certain countries they would be demanding his head (and probably getting it).
The story of ‘Accelerated Conversion’ and some afterthoughts
By Syed Kamran Mirza
New York City, USA
Quite often especially when Islamists are in awkward situation, or when their self-esteems are in a pile of loose sands—they immediately start some ludicrous propaganda that many non-Muslims are converting to Islam. This is far from the truth. They even make some fictitious stories that Islam’s glory is attracting peoples to Islam, just like insects to the fire, notwithstanding the dire consequences that normally follows. Therefore, “don’t worry my dear Muslims, Islam is of course a true Allah’s religion, etc etc.” Islamists pretend to say this kind of thing to impress upon the newly converts. Why this renewed surge of same old propaganda? Because, September 11 has brought a deluge of hatreds/wrath to the religion Islam from other believers and non-believers alike. Throughout the whole world, Islam as a religion has been identified as the most cynical oppressor and the enemy of the modern-day civilization. As the Rev. Franklin Graham (son of Rev. Billy Graham) said, “Islam is the most evil and wicked religion on earth.” Religion Islam almost becomes the synonym for the terrorists. We are sick and tired of hearing repeatedly the most frequently uttered phrases such as: “Islamic Terrorists,” or “Islamic militants.” Muslims in general are terribly embarrassed and ashamed in front of the civilized world. Therefore, they are trying to recuperate and find some comforts by making stories of so-called “Accelerated conversion.” “ Here you go,” they claim, “there has been a surge in conversions to Islam since September 11…” The question is: what attracts people to embrace Islam after all this horrendous act of unthinkable terrorism by some devoted Islamists? Was it the great beauty of merciful Islamic destruction of WTC? Or, is it that the world must have gone crazy?
This story (NFB January 8, 2002) of conversion of a British young girl to Islam may be a hoax, or may be a true case of personal choice of religion. How can one verify this news? And why should anybody bother about it? Few weeks ago (after the Sept. 11), we read the news of conversion of Actor Willie Smith to Islam. Later, this was found to be a hoax! This reminds me of Neil Armstrong story in which the famous astronaut heard the sound of Azan in the outer space. Another news we read in this forum that after seeing the great strength (Sept.11 destruction) and “Mazeza” of peaceful Islam, the Italian Ambassador in Saudi Arabia has converted to Islam. Later we learned that, this Italian Ambassador was actually converted to Islam in 1964 while he was in Jerusalem. Then, why this news was coming now? This is the right time to rejuvenate Islam’s lost vigor and prestige by some Islamic hoaxes! What do you know?
Other baseless “hoaxes” previously available in the market were: Neil Armstrong, Jaques Cousteau, Michael Jackson, Maurice Bucaille, King Offa of England and, Mike Tyson, they all became Muslim. Christian apologists discovered wreckage of Noah’s ark in turkey, Prophet Muhammad’s name on a piece of wood from Noah’s ark (found in Russia), and Prophet Muhammad’s name fore-told in Hindu Scriptures. ALL THESE WERE SIMPLY BOGUS CLAIMS BY WISHFUL MULLAHS. Unfortunately, they get involved in spreading these concocted stories, which are mostly rubbish anyway, only to mislead gullible folks of which we have so many in this world.
In South Asian countries, especially in Bangladesh, “rumors/hoaxes” are frequently used to cheat ordinary peoples, to stimulate ‘pir’ bebosha, Tabiz bebosha and, to solidify the faith of believers. For the same vested purposes, rumors are generated almost weekly such as: Allah and Rasul’s names printed in: Tomato, Lau (kadu), piece of meat, over the eggshell, over a fish, etc. etc. Surprisingly, there are no shortages of people who actually believe in this garbage.
Admittedly, conversions from one religion to another religion occur throughout the world for various personal reasons and it is a normal phenomenon among the believers.
Christianity and Islam are the two monotheistic religions that allow conversion.
