“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know’ and thou shalt progress.”

~ Maimonides

The eighth-century prophet Amos calls those who violate God’s laws as “cows” [Amos 4:1] prophet Jeremiah calls such people “scoundrels” [Jeremiah 5:26]. Jesus calls evil people “You brood of vipers!” [Matthew 12:34], in another place he calls them “a wicked and adulterous generation.” [Mathew 16:4] If you happen to be among those violating many of God’s commands, God’s chosen people in the Bible may label you “cows”, “scoundrels”, “brood of vipers”, “wicked and adulterous”. I am not the one labeling the culprits such names, it’s the Bible.

Is ignorance a dangerous crime? Henry Ward Beecher (1813 –1887) was a clergyman and social reformer. He was, in fact, America’s most famous preacher. Henry is quoted to have said that “the most dangerous people are the ignorant” and I agree with him because “if one is ignorant of a matter one easily becomes opposed to it” as concluded by Ali bin Abi Twalib, the scholar from the Arabian Peninsula.

And how sad when people are purposefully oblivious to a matter which is actually important for themselves. People who “knoweth not what” will always make loud gibberish accusations against those who may be walking in the straight path. Just like the foolish woman in proverbs 9:13-15, “The foolish woman is loud; she is ignorant and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the high places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way.” An illustration of how people are unaware of their own beliefs let alone of others is when George Gallup, a leading Evangelical and a premier pollster describe America as “a nation of biblical illiterates.” One Gallup survey found that less than half of Americans can name the first book of the Bible (i.e. Genesis), sixty percent cannot name half of the Ten Commandments and half think Noah was married to Joan of Arc.[1] And you may also want to hear a parallel example from Dr. Bart Ehrman who is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and who is also a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus. Every year Dr. Ehrman would ask his undergraduate classes about their views of the Bible, and he would amazingly get the same response. He says:

The first day of class, with over three hundred students present, I ask: “How many of you would agree with the proposition that the Bible is the inspired Word of God?” Whoosh! Virtually everyone in the auditorium raises their hand. I then ask, “How many of you have read one or more of the Harry Potter books?” Whoosh! The whole auditorium. Then I ask, “And how many of you have read the entire Bible.” Scattered hands, a few students here and there. [2]

If that is the trend, how sure are we that we aren’t ignorant of Islamic Faith?

Someone once said, “self-cure starts with self realization and confession” and hence if you are ignorant of something, please admit that you are ignorant. And obviously, learned men will nod in vigorous agreement with Richard Cecil’s statement: “The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.” If you are ashamed of admitting your ignorance, then the chances are that you may not learn anything. Why don’t you heed the advice of Benjamin Franklin, who quipped: “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”

Let there be a club in the footsteps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which should be designed to help the ignorant become smart. And it should be called Ignorant Anonymous (IA). Just like the first meeting at AA, you have to stand up and say “My name is so and so and I’m an alcoholic” similarly those people suffering from the agonies of ignorance should unflinchingly stand up and admit, “My name is Atti Tude and I’m ignorant of the religion of Islam. The only knowledge I know about Islam is from these biased media and antagonists of Islam.” Others should clap at his courage of admitting the reality so that another person is encouraged to say “my name is Sahara Fried-man and I am ignorant of existence of the word of God. I regret for not having read the entire Qur’an/Bible and as a consequence, I found myself accompanied with confusion, distress and misery.” After other members burst into a “Hello Sahara!”, Mr Poppin should proceed with, “I’m Poppin Sparkle and I am unaware of Muhammad’s Prophethood. However, I am recovering from naivety and I am now reading the biography of Prophet Muhammad.” Before the meeting ends, the last person at IA would stand up with his sobering confession: “my name is Pilot Inspektor and  I’m ignorant of the authenticity of Qur’an. I have to admit that my busy life has distracted me from verifying the genuineness of Qur’an as a word of God.”

The following is an excerpt from the Book “They are Either Extremely Smart or Extremely Ignorant”, containing statements of brave men who got the courage to admit that they are ignorant of Islam. Read the excerpt:

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Confirmed Ignorance

“I’m ashamed to admit it, but before September 11, I didn’t pay much attention to Islam… when it comes to Islamic culture and history and its long engagement with the west, I was virtually ignorant.” [3]

~ Jeremy Rifkin

He is the well-known American economist. He is the author of The Age of Access and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington

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People are ignorant about the religion of Islam. People don’t understand that Islam today is a European religion . . .” [4]

~ Ingmar Karlsson

Ingmar Karlsson was Sweden’s consul general in İstanbul since September 2001. He had previously served as ambassador in Prague and Bratislava. Karlsson is a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa at Lund University and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Växjö. He also studied business administration, political science and the history of ideas and learning at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. He has authored more than 10 books on the subjects of Europe’s relationship with faith, terrorism, Islam and minorities. Some of his books, include: Islam and Europe – confrontation or coexistence? (1994), The Stepchildren of Europe – minorities without a mother-nation (2003), Faith, terror and tolerance – essays on religion and politics  (2004), and A Europe of the regions (2006)

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One third of Australians are completely ignorant of the Islamic faith . . . .” [5]

According to the 2006 survey conducted by Roy Morgan research in Australia.

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Americans Ignorant of Islam . . .” [6]

A title from Islamonline reflecting the poll by Pew Research Center

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Most Americans have never read a verse from the Qur’an, nor met a person they knew to be Muslim. Their distorted images of Islam come from snippets of television news and headlines that falsely link Islam with terrorism and the degradation of women. They have no awareness of Islamic principles and beliefs—monotheism, peace, charity, compassion, interfaith tolerance, women’s rights—common principles that should bind Muslims, Christians, and Jews together.” [7]

~ Paul Findley.

He represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives for 22 years. He is the author of the bestselling book, They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront the Israel Lobby.

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People with power and influence in the U.S. have been saying some very stupid things about Islam and about Muslims since September 11. Some of it is rooted in conscious malice, and ethnic prejudice that spills over into religious bigotry. But some is rooted in sheer historical and geographical ignorance . . . . As an educator, in Asian Studies, at a fairly elite university, I am painfully aware of this ignorance.” [8]

~ Gary Leupp

Gary Leupp is an an associate professor, Department of History, Tufts University and coordinator, Asian Studies Program. In his article he clarified his identity saying, “Oh, and by the way, I’m not a Muslim, but what those on the Christian right revile as a “secular humanist.”

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“The totally erroneous statements made about Islam in the West are sometimes the result of ignorance, and sometimes of systematic denigration.”[9]

~ Maurice Bucaille

He was a member of the French Society of Egyptology, a medical doctor, and chief of the surgical clinic at the University of Paris.  Apart from being a specialist in gastroenterology, Dr. Bucaille is also the author of various scholarly works. He was once a family physician to King Faisal of Saudi Arabia and also some of his patients were relatives of President Anwar Sadat of Egypt. At the age of 50, he devoted his time to learn the Arabic language. He had also embarked on a deep study of Islam and Qur’an. Dr. Maurice Bucaille is associated with two medical eponyms.

For More Confirmed Ignorance [Updated in 2015]:

“Almost two-thirds of Americans don’t know a Muslim. What they know is ISIS, al Qaeda, and Charlie Hebdo” [10]

~Todd Green, a religion professor at Luther College in Iowa.


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{Excerpted from Salim Boss’ book “They are either Extremely Smart or Extremely Ignorant”. Buy the eBook  for $1.9 and the paperback for $9. Just click here to buy the book}

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[1] . “The Bible v the Koran, the battle of books.” The Economist 22 Dec. 2007: p.60.

[2] . Ehrman, Bart D. Jesus, Interrupted. Kindle Edition. HarperCollins e-books, 2009.p.226.

[3]. Rifkin, Jeremy. “Dialogue is a Necessity.” The Guardian 13 Nov. 2001.

[4]. “Islam is and will be a European religion.” Today’s Zaman 12 March 2007.

[5]. “Third of Aussies ignorant about Islam: survey.” The Age 20 March 2006.

[6]. IOL Staff. “Americans Ignorant of Islam: Poll.” islamonline.net 26 Sep. 2007. <http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?c=Article_C&cid=1189959448918&pagename=Zone-English-News/NWELayout&gt;

[7]. Findley, Paul. Silent No More: Confronting America’s False Images of Islam. Maryland: Amana Publications, 2001.

[8]. Leupp, Gary. “Challenging Ignorance on Islam: a Ten-Point Primer for Americans.” Counterpunch 24 July 2002. <http://www.counterpunch.org/leupp0724.html&gt;

[9]. Bucaille, Maurice, M.D. The Bible, the Qur’an and Science. Lahore: Kazi publications, 1977 . pp. 110-111.

[10] Ingram, Paul. “Phoenix Mosque Sees Anti-Islam Protesters Parading ‘Muhammad Cartoon Contest”  Huffington Post 29 May 2015. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/05/29/phoenix-mosque-islam_n_7473592.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592&gt;

“. . . Islam is the fastest growing religion. Demographers predict that one out of every four human beings will be Muslim in 24 years. If demographics is power, then the world is tilting toward a Muslim century.”  [1]

~ Jeremy Rifkin, the well-known American economist. He is the author of The Age of Access and president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington.

We cannot exhaust the hundreds of thousands of individuals who revert to Islam in this book. If I attempt to profile all the reverts, I would obviously appear in Guinness World Records for writing the most voluminous book in the world – for which I have no intentions. If America alone, the NBC News report that 20,000 Americans revert to Islam each year, 75% of them are women and according to St. Petersburg Times “Every year, about 20,000 people in the United States convert to Islam, in addition to those who convert in prison . . . .”[2], then how do you expect us to profile all these 20,000 converts without being overcome by exhaustion and boredom. It is also reported that, “religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States . . . . Islam has 5 million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million . . . . And Islam is believed to be the fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new immigrants and the other half from conversions.”[3]  And in Christianity Today:

Islam is one of the fastest-growing religions in America, and the massive number of African-American converts—in prisons, colleges, and inner cities—is a key factor. There are more than 2 million black Muslims in the United States, and if current trends prevail, that figure will continue to swell.[4]

And then we read elsewhere that:

Increasing numbers of Latinas are converting to Islam, for love, faith and, some say, a sense of respect . . . . The American Muslim Council, based in Chicago, estimates that there are more than 200,000 Latino Muslims in the United States . . . . Mariam Abassi, vice president of the Da’wah (outreach) program at the center (i.e. The North Hudson Islamic Educational Center, in Union City, N.J.), said about 500 members of the center are Latino converts.[5]

The mind is further boggled reading that, “Islam has become the No. 1 non-Christian faith in Quebec*, as in Canada as a whole.”[6]Elsewhere, we find that “Figures from the 2001 Canadian census released yesterday by Statistics Canada show that the number of people claiming to be of Muslim faith increased by 128.9 per cent to 579,640 in the decade beginning in 1991, making Islam the fastest growing religion in Canada.”[7]

