2.2 Billion: World’s Muslim Population Doubles

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Sunni Muslim supporters of Lebanon's former prime minister Saad al-Hariri wave flags during what they call "a day of anger" in Tripoli, northern Lebanon January 25, 2011

By 2030 the global population is set to reach over 8 billion and 26.4% of that population will be Muslim.

A report by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life titled “The Future of the Global Muslim Population” projects that the number of Muslims in the world is set to double from 1.1billion in 1990 to 2.2 billion in 2030.

While these are impressive numbers, it actually indicates that the worldwide growth of Islam is “growing but slowing” as it will drop from a growth rate of 1.7% between 2010 and 2020 to 1.4% between 2020 and 2030.

Pew project that Pakistan is set to overtake Indonesia as the country with the world’s largest number of Muslim’s as it’s Muslim majority population pushes to over 256 million. The number in the U.S. will double to over 6.2 million while Afghanistan’s Muslim population is set to rise by almost 74% as the number rises from 29 million to 50 million, making it the country with the ninth largest Muslim population in the world.

(More on TIME.com: Why Egypt’s Outlawed Muslim Brotherhood Still Thrives.)

Better living conditions combined with increased life-expectancy in Muslim majority countries in the Middle East and Northern Africa, net migration and global population growth are given as the main factors driving the growth. Despite the projection, Muslims will remain a relatively small minority in the Americas and European countries and the Christian majority in these countries is expected to be just as impressive.

While Islam has experienced rapid growth in worshipers of all denominations, it is likely that it will not overtake Christianity as the most dominant world religion as the number of Christians is expected to also reach 2.2billion by 2030. Between them, these two major world religions will make up over half of the Global population at almost 33 per cent by 2030.

(More on TIME.com: Colorful Religious Festivals.)

“There has been a lot of speculation about the growth of the Muslim population around the world, and many of those who speculate don’t have good data,” said Brian Grim, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum. “Instead of a runaway train, it’s trending with the general global population.”

“This will provide a garbage filter for hysterical claims people make about the size and growth of the Muslim population,” Philip Jenkins, a religious history scholar in Christianity and Islam told the Washington Post.

Certainly with the world population set to reach 8.3 billion by 2030 the explosive growth of world religions is just as impressive. (Via CNN.)

35 comments
MiaSeths
MiaSeths

Islam should not be allowed in the West because fhe Quran teaches hatred of non-believers. They pick fights with their neighbors everywhere they go in the world and have caused enough trouble in the West already. Time to hold our politicians responsible for letting them in.

NewarBrifki
NewarBrifki

You are the problem. People like you!

james990088
james990088

@MiaSeths Islam is a way of peace. THe quran doesn' teach hatred. If 1 muslim causes a crime the news spreads like wild fire and Islam is blamed. However when the Us UK Pais Israel drop bombs on the mulim countrys like LIbya Syria Yemen Gaza no one knows about the number of innocent muslims dying. YOU DONT KNOW WHAT THE QURAN TEACHES OR WHAT ISLAM IS. ALL  YOU KNOW ABOUT ISLAM IS FROM TH BIASED MUSLIM HATING MEDIA. GO LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT ISLAM, YOUL BE SUPRISED ABOUT THE TRUE STORIES. BUT DONT LEARN ABOUT IT FROM THE FAKE MEDIA.

sperancia.en.dios
sperancia.en.dios

I think on 2030-2050 the all tree religion can make great difficult to by more Visible, I call " Banal of Transparency to Nothing", crises, war, and Globalization of all .. 

On next 50 year the all Religion can have Down  impact on population  to took about "Torah", "Bible" or Koran  etc..    

On next 10 year " Can have more Popularity to took about Eternal, if wee can not see the evolution?" 

"The Progress is not in Violence and to have Popularity" but to learn to lave and this is not a Principle of at no any Religion, but Human Character !!!

SharjeelHassan
SharjeelHassan

Muslims Lots of Legal Wives and Legal Kids.   <---- NOT ALLOWED  

Non-Muslims Lots of ILLegal Girl Friends and ILLegal Kids    <------ ALLOWED 


WHY? THINK ABOUT IT !

