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Submitted by Lactanius Jr. (United Kingdom), May 6, 2008 at 18:07

To Abdul Muiiz,

Based on a "Readers Digest" publication ~25 years old, Dr Naik asserts that Islam increased by 235%, whilst Christianity only increased by 47% between 1934 and 1984, following up this assertion with an unsourced claim that "Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe."

My response to these claims follows.

Quoting from "Encyclopaedia of Islam Myths" at

http://www.bible.ca/islam/islam-myths-fastest-growing.htm

"Islam's claim to be the fastest-growing religion in the world is pure myth. We have collected the latest statistics from David A. Barrett's huge two volume, "World Christian Encyclopedia", the 2001 AD edition. the world standard for religious statistics.

A simple review of the readers Digest study quoted by Dr Naik, shows that the growth rate of Islam vs. Christianity is directly linked to the birth rate in Third World countries where Islam dominates, and not actual conversions to each religion. Christianity has always been larger than Islam. These statistics from Readers Digest are ~25 years old. Further, I do not consider Readers Digest to be an authority on such matters. Besides, what has growth-rate got to do with truth or quality? The incidence of HIV/AIDS, Kentucky Fried Chicken and MacDonalds' has been rapid over the last twenty five years, but this rapid increase has nothing to do with truth, goodness, or quality of the food served has it?

The article referred to concludes by saying,

  1. There are more new Christians added to the world population than any other religion on earth every day. This data makes the entire discussion about "rates of growth" irrelevant. The fact is today, that Christianity is the fastest growing religion on this most critical basis. This may change, but today, in 2004 AD, Christians take the prize for being the fastest growing religion.
  2. On none of the 6 continents are Muslims the fastest growing religion.
  3. That Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world is pure myth at best and at worst a deliberate deception of solid statistical facts."

What increase in the number of Muslims in Western society there is, is very largely due to biological increase, and I now refer to data, published by BBC NewsOnline's "Birth rate crisis hits Central Europe"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6929516.stm

and which bears on Islamic growth-rates, reporting as it does, decline in birth-rates across many parts of the developed world, with birth-rates in the European Union falling fast, no EU country having the 2.1 birthrate needed to keep a population stable, and with fertility rates ranging from Greece's 1.29 to Ireland's 1.99 "The EU's baby blues" http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4768644.stm no wonder Mullah Krekar ( Faraj Ahmad Najmuddin), the Iraqi Kurdish leader of Ansar al-Islam ("the supporters of Islam") in Norway, can threaten "We are the ones who will change you. How? Look at the development of the populations in Europe where Moslems are breeding like Mosquitoes.

Every western woman produces on average 1.4 children. Every Moslem woman in the same countries produce 3.5 children. In the year 2050, 30 percent of the population of Europe will be Moslems. ..." http://www.aftenposten.no/english/local/article1247400.ece

"In fact, jihad by the womb is a very potent weapon of the Muslims to outrun the native non-Muslim population of their host countries."

"History of the Jihad against Australia (2001-Ongoing)"

http://www.historyofjihad.org/australia.html

If Islam really is the world's "fastest growing religion" Abdul, is it because according to Mullah Krekar, Muslims "breed like Mosquitos?"

With kind regards and best wishes

Lactantius Jr.

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