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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. Jim Pakala

    The amount of ill-informed comment is what's surpirsing. E.g., from some (note, only some) of the atheists come ridiculously irrational comments about religion being for the weak, when many of the strongest, brightest, bravest and/or most compassionate have been religious (e.g., in Christianity they range from Augustine, St. Francis and Shakespeare to Newton, Faraday, Bach, Chesterton, Lewis, Mother Teresa, our current U.S. President and on and on the list could go). And some (note, by no means all) religious individual's comments seem just as uninformed and/or unkind, be they Christian, Muslim, pagan or whatever.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  2. Scott

    We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is
    the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to
    live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
    entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel
    better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging
    across the globe in the name of Islam.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  3. Paki

    What CNN (FOX re-incarnate) hype!. Forty years ago Chinese Maoists were going to swamp the world. Now they are good guys because they lend us trillions of dollars.

    Islamaphobia at its best.

    January 27, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  4. yusef

    Our prophet was right only one of our people will be king for his life and no other will arise so america prepare to obey all your stupid bill of rights are gone you will only serve Islam and the Muslim people

    January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  5. sparkysgirl

    What god desires is in your heart and your mind. Everyday you choose to be a good person...or not.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @sparkysgirl

      You said: "What god desires is in your heart and your mind. Everyday you choose to be a good person...or not."

      That isn't god. That is just you. The you, that your parents and society created.

      Cheers!

      January 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  6. MR. CHINGA

    Ones religion should be a personal relationship with God. You people make so sick, where is the tolerance that all religions teach? To think that your religion is the only truth and all others are wrong is absurb. The only thing worse is to pretend that our life and the existence of this vast infinite universe is a big lucky cosmic accident. The closed mindedness of all you people is really very very sad.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  7. yusef

    God bless Osama I agree with you he will be king and these americans will have to serve us Allah Akbar

    January 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • Muneef

      yusef.

      Why do I doubt this being your name and doubt you being a true Muslim? Why do I see some one who is not Muslim but trying to heat up people against Islam and Muslims? Or could it be you are a Muslim by birth and know nothing about islam therefore have no words of expressions and the patience our prophet had for believers and unbelievers? All I see is a wound that flows as a volcano pouring hatred that would only be reflected against your brothers and sisters if you are really a Muslim ?!

      January 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  8. NeoCeon

    Religion is a disease that must be fought, if our species is to evolve further.

    And out of the big religions, Islam is the worst. It is a potentially fatal cancer in our human society that must be destroyed, or "cured" before it is to late.
    All people, who are not psychologically crippled by religion, must begin to take the responsibility to work for a religion-free humanity.

    * NeoCeon *

    January 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
  9. Scott

    "We are told again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is
    the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to
    live in peace. Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is
    entirely irrelevant. It is meaningless fluff, meant to make us feel
    better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging
    across the globe in the name of Islam."

    January 27, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  10. saddam

    Soon all of you americans will have to kneel in front of our king Osama any one that wont knell will be beheaded he will fill the empty space that the world needs no other person is better than Osama our prophet said "beware one of you will arise and dominate" thats our king Osama the worlds king

    January 27, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  11. Gorgeous George

    That's quite an increase! I should go to training now to become a bomb maker!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  12. GP

    As a Canadian of Indian origin, I am worried at the effect of Pakistan's growth on India. We all know that Pakistani terrorists target India and this rapid growth could very easily result in a massive conflict within the next 20 years between these 2 nuclear powers. I really think the United States should take a more aggressive role in cooperating with India and putting pressure on Pakistan instead of pandering to Pakistan in order to achieve their Middle Eastern goals.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
    • spy

      lol....trying to lick americas ass so they can save your country...you stupid folks cnt do anything yourself now can you? HOW PATHETIC! LOL

      January 30, 2011 at 2:38 am |
  13. DONT FORGET CONVERTS

    This is just about ethnic muslims. What about converts which there are millions around the world converting each year. i believe they play a factor in it as well.

    January 27, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  14. asword82

    SIGN OF JONAH – MATTHEW 12: 38-45, LUKE 11:44, MATTHEW 16:1-4, BOOK OF JONAH

    January 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  15. David Johnson

    Evangelical Parents! Look at the picture!

    Consider, that rug weaving would be an excellent trade for your children.

