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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


+1 # Adela 2014-03-22 07:58
Exceptionally well written!
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-28 # Ma Sha Allah islam is preading world wide now may Allah give us good ending as muslims.ummil-khairat Jaabir 2014-05-06 15:31
We should keep on emphasizing our fellow non muslims to come to islam, as we where told to spread our religion.
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+13 # Ishallahmu dear 2015-09-21 12:10
Historically all that this religion spread was war, fear, cruelty, greed, oppression
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+4 # Mr.John 2015-09-30 15:15
Christians are told the same thing. I have an idea. Let each person decide for himself. Or is that far beyond the reaches of the human mind. A person who is forced to convert is not a real convert. He may go through the motions, but he will never have the religion in his heart, mind, or soul. Better to gently lead him with love. And that is what I believe you are saying when you use the word "emphasizing". Am I right?
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0 # ladyEva 2015-11-19 03:20
Dear Jaabir, every single religion ( except Buddhism) is saying the same thing " come to US, we know the way".
Every single human being has a faith of his/her own because this is the human nature, we need to believe that SOMEBODY is in charge and can protect us. Your religion is not superior if you think so, is just like any other
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0 # Mr. JBrian Joslin 2015-11-20 14:46
And I suppose you would also support Christians emphasizing to fellow non-Christians to come to Christianity. Especially in the Middle East?
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+4 # Otis Philips 2014-05-30 03:02
i'm feeling :D about learning this! :lol: :lol:
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+2 # True JusticeAbu Hana 2015-10-06 18:54
Justice Here and After.
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+6 # duaid 2014-06-16 11:14
:roll: masha allah ...., its true that islam will stop
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+4 # Akintola 2014-06-24 22:31
That's interesting
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+17 # concerneddanny 2014-09-10 23:41
If you haven't notice Islam is a murderous group of people... In Israel someone I knew had to leave because a Muslim wonted to Kill the christian if that not enough take a look a Isis they are Muslim. so Muslims hate Christians and Jews wow,, this is a religion of pure hate the God I know is not part of it
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-3 # Good pointJay 2015-09-30 20:54
You make a great point except for the fact that your entire argument is based on your personal opinion. Here is a fact Christians hold the current record for killings in the name of religion. So, yes, there are violent and hatefull Muslims which in reality is only a percentage of a percentage of the population of the followers of Islam. This is also true for Christians. Think of ISIS as the Islamic KKK, which let's not forget were christian Americans. I award you no points, please take your seat.
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+11 # True ChristianityKaraz 2015-10-01 22:12
Jay, the KKK was not a Christian organization. You HAVE to look at the Bible and go from there. Jesus said to let the man who strikes you on one cheek strike you on the other. He said to love your enemies. This is true Christianity. True Christians will not pillage, murder, and plunder. Christians do not hold the record for killings, my friend, and they never will. Christians have been hunted, murdered, abused, tortured, and misused but still they loved their enemies. That is true Christianity.
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+2 # True ChristianityJohn 2015-10-02 14:11
Karaz, it's true that Jesus preached love, but if you read about the Crusades, you'll see that Jesus message was lost in all the killings. And "True Christians", sanctioned by the pope, were responsible for countless atrocities against non-Christians. And that is where the radicals of Islam are now. It took thousands of years for Jesus' message to once again take over the church. And although love is not the main focus of the radicals, let's hope it doesn't take thousands of years for Islamists to come to the realization that one religion, one government is not a rational goal. The mistake U.S. leaders make is thinking they can democratize the whole world. It just will not work everywhere. Just as sharia will not work everywhere, but especially not where the light of freedom still shines.
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+4 # True ChristianityKaraz 2015-10-03 03:00
John, please do not confuse Christians with Catholics. The Catholic church has done some horrific things - including the persecution of Christians! Christians who adhered to the Bible and the Truth found within its pages were treated horribly by the Catholic church - they were tortured and burn at the stake! The Catholic Crusades and true Christianity are two VERY different things. The message of love and the Gospel of Jesus Christ has always been the Christian message. It has not been the Catholic message.