BhavinSomani
BhavinSomani

@SharjeelHassan how you allow polygamy??? undeniable fact muslim people have made half part of world unliveable just on name of allah... which doest even exist... no doubt god is just our imagination

mkha474
mkha474

@BhavinSomani @SharjeelHassan There are certain procedures before yo u ca even be allowed more then 1 wife, During the time of our prophet, their were many wars being fought, with very few men, and plenty of women with children that needed to be taken care of, It was at this time, that it was permissible for the few men that survived the war to be taking of the women. Over time, polygamy has died down and only the very few that follow the culture, are mentally/physically/financially built will engage in polygamy, otherwise, if you have a problem with men having more then one wife, i suggest you take a better look at america and their ways in the media that explicit "men enjoying having more women by their side" it's not a biased behavior, it's commonly known for men to be with more women, the question is, are they married? committed? will they cheat if they marry? that only comes down to the individual. Dont blame the religion, when you have no idea why it's allowed. 

Peace be with you

julcab12
julcab12

Lots of wives and less birth control. No wonder.... 

submitter
submitter

The coming of God’s servant
““““ ““““ “““““ ““““““
'Atmak' not necessarily means ‘whom I uphold’ but it is in fact a name

the writing of Atmak is אתמך
the writing of Ahmad is אחמד

In Isaiah 42:1 , God says
“Behold, ‘My Servant’ (pronounced as Abd-ee), ‘whom I uphold’ (pronounced as Atmak);

God explicitly foretold about the coming of His servant
Behold My Servant Ahmad (Isaiah 42:1) – and so who is this Ahmad? the so called God’s servant?

He is none other than
Abd-Allah Ahmad (Servant of God, Ahmad) – Prophet Muhammad s.a.w

TheWhiteHorse
TheWhiteHorse

@submitter Yes You are Correct! Unfortunately the Mass Spread of Islam Phobia through the Western Media has STOPPED Christians and Jews from Continuing to Islam as God had Intended it. Very Sad! The Ego's of our western society prevents us from reaching GOD's COMPLETE MESSAGE! 

Proof in the Bible! 

 Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is Mentioned in the Bible! 

Please read for YOURSELVE'S!


Here! 

http://www.islam101.com/religions/christianity/mBible.htm


and Here!

http://www.alislam.org/books/in-bible/index.html



Don't let propaganda and public opinion fool you from gods light!

God's message too man did not stop with the Torah! God's message did stop with Bible! God's message is only Complete with the Trinity, ending with the Qur'an!



sperancia.en.dios
sperancia.en.dios

@submitter 

To read the Koran is not the principle, at Image of nothing... To read at Books of any subject is to know wear you are? To be at Muslim is not make at difference for other, but to be self the difference you've already done ...! You have to read allot to see that you are at simple "Human Been", to be at Muslim or Christ or Jews is only at false image of Unreality...   

sperancia.en.dios
sperancia.en.dios

@TheWhiteHorse @submitter 

I think we Humans Benn we have many Problems... Reality... Incapacity... Disability... Imagination... etc. We have to understand the basic not at Roman! 

One man took to the Rabbi, to read the Book of Mose, till I stay in on one foot... that past some minutes he say elegant "I am not Stork"!

hussein.zainabj
hussein.zainabj

The article presents Muslim population doubling and than shows a picture of Muslims protesting with the headline "anger". The author might as well said if your Muslim than your an angry person. These images with these subtitles are portraying Muslims in a bad light and the author wants to lead its readers to see that point of view. I think politics and protesting in anger is not always directly linked to faith it could be linked to many other issues. For example Spain protested against austerity budgets, Occupy Wall Street protested outside time square and some of these protesters were angry. Spain protesters had signs saying "it is time to get angry" which is a famous saying by a famous French man who is an old veteran and he had respect in France and he said that it is time for people to get angry. I know this because I studied social movements and these examples are there to illustrate that dissatisfaction with political, economic systems are issues that people face regardless of faith.

DueuCii
DueuCii

Rubbish with the increase in access to science and technology self learners around the globe come to the realisation that religion is just a bunch of made up fairytales and God is nothing more than an irrational answer to the "gaps" in our knowledge. Atheism is the the fastest growing realisation and religion is set to decline in the 21st century. 

FaresAlkhresha
FaresAlkhresha

@DueuCii the atheism is not the most growing religion as you claim or else wtf is he talking about and its offensive to say things about god who some people believe in 

DianAtamyanov
DianAtamyanov

@FaresAlkhresha

Let me play the world's smallest violin for you. No one cares if someone's feelings are hurt over an imaginary friend.

Anonymous123
Anonymous123

HEY YOU!, 

YES YOU!, THE ONE WHO HAS JUST READ THE STORY ABOVE,

ASK YOURSELF!,

IS LIFE JUST A GAME? ,  PUT YOUR BRAIN INTO GEAR AND GO!,

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AmsCollegesPakistan
AmsCollegesPakistan

Truth always increase and increase ./................... 

False laydown ..........