And in Britain, according to The Times, “. . . Unprecedented numbers of British people, nearly all of them women, are converting to Islam at a time of deep divisions within the Anglican and Catholic churches.”[8]An article which appeared in The Sunday Times on 22 February 2004 stated that, “…more than 14,000 white Britons have converted to Islam after becoming disillusioned with western values, according to the first authoritative study of the phenomenon.”[9]On the other hand, British Home Secretary Jacqui Smith confirmed that more than 50,000 are converting to Islam each year.[10]It is further estimated that “. . . anywhere between 10,000 and 50,000 people a year convert to Islam in the UK . . . .”[11]And Rose Kendrick, a religious education teacher at a Hull comprehensive and the author of a textbook guide to the Koran says: “Within the next 20 years the number of British converts will equal or overtake the immigrant Muslim community that brought the faith here”[12]With such a burgeoning number of converts, it is of no shock to learn that the Queen of England has converted a room at Windsor Castle into a prayer space for Muslim staff.[13]Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world and one of the principal official residences of the British monarch. Should people neglect the words of Anjem Choudary who was speaking at a meeting in London? Choudary, the Muslim preacher, without equivocation and circumlocutions, said: “It may be by pure conversion that Britain will become an Islamic state. We may never need to conquer it from the outside.”[14]

What about this scaring report from The Times:

The Muslim population in Britain has grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in just four years, according to official research collated for The Times. The population multiplied 10 times faster than the rest of society, the research by the Office for National Statistics reveals. In the same period the number of Christians in the country fell by more than 2 million. Experts said that the increase was attributable to immigration, a higher birthrate and conversions to Islam during the period of 2004-2008, when the data was gathered.[15]

And within a span of around two or three years, “Some 3,000 to 5,000 Italians have converted to Islam from Catholicism in recent years,”[16]

On 26 July 2005, United Press International reported, “Islam is becoming an increasingly popular religion in Belgium, with some four hundred converts last year.”[17]De Standaard is a Flemish daily newspaper published in Belgium. In an article published in 2004, De Standaard reported that “400 Belgians each year convert to Islam in the great Mosque of Brussels”[18]

And according to Swissinfo, “Around 30,000 women in Switzerland have converted to Islam, according to a recent report by an organization for Muslim women.”[19]

Moreover, an Interior Ministry-sponsored study on Muslim life in Germany revealed that:

. . . In Germany, some 4,000 people converted to Islam between July 2004 and June 2005. The study, which was financed by the Interior Ministry and carried out by the Soest-based Muslim institute Islam Archive Germany, reveals that the number of converts increased four-fold in comparison to the previous year . . . .[20]

The Jerusalem Post dated 23 January 2007 report: “As many as 100,000 French and British citizens have converted to Islam over the last decade, according to a new book by an Israeli historian.”[21]The figures have been cited by Hebrew University Professor Raphael Israeli in his book The Third Islamic Invasion of Europe.

In 2000, the French Ministry of the Interior estimated the total number of people born into Islam as 4.1 million and converts as about 40,000.[22]And the 2006 issue of The Washington Post states: “Estimates vary on the number of Islamic converts in the country (i.e. France) — from 30,000 to 100,000 . . .”[23]

Do you come from a land Down Under (i.e. Australia)? Then, you better run, you better take cover because we have heard ABC Local Radio reporting:

As the Government tries to find a ways to prevent Muslim extremism in Australia, the number of people converting to Islam is increasing. Queensland’s Islamic community says its numbers have more than doubled in recent years, and it now boasts more than 15,000 followers, including those who’ve turned away from other religions such as Christianity.[24]

And on 18 November 2003, the Syndey Morning Herald featured an article on the phenomenon of conversions in Australia. It reported that:

Islam is among NSW’s (New South Wales) fastest growing religions, with the growth strongly driven by disenchanted Catholics and Anglican . . . . Yet, Islam is among NSW’s fastest-growing religions, the numbers of adherents increasing by 40 per cent since the 1996 census when 102,288 nominated themselves as Muslim. Its growth is not solely the result of Sydney’s status as an immigration centre and the higher birth rates of Arabic-speaking families. Against all expectations, Australian Christians, including Catholics and Anglicans, and agnostics are finding Islam an answer to their spiritual voids . . . . Why would Christians convert? A University of New England academic, Laurence Tamatea, says Islam is attractive because of its universal message, its sense of community, sense of belonging, of a brotherhood and sisterhood.[25]

In Australia, there are a group of people known as the Aborigines, the majority being Christians, converted by European settlers. However, the BBC reporting about them reveal that:

Many have embraced the religion (i.e. Islam) for spiritual reasons, while others insist it gives them a way to escape the oppression suffered by the country’s indigenous population . . . . A small but growing number of young Aboriginal men are now turning to Islam, and it is now estimated there are 1,000 Aboriginal Muslims in Australia, including new recruits and descendants of mixed marriages.[26]

If we take a safari to Africa, we would find that Africa is not only a predominantly Muslim continent but also “. . . most experts agree that Islam is spreading faster than any other faith in East and West Africa.”[27]According to World Book Encyclopedia, Islam is the largest religion in Africa, followed by Christianity and on the authority of Western Journal of Black Studies (2005), the Muslims comprised of 45.1% of the population while Christians  were 36.9%.[28] But what is worth observing is that “A recent report by a Christian organization, Frontline Fellowship, which spearheads the growth of Christianity in Africa, indicates that Islam is growing at a fast rate in this impoverished continent . . . . It says Islam is growing twice as fast as Christianity in Africa.”[29]

And why shouldn’t Islam be accepted by Africans when it is widely known that “Islamic values have much in common with traditional African life: its emphasis on communal living, its clear roles for men and women, its tolerance of polygamy”[30], whereas Christianity as a way of life is much in conflict with most of African traditional values. Little wonder then to hear Reverend Benjamin Kwashi, the Anglican bishop of Jos, Nigeria say: ‘’The Muslims are winning — they have won. Islam is growing very fast. For many Africans, it makes more sense to reject America and Europe’s secular values, a culture of selfishness and half-naked women, by embracing Islam.’’[31]

Another illustration is that in Madagascar 17, 500 of Intimor tribe reverted en-masse[32]

The Washington Post reveals the phenomenal growth of Islam even in Rwanda:

. . .  Since the genocide, Rwandans have converted to Islam in huge numbers. Muslims now make up 14 percent of the 8.2 million people here in Africa’s most Catholic nation, twice as many as before the killings began . . . . Many converts say they chose Islam because of the role that some Catholic and Protestant leaders played in the genocide . . . . In contrast, many Muslim leaders and families are being honored for protecting and hiding those who were fleeing . . . . “I know people in America think Muslims are terrorists, but for Rwandans they were our freedom fighters during the genocide,” said Jean Pierre Sagahutu, 37, a Tutsi who converted to Islam from Catholicism after his father and nine other members of his family were slaughtered. “I wanted to hide in a church, but that was the worst place to go. Instead, a Muslim family took me. They saved my life.”. . . . “If it weren’t for the Muslims, my whole family would be dead,” said Aisha Uwimbabazi, 27, a convert and mother of two children. “I was very, very thankful for Muslim people during the genocide. I thought about it and I really felt it was right to change.”[33]

The 2002 January  edition of  The Christian Science Monitor carried the title:  “In South Africa, many blacks convert to Islam” writing therein that “Islam is growing in South African communities, offering a haven from social vices, an ethic of charity for the needy, and social reform.”  The paper mentioned that, “The faith (i.e. Islam) is attracting both poor shantytown dwellers who appreciate Islam’s emphasis on charity, and young intellectuals attracted by the faith’s focus on lifestyle and social reform.” And it is estimated that in Soweto alone, there were 10,000 converts to Islam as in 2002.[34] Independent Online is a wholly owned subsidiary of Independent News & Media, a media organization based in Dublin, Ireland with interests in 22 countries on 4 continents. The Newspaper writes:

Black South Africans, drawn to the Islam practised by African immigrants, are converting in growing numbers and slowly changing the face of religious affiliation in the overwhelmingly Christian country. “The numbers have gone up dramatically if you look at the census figures . . . there is massive growth especially in the (black) townships,” said Dr Shamil Jeppie, an expert on Islamic history in Africa at the University of Cape Town . . . . But an estimated 75 000 Africans are now Muslim compared to fewer than 12 000 in 1991 during apartheid white rule, according to research by the Human Sciences Research Council, a government-funded institute.[35]

To get exhaustive conversion rate of my own country Kenya is equally hard. However, I got the privilege of accessing the records of the converts from Jamia Mosque Reverts Center in Nairobi. The center would offer a certificate of reversion to Islam to those who reported their conversions at its Center. Each certificate would detail important information such as the name of the person, the adopted name after conversion, date of conversion, sex and National Identification Number of the revertee, two witnesses, serial number of the certificate, signatures, e.t.c. The duplicate of the certificates would usually remain with Jamia mosque Reverts Center. Readers should note, however, that the data I got from Jamia Mosque Reverts Center is not representative of all converts to Islam in Kenya. The data represent only those reverts who reported their adoption of Islam at Jamia offices in Nairobi. It is emphatically assumed that most of these converts reside in or in close proximity to Nairobi and it is worth noting that of all the eight provinces in Kenya, Nairobi is the smallest province in terms of area. From the data, in a period between 1990 to 2009 (i.e. 20 year period), the number of people who embraced Islam in the Nairobi area is 10 923. The provided  table shows the number of converts from the year 1990 to 2009.

If you go to Singapore, you will read: “. . . About 500 people here convert to Islam each year. That has been the average since the 1990s, said the Muslim Converts’ Association of Singapore.”[36]Brunei Times report a greater number of ethnic Chinese enquiring about turning to Islam, with a greater number of Indonesian Chinese embracing Islam in the month of Ramadhan, every year.[37] And in a different edition, it reports that a total of 109 people became Muslims in the Tutong District from January to 22 December 2008.[38]

Then, there is Israel News reporting that:

According to statistics from the Population Administration, 2006 will be a record year for Israeli Jews joining the Muslim religion. In the past few years, the number of conversions to Islam was relatively stable at 35 per year, but over 70 conversions were expected this year. In 2003, 40 Jews converted to Islam; in 2004 the number dropped to 27; and last year it stood at 33.[39]

Remarkably, in 2004, thirty-seven Korean soldiers converted to Islam ahead of their late July deployment to the Kurdish city of Irbil in northern Iraq. The Chosun Iblo Korean News Agency stated that:

. . . at noon Friday, 37 members of the Iraq-bound “Zaitun Unit,” including Lieutenant Son Hyeon-ju of the Special Forces 11th Brigade, made their way to a mosque in Hannam-dong, Seoul and held a conversion ceremony”.[40]

Citing why Islam attracted them, one of these Korean soldiers said: “I became a Muslim because I felt Islam was more humanistic and peaceful than other religions. And if you can religiously connect with the locals, I think it could be a big help in carrying out our peace reconstruction mission.”