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0 # True ChristianityJohn 2015-10-04 02:50
Well, of course, you're right. However, I did say "sanctioned by the pope". I stand corrected. Or at least I apologize for including all Christians. My point was that religions should join the 21st century and quit living in the past. Or at least be charitable to those who don't agree or think like they do. The world would be a lot better if EVERYONE would quit being mean to each other. I'm sure we can all agree.
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+8 # TimTimothy 2015-10-10 14:21
Let's just talk about today, the last ten years, even fifty. The main group of terrorists, bombers, killers, torturers, subjugators are Islamic. The facts are there. What I don't see is all the supposedly good, peace loving Muslims condemning these atrocities: they always point to past atrocities going back 1000 years. That is where they lose my trust!
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+1 # Good point part 2W. Williams 2015-10-19 01:27
I believe that if one would start at the beginning of the Muslim faith to the present date your statement that "Christians hold the current record for killings in the name of religion." Please go back and include all of the Muslim countries as of to date and you will find that your statement is a little off.
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-19 # MrBakare Tosin 2015-01-03 03:09
I am so glad that I am a Muslim, am inside Islam Islam inside me indeed. To my own understanding there is no other religion which acceptable by Allah except Islam. We all came as Islam it good to go as Islam.
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-7 # growing muslimsalman 2015-02-27 09:14
Alhamdulillah ameen Islam is the right den
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+7 # MrAbu Yusuf 2015-06-28 18:46
But is it not a shame that Muslims seem to be freer to practice Islam in western countries than in their own countries where their leaders oppress them and they are divided against each other over secterian issues.
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-19 # i love islamAbass Mark Biaty 2015-07-05 23:05
Islam is so unique,every thing about islam is good, we belive that all prophet's send by God are slave and not God or Son as christian clam.
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0 # msEva 2015-11-19 03:29
what is so good about it? Stoning women? Keeping them as your slaves? Killing whoever you don't like?
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-14 # studentnurideen 2015-07-06 17:51
Mashaa Allah
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+6 # linguistantoun 2015-08-18 16:10
As a faith it is admirably followed by it's believers, however, to a Christian it is cold with no warmth in its places of worship. No hymns or choirs make for an austere, female excluded religious experience. Not the place to pray to your personal God. No offence, but it is not for me.
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+1 # hibgoeoge 2015-08-28 13:06
All islam is not isis! And isis is not islam! If musilims are 2 billion people isis is 20 thousand..itz time to clear middle east from weapins of mass distruction! Letz start with isreal as a model to follow for how we should live ...
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+1 # Muslim Concept of GodAbu Hana 2015-09-30 16:44
Al-Quran-chapte r 112
1. Say: He is Allah, the One!
2. Allah, the eternally Besought of all!
3. He begetteth not nor was begotten.
4. And there is none comparable unto Him.
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0 # Concept of GodJohn 2015-09-30 22:36
You are describing the Christian Concept of God. We are more alike than different, I think.
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+1 # People of the Book who claim TrinityAbu Hana 2015-10-02 08:15
Al-Qur'an, chapter 4 (An-Nisa), verse 171-
People of the Book, do not go to excess in your religion, and do not say anything about God except the truth: the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, was nothing more than a messenger of God,
His word, directed to Mary, a spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers and do not speak of a 'Trinity'—stop, that is better for you—
God is only one God, He is far above having a son, everything in the heavens and earth belongs to Him and He is the best one to trust.
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+1 # Trinity MeaningKaraz 2015-10-03 03:13
Abu Hana,
I think you misunderstand what we mean when we say 'trinity.' We do NOT worship three gods! NO!! This would be blasphemy! We believe in One God who manifests Himself in three different ways. Think of it like this: Pick up a book. Look at the cover. Is it a book? Yes. Now look at the pages. Is that the book? Yes. Now look at the whole book. Is it a book? Still yes. All three are one book but are different ways of viewing or understanding the whole book. Each part of the book is not a different book, however. I hope that helps you understand what we mean when we say 'trinity.' Our God is ONE Lord!
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+3 # MadeforthunderMade-for-thunder 2015-11-08 19:17
Jesus the 'messenger of God' said this..."
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. NO ONE can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is."

