According to Pew research Centre, Islam will overtake Christianity to become the world’s most popular religion by 2070.
The research cites migration as one of the main factors contributing to the growth of Muslims around the world.
The report partly reads:
”While it does not change the global population, migration is helping to increase the Muslim population in some regions, including North America and Europe.”
The religion’s share of the world population will equal that of Christianity at roughly 32 percent in 53 years time. The report also claims that by the year 2100, about one percent more of the world’s population will be Muslim.
Pew’s analysis revealed that Islam is one of the fastest growing religions in the world.
In 2010, there were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world compared to the 2.2 billion Christians. That means that 23 percent of the world population are Muslims against the 31 percent of Christians.
In four decades, the religion is expected to make up about 30 percent with the research’s projection.
Another factor that contributes to the increase in the Muslim population is the birth rate.
The research claims Muslims are having more children than members of other religious groups with each woman having an average of 3.1 offsprings compared to 2.3 for all other groups combined.
Last year there were 3.3 million Muslims of all ages in the US – about 1 percent of the population. By 2050, the share is predicted to climb to 2.1 per cent.
62 percent of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region with large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey, Pew researchers found.
There are many countries in the world where Islam is the predominant religion including the 7 countries that has recently been banned from entering the United States – Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia.
Indonesia currently has the world’s largest Muslim population of about 209.1 million but according to projections by Pew, India, which currently has 167.4 million Muslims, would in 2050 take over as the country with the world’s largest Muslim population.
Other countries with high populations of Muslims include Pakistan 176.2 million, Bangladesh 134.4 million, Nigeria 77.3 million, Egypt 77 million, Iran 73.6 million, Turkey 71.3 million, Algeria 34.7 million and Morocco 31.9 million.