    No more science or math for your kids! They can learn to make rugs at home!!

    Think of it! Half the day spent on praising a long dead carpenter, and the other half spent at the loom!

    Darn, I envy you!

    Cheers!

    January 27, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  16. Grand Mufti Abdul Aliyy Hassiqi Yoko'ono

    بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (الفاتحة: 1).
    الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ (الفاتحة: 2).
    الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ (الفاتحة: 3).
    مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ (الفاتحة: 4).
    إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ (الفاتحة: 5).
    اهْدِنَا الصِّرَاطَ الْمُسْتَقِيمَ (الفاتحة: 6).
    صِرَاطَ الَّذِينَ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ غَيْرِ الْمَغْضُوبِ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ الضَّالِّينَ (الفاتحة: 7).

    2) سورة البقرة
    ألم (البقرة: 1).
    ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِلْمُتَّقِينَ (البقرة: 2).
    وَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِمَا أُنْزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنْزِلَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ وَبِالآخِرَةِ هُمْ يُوقِنُونَ (البقرة: 4).
    أُوْلَئِكَ عَلَى هُدًى مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَأُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْمُفْلِحُونَ (البقرة: 5).
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا سَوَاءٌ عَلَيْهِمْ أَ أَنذَرْتَهُمْ أَمْ لَمْ تُنذِرْهُمْ لاَ يُؤْمِنُونَ (البقرة: 6).
    خَتَمَ اللَّهُ عَلَى قُلُوبِهِمْ وَعَلَى سَمْعِهِمْ وَعَلَى أَبْصَارِهِمْ غِشَاوَةٌ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ عَظِيمٌ (البقرة: 7).
    وَمِنْ النَّاسِ مَنْ يَقُولُ آمَنَّا بِاللَّهِ وَبِالْيَوْمِ الآخِرِ وَمَا هُمْ بِمُؤْمِنِينَ (البقرة: 8).
    يُخَادِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَمَا يَخْدَعُونَ إِلاّ أَنفُسَهُمْ وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ (البقرة: 9).
    فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ مَرَضٌ فَزَادَهُمْ اللَّهُ مَرَضًا وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ بِمَا كَانُوا يَكْذِبُونَ (البقرة: 10).
    وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ لاَ تُفْسِدُوا فِي الأَرْضِ قَالُوا إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُصْلِحُونَ (البقرة: 11).
    أَلاَ إِنَّهُمْ هُمْ الْمُفْسِدُونَ وَلَكِنْ لاَ يَشْعُرُونَ (البقرة: 12).
    وَإِذَا قِيلَ لَهُمْ آمِنُوا كَمَا آمَنَ النَّاسُ قَالُوا أَنُؤْمِنُ كَمَا آمَنَ السُّفَهَاءُ أَلاَ إِنَّهُمْ هُمْ السُّفَهَاءُ وَلَكِنْ لاَ يَعْلَمُونَ (البقرة: 13).
    وَإِذَا لَقُوا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا قَالُوا آمَنَّا وَإِذَا خَلَوْا إِلَى شَيَاطِينِهِمْ قَالُوا إِنَّا مَعَكُمْ إِنَّمَا نَحْنُ مُسْتَهْزِئُونَ (البقرة: 14).
    اللَّهُ يَسْتَهْزِئُ بِهِمْ وَيَمُدُّهُمْ فِي طُغْيَانِهِمْ يَعْمَهُونَ (البقرة: 15).
    أُوْلَئِكَ الَّذِينَ اشْتَرَوْا الضَّلاَلَةَ بِالْهُدَى فَمَا رَبِحَتْ تِجَارَتُهُمْ وَمَا كَانُوا مُهْتَدِينَ (البقرة: 16).
    مَثَلُهُمْ كَمَثَلِ الَّذِي اسْتَوْقَدَ نَارًا فَلَمَّا أَضَاءَتْ مَا حَوْلَهُ ذَهَبَ اللَّهُ بِنُورِهِمْ وَتَرَكَهُمْ فِي ظُلُمَاتٍ لاَ يُبْصِرُونَ (البقرة: 17).
    صُمٌّ بُكْمٌ عُمْيٌ فَهُمْ لاَ يَرْجِعُونَ (البقرة: 18).
    أَوْ كَصَيِّبٍ مِنْ السَّمَاءِ فِيهِ ظُلُمَاتٌ وَرَعْدٌ وَبَرْقٌ يَجْعَلُونَ أَصَابِعَهُمْ فِي آذَانِهِمْ مِنْ الصَّوَاعِقِ حَذَرَ الْمَوْتِ وَاللَّهُ مُحِيطٌ بِالْكَافِرِينَ (البقرة: 19).
