WORLD - How Many Muslims in the World?

Arno Froese

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and will overtake Christianity as the most popular before the end of this century, according to an analysis of religious surveys published by the Pew Research Center.

With 1.6 billion, Muslims made up 23 percent of the world’s population, according to a 2010 Pew estimate. That figure was still some way short of the 2.2 billion Christians which comprised 31 percent of the population.

However, by 2050 there could be near parity between the numbers of adherents of the two religions for the first time in history.
The largest percentage of Muslims are currently in the Asia-Pacific region, rather than the Middle East and North Africa. Indonesia currently has the largest number of Muslims of any country, but that title could be taken by India by 2050. By that point, it is also projected that Muslims will also make up 10 percent of Europe’s population.

A recent study showed that Europeans vastly overestimate the size of the Muslim population in their country. In France, people believed that the Muslim population was as large as 31 percent when in reality it is 7.5 percent.

The same pattern was evident in the United States. Americans believed the U.S. population of Muslims stood at 17 percent, rather than the real number of just 1 percent. That number, too, is expected to grow, however. Muslims will make up 2.1 percent of the U.S. population by 2050, according to Pew Research Center demographic projections., 28 February 2017

Arno's commentary

This is a sobering article presented by the respected Pew Research Center. Muslims will make up 2.1% of the US population in 2050. Such estimates are based on present, factual statistics of new births; however other research shows that once immigrants from Muslim countries have tasted the luxury of the European world, the birth rate goes down drastically after about one generation.

For us as Christians, it’s always good news, because a great number of Muslims are turning to Christ when they hear that love is the real power: “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” (John 3:16).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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