How do we know that Islam is the fasting growing religion in the world?
I saw one mosque in my city. I see less than one person/group per month with traditional Muslim attire on. I do know some people from the Middle East but they don't speak of religion. Some will speak of their country or conflict with the United States. I have never met anyone who became a Muslim other than guys who became Black Muslims in prison and girlfriends of these guys. That's not a slam but a fact from my experience. How do we know Islam is growing?
Islam isn't the fastest growing religion in the world.
Islam is the second fastest growing religion.
Christianity is by far the fastest growing religion in the world.
"Tagging Christianity by an annual growth of approximately 2.6 million less Muslims than Christians. Approx. 1 million less due to slower population growth and approx. 1.5 million less due to fewer conversions to Islam than to Christianity."
As I have said before Christianity is not actually a religion. "The way to be right with God in every religion is by earning your way. It is based on works, not grace. Christianity is different from every religion in this aspect: all other religions (including Mormonism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) state that you must earn the right to be reconciled with God. It is by what you do in this life (good deeds or bad deeds) that determines your eternal destiny. Christianity is completely different from this. It is not religion.
'The difference between Christianity and every other faith in the world is that all other religions are about man trying to reach up to God. Christianity is about God reaching down to man.'
This is a very important distinction, and it is core to what I believe, so I would to clarify what that means you can go here: http://philippians1v21.wordpress.com/wh … -religion/
Religion is the creation of man and is not the intention or design of God.
That said, Islam is not a religion of peace as is becoming more and more apparent every day. No one is ever compelled to believe in Christianity. In Islam, and this is practiced throughout the world by Muslims under current laws in Islamic countries, the actual punishment for the apostate ranges from execution to prison term to no punishment. Islamic nations with sharia courts use civil code to void the Muslim apostate’s marriage and deny child custody rights, as well as his or her inheritance rights for apostasy.Twenty-three Muslim-majority countries, as of 2013, additionally covered apostasy in Islam through their CRIMINAL laws.
It is a crime to convert from Islam to any other religion punishable in many Muslim countries by death.
How can any religion that compels their believers, forces them under the penalty of death or at the least, conviction of a punishable crime, claim to be "growing". That sounds more like communism than a religion.
Fastest growing does not mean it is the largest group in the world ... it just means it is growing at a higher rate than others. "Traditional muslim attire" is not a requirement of being a muslim. If your middle east friends talk about religion they could be seen as the haters of the west and probably fear being deported for a crime they did not commit. it is wiser to stay quiet for survival of your family.
here is an unbiased answer to your question.
"In 1990, 1.1 billion people were Muslims. According to the BBC, a comprehensive American study concluded in 2009 the number stood at approximately 23% of the world population with 60% of Muslims living in Asia. From 1990 to 2010, the global Muslim population increased at an average annual rate of 2.2%. By 2030 Muslims are projected to represent about 26.4% of the global population (out of a total of 7.9 billion people). Several sources believe that this increase is due to conversion and reproduction. However, according to others, including the Guinness Book of World Records, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion by number of conversions each year: "Although the religion began in Arabia, by 2002 80% of all believers in Islam lived outside the Arab world. In the period 1990–2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity." On the other hand, in 2010 the Pew Forum stated: "Statistical data on conversion to and from Islam are scarce. What little information is available suggests that there is no substantial net gain or loss in the number of Muslims through conversion globally; the number of people who become Muslims through conversion seems roughly equal to the number of Muslims who leave the faith. As a result, this report does not include any estimated future rate of conversions as a direct factor in the projections of Muslim population growth." The growth of Islam from 2010 to 2020 has been estimated at 1.70% due to high birthrates in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. According to the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the World Christian Database as of 2007 has Islam as the fastest-growing religion in the world."
~source : wiki.
It seems that counting births is a way to pad the number. Births are not counted in Christianity because that is not how one becomes a Christian. It seems like comparing apples and oranges.
Several sources believe that the growth of Islam is due mainly to conversion and reproduction. In the period 1990–2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity.
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