RESEARCH: Number of Muslims in the US; how many are radical; impact on welfare


Written by DML
Violent protests broke out in Beirut Sunday as police tried to keep angry Muslims and Arabs from approaching the US Embassy in Lebanon. TO SEE PHOTOS CLICK HERE

This marks the 5th day of violence after President Trump’s historic announcement that the US will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Outside the White House on Friday, Muslims protested the decision by Trump, who says he kept his campaign promise.

Across the street from the White House hundreds of Muslims placed down prayers rugs and gave praise to Allah.

DECEMBER 08: Muslims pray in Lafayette Park across from the White House. The American Muslims for Palestine group gathered to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

DML News received an incredible response from our readers who were “taken back” by the visuals of Muslims dropping hundreds of prayer rugs in front of the White House.  One reader sent this message: “Had you blacked out the White House I would never have guessed the photos are taken in Washington DC.  I and taken back and fear what is happening to America.”  She then asked, “How many Muslims are in the US and will the number grow?”

To answer this question, we use a research report published by Pew Research in August, 2017.


There were 1.8 billion Muslims in the world as of 2015 – roughly 24% of the global population – according to a Pew Research Center estimate. But while Islam is currently the world’s second-largest religion (after Christianity), it is the fastest-growing major religion. Indeed, if current demographic trends continue, the number of Muslims is expected to exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century.

Although many countries in the Middle East-North Africa region, where the religion originated in the seventh century, are heavily Muslim, the region is home to only about 20% of the world’s Muslims. A majority of the Muslims globally (62%) live in the Asia-Pacific region, including large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey.

Indonesia is currently the country with the world’s largest Muslim population, but Pew Research Center projects that India will have that distinction by the year 2050 (while remaining a majority-Hindu country), with more than 300 million Muslims.

The Muslim population in Europe also is growing; we project 10% of all Europeans will be Muslims by 2050.

DECEMBER 08: Muslims pray in Lafayette Park across from the White House  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The Pew Research report goes on to state there are about 3.45 million Muslims of all ages in the U.S., or about 1.1% of the U.S. population. This is based on an analysis of census statistics and data from a 2017 survey of U.S. Muslims, which was conducted in English as well as Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. Based on the same analysis, Pew Research Center also estimates that there are 2.15 million Muslim adults in the country, and that a majority of them (58%) are immigrants.

They go on to claim that Muslims will make up 2.1% of the U.S. population by the year 2050, surpassing people who identify as Jewish on the basis of religion as the second-largest faith group in the country (not including people who say they have no religion).

Keep in mind the US has taken in more legal immigrants from the Middle East than any other region of the world since the terror attacks on 9/11, which were carried out by 19 Muslim men here on visas.

Pew Research explains why this is happening:
“There are two major factors behind the rapid projected growth of Islam, and both involve simple demographics. For one, Muslims have more children than members of other religious groups. Around the world, each Muslim woman has an average of 2.9 children, compared with 2.2 for all other groups combined.

Muslims are also the youngest (median age of 24 years old in 2015) of all major religious groups, seven years younger than the median age of non-Muslims. As a result, a larger share of Muslims already are, or will soon be, at the point in their lives when they begin having children. This, combined with high fertility rates, will fuel Muslim population growth.

While it does not change the global population, migration is helping to increase the Muslim population in some regions, including North America and Europe.”

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 08: Muslims join a protest in Lafayette Park across from the White House. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

According to the Center for Immigration Studies, the single largest group of Muslim immigrants is from South Asia (meaning Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan). They are followed by perhaps 300,000 Iranians and 600,000 from the Arab countries. Shi’is, who make up about 10 percent of the worldwide Muslim population, probably make up about the same percentage of the U.S. Muslim population.

Perhaps influenced by the events of 9/11 and the terror attacks that have taken shape since that time, Americans appear to be concerned about the growing population.  Pew Research cites a 2016 survey in which half of Americans (49%) think at least “some” U.S. Muslims are anti-American, greater than the share who say “just a few” or “none” are anti-American.

The number of Muslims now on welfare is America is also concerning.   According to various reports,immigrants from the Middle East are among the top receivers of welfare benefits in the US.

According to the According to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), in FY 2013, 91.4 percent of Middle Eastern refugees (accepted to the U.S. between 2008-2013) received food stamps, 73.1 percent were on Medicaid or Refugee Medical Assistance and 68.3 percent were on cash welfare.

Middle Eastern refugees used a number of other assistance programs at slightly lower rates. For example, 36.7 percent received Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), 32.1 percent received Supplemental Security Income (SSI), 19.7 percent lived in public housing, 17.3 percent were on General Assistance (GA), and 10.9 percent received Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA).

The writer of a book I am reading, called “No Go Zones”, puts the danger of Muslims in the US who are using the welfare system into perspective.

Writer Raheem Kassam, who has converted from Islam, says America is supporting a dangerous group of youngsters.   Kassam says the federal government continues to give welfare benefits to many American Muslims dedicated to isolating themselves from American culture and/or carrying out jihad so that they can have more time to coordinate Islamic terrorist attacks – instead of earning a living.

He says this helps facilitate a huge swathe of people not doing anything. “All day, every day there are men hanging on street corners, in the cafes, outside smoking, drinking tea, chatting, going back and forth between the mosque and the café.”  He continues to say that radicals are being forced by the socialist programs in Europe into the circumstances that cause them to ‘live lives devoid of work, and joy and freedom – and he sees the same influences developing in America.

If he is correct, then the US will have a major issue on its hand.  Pew Research polled Muslims living in the US, asking them how they feel towards suicide bombings often used by Islamic extremists.  According to Pew, a 2011 survey found that 86% of Muslims in the US say such tactics are rarely or never justified. An additional 7% say suicide bombings are sometimes justified and 1% say they are often justified.

As I’ve pointed out in the past, if 86% say it is “rarely” or never justified, then there is a fair argument that 14% of Muslims in the US are truly radical.

To put this into perspective, 14% of the all Muslims in the US is the equal to the population of Miami, Florida.  Keep in mind, the survey by Pew was taken 6 years ago.  Odds are the number is far greater today, especially when measuring the amount of refugees taken in from the Middle East by the Obama administration since 2011.  There have been hundreds of thousands, and reportedly more than 90% of them are Muslim.

WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 08: Muslims join a protest in Lafayette Park across from the White House December 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. The American Muslims for Palestine group gathered to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Two years ago I traveled to Dearborn, Michigan where the Muslim population has skyrocketed in recent years.  Below is the eye-opening video I captured — it has been watched nearly 3M times on YouTube alone:

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