Islam: The second largest
world religion...and growing.
A statement by Reza Aslan which the author feels is worth repeating:
"Islam doesn't promote violence or peace.
Islam is just a religion.
And like every religion in the world, it depends on what you bring to it.
If you are a violent person, your Islam, your Judaism, your Christianity, your Hinduism is going to be violent."
Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, commentator and religious scholar. Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American author, commentator and religious scholar. He has written at least three books on religion:
- "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam" (2005),
- "Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in the Age of Globalization, (2010), and
- "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth." (2013)
- Islam is the second most popular religion in the world. There were about 1.6 billion Muslims in the world in 2010, according to Pew Research. Muslims constituted about 23% of all people on Earth. The religion is currently in a period of rapid
growth, and is expected to reach 2.8 billion by 2050, when the number of Muslims will probably approximately equal the number of Christians in the world. 1
- Estimates of the number of Muslim adults in the U.S. have ranged from 1 to 7 million. The former estimate is based on public opinion polls and assume that almost all adults who consider themselves Muslims are willing to respond openly to public opinion pollsters. Because of the widespread islamophobia in the country, this value is probably an underestimate. The latter estimate comes from Muslim groups in the U.S. who assume that all immigrants to the U.S. from Muslim countries were Muslims and have remained so to the present time. It is probably higher than the actual value2
A Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life report in 2015 concluded that the U.S. population of Muslim adults is 2.6 million -- 0.6% of the total population. This places Islam as the third most popular organized religion in the U.S. after Christianity (71%) and Judaism (0.9%). 3
- In any discussion of Islam, the topic of terrorism, murder, mass murder and genocide by a radical, violent wing of Islam is not far from the surface. One important item to remember is that terrorists, and their supporters, represent a small percentage of followers within the religion who follow a type of Islam that has little regard for human life. It is also important to recall that most vistims of these terrorists are fellow Muslims.
The following video is called "Muslim students have somethng to tell you." It was prepared by students at Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Ontario, Canada. It received just under 2 million views in its first seven weeks online. 5
4 Topics included in this section:
- Introduction to Islam
- 1994 to now: The rise in Islamophobia: hate speech & violence against Muslims
- The Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL, etc.) terrorist group
- Muslim leaders' statements condemning terrorism, from 9/11 to ISIS/Islamic State atrocities
- Information about Islam:
- Beliefs about Islam, as expressed by Muslims:
- Part 1: Gallup survey. "The Truth about Islam"
- Part 2: Personal stories of 40 women, 45 men, and "The Muslim Next Door"
- Introduction to Islam:
- Part 1: Its origin,
Muhammad, texts, beliefs, etc.
- Part 2: Its practices, schools, holy
- Comparing the beliefs of Islam and Christianity
- Comparing the growth rates of Islam and Christianity
- Muslim population and ethnicity:
- Muslim information sources
- Beliefs and Practices:
- Items related to religious tolerance:
- Religious topics:
- Essays donated by visitors to this web site:
- Jocelyn Sophia:
- Rabbi Allen S. Maller:
In addition to the above, we have short passages on:
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Michael Lipka & Conrad HacketT, "Why Muslims are the world's fastest-growing religious group," Pew Research Center, 2015-APR-23, at: http://www.pewresearch.org/
- The estimate of 1.1 million Muslim in the U.S. was derived from the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) of 2001. It was based on a
telephone survey. See: http://www.gc.cuny.edu/ The seven million
estimate was obtained from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) web site. It was based on the number of immigrants from Islamic countries. See: http://www.cair-net.org/
- "Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow," Pew Research Center, 2015-MAY-12, at: http://www.pewforum.org/
- "Symbols of Islam -- Allah," Wikipedia, as on 2015-OCT-24, at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
- "Muslim students have something to tell you," AhlulBayt Islamic Mission (AIM) on Monday, 2016-FEB-15, at: https://www.facebook.com/
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Author: B. A. Robinson