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Islam is the fastest growing religion here are the statistics and the statstics can never be wrong because certain measures are taken for the statistics

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Submitted by Sameer Dev (India), Oct 4, 2005 at 07:00

Some estimates of numbers and growth rate of Christians:
Source Year Number or Percentage of world's population Growth Rate/year
Readers Digest 1 1985 1.0 billion -
Al-Islam 2 1994 to 1995 - 1.46%
U.S. Center for World Mission 3 From 1970 to 1996 From 33.7% to 33.9% 2.3%
John Gary 4 2025 3 billion -
UK Christian Handbook 9 From 2000 to 2010 From 27.7% to 27.1% -
Barrett & Johnson 5 From 2000 to 2025 From 2.015 to 2.711 billion -
Todd Johnson 6 From 2000 to 2025 From 2.090 to 3.023 billion; 33.4% to 35.5% -
Todd Johnson 6 2200! 4.40 billion -
World Christian Encyclopedia 2000 2.0 billion; 37.9% -
Samuel Huntington 2025 25% -

Notes:

Al-Islam quotes an unspecified UN source.
Futurist John Gary quoted unnamed religious researchers.
The growth rate of Christianity, according to the U.S. Center for World Mission, is very close to the growth rate of the world's population. The percentage of Christians in the world has remained almost constant for decades.

Some estimates of numbers and growth rate of Muslims:
Source Year Number or Percentage of World's Population Growth Rate
Readers Digest 1 1985 700 million -
Al-Islam 2 1994 to 1995 - 6.4%
U.S. Center for World Mission 3 From 1970 to 1996 - 2.9%
John Gary 4 2025 2 billion -
Barrett & Johnson 5 2000 to 2025 1.22 to 1.89 billion -
Todd Johnson 6 From 2000 to 2025 From 1.16 to 1.72 billion; From 18.5% to 20.2%
Todd Johnson 6 2200! 2.62 billion; 22.6%
Samuel Huntington 2025 30%

Notes:

Al-Islam quotes an unspecified UN source.
The growth rate of Islam, according to the U.S. Center for World Mission, at 2.9% is higher than the 2.6% growth rate of the world's population. Thus, the percentage of Muslims in the world is growing on the order of 0.6% per year.
Futurist John Gary stated in 1997 that Islam is the fastest-growing of the major world religions. This is driven by the higher birth rates in the third world.
Barrett & Johnson's estimated in an article in the International Bulletin of Missionary Research that the number of Muslims would grow from 1.22 billion in the year 2000 to 1.89 billion by 2025.
Author Samuel Huntington predicts that "Muslims in the world will continue to increase dramatically, amounting to 20 percent of the world's population about the turn of the [21st] century, surpassing the number of Christians some years later..."
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