    يَكَادُ الْبَرْقُ يَخْطَفُ أَبْصَارَهُمْ كُلَّمَا أَضَاءَ لَهُمْ مَشَوْا فِيهِ وَإِذَا أَظْلَمَ عَلَيْهِمْ قَامُوا وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَذَهَبَ بِسَمْعِهِمْ وَأَبْصَارِهِمْ إنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ (البقرة: 20).
    يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اعْبُدُوا رَبَّكُمْ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ (البقرة: 21).
    الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمْ الأَرْضَ فِرَاشًا وَالسَّمَاءَ بِنَاءً وَأَنْزَلَ مِنْ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجَ بِهِ مِنْ الثَّمَرَاتِ رِزْقًا لَكُمْ فَلاَ تَجْعَلُوا لِلَّهِ أَندَادًا وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ (البقرة: 22).
    وَإِنْ كُنتُمْ فِي رَيْبٍ مِمَّا نَزَّلْنَا عَلَى عَبْدِنَا فَأْتُوا بِسُورَةٍ مِنْ مِثْلِهِ وَادْعُوا شُهَدَاءَكُمْ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ إِنْ كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ (البقرة: 23).
    فَإِنْ لَمْ تَفْعَلُوا وَلَنْ تَفْعَلُوا فَاتَّقُوا النَّارَ الَّتِي وَقُودُهَا النَّاسُ وَالْحِجَارَةُ أُعِدَّتْ لِلْكَافِرِينَ (البقرة: 24).
    وَبَشِّرْ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتٍ تَجْرِي مِنْ تَحْتِهَا الأَنْهَارُ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُوا مِنْهَا مِنْ ثَمَرَةٍ رِزْقًا قَالُوا هَذَا الَّذِي رُزِقْنَا مِنْ قَبْلُ وَأُتُوا بِهِ مُتَشَابِهًا وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا أَزْوَاجٌ مُطَهَّرَةٌ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ (البقرة: 25).
    إِنَّ اللَّهَ لاَ يَسْتَحْيِي أَنْ يَضْرِبَ مَثَلاً مَا بَعُوضَةً فَمَا فَوْقَهَا فَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا فَيَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّهُ الْحَقُّ مِنْ رَبِّهِمْ وَأَمَّا الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فَيَقُولُونَ مَاذَا أَرَادَ اللَّهُ بِهَذَا مَثَلاً يُضِلُّ بِهِ كَثِيرًا وَيَهْدِي بِهِ كَثِيرًا وَمَا يُضِلُّ بِهِ إِلاَّ الْفَاسِقِينَ (البقرة: 26).
    الَّذِينَ يَنقُضُونَ عَهْدَ اللَّهِ مِنْ بَعْدِ مِيثَاقِهِ وَيَقْطَعُونَ مَا أَمَرَ اللَّهُ بِهِ أَنْ يُوصَلَ وَيُفْسِدُونَ فِي الأَرْضِ أُوْلَئِكَ هُمْ الْخَاسِرُونَ (البقرة: 27).
    كَيْفَ تَكْفُرُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَكُنتُمْ أَمْوَاتًا فَأَحْيَاكُمْ ثُمَّ يُمِيتُكُمْ ثُمَّ يُحْيِيكُمْ ثُمَّ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ (البقرة: 28).
    هُوَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ لَكُمْ مَا فِي الأَرْضِ جَمِيعًا ثُمَّ اسْتَوَى إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَسَوَّاهُنَّ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَهُوَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ (البقرة: 29).
    وَإِذْ قَالَ رَبُّكَ لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ إِنِّي جَاعِلٌ فِي الأَرْضِ خَلِيفَةً قَالُوا أَتَجْعَلُ فِيهَا مَنْ يُفْسِدُ فِيهَا وَيَسْفِكُ الدِّمَاءَ وَنَحْنُ نُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِكَ وَنُقَدِّسُ لَكَ قَالَ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ (البقرة: 30).
    وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ الأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ عَلَى الْمَلاَئِكَةِ فَقَالَ أَنْبِئُونِي بِأَسْمَاءِ هَؤُلاَء إِنْ كُنتُمْ صَادِقِينَ (البقرة: 31).
    قَالُوا سُبْحَانَكَ لاَ عِلْمَ لَنَا إِلاَّ مَا عَلَّمْتَنَا إِنَّكَ أَنْتَ الْعَلِيمُ الْحَكِيمُ (البقرة: 32).
    قَالَ يَا آدَمُ أَنْبِئْهُمْ بِأَسْمَائِهِمْ فَلَمَّا أَنْبَأَهُمْ بِأَسْمَائِهِمْ قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُلْ لَكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ غَيْبَ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَأَعْلَمُ مَا تُبْدُونَ وَمَا كُنتُمْ تَكْتُمُونَ (البقرة: 33).
    وَإِذْ قُلْنَا لِلْمَلاَئِكَةِ اسْجُدُوا ِلأَدَمَ فَسَجَدُوا إِلاَّ إِبْلِيسَ أَبَى وَاسْتَكْبَرَ وَكَانَ مِنْ الْكَافِرِينَ (البقرة: 34).
    وَقُلْنَا يَا آدَمُ اسْكُنْ أَنْتَ وَزَوْجُكَ الْجَنَّةَ وَكُلاَ مِنْهَا رَغَدًا حَيْثُ شِئْتُمَا وَلاَ تَقْرَبَا هَذِهِ الشَّجَرَةَ فَتَكُونَا مِنْ الظَّالِمِينَ (البقرة: 35).
    فَأَزَلَّهُمَا الشَّيْطَانُ عَنْهَا فَأَخْرَجَهُمَا مِمَّا كَانَا فِيهِ وَقُلْنَا اهْبِطُوا بَعْضُكُمْ لِبَعْضٍ عَدُوٌّ وَلَكُمْ فِي الأَرْضِ مُسْتَقَرٌّ وَمَتَاعٌ إِلَى حِينٍ (البقرة: 36).
    فَتَلَقَّى آدَمُ مِنْ رَبِّهِ كَلِمَاتٍ فَتَابَ عَلَيْهِ إِنَّهُ هُوَ التَّوَّابُ الرَّحِيمُ (البقرة: 37).
    قُلْنَا اهْبِطُوا مِنْهَا جَمِيعًا فَإِمَّا يَأْتِيَنَّكُمْ مِنِّي هُدًى فَمَنْ تَبِعَ هُدَايَ فَلاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ (البقرة: 38).
    وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا وَكَذَّبُوا بِآيَاتِنَا أُوْلَئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ (البقرة: 39).
    يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِي الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَوْفُوا بِعَهْدِي أُوفِ بِعَهْدِكُمْ وَإِيَّايَ فَارْهَبُونِي (البقرة: 40).
    وَآمِنُوا بِمَا أَنزَلْتُ مُصَدِّقًا لِمَا مَعَكُمْ وَلاَ تَكُونُوا أَوَّلَ كَافِرٍ بِهِ وَلاَ تَشْتَرُوا بِآيَاتِي ثَمَنًا قَلِيلاً وَإِيَّايَ فَاتَّقُونِي (البقرة: 41).
    وَلاَ تَلْبِسُوا الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُوا الْحَقَّ وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ (البقرة: 42).
    وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلاَةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَارْكَعُوا مَعَ الرَّاكِعِينَ (البقرة: 43).
    أَتَأْمُرُونَ النَّاسَ بِالْبِرِّ وَتَنسَوْنَ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَأَنْتُمْ تَتْلُونَ الْكِتَابَ أَفَلاَ تَعْقِلُونَ (البقرة: 44).
    وَاسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاَةِ وَإِنَّهَا لَكَبِيرَةٌ إِلاَّ عَلَى الْخَاشِعِينَ (البقرة: 45).
    الَّذِينَ يَظُنُّونَ أَنَّهُمْ مُلاَقُو رَبِّهِمْ وَأَنَّهُمْ إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعُونَ (البقرة: 46).
    يَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَتِي الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَأَنِّي فَضَّلْتُكُمْ عَلَى الْعَالَمِينَ (البقرة: 47).
    وَاتَّقُوا يَوْمًا لاَ تَجْزِي نَفْسٌ عَنْ نَفْسٍ شَيْئًا وَلاَ يُقْبَلُ مِنْهَا شَفَاعَةٌ وَلاَ يُؤْخَذُ مِنْهَا عَدْلٌ وَلاَ هُمْ يُنصَرُونَ (البقرة: 48).
    وَإِذْ نَجَّيْنَاكُمْ مِنْ آلِ فِرْعَوْنَ يَسُومُونَكُمْ سُوءَ الْعَذَابِ يُذَبِّحُونَ أَبْنَاءَكُمْ وَيَسْتَحْيُونَ نِسَاءَكُمْ وَفِي ذَلِكُمْ بَلاَءٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ عَظِيمٌ (البقرة: 49).
    وَإِذْ فَرَقْنَا بِكُمْ الْبَحْرَ فَأَنْجَيْنَاكُمْ وَأَغْرَقْنَا آلَ فِرْعَوْنَ وَأَنْتُمْ تَنظُرُونَ (البقرة: 50).
    وَإِذْ وَاعَدْنَا مُوسَى أَرْبَعِينَ لَيْلَةً ثُمَّ اتَّخَذْتُمْ الْعِجْلَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ وَأَنْتُمْ ظَالِمُونَ (البقرة: 51).
    ثُمَّ عَفَوْنَا عَنْكُمْ مِنْ بَعْدِ ذَلِكَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ (البقرة: 52).
    وَإِذْ آتَيْنَا مُوسَى الْكِتَابَ وَالْفُرْقَانَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَهْتَدُونَ (البقرة: 53).
    وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَى لِقَوْمِهِ يَا قَوْمِ إِنَّكُمْ ظَلَمْتُمْ أَنفُسَكُمْ بِاتِّخَاذِكُمْ الْعِجْلَ فَتُوبُوا إِلَى بَارِئِكُمْ فَاقْتُلُوا أَنفُسَكُمْ

