One very popular online myth and urban legend is that of Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world. I have spent some time examining the sources, especially those shown by Islamic groups and websites to prove the claim. However, my conclusions using their own and independently verifiable sources is something very different to this claim.
With Islam it seems to be – if you repeat a lie enough times it will be believed.
Another notable examples of this:
Neil Armstrong – first man to walk on the moon.
A few years ago some Muslims wishing to gain converts created another story for proselytization purposes. One of them includes Neil Armstrong. The myth as propagated by scores of Islamic websites is that while on the moon Neil and others heard the Islamic call to prayer. While visiting Egypt he again heard this same call to prayer and immediately converted to Islam saying that it was the same call to prayer he heard on the moon. (Another myth goes that he also saw the Qur’an floating around on the moon).
To back up this ‘creative truth’ Muslims have also invented fake transcripts and countless other documents including fake references to Neil’s biography. However, the facts of the matter according to Neil Armstrong himself:
1) He did not hear the call to prayer on the moon
2) He did not convert to Islam
He makes reference to this countless times and the US State Department also released a memo to embassies worldwide informing them that Neil was not interested in hosting or being a guest to Islamic events and that he has not nor has intentions of converting to Islam.
Anyway, back to the issue at hand. I found a very good article explaining why Islam is not the fastest growing religion in the world and I will copy from it.
ConclusionFrom the statistics available we can cleary see that the fastest growing religion in the world in real terms is Christianity. Where Islam gains 23 Million new adherents annually, Christianity gained 30 Million new adherents in that same period. Thus, Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world.In terms of the question of gaining the most religions by conversions, again that title goes to Christianity. By converisons from other religions, Christianity tends to be the most effective by a long shot with over 2 Million conversions followed by the 800,000 conversions recorded by Islam in that period.
Additional Information – Dispelling the MythsClaims:
1. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. FALSEIslam is neither the fastest growing religion in the world by precentage growth or real person growth.2. Buddhism is the fastest growing religion in the world. FALSE
Although Buddhism is emerging in the Western world it is not the fastest growing religion in the world.3. The world is converting to Islam faster than any other religion. FALSEIn terms of conversions Islam performs very poorly. The growth of Islam is attributed to higher birth rates in areas where it is dominant.4. Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world. TRUEBy real term growth, Christianity is the fastest growing religion in the world.
Misleading Sources ExplainedCurrently, many Muslim websites spread the claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. These websites usually provide no explanation to these claims or occasioanlly provide loose and unveriifiable media quotes.1. CNN Wolrd News Article: “Fast-growing Islam winning converts in Western world“This source provides no statistical evidence to the claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The only allusion to the claim is “The second-largest religion in the world after Christianity, Islam is also the fastest-growing religion.” However, the data proves this claim to be wrong and as a media quote it holds no evidential weight.2. ABC NEWS QuoteAs the quote and citation appears on various sites: “Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion”. [ABCNEWS, Abcnews.com]
No such quote exists today on the abcnews.com website.3. 60 Minutes QuoteAs the quote appears and is cited: “The Religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world.” [MIKE WALLACE, 60 MINUTES]No evidence is provided to support the claim and it is merely a media quote. Again, no reason for this quote to be taken seriously in determining the fastest growing religion.4. Islamicweb.com estimated that in 2000 there would be 1.9Billion Muslims in the worldFalse claims like this are one of the reasons why Islam is believed to be the fastest growing religion in the world. The facts of the matter is that the most liberal estimated of the amount of Muslims in 2000 was 1.1-1.2 Billion. Today the world population of Muslims is only at 1.3 Billion.5. Arabnews article: Islam ‘ fastest growing faith in Australia (Appearing on islamawareness.net)
Although the article is named and used to claim that Islam is the fastest growing religion in Australia, the article itself paints no such picture. The article states that, “Today, Islam is one of the fastest growing faiths in Australia” and makes no claim to it being the fastest growing religion in Australia. Although statistics are provided they do not lead to the conclusion that Islam is the fastest growing religion in Australia as the title claims.6. ABC Transcript: “Fastest-Growing Religion Often Misunderstood” (Appearing on islamawareness.net)This article never states that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world nor does it provide evidence alluding to such a claim.7. People’s Daily Online: OIC official: “Islam shows fastest growing religion on earth”Other than a representative of Organization of Islamic Conference allegedly making the claim, a quote nor any proof is brought up.
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