The Fastest Thinking Mind

Posted: November 29, 2011 in Religion on the Rise
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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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FOOTNOTES

[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

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Comments
  1. Snow Flaky says:

    If by 2025, 30% of the world is Muslim and 25% is Christians, so what? That’s still less than 50% of the world in total. Atheists will be 40 or 45% of world population by then. And the Muslims will be like the Christians nowadays, more modern and freethinking and using all kinds of birth control methods and sometimes having abortions (which of course happens in all life philosophies now anyway).
    If there’s some kind of terrible pandemic, similar to smallpox, burkas and niqaubs will be banned, as we need to see faces, to see if people are free of the disease.

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