    January 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  17. nick C

    When will the media, so called believers in freedom of speech begin to expose Islam for what it is, what is says, and what it does?
    When will they have the courage to reveal the lies and distortions like they do with benevolent religions?
    When will someone make a movie about a war-like, business man, who like Henry wanted m ore than one wife and a form of immortality?
    When will they show us how he invaded a city that made the selling of religion profitable and adopted their moon god/meterorite worship practice so he could gain power and weath?
    Never happen with our gutless hollywood types nor ABC, NBC or CBS...Will the BBC step up? What about India?

    January 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  18. Mangoose

    " Muslims are coming into line with global trends toward fewer children per woman and an aging population" !!!

    Per woamn they might have two kids, but if they have 30 women then he has 60 kids !!!

    Can they force ZERO to max 1 woman per male in Islamic world? Then things will change !!!

    January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  19. pitung

    I do not mind if Muslim religion grows fast and overcome other religions in the world, since not all Muslims are terrorists, as long as they do not demand Muslims regulations in our country. America was based on Christian religion and Muslims have to honor this. If our leaders do not give up to the demands of the Muslim religion, everything will be fine.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • RAWoD

      America was not founded as a chistian nation. That is hogwash. America was founded to be free from any religion being forced upon its citizens. Indeed, as Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1816:

      “Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions.

      Ideas must be distinct before reason can act upon them; and no man ever had a distinct idea of the trinity, It is the mere Abracadabra of the mountebanks calling themselves the priests of Jesus.”

      January 27, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  20. Stefan

    If there ever will be a war against Islam and the middle east countries ill be one of the first few to pick up a weapon. They dont belong in Europe, they are modern colonists and we are being colonized. Once that time has come ill bury everything called moral and ethic deep deep down and start the clence of Europe. =)

    January 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • Muneef

      You find it is ok to colonize other countries but it is not ok to be colonized?? Who colonized who first? Who started the game ? You came with your weapons they came to you in peace and all they say "No God but Allah" and the "Muhammed is his Messenger"...! They came because you accepted them and gave oath to grant them every right as a citizen of a united mixed culturse and faiths as per your laws and now seems turning back on your chosen path?!

      January 27, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
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