To know peace you have to know the one true God...not the God of war and blood.
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+2 # The True GodBilly 2015-11-09 13:57
In all respect, I realize Islam teaches God cannot have a son. The concept of God having sex with a woman and producing a son is not what Christians believe.
Rather, the eternal one called the Word, who is eternal and creator of all things, also took on a human nature in the virgin Mary's womb. See this in John chapter 1.
Please stop looking at God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit as if it is 1+1+1=3. Rather see that 1x1x1=1. There is one true and living God with whom humans can have a relationship, have new life, and be assured of eternal life.
Isaiah 45 - "And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides me.

For I am God, and there is no other.

21 أَعْلِنُوا، وَاعْرِضُوا دَعْوَاكُمْ. لِيَتَشَاوَرُوا مَعاً. مَنْ أَنْبَأَ بِهَذَا مُنْذُ الْقِدَمِ، وَمَنْ أَخْبَرَ بِهِ مِنْ زَمَنٍ بَعِيدٍ؟ أَلَسْتُ أَنَا الرَّبُّ وَلاَ إِلَهَ غَيْرِي؟ بَارٌّ وَمُخَلِّصٌ، وَلَيْسَ هُنَاكَ آخَرُ.
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+3 # Fear The CreatorAbu Hana 2015-10-04 23:12
John, Those are not my words. Those are Allah S.W.T words.
chapter 112, only have 4 verses to describe concept of True GOD the human should worship and FEAR.
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+4 # why Islamdana 2015-10-01 03:38
Islam appeared 600 years after Jesus Christ. What is the Koran bringing new that Jesus didn't say before?
Wasn't enough religion already?
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+2 # USUS 2015-10-03 09:57
Muslims believe that the Bible have been changed and corrupted over time and that the Quran was needed as a final revelation.
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+1 # Bible not corruptKaraz 2015-10-06 00:08
But the Bible was never changed or corrupted so there is no need for another revelation. The Bible itself says, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" Galatians 1:8. The Qur'an is exactly that. There is no need for another revelation.
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0 # BibleMark 2015-11-18 21:59
So the Quran has not been corrupted but the Bible has because it is 600 years older.
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+1 # Allah S.W.T The MercifulAbu Hana 2015-10-04 07:12
Because Muslim believe, we born with no sin.
The question is should a Baby have sin? Islam have solution to a sinner.
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+3 # Solution in ChristKaraz 2015-10-06 00:17
But you have sin now since you are not a baby. Islam does not have the solution to that problem. Only God could take away the punishment we all deserve for the sin inside of us. We are not talking about babies, we are talking about you and me right now as adults who do things that displease God. There is no solution in Islam for that.
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-1 # Good news for an adult sinnerAbu Hana 2015-10-06 02:28
Karaz, There are a lot of solutions for sinner inside Al-Quran.
Allah The Merciful mention in Al-Quran chapter 29 (Surah Al-Ankaboot) verse 7:
"And as for those who believe and do good works, We shall remit from them their evil deeds and shall repay them the best that they did."

Allah repay a muslim for their good deeds on Ramadhan MORE than other month. If a muslim are granted LailatuQadar and do good works on that night, Allah repay their good deeds like 1000 MONTHS of their good works. Can you imagine that? Allah so mercy to his creation.

Allah make it easy for muslim. Just follow Allah guidance from Al-Quran and sahih Hadith. Thats it. So Simple. The words inside Al Quran are so easy to understand.

