Islam is world’s fastest growing and second largest religion: Yahoo
WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Yahoo, a global media and tech company connecting people to their passions and reaching almost a billion people worldwide, reported that Islam is the fastest-growing and the second-largest religion in the world, with 1.8 billion Muslims, who account for 24 percent of the global population.
The media company also mentioned 25 countries where the Muslim population will increase the most by 2030. Driven by fertility rates and the proportion of youth among the major religions, the world’s religious profile is rapidly evolving.
According to the PEW Research Center, by 2030, the world’s Muslim population is likely to be proportionate to 26.5% of the world’s population, while by 2050, it will account for nearly 30% of the share and come close to equaling the total number of Christians in the world – which is currently an estimated 2.4 billion people.
The population of Muslims in 2030 will be 38% higher than in 2010, while the Christian population is projected to grow 19% during this period. The population of Hindus will be expanding by 23%, while the number of Jews in the world will have risen by 10% in these two decades. Moreover, if the current trends were to continue, by 2050, 10% of Europe’s population would be Muslim, and Islam would become the second-largest religion in the United States, surpassing Judaism.
The Muslim world contributes 8.51% of the global economy. While this is disproportionate to the size of the group’s overall population, the Islamic world is full of economic potential. 53% of the globe’s proven oil and gas reserves are found in the Middle East. These two natural resources alone contribute to over half of all exports from the region.