The world-famous journal The Economist stated that “Russia’a fastest-growing religious group is its Muslims.”[41]Professor Paul Goble is the Vice Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities at Concordia-Audentes University in Tallinn, Estonia, and he is unquestionably a leading specialist on ethnic minorities in the Russian Federation. He said that within the next several decades Russia will become a country with a Muslim majority.[42]

Within most of our lifetimes the Russian Federation, assuming it stays within current borders, will be a Muslim country . . . .  That is it will have a Muslim majority and even before that the growing number of people of Muslim background in Russia will have a profound impact on Russian foreign policy. The assumption in Western Europe or the United States that Moscow is part of the European concert of powers is no longer valid . . . . The Muslim growth rate, since 1989, is between 40 and 50 percent . . . . By 2015, Muslims will make up a majority of Russia’s conscript army, and by 2020 a fifth of the population.

Goble says that in 1991 there were about 300 mosques in Russia. However, in 2006, it rose to 8,000. The number of Russians going on the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca each year has jumped from 40 in 1991 to 13,500 in 2005.

Tamil Nadu is one of the 28 states of India. In a village in Madurai district of Tamil Nadu live a group of people referred to as Dalit. They are of South Asian descent traditionally regarded as untouchables or of low caste, who have been told by the upper castes of India that they are less than human. Cases of oppression, injustices, and ill-treatment against the Dalits are rampart. The Dalits thought Islam could be a solution to their sufferings.  At this point, it’s worth-noting that Islam scripturally crashes all types of racism, ethnicity, tribalism or supremacy based on color and birth. Hence the verse: “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.” [Q 49:13] and as Christians talk of the Last Supper of Jesus, Muslims talk of the Last Sermon of Muhammad.  The Last Sermon of Prophet Muhammad included this important clause: “All mankind is [descended] from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab, nor a non-Arab over an Arab. A white man has no superiority over black nor a black over white, except on account of piety and good deeds.”[43]Furthermore, Qur’an Chapter 49 verse 10 “The believers are but brothers. . . .” places belief in one God as the assimilating agent, and not race, wealth, nationality or popularity. No sane person can hesitate following a Prophet who said, “You are not better than people with red or black skins unless you excel them in piety.”[44] Arnold Toynbee, a historian who believed that revival of religion is one of the keys to the salvation of Western civilization admitted that Islam can extinguish racial discrimination:

The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding moral achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue. The forces of racial toleration, which at present seem to be fighting a losing battle in a spiritual struggle of immense importance to mankind, might still regain the upper hand if any strong influence militating against racial consciousness were now to be thrown into the scales. It is conceivable that the spirit of Islam might be the timely reinforcement which would decide this issue in favor of tolerance and peace.[45]

Despite other Dalits embracing Islam in previous occasion, news went that an entire village desired to revert to Islam:

All Dalits in the village intend converting to Islam,” said the local panchayat president, Murthy, at S Keezhapatti. “The upper castes don’t respect us and untouchability is a curse when it comes to eking out a living,” he explained. As he pointed out, “If a Dalit opens a tea stall, caste Hindus stay away. But if he converts to Islam and opens the same tea stall, they come to the same place, to the ‘bhai’s tea stall’. There is no untouchability then.” It is not the illiterate among the Dalits who feel that way. Even a post-graduate from the village says that conversion is the only way out to ‘’buy social respect”.[46]

For those who would like to work in Saudi Arabia or Arab countries and those who have friends/relatives in such countries will be thrilled to read from the Middle East’s leading English language daily Newspaper Arab News dated 20 May 2006:

As many as 4,200 expatriates of different nationalities have embraced Islam as a result of the activities of Islamic Education Foundation (IEF) in Alhamrah in the past 10 years, according to a press statement issued by IEF. About 40 percent of the converts were women, it said.[47]

Islamic Education Foundation (IEF) is supervised by Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Propagation and Guidance. It is reported that in UAE, expatriates have converted to Islam, majorities are from the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and a few from Western countries. One of the news sources disclose:

The total number of those who have embraced Islam in the United Arab Emirates has reached the 10,000 mark, and a new center is now being built in which there would be four classrooms for men and a similar number for women, a lecture hall, administrative offices, and it is expected that it will also open branches in various other emirates of the UAE. Most of these converts embraced Islam due to efforts exerted by the Sheikh Zayed Center for New Converts.[48]

Let us pose for a moment. I am sure you have personally witnessed a case of conversion to Islam, either in your family, in your village/town/college or on the media. That is if you socialize with mankind and you are neither living in Mars nor Venus.

However, we should know that there are those converts who, due to one reason or the other, opt to remain anonymous. Only God knows them. They may be performing Islamic rituals in secrecy (and some doubt if Obama is a Christian). We cannot get the statistics of these undercover Muslims. Just like in Makkah before it was conquered by Muslims, there were some Muslim converts living in anonymity with the unbelievers of Makkah. Muhammad and his companions were heading to Makkah. Had a fight taken place between Muhammad’s party and the Makkans, they might unwittingly have killed some of those Muslim converts, not known to them as Muslims, and thus suffered the anguish of shedding Muslim blood. Hence the verse:

And if not for believing men and believing women (i.e. converts to Islam) whom you did not know – that you might trample [i.e., kill] them and there would befall you because of them dishonor without [your] knowledge – [you would have been permitted to enter Makkah]. [This was so] that Allah might admit to His mercy whom He willed. If they had been apart [from them], We would have punished those who disbelieved among them with painful punishment. [Q 48:25].

Thus, getting the statistics of all Muslim converts is very hard due to the cases of those who don’t report their conversions. Fact: there is a rising tide of converts flowing to Islam. Period. To profile all these converts would require a voluminous encyclopedia.  The point is home. That Islam is growing faster than any other religion. We anticipate a credible Muslim body which would come up with a yearly-based volume(s) profiling notable converts to Islam besides giving statistics on conversions. Probably, every country profiling her notable converts. The title might read something like 2009 Converts to Islam: Profiles of Notable Kenyan Converts. For America, they would have something like 2009 Converts to Islam: Profiles of Notable American Converts.

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[1]. Rifkin, Jeremy. “Dialogue is a Necessity.” The Guardian 13 Nov. 2001.

[2]. Wiener, Jocelyn (Times Staff Writer). “Young, Female and Muslim.” St. Petersburg Times 7 Oct. 2002.

[3]. Arnett, Elsa C. Knight-Ridder News Service.

[4]. Ellis, Carl. “Conversations: Carl Ellis on How Islam Is Winning Black America.” By Edward Gilbreath. Christianity Today 3 April 2000. Vol. 44. No. 4.

[5]. Conci, Pilar. “Latina converts look for answers in Islam.” Columbia News Service 27 May 2008.  Another article on Latina conversions to Islam see; Armario, Christine. “US Latinas seek answers in Islam.” The Christian Science Monitor 27 Dec. 2004.

* Quebec is a province in the central part of Canada; the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking  population; it is Canada’s largest province by area (nearly three times the size of France or Texas and its second-largest administrative division; it is the second most populous province, after Ontario.

[6]. Shepard, Harvey. “Islam Thrives in Quebec.” Montreal Gazette 14 May 2003.

[7]. Galloway, Gloria. “Muslims Outnumber Jews in Canada.” Toronto Globe and Mail 14 May 2003.

[8]. Berrington, Lucy. “Why Are British Women Turning to Islam?” The Times 9 Nov. 1993.

[9]. Hellen, Nicholas and Christopher Morgan. “Islamic Britain lures top people.” The Sunday Times 22 Feb. 2004.

[10]. Roznama Jasarat (Pakistan) 22 May 2008. Also see Rupee News (New York) 20 July 2008.

[11]. Smith, Robert. “Islam will be dominant UK religion.” Gulf Daily News 10 March 2004.

[12]. Berrington, Lucy. “Why Are British Women Turning to Islam?” The Times 9 Nov. 1993.

[13]. Sayed, Ruki. “Queen opens Muslim prayer room at Windsor Castle.”  Voice of the Mirror 30 Sept. 2006. Page 8. Also see: “Queen sanctions first ever Muslim prayer room.” Daily Mail  29 Sept. 2006.

[14]. France, Anthony and Vince Soodin. “We need more Muslim babies … then we can take over Britain.” The Sun 13 Sept. 2008.

[15]. Kerbaj, Richard. “Muslim population ‘rising 10 times faster than rest of society.” The Times 30 Jan. 2009.

[16]. Baker, Luke. “Rome’s envoy to S. Arabia converts to Islam.” Reuters 26 Nov. 2001.

[17]. “Islam on rise in Belgium.” United Press International 26 July 2005.

[18]. “Islam in Belgium.” De Standaard 20 Nov. 2004.

[19]. Berthoud, Jean-Michel. “Putting their faith in Islam.” Swissinfo 14 March 2005.

[20]. Ackermann, Lutz. “Angst-Ridden Germans Look for Answers — And Find Them in the Koran.” Der Spiegel 18 Jan. 2007. <http://www.spiegel.de/international/spiegel/0,1518,460364,00.html&gt;

[21]. Lefkovits, Etgar. “Islam converts change face of Europe.” The Jerusalem Post 23 Jan.2007

[22]. l’Islam dans la République” (Haut Conseil à l’intégration, Nov. 2000, p.26)

[23]. Whitlock, Craig. “Trial of French Islamic Radical Sheds Light on Converts’ Role.” Washington Post 1 Jan. 2006, A01.

[24]. Millar, Lisa. “Number of Islamic converts increasing.” AM. ABC Local Radio. 27 Aug. 2005.  08:06:10 < http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2005/s1447377.htm&gt;

[25]. “Converts in the houses of the Lord.” Syndey Morning Herald 18.  Nov. 2003.

[26]. “Aborigines turn to Islam.” bbc.co.uk  31 March. 2003 <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/2902315.stm&gt;

[27]Onishi, Norimitsu. “Rising Muslim Power in Africa Causes Unrest in Nigeria and Elsewhere.” New York Times Also see: Kaba, Amadu Jackay. “Spread of Christianity and Islam in Africa: A Survey and Analysis of the Numbers and Percentages of Christians, Muslims, and Those Who Practice Indigenous Religions,” Western Journal of Black Studies. Vol. 29, no.2, 2005, p. 561.

[28]. Kaba, Amadu Jackay. Western Journal of Black Studies. Vol. 29, No.2, 2005. p. 561.

[29]. Jomo, Frank. “Islam making in-roads in Zambia.” newsfromafrica.org 19 July 2006. <http://www.newsfromafrica.org/newsfromafrica/articles/art_10733.html&gt;

[30]. Onishi, Norimitsu. “Rising Muslim Power in Africa Causes Unrest in Nigeria and Elsewhere.” New York Times 1 Nov.  2001.

[31]. Onishi, Norimitsu. “Rising Muslim Power in Africa Causes Unrest in Nigeria and Elsewhere.” New York Times 1 Nov.  2001.

[33]. Wax, Emily. “Islam Attracting Many Survivors of Rwanda Genocide.” Washington Foreign Post Service 23 Sept. 2002.p. A10. See <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A53018-2002Sep22.html&gt;

[34]. Itano, Nicole. “In South Africa, many blacks convert to Islam.” The Christian Science Monitor 10 Jan. 2002.

[35]. Bell, Gordon. “Islam is spreading among black South Africans.” Independent Online 14 Nov. 2004. <http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=139&art_id=qw1100423885802B264&gt;;also see Paz, Reuven and Moshe Terdman. “Islam’s Inroads.” The Journal of International Security Affairs Fall 2007, No. 13.

