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.

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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.

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“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.)

14 comments
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

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. 

Anonymous123
Anonymous123

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AmsCollegesPakistan
AmsCollegesPakistan

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

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

pinkstar
pinkstar

Do you mean to start being muslims?

haramiskoran
haramiskoran

@Anonymous123  DON'T CLICK ITS ABOUT ISLAM. ISLAM IS ONE RELIGION THAT IS FURTHEST FROM THE TRUTH. IT IS A CANCER AND THREAT TO HUMANITY AS WE KNOW IT. KORAN IS THE WORD OF SATAN. KORAN TEACHES MUSLIMS TO BE SELFISH AND REJECT AND ENSLAVE OTHERS WHO FOLLOW DIFFERENT FAITH.  

rjfelices8000
rjfelices8000

how the hell would muslim population decrease i u threat somebody n ur cult with death if he/she will leave, and also bcause more people are getting blind and stupid thats y they become muslim....nuke the world if that happens...

hellothere
hellothere

@haramiskoran lol haram is koran hahahaha funny name, dude the article says that 26.4% of the world will be muslim in 2030, how can 2.2 billion be ''wrong''. Maybe they seeing and reading something your not..... islam literally means peace and its a faith, its something to believe in and incorporate into your life like any other religion. The statement that you said can be the furtherest from the truth and there will be 2 billion people that can back up it up, think about that. 

have a nice day (look for knowledge and research please, it may take hours, days, weeks, months or years goodluck) peace be upon you (As-salamu alaykum) 

thyettryfgjfjdjfgjffgj
thyettryfgjfjdjfgjffgj

@rjfelices8000 Most people are becoming blind or stupid when they turn to Islam? learn how to SPELL first. Also muslims are allowed to leave completely freely. Yes, you might not be respected as much but thats the same for every religion when they leave. stfu ok

pinkstar
pinkstar

i totally agree with you