In the Middle East, many Muslims do convert to Christianity. However, Muslim’s conversion to Christianity never get to the news media for fear of being apostate and killed by the “merciful” Islamists. People convert to a religion for various reasons, such as, economic supports, for mental spiritual satisfaction, and even for marital purposes. Everyday, throughout the Third World countries, Christian missionaries are busily converting tens of thousands of poor/destitute peoples. Does it make the Christian religion great? Thousands of peoples did convert to Jim John’s cultic religion in the seventies; thousands of Japanese people converted to a dangerous cultic religion Supreme Truth; and a crazy man like David Koresh was able to brainwash thousands of his followers to die for his brand of religion. Is the conversion to certain religion/faith makes that faith great? The big question is, does conversion spree a ‘litmus test’ for a good, or a true religion. I don’t think so! If this were correct, then China’s Falun Gong would be the fastest growing and the best religion in the entire world right now.
Perhaps some of the readers may remember those two young American “born-again” Christian ladies, who went to the far away land of Afghanistan to preach Christianity. These two young ladies were school dropout, misguided drug addict in their early teens and they were spoiled children of the family. Then they suddenly heard Jesus was calling them. Jesus knocked their heart, not just the door as Allah of Islam knocked at the door of that young British lady. These two born-again Christians were about to see the Talibani magic of Afghanistan. They would face the sure death by stoning by those robust looking bearded Talibans by chanting “Allah-Hu-Akbar” somewhere near the Afghan stony mountain. However, they were most lucky; Taliban just could not get enough time to do the Islamic justice because of the Ababil birds (B-52) of infidel America. These “erudite” American neo-Christians thought it differently. They rather thought it was Jesus who rescued them from the hands of Taliban. The truth is only Jesus knows well what would happened to them—had there been no war broke out at this time, or had there been no B-52 arrived there with 15,000 pounds ‘Daisy Cutter’ bomb!
This writer will be the last person to deny that Islam already has 1.2 billion followers. Honestly, does Islam need more followers? Does the number really matters? Christianity has over 2 billions followers, almost double the number of Islam. Does it make Christianity a better religion than Islam or any other religions? Judaism has only a few millions (maximum of 10 millions). Can we claim that Judaism is a worse religion than Islam or Christianity? Can we say that, Muslim Ummah (community) is more prosperous than Jewish Community because Muslims are more numerous? Then, why the number of conversion is so important news to us? Is it our weakness or our strength?
Does the number of supporters really matter? A few century ago the entire world believed the Earth to be flat and Sun rotates East to West to give light to the earth. Only one or two human being did not believe the earth to be flat. Who were right eventually, those billions of ignorant peoples or those one or two scientists? The mouth full claim of billion Muslims does not make much sense to me. How many of these billion people have the knowledge of Koran and Hadiths?
What about those millions of moderate Muslims who are reconsidering their faith after the heinous task of Sep 11 perpetrated by some devout and true Muslims? Many moderate Muslim-origin Americans even feel tremendously ashamed and embarrassed to identify themselves as Muslims. Many moderate or not so strong believers of Muslim descent are trying to hide their identity in the west, or many even declared that they are no longer Muslims. Many youngsters at their early twenties from Muslim background are actively changing their names. The other day in a social gathering, some young men of Muslim origin were declaring very vocally that, they are going to remove some portion of their names. That is they will get rid of “Muhammad, Ahmed, Rahman, Islam, etc.” from their names. I read some news in some Bengali weekly papers in which some adult Muslims declared that they have removed the prefix: Muhammad, Ahmed or Islam from their names. Most of all, what benefit do we achieve by getting some erratic human beings (some young whites, or some black prisoners) converted to Islam? Who counts those Muslims, who either convert themselves to Christianity or just give up their faith in Islam silently? Do we still have something left to be proud about Islam? Let us not delude ourselves thinking that Islam is still the greatest religion of Peace. The action of 9-11 by the Arab terrorists in NYC and Washington DC have exposed the true color of Islam. Truth has a peculiar way of emerging out from the sealed bag. No amount of testimonials from all the Mullahs of the world could undo the damage done by those 19 young men from Arabic speaking nations of the world. And that’s for sure!