[36]. Zainol, Vivi. “Singapore: 500 Convert To Islam Every Year.” The Straits Times 22 Nov. 2003.

[37]. Rosli, Sobrina. “More people embrace Islam during holy month.” The Brunei Times 30 Sept. 2007.

[38]. Begawan, Bandar Seri. “109 embrace Islam in Tutong.” The Brunei Times 24 Dec. 2008

[39]. Palter, Nurit. “2006: More Jews converting to Islam.” Israel News 13 July 2006. <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3274735,00.html&gt;

[40].“Ahead of Iraq Deployment, 37 Korean Troops Convert to Islam.” The Chosun Iblo Korean News Agency 8 June 2004.<http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200405/200405280041.html&gt; Also watch their conversions on this link (s) <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awhV2zNo5LM >

[41]. “Russia’s Muslims: A benign growth?” The Economist 7 April. 2007. p.25.

[42]. “Analyst Predicts Muslim Majority in Russia Within 30 Years.” voanews.com 28 Feb. 2006.

<http://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-02/2006-02-28-voa77.cfm?CFID=105873012&CFTOKEN=97671586&jsessionid=6630ffca3635a655cac662261fe3b18643c5 >; Also see Choudhury, Salah Uddin Shoaib. “Russia becoming a Muslim state!” Asian Tribune Mon, 22 May 2006.

[43]. Musnad of Imam Ahmed # 19774; Also see AlMubarakpuri, SafiurRahman. ArRaheeq AlMakhtum (The Sealed Nectar). 1st ed. Riyadh: Maktaba DarusSalam, 1995. p.460.

[44]. Mishkat Al-Masabih, 5198 and transmitted by Ahmad.

[45]. Toynbee, Arnold J. Civilization on Trial. New York: Oxford University Press, 1948. pp. 205-206.

[46]. “Dalit villagers in Madurai to take to Islam” rediff.com 16 Jan. 2001. <http://www.rediff.com/news/2001/jan/16satya.htm&gt;

[47]. P.K. Abdul Ghafour. “4,200 Embraced Islam Through IEF Programs.” Arab News 20 May 2006; Also see P.K. Abdul Ghafour. “New Muslims on the rise in US after Sept. 11.”  Arab News 3 Nov. 2002.

[48]. “Converts in Emirates.” Islamic Voice March 1999.

The fact that unprecedented numbers of non-Muslims are streaming into Islam is not necessarily a guarantee that Islam is the true religion. Are we supposed to take feces as a fancy dish because a billion flies can’t be wrong? Or should we trust the cigarette addict who says in an unremitting conviction: “Smoking is a healthy pastime, since millions of people do it, why should we think otherwise?” One might flippantly contend that the greatest number of people in the world follows Christianity, so it must be true. But as the facts show, Islam will soon have the greatest number of followers; will it mean that Islam is the true religion?

No matter how many people happen to subscribe to a religion, what is important is to examine whether or not there was a truth that appealed to the majority. Numbers are essential and there is indeed safety in numbers especially when such great numbers are subscribing to truth and not the “every-one-is-doing-it-just-do-it” fallacy. However, most, if not all, of these converts to Islam did an unbiased in-depth research on Islam before accepting it. This phenomenal growth of Islam, especially by conversions, begs our attention and demand any God-conscious person to re-examine Islam without subjectivity.[i]*


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[i] . * Brilliant books that have objectively examined the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) for their truths are the two books: God’ed and MisGod’ed by Dr. Laurence B. Brown. They can be ordered from http://www.amazon.com

It is imperative to point out that the growth of Islam is not only attributed to high birth rates but due to conversions as well. A case in point is that in America alone, according to St. Petersburg Times, “Every year, about 20,000 people in the United States convert to Islam, in addition to those who convert in prison . . . of these converts, there are more women than men, the majority of them young and unmarried . . .”[1]The NBC News has also reported the same yearly figure of converts. According to New York Times, “An estimated 25 percent of American Muslims are converts.”[2]And this is bloodcurdling figure.

Let’s take Europe, for instance, as a case study. We will witness sources asserting that Islam will become a dominant religion in Europe. According to The Washington Quarterly:

. . . Muslims will comprise at least 20 percent of Europe’s population by 2050. Some even predict that one-fourth of France’s population could be Muslim by 2025 and that, if trends continue, Muslims could outnumber non-Muslims in France and perhaps in all of western Europe by mid-century.[3]

Patrick Buchanan is an American political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster. He had also served as a senior advisor to President Richard Nixon, President Gerald Ford, and President Ronald Reagan.  In a speech delivered on 7 December 2001, Buchanan said: “Don’t count Islam out. It is the fastest growing faith in Europe and has surpassed Catholicism worldwide. And as Christianity expires in the West and the churches empty out, the mosques are going up.”[4]A 1999 United Nations’ survey showed that between 1989 and 1998, Europe’s Muslim population grew by more than 100 percent.[5]Currently, Muslims comprise of about 10 % of Europe’s population while others predict that Muslims will make up 10% of Europe’s population by 2025.[6]Funny enough, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are expected to be the first large majority-Muslim cities in about 2015.[7]In an article entitled “In Europe, skylines reflect the rise of Islam” which appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Isabelle de Pommereau states: “Across Europe, the Continent’s fastest-growing religion (i.e. Islam) is establishing its public presence after decades in basements and courtyards, changing not only the architectural look of cities, but also their social fabrics.”[8]  Discussing the major trends reshaping the global context, William Van Wishard illustrates that “the Catholic Church is facing the distinct possibility that in coming years, Islam will be the largest European faith.”[9] There are three major factors that are and will be making Europe become a Muslim majority continent: 1) Immigration; 2) Muslim High birth rate; and 3) conversions to Islam.

We are interested with the third factor because it is conversions to Islam that will hasten Bernard Lewis’* famous prediction that Europe will be Islamic by century’s end.[10]In 2005, The Christian Science Monitor stated: “Although there are no precise figures, observers who monitor Europe’s Muslim population estimate that several thousand men and women convert each year.”[11] The Muslims already in Europe will also convert the non-Muslim Europeans to Islam. Either the Muslims will directly engage in proselytizing efforts to win European souls or the Europeans will just convert due to “I converted to Islam because I was impressed by the behaviors of Muslims” argument or the European will convert to Islam to marry a Muslim. Perhaps, this (conversion) factor was inclusive in the Gadhafi speech: “We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe – without swords, without guns, without conquests. The 50 million Muslims of Europe will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.”[12]

In Europe, Islam is the second largest religion.[13]From life experiences, even from school performances, we know that a student who used to get D grade can move to C grade then B grade. With continual hard work and determination, the student can attain grade A.  Hence, it won’t be mysterious for Islam to surpass Christianity (and all other religions) in Europe. If Islam is currently the second largest religion in Europe, chances are that it is going to be the largest religion in Europe. In an interview, Ingmar Karlsson, Sweden’s consul general in İstanbul, who is a Doctor of Divinity honoris causa at Lund University and a Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Växjö and the author of more than 10 books, has acknowledged Islam as a “domestic” European religion. He said in an interview: “When I grew up in Sweden after World War II, there were three Muslims in the country, three! . . .  Now, Muslims make up 5 to 6 percent of Sweden’s population. And as this number continues to rise, everyone will realize that Islam is and will be a European religion.”[14]  The Sweden’s consul general was distressed by those who don’t understand the dynamics of Islam in Europe, “People are ignorant about the religion of Islam. People don’t understand that Islam today is a European religion . . .”[15]  He said in the interview.

According to Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent Evan Osnos: “For Europe . . . the question is not which civilization, Western or Islamic, will prevail, but which of Islam’s many strands will dominate.”[16]  Some might anticipate the following as the product of a Muslim-majority Europe: Europe will have more of mosques and minarets than churches and cathedrals; Adhan, call to prayer will echo from Paris to Rotterdam to Brussels and London; bearded men and hijab-wearing women flooding the streets; Muslim head’s of state throughout the Europeans governments; Christians lobbying for minority rights; freedom of expression compromised; Sharia law implemented . . . .

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[1]. Wiener, Jocelyn (Times Staff Writer). “Young, Female and Muslim.” St. Petersburg Times 7 Oct. 2002.

[2]. Elliott, Andrea. “Muslim Converts Face Discrimination.” New York Times 30 April 2005.

[3]. Savage, Timothy M. “Europe and Islam: Crescent Waxing, Cultures Clashing.” The Washington Quarterly Summer 2004. p. 28.

[4]. Buchanan, Patrick J. “Coming Clash of Civilizations? theamericancause.org. 7 Dec. 2001. <http://www.theamericancause.org/patcomingclashprint.htm.&gt;

[5]. Allen Jr., John L. “Europe’s Muslims Worry Bishops.” National Catholic Reporter 22 Oct. 1999.

[6]. “The Integration Of Muslims In Europe.” Oxford Analytica 24 Feb. 2009. <http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/23/france-uk-muslims-business_oxford.htmllast&gt; retrieved 29 April 2009.

[7]. Pipes, Daniel. “Europe or Eurabia?” Australian 15 April 2008.

[8]. Isabelle de Pommereau. “In Europe, skylines reflect the rise of Islam.” The Christian Science Monitor 26 July 2007.

[9]. Van Wishard, William. “Major Trends Reshaping the Global Context.” worldtrendsresearch.com <http://www.worldtrendsresearch.com/major-trends.php&gt; Retrieved 12/09/2009.

* Bernard Lewis is a British-American historian, Orientalist, and political commentator. He is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and the recipient of AEI’s Irving Kristol Award for 2007. He made his prediction in 2004 that Europe would be Islamic by the end of the century. See Hundley, Tom.  “Article of Faith for Some: Europe Going Muslim.” Chicago Tribune 25 June 2006.

[10]. Lewis, Bernard. “Europe and Islam.” American Enterprise Institute. 7 March 2007 (AEI Annual Dinner, Irving Kristol Lecture :Washington).  Also see Machlis, David and Tovah Lazaroff. “Muslims about to take over Europe.” The Jerusalem Post 29 Jan. 2007.

[11]. Ford, Peter. “Why European Women Are Turning to Islam.” The Christian Science Monitor 27 Dec. 2005.

[12]. Edwards, Ruth Dudley. “Will Britain one day be Muslim?” The Daily Mail 5 May 2007. Also see: Al Jazeera television. 10 April 2006.

[13]. Esposito, John L. “Introduction John L. Esposito.”In The Oxford History of Islam. Ed. John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online. 11 March 2009. Also see: “Observing Islam.” Online newshour. pbs.org. 16 Nov. 2001.<http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/religion/july-dec01/islam_11-16.html&gt;

[14]. “Islam is and will be a European religion.” Today’s Zaman 12 March 2007.

[15]. “Islam is and will be a European religion.” Today’s Zaman 12 March 2007.

[16]. Osnos, Evan. “Islam shaping a new Europe.” Chicago Tribune 19 Dec. 2004.

Maybe figures would speak louder than statements.