Karaz, A Muslim In the eye of our Creator, no matter who we are, what status we have, how wealthy we are, we are nothing. Everybody are the same except TAQWA to One and Only Creator.
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+1 # Salvation is not by worksKaraz 2015-10-06 21:09
Abu Hana,
Your "solution" is to do as many good works as possible. But how many good works do you have to do in order to be sure you will be saved and enter paradise? There is no answer for this in the Qur'an. The only "hope" you have is to do as many good works as possible and then maybe you will be allowed to enter paradise - but there is no guarantee. Only in the Bible can such a promise be found - "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" John 3:16-17. This is a promise that is guaranteed and dependent only upon faith. It also comes with a stern warning - "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" John 3:18.
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+4 # What is Islam, really?W. Williams 2015-10-19 01:17
It is very interesting that Muslims always say that Islam is an honorable religion. That it is fair and well balanced. You never read or hear any Muslim to say anything that is really negative, that they love. Well, I would really like someone to honestly explain to me what the following means:

The Muslim faith states that lying can be honorable. Example: “Know this that lying is not sin by itself, but if it brings harm to you it could be ugly. However, you can lie if that will keep you from evil or if it will result in prosperity.” Muhammad.
Muhammad also said, “O you who believe: Take not my enemies and your enemies as friends, showing affection towards them. And whosoever of you does that, then indeed he has gone astray from the straight path.” “O, you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as friends; they are but friends of each other. And whoever befriends them, then surely, he is one of them.”
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+1 # Dcostavivek 2015-10-16 13:20
many have in today's world experienced Jesus Christ, I myself have.
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-2 # Commit Infinite SinsSave The World 2015-10-19 22:48
So you Christians believe that All of Your Sins are forgiven by God in Advance, as you believe in Jesus. Wow What a way to Fool people to accept Christianity. Just Commit any number of Sins, But you are Forgiven if you are a Christian. So Christians are Number One. Just Christians Commit Almost All Types of Gravest Sins, thinking that they are Already Forgiven as they are Christians.
Where as Jesus Forbidden the above mentioned.
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+4 # IncorrectKaraz 2015-10-21 21:38
No, this is not correct. We have been forgiven of sin and are able to have a personal relationship with God Almighty, but this does not give us the freedom to sin heedlessly. We would not want to do this because we love Jesus. We would not do those things. The Bible says this, "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?" Romans 6:1-2
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+2 # Commiting sinsW. Williams 2015-10-22 03:11
You are so wrong in your thinking. There are many people who claim to be "Christians" and they are not. You can do the same about Muslims and Jews and any other Religion.

I see and read about a groups of Muslims enter small villages gather up everyone and kill them. Prior to murdering the Women and girls they rape them. This happens all to often but yet the Muslims say it is OK. They also hide behind Women and children when confronted
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+2 # sinnersdcosta 2015-10-22 06:05
all the sinners shall go to hell its clearly given , unfortunately of the total humanity only 2 or 3 percent will reach heaven since no one is practising what God has commanded them to do .
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+1 # N/Amark 2015-11-14 02:08
If muslims and Islam are so peaceful why are they committers of murder and or terrorist acts worldwide?
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0 # msEva 2015-11-19 03:26
How will Islam rule under the American Constitution when Islamic concepts are not at all democratic in their nature?
Will an Islamic government in America tolerate women as being equal to men? Will they tolerate gay marriage? Will they tolerate consumption of alcohol? Will they allow consumption of pork?
Will they consider everybody equal?
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0 # ExpulsionTerry Brian 2015-11-19 21:34
Islam at the very least needs a reformation.
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+1 # Tru Goddelano 2015-11-20 16:20
Muslims were not Gods promise to Abraham.Ismile was made by Abrahan with his servant mate. thats the begining of muslims but Gods reall promise child Isac which.according to the bible if we beleive in Jesus we are called sons of Abraham and Isac..
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