Islam In America

Muslim Population and Growth.

Is Islam the fastest growing religion in the world? Is it the fastest growing religion in America? The demographics tell us that the answer is yes to both questions.

Establishing population demographics for Muslims is not easy. Even without completely accurate statistics, we find numerous independent studies in fairly close agreement. Most major studies estimate a worldwide Muslim population for the year 2000 at roughly 1.25 billion people; that is, about one-fifth or 20 percent of the world’s population.13 In comparison, Christianity is the largest religion in the world with about 33 percent of the world’s population.14

According to most reports, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world.15 For example, in Europe, according to United Nations statistics, between 1989 and 1998 the Islamic population grew by more than 100 percent (to about 14 million or 2 percent of the population).16 At the current rate of growth it is estimated that Islam’s population by the year 2025 will be 1.9 billion (about 24 percent of the total European population).17

One of the most common misconceptions or stereotypes Westerners have about Muslims is that most of them are Arabic. “The major sections of Muslim populations are concentrated in Asia and Africa. Muslims are, by and large, people of color.”18 Missiologist Roland Miller relates that more than 68 percent of all Muslims live in Asia and more than 27 percent live in Africa. Indonesia has roughly 15 percent of the world’s Muslim population. In South Asia almost one-third of the world’s Muslim population live in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India.19

Just how is the Muslim population growing? The growth rate of Islam in Western nations (including the US and Canada) primarily comes through: a high Muslim birth rate and immigration (e.g., Muslims moving to the United States), not from converts (non-Muslims becoming Muslims). As we shall soon note in regard to converts, however, two groups are vulnerable to Muslim evangelism.

In 1995 there were some 4 million Muslims in France, 1.9 million in Germany, and 1.5 million in the UK, accounting for 7 percent, 2.4 percent, and 2.7 percent of the overall populations respectively. In 1998 7 percent of babies born within the European Union were Muslim, in Brussels it was as much as 57 percent....This growth comes primarily through immigration and a high birth rate.20

It is difficult to estimate accurately the total number of Muslims in the United States and the rest of North America. Research scientist Carol Stone states that “it is still unclear how many Muslims currently reside in America...because of a lack of reliable information about Muslims in this country.”21

There are several main reasons why this is so. First, for the past 50 years the United States government (unlike some countries) has not included questions about religious affiliation in its census.22 Dr. James Dretke, executive director of the Zwemer Institute, states that a second factor “is the fact that Muslims do not join mosques as Christians join churches, so it is impossible to count them from membership rolls.”23 Roland Miller gives a third reason: “Religious statistics are notoriously difficult to compile because of affiliation questions and reporting problems. Muslim statisticians routinely give higher figures.”24

Nevertheless, both Christian and Muslim sources assert that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States.25 The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 2000 gives the figure of 3,950,000 Muslims in America today.26 Islamic Horizons states that there are eight to ten million Muslims in North America.27 The most common figure cited (the statistic the United States government regularly uses) is about six million.28 The largest concentrations of Muslims are in California, New York, and Illinois — with an estimated 400,000 in the Chicago area.29

While specific figures may be debated, what cannot be debated is the phenomenal growth of Islam. According to United Nations statistics, the Muslim population in the United States grew by 25 percent between 1989 and 1998.30 In 1990 there were only about 50 Islamic schools in America. Today the number is over 200.31 Since about 1990 the number of “registered Islamic centers and mosques” has tripled to “more than 2,500.”32


-2 #73 Jan Sobieski 2017-01-12 01:09
Islam spread though forced conversion and polygamy. Adherents11 don't leave because they are afraid they will be murdered; and they will be.
+1 #72 adara 2016-11-11 06:41
mashallah.......this what we all know abt it from quran itself
0 #71 Dave Lakr 2016-11-09 22:30
A friend tried to persue me to follow islam and I am clueless till now.... why? Only because he claims that the bible I folllow is corrupt. There is more to a religion. AND SEE YOURSELVES if the Bible is corrupt FIRST
+1 #70 Dave Lakr 2016-11-09 22:18
So muslim being terrorists and killing and justifying it as "jihad" is a false statement? I don't think so.
+2 #69 Dave Lakra 2016-11-09 21:54
We don't kill people in the name of god
+3 #68 Dave Lakra 2016-11-09 21:53
Quran uses bible and torah to destroy them. It was cleverly made to break the people who in particular are true believers of the the other two books. I was myself was lured to believe that bible is corrupt and all bs your quran says about it. Just one word though why would you do that? Why would you try to convert people into islam by breaking their faith? I nearly cried when a close muslim friend claimed that bible is CORRUPT when I replied to him that I BELIEVE THAT BIBLE IS THE GODS WORD. See quaran plays dirty even you must know that at heart.
-1 #67 Dave Lakra 2016-11-09 21:38
Muslims are non liberals. They are taught to convert other people into islam by any necessary means. We give them sympathy but they kill others. They burn down churches while give them place to stay and put them under protection. If islam grows every religion and faiths around the world dies.
0 #66 Jalapeño Smith 2016-11-04 13:57
I have read Quran - Quran says "say not that Allah has a Son" - the Holy Bible says by Prophet Isaiah "Unto is a child is born, Unto is a Son is given and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father and the Prince of Peace"! John The Apostle and Prophet said "For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have Everlasting Life". Repent and Believe the Gospel as Jesus said!!!
-1 #65 Varney Coclins 2016-09-29 16:24
Islam does not allow for revision as the Quran is supposedly written by Allah in Arabic in Paradise and the original copy sits on his alter, never to be altered or changed. So with this as the basis for the Islamic faith, there is no way out and that the words are coming from the supreme being. What is hypocritical is that it dismisses all other writings about the Abrahamic Jewish god basis as if Allah made a mistake or that everyone else was flat out lying in the earlier interpretations from the Jews and followers of Christianity. Islam wins by control and censorship using the excuse of the Quran being completely written by a supreme bieng and not by humans.
+11 #64 William Steven White 2016-06-27 02:42
Could never do that in places like Saudi Arabia where it is against the law to build a Christian Church, Jewish Synagog or any other religious site that is not Muslim. Even carrying a Bible in public is punishable by beating and imprisonment. Peace and love seems to mean the total absence of any opposing views.

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