World Population by religions
According to David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia: A comparative survey of churches and religions - AD 30 to 2200," there are 19 major world religions which are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups, and many smaller ones. Most people in the world follow one of the religions listed in the table below. Included is the name of the religion, the approximate date of its origin, its main sacred or ethical texts (if any) and its estimated numerical strength (both in absolute numbers and as a percentage of the world's population.)
These data are based on census or public opinion data. Thus, a person is considered to be of a particular religion if they say that they are of that faith.
Statistics of the world's religions are only very rough approximations.
|Religion||Date Founded||Sacred Texts||Members||% of World|
|Christianity||30 CE||The Bible||2,015 million||33% (dropping)|
|Islam||622 CE||Qur'an & Hadith||1,215 million||20% (growing)|
|No religion *||No date||None||925 million||15% (dropping)|
|Hinduism||1,500 BCE||The Veda||786 million||13% (stable)|
|Buddhism||523 BCE||The Tripitaka||362 million||6% (stable)|
|Atheists||No date||None||211 million||4%|
|Chinese folk rel.||270 BCE||None||188 million||4%|
|New Asian rel.||Various||Various||106 million||2%|
|Tribal Religions||Prehistory||Oral tradition||91 million||2%|
|Sikhism||1500 CE||Guru Granth Sahib||16 million||<1%|
|Judaism||No consensus||Torah, Talmud||18 million||<1%|
|Shamanists||Prehistory||Oral Tradition||12 million||<1%|
|Confucianism||520 BCE||Lun Yu||5 million||<1%|
|Baha'i Faith||1863 CE||Most Holy Book||4 million||<1%|
|Jainism||570 BCE||Siddhanta, Pakrit||3 million||<1%|
|Shinto||500 CE||Kojiki, Nohon Shoki||3 million||<1%|
|Zoroastrianism||No consensus||Avesta||0.2 million||<1%|
* Persons with no religion, agnostics, freethinkers, humanists, secularists, etc.
The map shows concentration of Muslim population by region.
J.W. Wright, Editor, "The Universal Almanac, 1996", Andrews & McMeel, Kansas City.
Greg H. Parsons, Executive Director, "U.S. Center for World Mission," Pasadena, CA; quoted in Zondervan News Service, 1997-FEB-21.
Quoted in Religion Today's Current News Summary for 1999-OCT-19.
2000-JAN data from the Global Evangelization Movement as reported in ReligionToday on 2000-JAN-10. Based on a total world's population of 6,091.351,000 people.
come in this world and where is the catalogue which can guide a
human being for a right path to live. Is the god so week that he can
not explain the human being that what is the proper way to perform
his puja(prayer). In hindu relegion nobody knows what is the perfect
way to perform puja because hindu relegion has no book which has
been revealed by god. All of the books are written by hindus itself.
while in islam there is only one book quran worldwide. this book is
revealed by god itself over to muhammad(saw).One miracle of this is
that from its revelation till now a single word had not been changed
while 1435 years has been passed. One more miracle is that In this
book god itself revealed and claimed that untill dooms day no body
can change a single word in this book means god itself protects this
book.this book fully explains a human being existence in this world
and also explains that after death where he should have to dwell.
sanatan (Oldest and perfect for mankind). So adopt it.
Blessings of Allah are not measured by our standards of economic success. Just because somebody is poor, does not make them cursed. As for violence, there is violence in every part of the world, including US. There is poverty in US too. Is US cursed?
Instead of worrying about if somebody else is cursed or not, why not thank Almighty God for all that he has given you and that you are not facing any hardships?
politics are intervened with religion.muslims are not hated and we do get along god knows i live study and am in love with 1 but i mingle with many asian cultures white black sikh and as i am hindu i oppose to war or any hatred to each other!!!!???
"Maybe if people understood each other they
would be enlightened, but the muslims I know
don't want to learn about anyone else, they
think they know it all..."
