Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion, except in Australia
A report by the Pew Research Centre says Islam is the world’s fastest growing religion, with the Asia-Pacific region home to the majority of Muslims.
Research shows Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, with the majority of Muslims concentrated in the Asia-Pacific region.
The findings, released by the Pew Research Centre, reveal that while Islam is the second-largest religion behind Christianity, it has a rapid growth rate, and is forecast to take the top spot by the end of the century.
This will lead to a global shake-up, with India to overtake Indonesia as having the world’s largest Muslim population – although its Hindu population will maintain its majority status.
Keysar Trad from the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils said he isn’t surprised by the findings, believing Islam offers stability and certainty when it’s needed most.
“We as Muslims have deep faith in our religion,” he said.
“It’s a religion that gives comprehensive guidance so we’re not left wondering what to do or how to engage or how to deal with issues.
“That in itself has a great appeal to people who reflect and contemplate and who wish to be spiritual, who wish to explore what religions have to offer.”
The report shows Europe’s make-up will also change, with the report projecting a tenth of Europeans identifying as Muslim by 2050.
According to findings, the reasons for the continued growth in Islam lies with its demographics, with Muslim families tending to have more children – an average of 3.1, compared with 2.3 for all other religious groups combined.
Another factor is age. Muslims tend to be several years younger than non-Muslims, with a median age of 23 in 2010, and means a larger share of the group will be starting families or thinking about it.