Currently speaking, Christianity is the world’s most popular religion, but Islam is the fastest growing one, and it’s set to overtake Christianity before the end of the 21st century.
According to a Pew Research Center religious survey published earlier on Tuesday, Muslims make up for almost a quarter of the world’s population, 23% to be more precise, while Christians are making for 31% of the population, but keep in mind that these are 2010 figures.
In 2010, there were 1.6 billion Muslims and 2.2 billion Christians in the world, but according to the aforementioned study, starting from the second half of the century, 2050 and beyond, there could be a near equality between the number of Christians and Muslims, due to the latter’s demographic explosion.
Muslim’s demographic growth is due to the fact that they tend to have more children (and more wives) and at a younger age than Christians.
The vast majority of Muslims are currently living in the Asia Pacific geographical region, with Indonesia having the largest Muslim population in the world (of any country).
However, by 2050, that title may very well be taken by India and by that point, according to demographic projections, the number of Muslims living in Europe will reach 10 percent.
The number of Muslims in Europe is growing exponentially since Angela Merkel’s open border policy that was enforced upon all EU members. Merkel basically destroyed her political career after she allowed over one million (mostly Muslim) migrants to settle in Germany in the last couple of years.
According to various studies, people in both Europe and the US have a distorted view with regard to the actual percent of Muslims living in their countries. From a recent survey, people in the US believe that the Muslim population in the country is 17%, whereas the real number is much lower, around one percent (official figures). France, Italy and Germany share the same discrepancy to the Americans when it comes to estimating the real figure regarding their own Muslim population.
Source: Pew Research