As quoted in the World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world:

“. . . Christianity has experienced massive losses in the Western and Communist worlds over the last 60 years. In the Sovient Union, Christians have fallen from 83.6% in 1900 to 36.1% today. In Europe and North America, nett defections from Christianity—converts to other religions or to irreligion — are now running at 1, 820, 500 former Christians a year. This loss is much higher . . . .”[1]

According to a Christian magazine, The Plain Truth,[2]with its source books being the World Almanac and Book of Facts 1935, Reader’s Digest Almanac and Yearbook 1983, it acknowledged that in a span of fifty years (1934 – 1984):

From the figures given in that magazine, if we pick only three religions, it would appear as follows:

Shedding light on the unparalleled Muslim revival, the article which appeared in The Plane Truth in 1984 stated that, “In contrast to declining church memberships in the West, news reports would have told you of an opposite trend in the Moslem world. Islam would become the world’s fastest-growing religion . . .”[3]and truly as predicted, Islam is now the fastest-growing religion.As a matter of fact, the Vatican admits that Islam has overtaken Catholicism, “For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us,” Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano. Formenti who compiles the Vatican’s yearbook said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population – a stable percentage – while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.[4]

Moreover, The World Christian Database (WCD) and its print predecessor the World Christian Encyclopedia (WCE) has reviewed religious populations around the world and released results of their investigations at various times. Refining from the tabulation of their results, to compare and contrast Islam and Christianity, the yearly growth rate percentage would be as follows:

[References for the figures provided see: Barrett, David B., George Thomas Kurian, and Todd M. Johnson. 2001. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions in the modern world. New York: Oxford University Press. p 4. Also see “The List: The World’s Fastest-Growing Religions.” Foreign Policy 14 May 2007.]

Talking about other non-Christian religions, the author of WCE’s stand is: “. . . we may believe those religions false or inadequate and may attempt to win them to faith in Jesus Christ . . . .”[5]Hoping that the data on these ‘deviant’ religions provided therein are objective and not manipulated in an attempt to win them to faith in Jesus Christ, we shall use it for our analysis. The World Christian Encyclopedia gives the number of both Muslims and Christians in 1900 and in 2000. The population of Christians in 1900 and 2000 were 558 056 332 and 2 019 921 366 respectively and that of Muslims in the same years were 200 102 284 and1 200 653 040 respectively.[6]

A simple formula for calculating a percentage Growth Rate (or Percent Change) between two different periods is given as follows:

Using the figures provided by the WCE, let’s calculate the Percentage Growth of Christianity between 1900 and 2000.

After calculating, the percentage growth of Christianity become 262%

Using the figures provided by the WCE, let’s now calculate the Percentage Growth of Islam between 1900 and 2000.

After calculating, the percentage growth of Islam become 500%

Still, Islam is leading with 500% Growth Rate whereas Christianity has 262% Growth rate. In 1997, statisticians at the US Center for World Mission stated that Christianity’s total number of adherents is growing at about 2.3% annually.[7]According to Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance Islam is growing at about 2.9% per year which is faster than the total world population which is increasing at about 2.3% annually.[8] Extrapolating from the past Islam’s growth trends, no difficulty should be encountered, then, in accepting that Islam will unquestionably surpass all religions of the world. On October 2009, Kenyan newspaper The Standard emerged with an article entitled: “one in every four is a Muslim as followers hits 1.57 billion worldwide.”[9] This figure was revealed by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life in a report which is billed as the most comprehensive of its kind. If in 2000, according to the The World Christian Database (WCD), the Muslims were 1.2 billion worldwide and 9 years later (i.e. 2009) Pew Forum concluded that Muslims had reached 1.57 billion worldwide, what will be the world Muslim population in the next 50 years? Time will tell.

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[1]. Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.p. 7.

[2]. Stump, Keith. W. “A Crucial Half Century of Religion.” The Plain Truth Feb. 1984 p.11.

[3]. Stump, Keith. W. “A Crucial Half Century of Religion.” The Plain Truth Feb. 1984 p.20.

[4]. Richard Owen. “Islam overtakes Catholicism as world’s largest religion.” Times 31 March 2008; also see Kington, Tom. “Number of Muslims ahead of Catholics, says Vatican.” The Guardian 31 March 2008; “Muslims outnumber Catholics.” PRESS TV. 30 Mar 2008 < http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=49503&sectionid=3510212&gt; ; Rizzo, Alessandra (Associated Press Writer). “Muslims More Numerous Than Catholics.” ABC News 30 March 2008; CBS News 30 March 2008.

[5]. Barrett, David B. Preface. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. By Barrett. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.

[6]. Barrett, David B. World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative study of churches and religions in the modern world, AD 1900-2000. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982.p. 6.

[7]. Greg H. Parsons, Executive Director, U.S. Center for World Mission, Pasadena, CA; quoted in Zondervan News Service, 21 Feb. 1997.

[8]. Robinson, B.A.  “Growth Rate of Christianity & Islam.” religioustolerance.org. 6 Nov. 2001. <http://www.religioustolerance.org/growth_isl_chr.htm&gt;; Also see Khan, Arshad. Islam, Muslims and America: Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict. Algora Publishing, 2003.p.29.

[9]. Gorski, Eric (AP Religion Writer). “One in every four is a Muslim as followers hits 1.57 billion worldwide.” The Standard 9 Oct. 2009. Also see Greene, Richard Allen. “Nearly 1 in 4 people worldwide is Muslim, report says.”CNN 8 Oct. 2009; <http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/10/07/muslim.world.population/index.html&gt;; Beaumont, Peter. “One in four people is Muslim, says study.” Guardian 8 Oct. 2009; Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. “Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population.” 8 Oct. 2009.

Most of these converts/reverts[i]* have in their Bible the statement “. . . refuse the evil and choose the good.” [Isaiah 7:15], yet they chose Islam. Whether their choice was good, worthy, or sound depends on the considerable, unprejudiced in-depth research and study they did which is, arrogantly, neglected by others. Assuming that they employed reason and open-mindedness in their research then they would probably choose good just as Thomas Jefferson said “reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error”. Did they find the truth after they pursued it or they settled for the religion they absorbed together with their mother’s milk? It is very true that truth will set you free but this truth must be sought after, sometimes beyond our religious and ethnic boundaries. That is the hardest part as depicted by Galileo that, “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them”. It can be argued that these converts to Islam could have found God because they heeded the Biblical advice, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” [Jeremiah 29:13], I mean the last part, “when you search for Me with all your heart”, that is to say seeking for the true religion with seriousness and unrelenting hardwork minus subjectivity. . . . Something like reading Qur’an cover to cover, reading books written by respected Muslim scholars . . . . Unfortunately the demand for truth is lower than its supply. One wonders, how shall we be set free? Those who decide to happily refuse or neglect to investigate the reality of Islam should at least think over the words of Joanne

Kathleen Rowling, English writer and author of Harry Potter, “Indifference and neglect often do more damage than outright dislike.” Maybe these converts to Islam had the kind of freedom outlined by C. Wright Mills when he said, “Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them — and then, the opportunity to choose.”

When we say that people are increasingly embracing Islam, we are talking of Christian scholars, rich men, famous people, men of strength, great intellectuals, nuns, priests, ministers, rabbis, and religiously devout people not forgetting the disadvantaged members of the community.[ii]* Supporting these claims, an authoritative study of the conversions to Islam as reported by The Sunday Times on 22 February 2004 show that some of Britain’s top landowners, celebrities and the offspring of senior establishment figures have embraced the Islamic Faith after being disillusioned with western values.[1]In short, people from all walks of life gravitate towards Islam without much effort or organized missionary activities.

To be fair, Muslims, and a significantly low number, abandon their faiths for Christianity or for other religions. Most of these converts from Islam or Muslim apostates as they are called, constitute born Muslims ignorant of their own religion, followers of deviant sects of Islam, Muslims enslaved by worldly priorities, uneducated Muslims, poverty stricken Muslims who have no option but to appease the evangelical aid worker, those “. . . whose hearts, ears, and eyes Allah has sealed up, and they take no heed.” [Q 16:108], intellectually challenged Muslims, among other disadvantaged people. But in comparison, non-Muslims are unprecedentedly streaming to Islam than the few, hardly seen, converts from Islam to Christianity or to any other religion. Amazingly, you will never hear a pious practicing Sunni Muslim armed with Islamic knowledge abandon Islam for any other religion. With all its finances, sophisticated means and well-organized missionary activities, still Christianity cannot obtain converts from Islam the way Islam gets from Christianity. The same is mentioned in the words of Peter Kreeft, a Catholic apologist, professor of philosophy at Boston College and The King’s College, author of over 45 books, widely demanded speaker at conferences and Advisory Board member of the Catholic Educator’s Resource Center. Professor Peter Kreeft writes: “Islam has the world’s lowest rate of being converted and one of the world’s highest rates of converting.”[2]

Hilaire Belloc (1870- 1953) a Roman Catholic,  French-born historian and one of the most prolific writers in England saw the difficulty of winning converts from Islam back in the 1938:

Islam is apparently unconvertible. The missionary efforts made by great Catholic orders which have been occupied in trying to turn Mohammedans into Christians for nearly 400 years have everywhere wholly failed. We have in some places driven the Mohammedan master out and freed his Christian subjects from Mohammedan control, but we have had hardly any effect in converting individual Mohammedans[iii]* . . . . [3]

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[1]. Hellen, Nicholas and Christopher Morgan. “Islamic Britain lures top people.” The Sunday Times 22 Feb. 2004. Also see: Whittell, Giles. “Allah Came Knocking At My Heart.” The Times  7 Jan.  2002.

[2]. Kreeft, Peter. “Comparing Christianity & Islam.” National Catholic Register May1987.

[3]. Belloc, Hilaire. The Great Heresies. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1938.

p. 98.

[i] . *The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word “revert” as “to come or go back (as to a former condition, period, or subject)” whereas the verb “convert” is defined as: 1 a) “to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another”; 2 b) “to change from one form or function to another.” Suppose, we never inherited the religions of our fathers, what would be the natural religion of man? It will definitely be the religion than coincide with logic and reason, a religion that mandates the follower to submit to the natural laws of God. Hence if you inherited Buddhism and decided to go back to your born-with religion, you would be reverting to your former religion. Convert means going from one inherited religion to another inherited religion. Islam means submission and a Muslim is a person who submits to the laws of God. Islamic sources teach that every human being is born a Muslim, therefore a non-Muslim entering Islam is regarded as a revert rather than a convert. Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam said “No babe is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim). It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.” [Muslim, Bk. 33, No. 6426]. Ali Mazrui a world-renowned political scientist and scholar writes “…Obama’s election marks the first time that the US has chosen the son of a Muslim for president. That is what Barack Obama Senior was, despite his alcoholism. This means Barack Obama was himself born a Muslim, though he was subsequently brought up as a Christian. This is the first time the US has elected as president someone who was a Muslim at birth.” See Mazrui, Ali. “Obama has chance to mend US-Muslim relations.” City Press 13 Dec. 2008. However, for clarity purpose and for religious co-existence, this book shall interchangeably use both convert and revert; conversion and reversion to mean the same thing.

