EVEN AFTER ANGLO LIES AND MEDIA BLITZ TO DEMONIZE ISLAM AND MUSLIMS AROUND THE WORLD…EVEN AFTER THE SUICIDE BOMBERS TAUGHT BY PEOPLE WHO WERE TAUGHT BY WESTERN INFILTRATORS IN ISLAM…EVEN AFTER CORRUPT AND RACISTS ARAB LEADERS…..GOD IS PERFECTING HIS LIGHT.IT IS NOW SAID THAT 1 IN 4 PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE MUSLIMS…THIS IS SOMETHING.AS I REMEMBER WHEN FIGURES WERE REPORTED TO BE BETWEEN 450MILLION TO 900MILLION. TODAY THE NUMBERS AREE CLOSE TO 1.5BILLION
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 10:38 PM on 08th October 2009
There are 1.57billion Muslims around the world, meaning that nearly one in four people practises Islam, according to a report published yesterday.
The size of the Muslim population has long been the subject of guesswork, with estimates ranging anywhere from one billion to 1.8billion.
But the report, by the Pew Research Centre’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, is billed as the most comprehensive of its kind.
The project, which has taken three years, presents a portrait of the Muslim world that might surprise some. For example, Germany has more Muslims than Lebanon, China has more than Syria, and Russia has more than Jordan and Libya combined.
One commentator, Amaney Jamal, an assistant professor of politics at Princeton University in the U.S., said: ‘This idea that Muslims are Arabs and Arabs are Muslims is obliterated by this report.’
Britain has 1,647,000 Muslims – 2.7 per cent of the UK population, and 0.1 per cent of the global Muslim population, the report said.
This ‘weighted’ map shows each country’s relative size based on its Muslim population
Islam is the world’s second largest religion behind Christianity, which has an estimated 2.1billion to 2.2billion followers.
The Pew centre, an American think-tank, calls the report the most thorough on the size and distribution of Muslims.
The task of determining the Muslim populations in 232 countries and territories involved analysing census reports, demographic studies and general population surveys.
The report provides further evidence that while the heart of Islam might beat in the Middle East, its greatest numbers lie in Asia – more than 60 per cent of the world’s Muslims live in Asia. Indonesia has the world’s largest Muslim population – 203million, or 13 per cent of the world’s total.
A map compiled by the Pew Forum shows relative sizes of Muslim populations around the world
Global religion: The report showed that nearly one in four people in the world are Muslim
About 20 per cent of Muslims live in the Middle East and North Africa, 15 per cent in Sub-Saharan Africa, 2.4 per cent in Europe and 0.3 per cent in the Americas. Europe is home to about 38million.
The report made no reference to whether the Muslim population is on the increase. A Pew centre project next year will estimate growth rates among Muslim populations and project future trends.
The report also revealed that: