World Muslim population doubling, report projects
January 27th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

World Muslim population doubling, report projects

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN

Twenty years ago, the world had about 1.1 billion Muslims. Twenty years from now, it will have about twice as many - and they'll represent more than a quarter of all people on earth, according to a new study released Thursday.

That's a rise from less than 20 percent in 1990.

Pakistan will overtake Indonesia as home of the largest number of Muslims, as its population pushes over 256 million, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life projects.

The number of Muslims in the United States will more than double, to 6.2 million, it anticipates.

Afghanistan's population will nearly double, to about 50.5 million, making it home to the ninth largest Muslim population in the world.

Israel will become nearly a quarter Muslim. The Palestinian territories have one of the highest growth rates in the world.

Fractious Nigeria, where Christian-Muslim violence has left thousands dead in the past decade, will become a Muslim-majority country by 2030, the Pew Forum projects.

And two western European countries - France and Belgium - will become more than 10 percent Muslim. Sweden will hover just below that level, at 9.9 percent.

Iran, on the other hand, will see very slow growth. Iranian women have among the fewest children of anyone in the Muslim world. They use birth control at exactly the same rate as American women, 73 percent.

Explore our interactive maps showing the growth of Muslim populations by country

The Muslim share of the global population will rise primarily because of their relatively high birth rate, the large number of Muslims of childbearing age, and an increase in life expectancy in Muslim-majority countries, according to the report, "The Future of the Global Muslim Population."

Conversion will play relatively little part in the increase, the report anticipates. It says little data is available on conversion, but what little there is suggests Islam loses as many adherents via conversion as it gains.

Pakistan's rapid growth - adding an estimated 70 million people in 20  years - could create "a potentially lethal cocktail,"  said Ghaffar Hussain of  the Quilliam Foundation, which calls itself and anti-extremism think tank and  does work in Pakistan.

"Pakistan is an unstable country, there are literally hundreds of  jihadist groups," he said.

And the government is not doing much to slow population growth, unlike in nearby Bangladesh, he said.

"In Bangladesh they have tax incentives not to have large families.  Pakistan doesn't have that strategy - they're not even talking about it," said  Hussain.

"More effort should be made to finding some solutions, especially in the  border region with Afghanistan," he advised.

Governments in Europe, meanwhile, should do more to explain the value of  immigration, he argued.

Muslim growth there "is coming from the first generation having large  families" and will slow down, he predicted.

But the large new Muslim populations are not always welcome, he said.

"A lot of European countries don't tell their people we need immigration  for (economic reasons)," he said, adding that government also should do more to  help new immigrants assimilate.

European government need "some sort of strategy of what to do when people  come. Integration has been managed very badly," he said.

The key phrase in the Pew Forum report is "growing but slowing," says  Alan Cooperman, associate director of the think tank.

The increase in the last 20 years is greater than what we expect in the next 20 years," he said. Muslim population growth "is a line that's flattening out. They're increasing, but they're getting closer to the norm, the average."

In other words, Muslims are coming into line with global trends toward fewer children per woman and an aging population. But, the report points out, because of the existing Muslim "youth bulge," or unusually high percentage of young people, Muslim population growth has a certain momentum that will take decades to come into line with world averages - if it ever does.

The Pew report, more than a year in the making, is part of an ambitious attempt by the think tank to calculate the number of adherents to each of the world's major religions. The Islam report comes first, and a Christian project is in the works.

They started with Muslims, Cooperman said, because they are "the largest group for which data was lacking, and we saw public interest in knowing more."

Despite the rapid growth of Islam, Christianity seems set to remain the biggest religion in the world for the next 20 years. There are currently more than 2 billion Christians - 30 to 35 percent of the global population - making it very unlikely that there will be fewer than 2.2 billion Christians in 2030.

"There is nothing in these numbers to indicate that in 2030 there would be more Muslims that Christians," Cooperman said.

In fact, both Christianity and Islam could be growing, both in absolute terms and as a percentage of the whole, he pointed out.

"We don't want people to jump to the conclusion that if Islam is growing, everyone else is shrinking," he said. "Christianity and Islam could both be growing at the expense of other religions."

Sub-Saharan Africa is a case in point, he said.

"Tremendous numbers are being added in sub-Saharan Africa, but... Christianity and Islam are both growing rapidly. There is not a change in the overall proportions of Muslims to Christians."

He's aware that the report has policy implication, but insists that the purpose of the Pew Forum is simply to provide unbiased data.

"It's not our role to say what should be done," Cooperman said.

What they're aiming to do, one of the project's leader said, is to make sure there's reliable information available.

"There has been a lot of speculation about the growth of the Muslim population around the world, and many of those who speculate don't have good data," said Brian Grim, a senior researcher at the Pew Forum.

For example, the report undermines the notion that Europe is heading toward having any country with a Muslim majority. The continent will be about 8 percent Muslim in 2030, it projects.

"The data that we have isn't pointing in the direction of 'Eurabia' at all," Grim said.

"The Muslim population is growing and slowing. Instead of a runaway train, it's trending with the general global population," he said.

Cooperman hopes that information will help make for more intelligent discussions, he said: "In the midst of heated debate and speculation, we think that solid, reliable, empirical estimates are valuable."

- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Afghanistan • Indonesia • Islam • Israel • Muslim • Pakistan • United States

soundoff (1,248 Responses)
  1. myamerica

    @ pakistani christian
    thats what am saying. Ur habit of kissing ass is still not gone. If a muslim wasnt us president now, u wud be in a bus back to mexico or a plane bk to ur country... leave my country if ur still so proud of calling urself a paki christian...

    January 27, 2011 at 2:07 am |
    • Pakistani Christian!

      the reason, i'm calling myself a Paki Christian is, because i've lived w/muslims all my life, you guyz don't even know their mentallity, or the way they think, (and what ever you do you won't be able to), so i'm just doing my small part, in informing the world that they (Mohammedens, Muslims)are dangerous, very dangerous.

      and for your information, i'm an American, and proud to be an American.

      but not like these Ba#$@=d (Mohammedens, Muslims), who keep islam always first.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:20 am |
    • myamerica

      dont teach me stuff in my country... ur like that hispanic in my grocery store who tries more than myself to be like me and goes to same church... bt dont worry... someday we'll get rid of u all. America was founded by whites and will always be white. My family had sacrificed for those ideals in WWs

      January 27, 2011 at 2:28 am |
    • Pakistani Christian!

      "WHO'S COUNTRY"..... you're kidding right?....

      any how good night, sweet dreams, it seems like you're not even aware of whats happening around.

      nice talking to you, go fight someone else.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:37 am |
    • Pakistani Christian!

      i can instigate you so easily, but its not worth it, you are so dumb, that you don't even know, what everyone is talking about!

      bye, take care!

      January 27, 2011 at 2:39 am |
    • ArtInChicago

      Dumb hic-cup

      January 27, 2011 at 2:43 am |
    • MyAmerica

      Haha... i know sm ppl get dazzled by seeing all the glory of my country. Enjoy it as a tourist!!

      January 27, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • BeanStalk

      Holy crap. @myamerica You are so ignorant! If the U.S. became 100% white you would starve. Who would teach your kids? Prescribe you medicine? Fill your prescription? Provide you with all the basic services you need to live? You can't live in a vacuum. Have you ever considered how ridiculous the concept of nationality is? If you see a picture of the earth from space, notice: there are no borders. We are one race: human. The differences you see around you are nothing more than variations in your DNA. Which you don't get to select. LoL ... If you take a basic course in Astronomy hopefully you'll realize how vast the Universe is and just how insignificant we are. What would best serve you is to say "Thank you." for all the wonderful things your fellow human beings do so you can enjoy fresh water, food, and medicine. For the sake of your own happiness I hope you make an effort to expand your view regarding the human race. ... Have a good day wherever you are.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • sl

      @myamerica White people stole the land from Native Americans so I guess its Not Your America

      January 28, 2011 at 4:08 am |
    • Muneef

      Well maybe it is time that Native Americans Drive you all off, hahaha would love to see that since all fighting over what is not legally theirs....maybe we aborigines follow same...

      January 30, 2011 at 5:32 am |
    • Muneef

      Well maybe it is time that Native Americans Drive you all off, hahaha would love to see that since all fighting over what is not legally theirs....maybe aborigines will follow same trail...

      January 30, 2011 at 5:36 am |
  2. not a damn TERRORIST

    Why the HELL does this belong on the FRONT PAGE of CNN??? Is it really that important? I doubt it. Maaybe YOU'RE DELIBERATELY TRYING TO INCREASE "ISLAMOPHOBIA" in America!? Reading these hateful and ignorant comments leads me to assume that most of my Caucasian neighbors and "friends" must be disgusted by me and "my people" in their heart. They must fear the spread of Islam – but why!? Its no worse or better than the other monotheistic religions. I'm not a devoted Muslim, but I'm sick of all this ignorant BS being spoken about these GOOD people. I wonder if politicians convinced CNN to post this on the front page like they did with the NY Islamic Center coverage...

    January 27, 2011 at 2:06 am |
    • Anna

      Don't worry, not everyone is like that. Some people aren't Islamiphobic; I'm not, and I'm a 13 year old girl living in America.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:15 am |
    • Marklar

      Again I call shenanigins, there is no such word as Islamaphoibia. No one can be prejudiced against religion it is impossible! Religions are a choice... a choice, you chose to pray to a fake god and prophet, you deal with those of us who laugh at you and your silly wars.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:13 am |
    • civiloutside

      Mark, what you keep saying makes no sense at all. Of course you can be prejudiced against a religion; all it takes is holding a negative opinion based on ignorance. Prejudice does not have as part of its definition the requirement that the feature you're prejudiced against be something that can't be controlled. What would be accurate to say, though, is that you can't be *racist* towards Muslims because Islam is not a race.

      January 28, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  3. foreverwar

    People who can deny all of science and knowledge in order to think the planet and the universe are six thousand years old... they scare me.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:05 am |
  4. matt

    i'm just nervous that religion is expanding so rapidly. any religion, including islam. science is the way to go! once everyone can pull their heads out of their behinds and see the world for what it really is, we will have a much more peaceful, reasonable, advanced global society. of course, as long as entire regions of the world believe women should cover their whole bodies in public and other regions of the world believe in teaching creation myths over hard science, we will be digging ourselves deeper into the hole of ignorance.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • keewee

      The problem is that the human brain is incredibly receptive to the myth of religion. There is no antidote for this.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:13 am |
    • Tyler*

      Science has been proven wrong so many times. Islam never has and never will be proven wrong.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:19 am |
    • civiloutside

      Tyler: That's because science makes claims that are verifiable and testable. Islam hasn't been proven wrong only because it makes unverifiable claims, not because it's true. Similarly, Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Norse pantheons have never been "proven" wrong, nor has vodoun, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Wicca.

      January 28, 2011 at 12:54 pm |
  5. alex

    i have a lot of hope from the tea party. Hitler also started from grassroots. Atleast someone is finally following it right

    January 27, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • joy

      Just what i was thinking...looking back at geniuses like Hilter, KKK founders, Canada air india bomber and of course the new wannabes; Osama Bin laden, Timothy McVeigh et al all trying to impose their ideological ways on others. Crazy world with a despecable human race.

      January 29, 2011 at 11:04 am |
  6. myamerica

    at pakistani christian.. dont try to act white!!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • Pakistani Christian!

      why should i, i am who i am, just a Pakistani Christian, not white or black.

      but thanks God!........ that i live in a beautiful blessed country known as USA!...

      God Bless USA, "ALWAYS"

      January 27, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • hahahaha

      You know God is color blind, Pakistani Christian! As for someone telling you not to "act white", whatever that means, there are a whole lot of white people who don't act "right," even though they are white. God bless you!!!!! Christ be with you. Amen.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  7. There are no gods!

    This is great fear mongering belief blog. If I didnt dislike you before, boy do I have a lot of anger towards you now. 20 years from now who knows what crazy religion people will be pushing, this report is just garbage. There are no gods, so this whole blog is useless. There are no gods.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:52 am |


      January 27, 2011 at 2:01 am |
    • Fred

      Psalm 14 vs 1: The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good.

      January 27, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • asrael

      Absolutely: this whole blog is useless...but I'll contribute anyway...

      January 27, 2011 at 9:33 am |
    • Denizen Kate

      @Fred: Who are you kidding? The most "abominable" events in history were committed in the name of one religion or another. Also, there are many good works and good deeds being done by atheists. You are just another arrogant Christian who is convinced that everyone who believes other than what he believes must be evil. Get over yourself.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • Time to spare

      Don't say this is useless. I am having a great time reading the comments and posting my own nonsense.
      Besides, don't you know that every so often we need to stir the conflict between the religious groups? That is the purpose of this article, to play one against the other. How else would we be spending our time?

      January 27, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
    • hahahaha

      I wish all you atheists would get together and declare me a billionaire, as it seems a bunch of people agreeing on something automatically makes it true. Funny how all the people believing in God through history doesn't make that true though...

      January 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  8. white muslim

    I know a lot of white muslims in america ... what about them and their offsprings... i better move to a muslim country before they take over the whole world!!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:51 am |
    • mohammedsux

      Yeah, there are tons of "white" Muslims here in San Diego. I surf with them every day.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:53 am |
    • Pakistani Christian!

      you bet !.......... please, please, why wait, go and settle in Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq. once there you'll be begging on your
      feet w/hands fold, to come back to a free country.

      please go and settle in a muslim country.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:55 am |
    • Scott

      you know alot of white muslims? I'm like 48 and NEVER met one and I live on the left coast where there's no doubt tons of sleeper cells

      January 27, 2011 at 2:08 am |
    • shabbaz

      and I know an idiiot same color as you

      January 27, 2011 at 2:34 am |
  9. Pakistani Christian!

    You can't go to heaven if you have your feet in 2 different boats, you got to be w/Jesus Christ,

    January 27, 2011 at 1:50 am |
    • Nick

      Your are typical paki – a bigot like your your muslim fellow countrymen. Truly iconic. People look at your insane nation and become islamophobic. Looking at your hysteria they would become christianophobic now. lol.

      January 27, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • hahahaha

      God bless you, Pakistani Christian!!!!! Christ be with you. Amen.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  10. Anna

    Imagine there's no Heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people
    Living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people
    Living life in peace

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can
    No need for greed or hunger
    A brotherhood of man
    Imagine all the people
    Sharing all the world

    You may say that I'm a dreamer
    But I'm not the only one
    I hope someday you'll join us
    And the world will live as one

    Why can't we at least get along?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • foreverwar

      That is my favorite song.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • Scott

      OK I imagined. Its hell.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • Anna

      At least you tried, Scott.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:58 am |
    • Shamil

      Thanx to John Lennon for this poetry... PEOPLE stop hating each other... In the end it all doesnt matter... Life is too short.
      I am a muslim but I respect christians and jews... Love your neighbor as yourself ( as Jesus said).
      Start with yourself, become a better person yourself , show your humanity, kindness... God sees everything and for sure he knows whats in your heart.

      January 27, 2011 at 6:43 am |
    • Name*Chedar

      Anna during the ancient history, there is no country . You can walk from Nepal to India without immigration and border. As men get greedy, the country is formed and in order to protect their territory, men goes to war and so forth. Men are the few in the animal kingdom that go to extend to kill their own kind from being ignorant. Not many kill their own specie ( namely shark , etc)

      January 27, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • hahahaha

      If humanity turned away from organized religion, it wouldn't be long before they found other reasons to commit atrocities against their own kind. Guaranteed.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm |
  11. Elaine

    Racists, get over it. Diversity is here to stay. I love diversity and trying all kinds of food from all kinds of ethnic and non ethnic backgrounds.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • Raymond

      You said it sister.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:49 am |

      Food ain't got nothin' to do with faith honey. Food is fine, these people are fine from whatever race, origin – it's their minds we have to worry about. You cannot, CANNOT, rationalize religion. It is a governing system, warring factions, that base their sole raison d'etre, their reason for being, on something THEY CANNOT PROVE. That is absolutely insane. Plus which, if I walked out into whatever place and said "Here ye! Gabriel has brought me the message of God and I command you to worship feces! I have spent 40 (it's always 40) days in the desert and I know now that feces is the element of God!" - would you believe me? Would anyone? NO. And they shouldn't. I would be cast off as a loon, rightfully. But somehow most people can agree with me on that, yet they still worship loons from 2000 and 6000 years ago.....it's totally nonsensical. Religion is nonsensical and thus, it has no place in society. I digress, your food comment is just ridiculous. Ok sure, these people and any can cook, but would you really want to delight in the food of a people whose mind's believe and heckle you for being an infidel???? And please, do not try and tell me that "they're not like that" – they are, the majority of them think that way. I know.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:56 am |
    • David

      Nobody is talking race ignoramus. And if getting your ass caned publicly is your idea of diversity than move. Y0ou can get Halal Goat much easier in Muslim nation. I bet you're as big as a mosque.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:37 am |
    • ApeHanger

      There's nothing racist about not wanting religious whackos around.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:42 am |
    • confused

      Islam is a race? How long have I been asleep?
      Seriously, Elaine, did you wake up this morning trying to find something to be offended about?

      January 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  12. SupraUX

    True, but I think the number who will be moderated and become pretty much irreligious will increase(similar to some Americans who simply check off Christian on the census but don't really believe in Christianity).

    One DANGER I see is that, as the population in developing nations exceeds its carrying capacity, there will be a lot of famine and death and despair, during which fundamentalist and powerful ideologies can take hold on the weakened population :/

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • George

      The census doesn't ask what religion you are. Stop posting stupid comments.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:32 am |
    • asrael

      Supra's census error doesn't affect the larger point being made...

      January 27, 2011 at 9:28 am |
    • Roger Rabbit

      @SupraUX...correction on your statement. there is no check box for religious affiliation on the US census.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  13. LKJ

    Many of these comments are unbelievable. First of all, Muslims could be living next door to you or could be helping you at WalMart. You could have a Muslim doctor and your child could have a Muslim classmate. Does that frighten you? It shouldn't. If Muslims were as violent as many believe, there would be bombings in every country of the world on a daily basis. Most of us are simply raising our families and living our lives. And please don't tell my sons and me to go back where we came from. I was born in MIssouri. Is that American enough?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:48 am |
    • ArtInChicago

      No! You secretly elected a Muslim president!!!! You practice Sharia law in the Ozarks!!! It's not American to not eat pork barbecue!!!! Really, I am joking and I am glad you are here.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • maryfairy

      Well said!!! so many people dont realize how many Muslims live around them and go to school with their children! These people only get the courage to talk so much crap about Muslims because their hiding behind a computer. People see me with an "Allah" necklace all the time and have yet to approach me or treat me negatively in any way! They simply dont have the courage because they see me as another member of society who goes about their everyday life. So sad for people to think this way especially since this country was FOUNDED on diversity and when asking a Caucasian what there background is, they usually answer with about 5 different nationalites; i.e. French, British, German, Irish, Polish, etc.... Such hypocrites!!!

      January 27, 2011 at 2:24 am |
  14. Raymond

    I also encourage people to research – Muhammad in the Bible – Is Jesus God – What did Jesus really say –

    January 27, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Scott

      "Muhammad in the Bible" You're kidding right?

      January 27, 2011 at 2:00 am |
    • Dan

      Raymond, you realize that the supposed "Mohammad" as the Muslims beleive, wasn't "discovered" until 700 years AFTER the death, burial, ressurection and assencion of Jesus Christ. Right from this point, I have 100% doubt of "Muhammad".

      January 27, 2011 at 7:52 am |
    • Peace101

      Have you read the Bible, Raymond? Or just parts that were quoted during religious debates and papers. Give it a shot before spoutin opinions. I wont say anything about the Quran until I finish it, which I am working on. Please, practice intelligent debating and not ignorance. In my opinion and experiences with talking to Imams and many Muslim friends, is that people of Islam should not speak about religious topics unless they know the answer for sure, otherwise it is a sin. Be careful of what you say and do, for your sake.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:15 am |
    • Nonimus

      You guys are touchy aren't you.
      Wasn't Jesus supposedly prophesied in the OT? Why not Mohammed in the NT?

      Both books are equally credible. The amount of that credibility is up to your faith.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • Scott

      "Why not Mohammed in the NT?" Uhh, just because its not. Dumb, just dumb. If your 'savior' isn't good enough or have enough coverage don't try to create it from thin air-change saviors.

      January 27, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Nonimus

      Looking around it looks like they may be claiming Mohammad was foretold in the OT, not NT, like I mentioned. I don't care either way.

      Oh, and nice rebu.ttal there Scott, "Uhh, just because its not." Very convincing.

      January 27, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  15. sushiel Brown

    Yes they are stay dogs with out control,Christian are educated and well mannered to the society stil they are long mile to cover.Christians are 2.5 billion and are converting islam to christianity...mulah is just a joke....christians rule the world & universe God is Christ...

    January 27, 2011 at 1:44 am |
    • Raymond

      Until you can prove that your Bible is not full of contradictions than we can take it serious. Nowhere in the New Testament does it say that this book is inspired by God. The book is quite boring and most of its content is useless. The Quran speaks to the heart of the reader. Islam teaches what Christ taught and what Moses taught.

      Christians have got to learn about the authenticity of the Bible. The Bible falls apart when it is analyzes critically.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:49 am |
    • Scott

      Raymond dear, II Timothy 3:16 does indeed say the Bible is inspired or breathed out by God. "All scripture is given by God..." Research it.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:59 am |
    • David

      You have just been schooled Raymond, again. and your credibility in shreds. Nice work. Mohamed is proud. NOT!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • Dan

      Raynond, incorrect statement. Please read II Timothy 3:16.
      God Bless you.

      January 27, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • Alverant

      You're using the bible to defend the bible? That's circular reasoning.

      If the bible was true, then there would be independent verification of its claims. There isn't so it isn't.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Ihab Alsmadi

      Muslim is a Lion, whatever the dog barking!
      Watch your dirty nasty mouth & black heart...Hell you!

      February 1, 2011 at 12:22 am |
  16. Pakistani Christian!


    you are going to hell!

    January 27, 2011 at 1:43 am |
    • Raymond

      I believe in your Jesus Christ. I believe he was the Messiah. No Muslim is a Muslims if he does not believe in Jesus Christ. If Jesus will send us to hell because of that, well than that is pretty messed up. lol

      January 27, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Scott

      Believing Jesus is God come in the flesh and what the Muslims think are two TOTALLY different things Raymond. You can use the same vocabulary but you use a different dictionary to define the terms. Messiah=God's Son incarnate deity. Still believe?

      January 27, 2011 at 1:57 am |
    • John

      You're all going to Buddhist hell, the 16 hot and cold Narakas where the iniquitous are punished for the time it would take to empty a barrel of sesame seed if one only took out a single seed every hundred years.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:45 am |
    • asrael

      Hey, guys! Take it out back; maybe God will treat the survivor to lunch...

      January 27, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • sl

      @scott according to the dictionary a messiah means savior, leader and champion nowhere does it state ' son of god'

      January 27, 2011 at 9:23 am |
    • Scott

      @sl Messiah is a Hebrew word meaning 'anointed one.' The Jews anointed with oil the priests and kings to their office. The Messiah or Meshiach (Messiah is a transliteration not translation, Meshiach is closer to how it actually sounds transliterated) was a coming son of David (human) and son of God (divine). He would bring salvation so yes He is a 'savior' but the words 'leader and chapion' are SO weak in meaning for this term. Jesus Christ fulfilled the prophecies of the Messiah (John 1:41) and did such as a man and God when He came to die on the ccorss for our sins.

      January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  17. Michael

    This is just mere lies. Please read this and you will see


    January 27, 2011 at 1:43 am |

      Thanks for posting this! I was trying to figure out why the numbers and my knowledge of the region didn't make sense! This article seems more and more agenda and politically driven then it did already!

      January 27, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Marklar

      Bravo, Bravissimo! See guys, there are always 39 sides to every story, just decide which corporate media source you wanna believe!

      Bravo Michael!!! Well Done Sir!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • Opie

      From your article, ""Globally, the Muslim population is forecast to grow at about twice the rate of the non-Muslim population over the next two decades - an average annual growth rate of 1.5 percent for Muslims, compared with 0.7 percent for non-Muslims," it said."