[ii] . * It is to be remembered that most of Muhammad’s followers were the disadvantaged members of the community: The slaves, the poor, the down-trodden, among others. Hence, Heraclius’ benchmark for the truth of a religion: “When I asked you whether the rich or the poor people followed him (Muhammad), you replied that it was the poor who followed him. In fact, such are the followers of the Messengers of God.” [See Bukhari Vol.4, Book 52, Hadith Number 191.]

[iii] . * “Mohammedanism” is a misnomer. Islam in the only religion that is not named after a person or a tribe. Christianity was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gotama Buddha, Confucianism after the Chinese philosopher Confucius, and Marxism after Karl Marx. It is unlike Judaism which is named after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus. The word “Islam” means submission or surrender of one’s will to the only true God worthy of worship and anyone who does so is termed a “Muslim.” So those who addressed Islam as Mohammedanism or Muslim as Mohammedans simply made a mistake.

Now, why would these many people, as we shall see, abandon their faiths and embrace Islam, despite the uphill battle of adhering to such a strict religion and the harsh consequences thereafter. Didn’t these converts see Sharia law as discriminatory, cruel and barbaric? Don’t they see Islam as the strictest religion and incompatible with the world order? One has to rise before dawn to observe the first of the five daily prayers! Fasting a whole month every year! Traveling to Saudi Arabia for Hajj at least once in their lifetime, despite the stampedes! And while on Hajj they have to stone the devil! A woman has to cover herself from head to toe, regardless of her beautiful legs and the sweltering weather! And if you are a woman, your Muslim husband might proudly bring another wife. Islam gives him unconditional right to marry up to four! You will also be terrified to learn that in Islam the husband has a scriptural right to use corporal punishment against a disobedient wife [Q 4: 34]. One would query: “Aren’t these women converts not fazed with being mummified with the head-to-toe garments and what if her polygamist husband impregnates her with sextuplets?”

Being a Muslim means giving zakat (charity). That is 2.5% of your annual savings every year goes to the poor! And dare to steal; your hand is cut off! [Q 5:38]  We’ve been bombarded with a plethora of alcohol adverts and then the Qur’an tells us that alcohol is “. . . Satan’s handiwork . . . .” [Q 5:90], and thus to be shunned. Before you could recover from shock, you are told that your favorite bacon sandwich /ham is forbidden in Islam! A religion piloted by Muhammad, “. . . the Prophet who can neither read nor write . . . .” [Q 7:157] Will they emulate Muhammad, their role model by cleaning their teeth with a frayed twig brush (miswak)! How can these tolerant, peace-loving people follow a prophet who revealed, “. . . I have been made victorious with terror. . . .”[1]The same victorious man is igniting the spirit of Jihad against the enemies of Islam ever since Allah gave the command, “O Prophet, urge the believers to battle.” [Q 8:65]. Aren’t they aware that “Muhammad has generated more fear, hate, and sheer contempt in the Christian world than any person in history.”[2]

Why on earth are these converts worshipping a Muslim God who said, “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who have disbelieved. . . .”[Q 8:12] and as if this is not scary enough, the same God commands Muslims in the battlefield to “. . . strike them (disbelievers) over the necks, and smite over all their fingers and toes.” [Q 8:12] Why all that torture? “This is because they defied and disobeyed Allâh and His Messenger (i.e. Muhammad)” [Q 8:13], says the God of Muhammad.  And it is not to be forgotten that the world, from the point of view of Islam, is divided into the “House of Islam (Dar al-Islam)” and the “House of War (Dar al-harb).” Such a division would make one wonder: is Islam a religion of conquest? To make things appear worse, those who embraced Islam are supposed to develop the conviction that their non-Muslim relatives and friends are no more than Kafirs*

If you become a Muslim, you are ‘baptized’ with a new name: Terrorist! Converting to Islam means incurring the wrath and displeasure of family, friends, society, government and the international community! Sometimes losing the respect and reputation and probably losing your job! Why would these men and women choose to cuddle a religion increasingly associated with dictatorial governments, mass terrorism, videotaped beheadings, oppression of women, sword-spread faith and global jihad? And interestingly enough, the Shariah prescribes death penalty for apostates just because Muhammad said: “If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.”[3]

Yet these men and women embrace this religion. Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent would take such a decision.* Who knows, maybe their decision became easier because their will to please God outweighs their will to please the world!

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[1]. Bukhari Vol. 4, Bk. 52, No. 220.

[2]. Hofmann, Murad Wilfried. Religion on The Rise: Islam in the Third Millennium. Maryland: Amana Publications, 2001.p. 54

* Kafir means one who rejects. In Islamic terminology, Kafir means one who conceals or rejects the truth of Islam (in English ‘non-Muslim’). So in simple terms, Kafir means rejecter. Haven’t you, at some point in your life, refused to read the Qur’an or Islamic books or listening to Islamic preaching. Is that not rejecting? So if you reject reading the Qur’an, why do you complain when a Muslim calls you a rejecter (i.e. Kafir)? Now, after you decided to read the Qur’an, you may come across undeniable facts that appeal to reason and logic, and if you refuse to accept these facts, aren’t you a rejecter again? It is worth-mentioning that a ‘Muslim’ who does not believe in Jesus Christ is a Kafir [Rejecter of Jesus after he has clearly been mentioned in the Word of God (Qur’an and in the Gospels)]. Muslims wonder, why then other faiths feel insulted when they are referred as Kafir yet they don’t believe in Muhammad! What if the non-Christians are described as Kafirs by God (in the Bible)! Will the Christians quarrel with their God? God referred the non-Muslims as Kafir in the Qur’an. The issue is to investigate if the Qur’an is truly the Word of God, if it is then, “. . . Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”? or “Your work has no handles” [Isaiah 45:9]. Amazingly, the Qur’an foretells that, in the Day of Judgment, the non-Muslims will admit and proclaim against themselves as Kafir. The verse reads: “O company of jinn and mankind, did there not come to you messengers from among you, relating to you My verses and warning you of the meeting of this Day of yours?” They will say, “We bear witness against ourselves”; and the worldly life had deluded them, and they will bear witness against themselves that they were disbelievers (Kafirs).” [Q 6: 130. Also see Q 7:37] The eighth-century prophet Amos calls those who violate God’s laws as “cows” [Amos 4:1] prophet Jeremiah calls such people “scoundrels” [Jeremiah 5:26]. Jesus calls evil people “You brood of vipers!” [Matthew 12:34], in another place he calls them “a wicked and adulterous generation.” [Mathew 16:4] Muslims pity infidels for violating many of God’s commands, and instead of calling them “cows”, “scoundrels”, “brood of vipers”, “wicked and adulterous” they just become tolerant by calling them just Kaafirs [Rejectors].

*There are so many misunderstandings/misconceptions about Islam. However, those who are willing to know the truth are asked to at least read Dr. Zakir Naik’s book, Answers to Non-Muslim Common Questions About Islam. Dr. Zakir Naik is a renowned international orator on Islam and Comparative Religion. He is also the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF). With the leverage of scripture (e.g. Qur’an, Bible e.t.c) as well as reason, logic and scientific facts, Dr. Naik succeeded in wiping out the misconceptions about Islam. In that book, you will find convincing answers to questions like: Why is a man allowed to have more than one wife in Islam? Why does Islam degrade women by keeping them behind the veil? Why are most of the Muslims fundamentalists and terrorists? Why is the consumption of alcohol prohibited in Islam? Why do Muslims abuse non-Muslims by calling them ‘Kafirs’? e.t.c.

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[3].  Bukhari, Vol. 4, Bk. 52, No. 260. Also see Bukhari Vol. 9, Bk. 83, No. 17. And according to Bukhari Vol. 9, Bk. 89, No. 271, there was a man who embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism. Mu’adh bin Jabal a disciple of Muhammad happened to see the man with Abu Musa, another disciple of Muhammad. Mu’adh asked, “What is wrong with this (man)?” Abu Musa replied, “He embraced Islam and then reverted back to Judaism.” Mu’adh said, “I will not sit down unless you kill him (as it is) the verdict of Allah and His Apostle.”

A thinking mind would definitely be alarmed by statements such as “Moslems are the world’s fastest-growing group . . .”[1]which appeared in the most widely read paper in United States, USA Today. The critical mind would witness Hilary Rodham Clinton say, “Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people . . .”[2] and get concerned. After hearing BBC with Mike Wooldridge reporting that, “Islam is the world’s fastest growing faith . . . .”[3], the person who thinks intelligently and logically will put forth a plausible hypothesis such as ‘this religion could be a true one.’ When he reads The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada the statement: “Islam is the fastest growing faith in the world”[4], he becomes contemplative, rational, forced to put prejudice aside and face the facts, even see Islam as a potential genuine alternative. “. . . the law of Mohammed has met with so unexampled a reception in the world . . . .”[5]is a statement written by George Sale, one of the first to translate the Qur’an into English, a self-professed antagonist of Muhammad and a hater of the Islamic religion. Adding that with, “No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam”[6], by the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novelist James Michener, the highly prejudiced person may hear a conflicting little voice in his head that keeps whispering, “hey, just admit, once and for all, that there is something great in Islam.” And when The Economist convey to the world that “Many Christian scholars predict that Islam will overtake Christianity as the world’s fastest religion by 2050”[7]people observe silence, letting a moment of reflection to reign.

As if that is not enough, an excerpt taken from the January 2002 issue of the National Geographic magazine echoes that “A fifth of humankind follows Islam, the fastest growing and perhaps the most misunderstood religion on earth.”[8]

On 17 July 1997, the director of the Christian Futures Network, John Gary upon receiving the Earl Award at the World Future Society, reported the “Ten Global Trends in Religion” and in its third trend, he mentioned that “Among world religions, Islam ranks as the fastest growing faith . . . . in long-range statistical scenarios . . . it is possible that Islam will surpass Christianity in absolute number of adherents.”[9]That’s one prediction, but a fair-minded person will observe Islam in a respectful lens after reading another forecast by the renowned scholar Samuel Huntington predicting that:

The percentage of Christians in the world . . .  will probably approximate about 25 percent of the world population by 2025 . . . . 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, and probably accounting for about 30 percent of the world’s population by 2025.[10]

When Guinness Book of Knowledge admited that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world[11], any man of candor endowed with a fastest thinking mind would agree that Islam may come to dominate the world affairs. But finally, when the world’s best-selling authority on astonishing facts and unparralleed human achievements, Guinness World Records 2003 states that, “In the period 1990-2000, approximately 12.5 million more people converted to Islam than to Christianity”, the highly inquisitive mind demands an explanation. The following is what Guinness World Records 2003 recorded:

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.[12]

In fact, Hermann Eilts (born 1922) former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Egypt who later joined Boston University as Distinguished Professor of International Relations, and there became chairman of the Department of Political Science and later chairman of the Department of International Relations had this to say:

The Muslim community of the globe today is in the neighborhood of one billion.* That is an impressive figure. But what to me is equally impressive is that Islam today is the fastest growing monotheistic religion. This is something we have to take into account. Something is right about Islam. It is attracting a good many people.[13]

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[1]. Kenny, Timothy. “Elsewhere in the World.” USA Today Final Edition 17 Feb. 1989: p.4A.

* After interrogating Abu Sufyan (a non-Muslim) regarding the followers of Muhammad, Heraclius (Caesar) gave this verdict. [See Bukhari Vol.4, Bk. 52, No. 191.]

[2]. Stammer, Larry B. (Times Religion Writer). “First Lady Breaks Ground With Muslims.” Los Angeles Times Home Edition, Metro Section, Part B, 31 May 1996: p.3.

[3]. Wooldridge, Mike. “Islam: Faith under fire.” news.bbc.co.uk 14 Sept. 2001. 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/1544071.stm&gt;

[4]. The Junior Encyclopedia of Canada. Hurting Publishers, 1990. Vol. 2, p.396.   

[5]. Sale, George. Preface. The Koran. London: C. Ackers, 1734. A2.

[6]. Michener, James A. “Islam: The Misunderstood Religion.” Reader’s Digest American Edition. May 1955: p. 73.    

[7]. “The Bible v the Koran, the battle of books.” The Economist 22 Dec. 2007: p.62.             

[8]. Belt, Don. “The World of Islam.” National Geographic Jan. 2002.

[9]. Gary, John.  “Ten Global Trends in Religion.” wnrf.org < http://www.wnrf.org/cms/tentrends.shtml&gt;
17 July 1997.

[10]. Huntington, Samuel P. The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. pp. 65-66.

[11]. Guinness Book of Knowledge. p.195. [For additional evidences for the fact that Islam is the rapidly growing religion, see: Baum, Geraldine. “For Love of Allah.” Newsday Nassau and Suffolk Edition, Part II, 7 March 1989: p.4 ; Goldman, Ari L. “Mainstream Islam Rapidly Embraced by Black Americans.” New York Times Late City Final Edition, 21 Feb. 1989: p.1; Kopel, Ted. Nightline ABC. April. 1998; Young, Gayle. “Fast-growing Islam winning converts in Western world.” cnn.com 14 April 1997 <http://edition.cnn.com/WORLD/9704/14/egypt.islam/&gt; ; Blank, Jonah. “Islam is growing fast in America, and its members defy stereotypes.” US News 12 July 1998. <http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/980720/archive_004363.htm&gt;; Seitz, Barr. “Fastest-Growing Religion Often Misunderstood.” BICNews. ABC. 13 Dec. 1997; Robinson, B.A. “University Dispute re: Islamic Book.” religioustolerance.org <http: //www.religioustolerance.org/isl_unc.htm.> 17 Aug. 2002 ; Ali, M.M. “Muslims in America: The Nation’s Fastest Growing Religion.” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs May/June 1996. pp. 13, 107.]

[12]. Guinness World Records 2003. p. 102. Also see Guinness World Records 2004 p.90. In its copyright page, there is a general warning which reads: “Attempting to break records or set new records can be dangerous. Appropriate advice should be taken first and all record attempts are undertaken entirely at the participant’s risk. In no circumstances will Guiness world Records Limited have any liability for death or injury suffered in any record attempts.” One may wonder: are those religions attempting to break the Islamic record as the fastest growing religion, undertaking it at their own risks!

[13] * That was June 24, 1985 when Hermann Eilts uttered that Muslims are in the neighborhood of one billion. Currently there are 1.5 billion Muslims. See, “The Bible v the Koran, the battle of books.” The Economist 22 Dec. 2007.p.62. Also see “Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents.” adherents.com <http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html&gt; last retrieved 2 June 2009.;and according to Time magazine, “One reason for the rise of the halal economy is that the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims are younger and, in some places at least, richer than ever.” See Power, Carla. “Halal: Buying Muslim.” Time 25 May 2009. p.38. Furthermore, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life did a comprehensive study in 2009 and found that the world Muslim Population has reached 1.57 billion. See Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.  “Mapping the Global Muslim Population: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Muslim Population.” 8 Oct. 2009; Beaumont, Peter. “One in four people is Muslim, says study.” Guardian 8 Oct. 2009.

. In an address to committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives of the US Congress June 24, 1985

“Teach thy tongue to say ‘I do not know’ and thou shalt progress.”

~ Maimonides

Because it is commonly known, even by the journalist Abdulrahman al-Rashed, that “self-cure starts with self realization and confession”, we are confident that there is always hope for change but as long as you are conscious that you are ignorant rather than pretending you are smart. Let there be a club in the footsteps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) which should be designed to help the ignorant become smart. And it should be called Ignorant Anonymous (IA). Just like the first meeting at AA, you have to stand up and say “My name is so and so and I’m an alcoholic” similarly those people suffering from the agonies of ignorance should unflinchingly stand up and admit, “My name is Atti Tude and I’m ignorant of the religion of Islam. The only knowledge I know about Islam is from these biased media and antagonists of Islam.” Others should clap at his courage of admitting the reality so that another person is encouraged to say “my name is Sahara Fried-man and I am ignorant of existence of the word of God. I regret for not having read the entire Qur’an/Bible and as a consequence, I found myself accompanied with confusion, distress and misery.” After other members burst into a “Hello Sahara!”, Mr Poppin should proceed with, “I’m Poppin Sparkle and I am unaware of Muhammad’s Prophethood. However, I am recovering from naivety and I am now reading the biography of Prophet Muhammad.” Before the meeting ends, the last person at IA would stand up with his sobering confession: “my name is Pilot Inspektor and  I’m ignorant of the authenticity of Qur’an. I have to admit that my busy life has distracted me from verifying the genuineness of Qur’an as a word of God.”

People who have a chance of becoming successful are those with the courage of saying “maybe you’re right” or the flipside of it, “maybe I’m wrong”. And if you believe that prejudice never shows much reason then we may want to ask, have you ever let the following statement cross your mind: “Maybe Muslims are right and we are wrong?” We should have the audacity to say like Marcus Tullius Cicero: “I am not ashamed to confess I am ignorant of what I do not know.” Or like the determination of Saul: “. . . I have been a fool, and have made a great mistake.” [1 Samuel 26:21] And obviously, learned men will nod in vigorous agreement with Richard Cecil’s statement: “The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.” However, after recognizing who we really are, we should then dispel the curse of ignorance through studying about God and end up submitting to Him. It is those who are infinitely ignorant who are denied access to the kingdom of God. As a matter of fact, all of us were born ignorant of many things but it was through study and examination that stupidity vaporized. And if you treasure the advice of Benjamin Franklin, then heed his precious words: “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.” You can always be smart unless you proudly chose to be a bastion of ignorance. “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge?” [Proverbs 1:22]

Reason and seeking knowledge about God can wrestle and overthrow ignorance. And whenever the know-nothing criticizes you for becoming a serious questor after the Truth of religions, always remember to “. . . turn away from the ignorant” [Q 7:199] Be humble and emulate the model of righteous people who walk on the surface of the earth in humility and sedateness, “. . . and when the ignorant address them, they say, “Peace!” [Q25:63] and keep on doing good because “. . . by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” [1 Peter 2:15]

The yes-we-can philosophy can help you jump from the planet of ignorance to safe landing in the Empire of Smart people. We believe that by becoming a member of smart people you will reap a great deal of benefits for “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” [Proverbs 13:20] Whether sin is ignorance or ignorance is sin, what is worth-celebrating is that there is always a way out. The Qur’an has this message to the ignorant:

Allâh accepts only the repentance of those who do evil in ignorance and foolishness and repent soon afterwards; it is they to whom Allâh will forgive and Allâh is Ever All­Knower, All­Wise. And of no effect is the repentance of those who continue to do evil deeds until death faces one of them and he says: “Now I repent;” nor of those who die while they are disbelievers. For them We have prepared a painful torment. [Q 4:17-18]

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“You believe in God? So what? So does Satan. How are you different from him?”[1]

~ Dr. Laurence B. Brown, MD

Author of The Eighth Scroll, MisGod’ed, God’ed, and Bearing True Witness

“. . . had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together.” [Q 10:99] but life is a test, “In order that Allâh may distinguish the wicked (disbelievers, polytheists and doers of evil deeds) from the good (i.e. adherents of the true religion), and put the wicked one on another, heap them together and cast them into Hell. Those! it is they who are the losers.” [Q 8:37] Any first-rating thinker will agree with the verse:  “Verily! We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it, in order that We may test them (mankind) as to which of them are best in deeds.” [Q 18:7]. Many people are unaware that planet earth is an examination ‘room’ whereby “. . . the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you indeed love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul.” [Deuteronomy 13:3] So we should always know that, “Had Allah willed, He would have made you one nation [united in religion], but [He intended] to test you in what He has given you; so race to [all that is] good” [Q 5:48]

The unintelligent wonder why God would devise such a design (i.e. test mankind instead of directly taking them to Paradise. Even others are further confused that God created Hell!) Who are you to criticize God’s Fashion? We will tell the one deficient in intelligence that, “. . . your Lord creates whatsoever He wills and chooses . . . .” [Q 28:68]. And there is no one who can dispute with Him in that or reverse His judgment. What answer have you prepared if God tells you, “You did not choose me but I chose you . . . .” [John 15:16]? Moreover, “He (God) cannot be questioned as to what He does, while they (mankind) will be questioned” [Q 21:23]. Have you questioned God for creating you with five fingers and not seven, or have you filed a suit against God for making the sun circle and not in a rectangle shape? Then, why do you question God for designing life on earth as a testing field? We don’t even write a letter to the University Chancellor/Headmaster with the words, “why does your college torture the students with grueling exams? Can’t they just attend class and have their degrees after four years without going through exams?” But ignorant people think they are courageous when they question God’s designs and intentions? You will agree with me that both men and women don’t have a problem with God’s design of creating a woman with a soft voice, angelic face, pretty eyes, perfectly-sculptured nose, glossy dimples, fuller lips, long graceful neck, shapely breasts, a perfect waist-hip ratio, hourglass figure, curves that drive humans half-mad, “that leg!” . . . and other marvelous apparatus. That’s a creation of God who is Wise and it is also a creation of God for planet earth to be a testing ground. There is nothing we can do about it. And wishing things were different is a sure way of tormenting yourself.

The Muslim God is a God who “. . . does what He intends (or wills)” [Q 85:16] Unless you have authority above your God then you can gibber a yelp of protest against God’s design of testing mankind. “Woe to you who strive with your Maker, earthen vessels with the potter! Does the clay say to the one who fashions it, “What are you making”? or “Your work has no handles”?  [Isaiah 45:9]

It is true that there is hardship in adhering to commands and prohibitions of the true religion. If religion wasn’t hard, everyone would go to heaven rendering hell desolate. It’s the hardship that makes the worshippers great and unique. Hence the proverb: “The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials.” However, the hardships in religion are divided into two:

a) The difficulties capable of being handled by man: For example fasting everyday from 5 am to 6:30 pm for 30 days (e.g. month of Ramadhan). Also, working from 8 a.m to 5 pm. This is a difficulty man can undertake.

b) Difficulties man cannot handle: For example, fasting for three months consecutively without eating or drinking whatsoever. This act will cause awful consequences to one’s health and can even lead to death. Another example is a employee working from 2 am to 1 am, seven days a week. This is a difficulty man is incapable of handling.

