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Islam is indeed the fastest growing religion – Silencing the Critics




Yahya Ahmed


Recently I was doing a survey on the fastest growing religion in the world. When I searched this on Google most of the results were for Islam but on the first page, a website claims that Islam is not the fastest growing religion. When I opened that page, it was John Gilchrist’s website, a Christian missionary. One of the site’s author Andrew wrote that Islam is not the fastest growing religion. He proved himself to be a totally pathetic human being with it.


Neutral non-Muslim Sources confirming Islam to be the fastest growing religion.


I will just mention a few of them.


Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. In 1990, 935 million people were Muslims and this figure had escalated to around 1.2 billion by 2000, meaning that around one in five people follow Islam. Although the religion began in Arabia, by 2002 80% of all believers in Islam lived outside the Arab world. In the period 1990-2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity” (Guinness World Records 2003, pg 102) (Emphasis added)


According to Reader’s digest Almanic year book Islam grew by 235% in 50 years between 1934-1984


According to CNN.

The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion. In the United States, for example, nearly 80 percent of the more than 1,200 mosques have been built in the past 12 years.

Some scholars see an emerging Muslim renaissance as Islam takes root in many traditionally Christian communities.

Islam has drawn converts from all walks of life, most notably African-Americans. Former NAACP President Benjamin Chavis, who joined the Nation of Islam recently, personifies the trend. (Emphasis added)



Today Islam is the fastest growing religion” (Is Organized religion a Sham by Ed Sepernik, pg 166)

Islam is the fastest growing religion all over the world” (Allah and Elohim - Are they the Same God? , Preface)

Andrew also helps me with couple of more sources:

  1. There are over a billion Muslims in the world today, including 3 to 5 million in the U.S., making it the second most populous religion on earth after Christianity. According to some estimates, Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the world. (The Joy of Sects, Peter Occhigrosso, 1996, p394-397)
  2. Islam is the religion which has developed from the preaching and life of Muhammad, a citizen of the city of Mecca in Arabia, who early in the seventh century of the Christian Era appeared as a preacher of monotheism to his own people and founded a religious movement which today counts perhaps as many as 300,000,000 followers, mostly in the heat belt from Indonesia to Morocco. (Islam: Muhammad and His Religion, Arthur Jeffery, 1958, p xi-xiv)

Now he may start crying, “No, No, They are unreliable” Whether you agree or not, is irrelevant here.


Lets see what Andrew has to say.


Andrew writes:

The claim they are 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. In case you haven’t heard of this work, it is the world standard for religious statistics.

My Response:

Wow !! He is telling us that Islam is not the fastest growing religion because a Christian Encyclopedia says so. Tomorrow if we Muslims produce an Encyclopedia saying that Christianity is not growing at all, will you believe that?? No !! We too will not agree with the mainstream Christian sources as they have every reason to be bias.

Andrew writes:

Muslim's claim that their growth rate is 235 percent and 47 percent for Christianity. This statistic came from the Readers Digest Almanac and Yearbook 1983, and represents 235 percent increase over 50 years. Muslims always leave off the 50 year fact to make it appear they are going 235% every year.

My Response:

Which Muslim says so?? He fails to mention that. Even if some Muslim says so out of ignorance that doesn’t carry weight. This is a low way of arguing.

Andrew writes:

A simple review of the readers Digest study 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 over 20 years old. Further, we do not consider readers digest to be an authority on such matters. Why will Muslims not quote real authoritative statistics from certified research groups who show Islam is not the fastest growing religion in 3/4’s of the worlds countries.

My Response:

Firstly, who made this Christian Encyclopedia’s statistics “real authoritative”??

He raised another pathetic argument. He claims that Islam is the fastest growing religion because of high birth rate in third world countries. This is the point that Islamophobists really raise to “prove” that Islam is not the fastest growing religion. Much to their misfortune, Guinness World Records debunks this lie. As I quoted above. I’ll quote the last part of it.

“In the period 1990-2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity (Guinness World Records 2003, pg 102)

What does that mean in your language Mr. Andrew? Does it mean that 12.5 million more Muslims in third world countries were born in this time period?!!

Andrew writes:

From Table 1-1, there are 1.9 Billion Christians making up 31% of the world population, whereas there are only 1.2 Billion Muslims making up only 20% of the population. It seems that Allah's little trick by making Judas appear like Jesus, so Jesus could escape crucifixion and Judas was crucified in his place, kind of backfired, since 31% of the world's population never learned Allah played a trick and really believes that Jesus not only died, but was raised from the dead! This should be most troubling for Muslims to think that "Allah's deception" (Qur'an 4:156) actually became the world's largest religion!

My Response:

You are boring me now. He is trying to tell us that Christians are in larger numbers just because Allah “deceived.” I wonder how many Christians know about this verse? Negligible percentage of them. Mainly, the biased missionaries! Even unbiased readers who read this verse don’t say that Allah deceived. Lets analyze this topic in brief.

 First of all, Allah (SWT) did NOT deceive anyone. No unbiased reader can come up with this point. Let me quote the verse. Verse which Andrew is referring to is 157 not 156. The verse reads

“ That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Apostle of God";- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) know ledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-“ (Quran 4:157)

Allah (SWT) only saved his mighty messenger from humiliation. He did not “deceive” anyone. I have written a brief article on crucifixion. To which Christians have no reply. This refutes the lie of crucifixion.


Also according to many early writings, Jesus was NOT crucified. For details check out this entire section


Now lets turn the tables. Let me quote a verse of the Bible, which Christians don’t want you to know about.

“Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it.” (Malachi 2:3)


Its totally ironic when Christians try to take out things in the Quran where as they forget the verses like the one above in their Bible.


All the other statistics that he gave are from a Christian Encyclopedia. They are not from any neutral source.

Hence, The missionary proved himself to be a totally desperate human being.

Islam is indeed the fastest growing religion. The neutral sources confirm it. The promise of Allah (SWT) is being fulfilled. The Quran says

“It is He Who hath sent His Apostle with guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).” (Quran 9:33)

Islam is indeed the fastest growing religion. It will continue to grow and will spread in the full world.




Rebuttals, and exposing the lies of the Answering Islam team section.

Contradictions and Errors in the Bible.

The Disciples' original writings declare that Jesus never got crucified.

Prophet Muhammad's (peace be upon him) section.

Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) in Islam.

Articles by Yahya Ahmed.

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