A Pew Research Center survey has predicted the number of those who practice the religion of Islam may surpass those who practice Christianity by the end of the century.
According to the survey, although Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world — with 1.6 billion Muslims comprising 23% of the entire world population — Christians still outnumber them, with 2.2 billion people making up 31% of the global population.
The Pew Center has postulated that by 2050, with Muslims procreating at a much faster rate than Christians, the balance may shift for the first time in the world’s history, with the numbers of Muslims and Christians becoming close to equal.
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To date, the largest population of Muslims is still located in the Asia-Pacific regions as opposed to the Middle East, with Indonesia having the greatest number of Muslims. However, India may surpass that number by 2050; the number of Muslims in Europe will reach 10% at about the same time.
European nations have been facing intensive scrutiny over the massive number of Muslims that were allowed to migrate into many of their countries.
For example, German chancellor Angela Merkel has accepted over one million Muslims to Germany over the past two years. She has been criticized heavily by far-right and anti-Islam politicians for her decision, especially in light of terrorist attacks that have occurred in the country recently.
The study did show that while it appears that Muslims are “taking over” Europe, in reality, the population of Muslims is smaller than perceived.
For instance, in France, people perceived 31% of the population as being Muslim, In reality, Muslims make up only 7.5% of the population.
The study also showed that “Americans believed the U.S. population of Muslims stood at 17%, rather than the real number of 1%.”
However, according to the study’s demographic projections, by 2050, the Muslim population in America is predicted to more than double to 2.1%.
H/T: IB Times
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