In this respect, the laws of Islam fall under category one i.e. The difficulties capable of being handled by man. Rising up at 5 am to go for work is a difficulty workers are capable of handling. Similarly in Islam, waking up before dawn for morning prayers is a difficulty which one can manage. Fasting for a month every year is a trouble men can endure.

After all, there is no system on earth that is devoid of difficulties. There are rules and regulations at your work place. Maybe you are supposed to report to work by 8:00 am, leave at 5:00 pm, work hard, do what your boss commands, e.t.c. The toil and exhaustion at work place is neutralized by the thought of the end month salary but do we recall the infinite reward of the Kingdom of Heaven. “You desire the good of this world, but Allâh desires (for you) the Hereafter. And Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise.” [Q 8:67]. However difficult your job might be, if you get an assurance that you will be paid handsomely, tranquility descends but why don’t we rejoice when we are told that “God has promised those who believe and do righteous deeds [that] for them there is forgiveness and great reward.” [Q 5:9] When your company tells you that they will pay you good money, you don’t complain but when God tells you to “rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven . . . .” [Mathew 5:12] after toiling in the business of worship, you seem to raise issues. I believe and “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us.” [Romans 8:18] Those who expect to enter heaven must undergo the fatigue of achieving it. The pain and difficulty is temporary, but quitters will forever loose. “There is no substitute for hard work” (Thomas Edison, Life). Because we agree with Henry Ward Beecher that “the less pain, the less life-capacity”, for us to realize the eternal life, we need to persevere all the pains. It is common knowledge that hard work never killed anybody, but ignorantists feel that toiling for God is a violation of human rights.

Patriotism requires that you abide by your country’s law. The best spouse is who does what you want. Good kids should respect and adhere to the parents set of rules. Double standard is manifested when God ‘who art in heaven’ gives you the best rules and you say: “I don’t like the rules”. Religion is nothing but a set of commands from God and you will hear smart people say: “If you love God, follow His do’s and don’ts.” Let us reflect on 1 Samuel 13:13, “you have done foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which he commanded you . . . .” You have often heard people bewail, “religion has so many restrictions, so many rules and laws. It pisses me off”. Such are completely ignorant about Jesus’ mission. Jesus would want to see you abide by these restrictions and laws. That is infact a very important mission he was sent to accomplish. If you think I am kidding, then hear it from the horse’s mouth:

Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:17-19]

In actual fact, the next verse “. . . unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven”  [Mathew 5:20] Jesus points out that you better abide by the religious law even better than the most religious Jews, scribes and the Pharisees otherwise kingdom of heaven will be a hard-to-get abode. In crystal clear words, Jesus emphasized the importance of abiding by religious rules and restrictions: “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.” [John 15:10]. Actually, the verse demonstrates that even Jesus himself was not spared. He follows God’s commandments. So who are you to decry that religion is inconveniently stocked with many rules? Since Jesus did not come to abolish the law or the prophets but to fulfill, it is worth knowing the view of the prophets with regard to following God’s commandments. For that we are told that success, blessings and prosperity comes “If you will only obey the Lord your God, by diligently observing all his commandments” [Deuteronomy 28:1] while curses, disaster, panic, frustration, pain and suffering “. . . shall come upon you, pursuing and overtaking you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God, by observing the commandments and the decrees that he commanded you.” [Deuteronomy 28:45]. What more proof do people want?

Now, listen to the following conversation between Jesus and a rich young ruler, then answer the question that follows.

Rich young ruler: Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life? [Matthew 19:16]

Jesus: If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.[Matthew 19:17]

Now, answer the following question:

Do you think religion is difficult? Choose one answer.

a) No, religion is easy. You just have to believe that Jesus died for your sins.

b) God is love and full of mercy, he can’t make religion difficult.

c) Religion is difficult because there are many rules to be obeyed.

d)  None of the above.

Assuming that you didn’t pick “none of the above”, you would have a 1/3 chance of getting the right answer. You can as well contact the author for the right answer. Otherwise, lets proceed with our discussion. Everyone knows that most laws are made to ensure benefits and prevent harm. The difference is that the Laws in the True Religion are formulated by God whereas the architect for the other Laws is man. Numbskulls believe that man-made Law is better than God’s Law. A son can question the relevance of the fathers’ rule since man is prone to error but to question God’s Judgment shows that you are either smarter than God or extremely ignorant.

Intelligent men know that Life is toil. You get worked up at job. You got to work hard in school. That’s no easy. Its toil. The farmer has to till the land. To recover from any illness you have to toil with the bitter drugs. The cook has to struggle in the kitchen. That’s hard too. Making babies is not easy. Sex is toil. Spouses have to undergo an energy-taking exercise for them to enjoy sex or make babies. They have to sweat for it. You just don’t sit and look at each other. You have to make things happen. If you see someone believing that God is so loving and that he does nothing or little in worshipping yet he claims that he will go to heaven then that guy has sought an unworkable shortcut to heaven. Why should the ‘lovely God’ punish him in hell? Stop and think that the same lovely God has designed that life is toil. You will never hear one say that God is love so I won’t suffer looking for job or hustle at work and I will still get salary at the end month through God’s immeasurable love and enduring mercy! One careful observer said “the truth is, everybody I’ve ever met who’s successful is a workaholic.” So how can the weak-minded hope to successfully enter Heaven without being workaholic in religion?

Spiritual hijackers tell us: “don’t worry, Jesus died for your sins”. In other words “don’t toil for God, just believe and that’s the magic formula to heaven.” We are told that God selected an innocent man (Jesus) to die for the sins of Osama bin Laden, Hitler and the others (including that man who raped a two year old girl). Ask any distinguished jurist if it makes sense! Any jury will unanimously say something equivalent of the Biblical verse “The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.” [Ezekiel 18:20] Lawyers often say it is better to let ten guilty men go free than to convict one innocent man. And here we are told that God, (in His ‘fair’ Judgement!), chose a humble, sinless man to die for the six billion criminals currently on the face of the earth and the billions of sinners who came before us and the billions of criminals to come in future! Muslims will bring the verse from the Qur’an which says that God is “. . . the best of forgivers” [Q 7:155], and would wonder, “is killing one innocent person for the sins of mankind the best way of forgiving mankind? Murad Wilfried Hofmann, a graduate of Law at Harvard Law School (1960), former German diplomat and Director of Information for NATO writes: “What kind of God is this, goes the question, who cannot correct something going wrong in His creation except by conceiving a son of His and sacrificing him in the cruelest of fashions.”[2]And if Jesus indeed died for our sins, why is it that children are born with sins (original sin). Is it not double jeopardy? If IMF pardons Kenya her debt, and still demand to be paid, can we really call that pardoning? If Adam was the one who made the sin of eating the apple, then why didn’t God allow Adam to be crucified? God can do anything, why didn’t He bring Adam back to atone the sins?

Overwhelming scriptural evidences prove that Jesus’ philosophy is that of “every-one-for-himself-and-God-for-us-all” (i.e. toiling for God). He said: “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.” [Matthew 7:21] Any quick-witted person will understand the phrase “but only the one who does the will of my Father (i.e. God)” to mean actions and anyone whose sense is common knows that actions come with difficulties. In fact, Jesus likened the person who doesn’t follow the do’s and don’ts of religion as foolish and the one who keep God’s laws as wise. Jesus said:

Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock . . . but everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand . . . . [Mathew 7:24-26]

Basing on Jesus’ benchmark, men on earth are either extremely wise or extremely foolish. Or should I stand on the pulpit and preach:

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by myworks. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?  Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”And he was called the friend of God. You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. [James 14:26]

The preceding sermon was delivered by James, a very authoritative figure. We therefore see that the necessity of following religious laws is exerted and exhorted by James, the leader of the Church in Jerusalem and who was also Jesus’ own brother (as reported in the Bible). No wonder we are told to “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” [Mathew 7:13-14] Imagine someone telling you, “Salvation hinges on individual acceptance of Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Saviour.” No one doubts that accepting Jesus as personal Saviour is the easiest thing on earth. Where is the narrowness in that? The Way/Religion of Jesus was no joke. It was hard. It was difficult. It was narrow. You had better “Enter by the narrow gate”.  Even non-Muslims admit that Islam is a religion full of ‘narrowness.’ Critical minds will read Mathew 7:13-14 and notice these phrases: Narrow Way and Broad Way.

►Narrow Way: Is the True Religion which is always characterized with difficulties. Few have the audacity to cling to the difficulties of this True Religion.

►Broad Way: Is the False Religion(s) – comfort and luxury is its hallmark. Many choose to be emancipated from the difficulties of the True Religion by walking in the Broad Way.

If Christianity is the True Way/Religion, whoever discards its do’s and don’ts is still walking in the Broad Way. If Islam is the True Way/Religion, whoever refuses to be disturbed by the Islamic sharia is still walking in the Broad Way. To such, the Kingdom of Heaven remains elusive. Let us use our brains before they become atrophied or completely vestigial. Are there people who had seen the narrowness of the way of Muhammad than his companions in Makka? They were severely persecuted to an extent that Muhammad asked some to emigrate to Abyssinia to receive protection under the just Christian ruler, the Negus. Hearing the attempted emigration, the Non-believers of Makka dispatched a group which reached Abyssinia appealing to the King to return the Muslim migrants. In a commission of inquiry summoned by the King which included both parties, Ja’afar, Muhammad’s follower, presented their case:

O king! We were plunged in the depth of ignorance and barbarism; we adored idols, we lived in unchastity, we ate the dead bodies, and we spoke abominations, we disregarded every feeling of humanity, and the duties of hospitality and neighbourhood were neglected; we knew no law but that of the strong, when Allah raised among us a man (Muhammad), of whose birth, truthfulness, honesty, and purity we were aware; and he called to the Oneness of Allah and taught us not to associate anything with Him. He forbade us the worship of idols; and he enjoined us to speak the truth, to be faithful to our trusts, to be merciful and to regard the rights of the neighbours and kith and kin; he forbade us to speak evil of women, or to eat the substance of orphans; he ordered us to fly from the vices, and to abstain from evil; to offer prayers, to render alms, and to observe fast. We have believed in him, we have accepted his teachings and his injunctions to worship Allah and not to associate anything with Him, and we have allowed what He has allowed, and prohibited what He has prohibited. For this reason, our people have risen against us, have persecuted us in order to make us forsake the worship of Allah and return to the worship of idols and other abominations. They have tortured and injured us, until finding no safety among them, we have come to your country, and hope you will protect us from oppression.[3]


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[1]. Brown, Laurence B. MisGod’ed: A Roadmap of Guidance and Misguidance in the Abrahamic Religions. USA: BookSurge Publishing, 2007.p. 210.

[2]. Hofmann, Murad Wilfried. Religion on The Rise: Islam in the Third Millennium. Maryland: Amana Publications, 2001.p. 136.

[3]. Al-Mubarakpuri (2002) p. 121.Also see Ibn Hisham, as-Seerat an-Nabawiyyah, Vol. I, pp. 334—338