My question: Could that quote be any more
stereotypical? I'm sorry but I disagree with
your assertion. While there are many Muslims
guilty of what you claim, there are many more
that are not. There are many Muslims who
know much about Christianity and give it its
fair share. (I personally always aim to be as
objective and educated as possible, mainly
asking educated Christians about their
religion). Some Muslims were even educated
Christians at one point in their lives. Perhaps
it is not just ignorant Muslims that need to
better understand others? Please do not take
this personally, I am attacking your ideas and
not you. May God bless us all.
Message 2560 below by Labina, speaks a million words in hundred.
I know that some of the non-muslims/western can't accept the facts about this matter, but you must remember this survey is done by a non-muslim : David Barrett et al, editors of the "World Christian Encyclopedia.
So don't get angry easily, if you want to get angry get angry at the surveyor not this islamicity website....ok.
And one more message....Have you ever thought about the truth?
Camilla Khan (an American Muslim)
May Allah bless us so that we may lead the suffering humanity out of darkness and thereby succeed here and hereafter.
With Quran as our guiding force and Eeman in the Day of Judgement, even if we belong to a group of double digit millions instead of three digits, we would be much better off and have more say in the World.
Let's not be complascent and find refuge in theses figures but strive to emulate this Quranic verse in our lives: "You are the best of peoples, evolved for mankind, enjoining what is right, forbidding what is wrong, and believing in Allah...(Al Imran:110)"
..and then see, the difference we make on this planet! Afterall, We have done it once.
And Islam have been tainted with fanatism and splitting among the brothers. I hope muslims could use their mind and brains to bring back Islam where it should be, don't just simply follow crazy ulama's with crazy fatwa's.
Pretending to be ulama's and create new fatwa's and shouting jihad in order to split and chaos inside the Islam Ummah is not new. In our country, one pious guy shouting jihad and even call our prime minister an anti-christ and the victim is the youngsters and university student. He ask them not to go to school and knowledge is not important only destroying the government is jihad. But when our authority caught him, he actually works for the foreigners, just to delay and stop our progress and development.Just imagine using Islam to split us, Lucky Allah saved us for now. In Malaysia we don't care whether he is an ulama or whatever, if he is trying to split our people he will go to jail without trial.
I hope the Arab world could learn from us, and just simply catch the ulama's with the crazy fatwa's, and u might shock when you know his true colors.
I'm still wandering who is actually Osama Ben Laden.....still remain undead...and still wandering around...Is US really serious about this guy or it just something else......Think about it...Allah want us to think...not just to follow
Please muslims, be careful....wild world outhere
It is surprising to note that the most influential religion in the world is missing there.I am talking about the religion called 'capitalism'.All the other religion except Islam do not have the sophistication to deal with todays problems.Islam is the most comprehensive religion for all times.But since the last khilafah was destroyed Islam has been reduced to a set of individuals rituals thanks to the work done by the christian missioneries.The religion of capitalism appeared in the scene after the muslims had lost supremacy in the world political arena.I call capitalism a religion because it affects every sphere of our practical life.There is no point of talking about other religions(except Islam)since their domain is the so called 'spiritual' domain.Lets examine in detail about this religion called capitalism.The kalimah of this religion is 'Interest is everything,there is no diety other than interest'.Consumerism have to be on the minds of the followers(like Taqwa) of this religion all the time since the mass production and mass consumerism are the sustainers of this religion.UN headquarters is the Grand mosque of this religion and also the Qibla for other nations to seek solutions for their problems.Imam W.George Bush and Imam Blair are the current grand Muftis of this religion.Their pilgrimage can be seen 24 hours a day through CNN which also happens to be the tool which capitalism uses to make the azaan for their prayer.The fatwas made by these 2 Imams can be most devastating for it can create employment on one part of the region it can destabilize another region.The shariah of this religion is written by the mullahs of Multi national corporation .Here are some of the azaans(call for prayer) of capitalism:
1.Just Do It(Nike commercial)
2.Obey Your Thirst(American commercial for Sprite)
Here is an authentic Hadith by the one of the junior Imams of this religion:
"I would'nt give a damn if Kuwait grew carrots"
I wonder how many of the world's Muslims would be Muslim if they were free to choose. Very few, I suspect.
Thank you Almighty Allah for making me a Moslem.
May you guide me in the correct path.