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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.

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[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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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