      We're growing more than twice as fast as you do kafir. Get the picture? Islam will one day be the world's largest religion, get used to it.

      January 27, 2011 at 7:40 am |
    • RZ

      Ok I'm sorry but I did not find much difference statistically on that report. In fact, they keep referencing the same report from this article on CNN. Point is Islam is growing much faster than others and they have more youth amongst them than other faiths and beliefs.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:46 am |
    • Nonimus

      These articles are saying the same thing and are sourced from the same report.
      "Muslims will number 2.2 billion by 2030 ...26.4 percent of the world population ..." (Reuters)
      "Twenty years from now, ... they'll represent more than a quarter of all people on earth,..." (article above)

      January 27, 2011 at 11:58 am |
  18. Laziz

    People who spew hatred and dumb ideas on Islam should educate themselves. Even with all the islamophobia all around, when people do theor homework, they find nothing dangerous or scary about Islam! Yes the Muslim population will double, so what? What are people afraid of! China is the largest population on earth, and we are just doing fine. Why this alarming news about Muslim population?

    January 27, 2011 at 1:42 am |
    • Scott

      "they find nothing dangerous or scary about Islam!" I have two words. No, two numbers. 9-11

      January 27, 2011 at 1:45 am |
    • Mao lives

      @ Darren
      Ever gone to a place called university. More than 50% academics are asians now! Talk about a silent take over? Dumb whito... just eat ur dorritos

      January 27, 2011 at 2:51 am |
    • Marklar

      I call shenanigins, no such word as Islamaphoibia. No one can be prejudiced against religion. Impossible, religions are a choice... a choice, you chose to pray to a fake god and prophet, you deal with those of us who laugh at you and your silly wars.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:04 am |
    • sl

      @scott since you have muslims, i have 3 words regarding israel and Palestine "white phospate children"
      @darren if Muslim=terrorist than American=opressive,greedy,killers
      @marklar there is such a word as islamaphobe (you are it) because if there wasn't such a work that the countries in Europe would not be afraod of a little bit of fabric such as the Burqa and Hijab

      January 27, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • ApeHanger

      What are people afraid of! China is the largest population on earth...

      It isn't the Chinese who are running around blowing up people, flying airplanes into buildings and killing women because they won't kow-tow to some religious mumbo-jumbo.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • No Homework Needed ...

      because I grew up with a lot of christians, jews and muslims. I am from Europe and there are a lot more of them there then here. I can tell you one thing for sure. Keep your religion; I have no problem with the fact that you believe in god, that you kneel or bow to pray or whatever. The reason why I will NEVER belong to any organized religion is that their rules are so restrictive, especially against women (and yes, I am a woman). Unfortunately, the islam faith is one of the worst in regards to how badly they treat their women. Please don't tell me that this is "western propaganda"; I know better, I've seen it first hand. So, in my mind, I cannot be a member of this (or any other) religion because doing so would be a form of "self-abuse". With that said, you want to to this, go ahead. I will respect your decisions, and I expect you to do the same for me.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:34 am |
    • Marklar

      @ Laziz. Get of your self-righteous box. There maybe a made-up word to describe how you perception may work, but that is the problem, your perception is flawed. You can not discriminate against a choice, you chose to believe what you believe, you were not born believing that, and your religion is not a race. So get over it! I say turn the middle east into a giant satellite dish and rid the word of this fake "Holy Land" and make you guys shut the hell up about your fake GOD.

      January 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  19. wagirl

    I clicked on this story just because I knew I would find crazy in the comments.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:41 am |
    • AD

      I know. I hate to say it, but I usually enjoy the crazy comments more than the story. It is fun watching people melt down.

      January 27, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • michael

      LOL yes, the articles all suck, and the over religious people are hillarious...

      January 27, 2011 at 8:06 am |
    • asrael

      Just like being in a zoo, except "we" can't see our bars...

      January 27, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • sendmorejunk

      exactly what I am doing on this page ... haha

      January 27, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • MrsFizzy

      I was just gonna say that! 😀

      January 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • hahahaha

      People laughing at other people is actually quite common, especially among those with lower intelligence.

      January 27, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
  20. Love In The Bible

    We should love others instead of hate.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:40 am |
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