The Christian population growing more slowly and the number of European Muslims to increase. Islam will emerge as the most popular religion in the world by the end of the century, according to the latest analysis by Dubai.
The Pew Research Centre, which has its headquarter in the United States, on Monday said that the number of Islamic followers will outnumber those following Christianity after 2070. Other regions like Europe will see an increase in the number of Muslim citizens living there if current demographic trends continue.
The research shows that Islam is growing faster in size than any other religion in the world, and the growth of the Christian population is on a stand still. This is due to a massive increase of Muslims which has attributed to the youthful population and high fertility rates around the world.
Study show that Muslim women have an average of 3.1 children, compared with 2.3 for all other religious groups put together. Muslims are also the youngest with the median age of 23 years old in 2010 of all major religious groups, and seven years young than the median age of non-Muslims.
Report says, as a result, Muslims have a larger share already, or will soon be, once they start to reproduce. With their high fertility rate, the population growth will increase.
In-between 2010 and 2050, research shows that the Muslim population will increase by 73 per cent, from 1.6 billion to 2.8 billion. While the number of Christians, is shown to rise more slowly, from 2.1 billion in 2010 to 2.9 billion in 2050, with a 35% rise. But if the projection was to be extended beyond the said years, the Muslim population will equal that of Christians at about 32% each in about 2070. By this time or after 2070, the number of Muslims will surpass that of Christians, or roughly in tandem.
Looking further into 2100, more 1% of world’s population will be Muslims at 35% while Christians at 34%. At same year, other religions like atheists, agnostics and non religious people will see a decline in decades to come. Buddhist population will be at about same size as the previous research carried out in 2010, Hindu and Jewish will also grow more than they are as of today.
With the flow of Muslim migrant into Europe, by 2050, the Muslim population will make up 10% of the entire population in Europe. Also in the US, people who identify themselves by religion will be higher among Muslims.