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Islam is Officially the World’s Largest Religion!

Props to all the Muslim mothers around the world for having lots of children!

Muslims more numerous than Catholics

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer
Sun Mar 30, 2:48 PM ET

VATICAN CITY – Islam has surpassed Roman Catholicism as the world’s largest religion, the Vatican newspaper said Sunday.

“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 compiles the Vatican’s yearbook.

He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population — a stable percentage — while Muslims were at 19.2 percent.

“It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer,” the monsignor said.

Formenti said that the data refer to 2006. The figures on Muslims were put together by Muslim countries and then provided to the United Nations, he said, adding that the Vatican could only vouch for its own data.

When considering all Christians and not just Catholics, Christians make up 33 percent of the world population, Formenti said.

Spokesmen for the Vatican and the United Nations did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment Sunday.

Source: Yahoo!

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  • 69 Responses for "Islam is Officially the World’s Largest Religion!"

    1. KAShaikh October 9th, 2009 at 12:07 pm

      Two Facts need to be really be brought upto surface
      1. Islam does not have the largest follower base – Re Pew’s report
      Islam’s followers are est at 1.57 billion (23% of world’s pop) and it puts Islam at No. 2 in terms of followers, behind Christianity’s estimated 2.1 billion to 2.2 billion.
      2. Followers of Islam are dispersed accross the globe and do not really form a concentrated geographical block as with Christianity or Buddhism, Jews or Hindus. Hence, economic, political and religious benefits always evade Islam.

      Myths of Islam having largest followers are spread as scare strategy to stop spread of Islam across other religions as it is offers real understanding of God and best and comprehensive way of life.

    2. islamic October 28th, 2009 at 6:25 pm

      may allah increase it even more. im very proud

    3. habeeb November 12th, 2009 at 1:53 pm


    4. ummmm November 16th, 2009 at 5:41 am

      Well after reading these comments it really helped me to realize that the majority of followers here are kooks. Who really cares if your mythical god has the biggest fan base. If you dig HeeSuse or Alibabwaa good for you, hope it makes your life better. Before you pick your god/religion make sure you try being a non follower for a month. just think Sundays to enjoy your life, no more putting out your yoga mat 3 times a day and doing push ups.

      Remember without followers there would be no religion, guess since I am not a follower I am a leader. Hmmm maybe I should write a book so a few hundred years from now people would chant my name before they did crazy things.


    5. Anas December 30th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

      allahu akbar, islam is the worlds largest religion and inshallah nothing can change it, for all you other people who decline this, too bad, becasu all the religions agreed that islam is the largest religion. so haha, sucks for you guys!!

    6. Anas13 December 30th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      islam is the worlds largest religion and inshallah nothing can change it, for all you other people who decline this, too bad, becasu all the religions agreed that islam is the largest religion. so haha, sucks for you guys!!

    7. Anas14 December 30th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

      islam is the worlds largest religion and inshallah nothing can change it, for all you other people who decline this, too bad, becasu all the religions agreed that islam is the largest religion. so haha, sucks for you guys!!!!

    8. Anas14 December 30th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

      fuck you shawn!!
      its like this:
      Islam: Infinity

    9. Daoudster December 30th, 2009 at 7:50 pm

      Jumbo Shrimp? And that status will last until the entire world is speaking Arabic maybe? 😉 loll

    10. Frank December 30th, 2009 at 9:40 pm

      The Jews make up a fake religion, then the Jews and Christians make more false religions from the original false religion of Judaism. Then you have idiots celebrating who has the bigger false religion, to see this happen this day and age makes me LOL!

    11. Daoudster December 31st, 2009 at 2:45 am


    12. Madkour February 15th, 2010 at 7:48 pm

      Alright, just to set the record straight.. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are one and the same religion. The message of Allah SWT revealed to his prophets (Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad [PBUT]). Unfortunately, the similarities between our faiths are overlooked, and the differences disproportionately emphasized. To all my muslim brothers and sisters who retaliated to the comments with negative comments of their own, you are just as wrong if not more so than the offender. Dont forget, the Prophet (SAWS) prayed for forgiveness the Jews who threw rocks at him. Animosity has no place between out faiths and we should, as suggested many times above, bridge the gap between our faiths and learn to accept and embrace one another as human beings… at the very least. We are all the creation of the One we worship, shouldn’t be a bond strong enough to overshadow our differences….
      food for thought

    13. MAJID February 16th, 2010 at 1:39 am

      salam! i am so proud now that the islam becanme largest religions in the worlds. It is because nothing is the truth religion except islam.

    14. Saleh February 19th, 2010 at 7:22 pm

      I would love for someone to explain what the religious significance of the Vatican in Rome is. For Jerusalem to be considered one of the holiest sites in the world for the 3 religions of the book makes all the sense to me. The significance of Mecca for all Muslims is very clear. Is there anyone who can explain how Rome became a site of worship for Catholics when, to my knowledge, there was nothing of religious historical significance that occurred. Maybe what Aypub mentioned of the glorification of white holds some merit as well as the reasoning behind this.
      I have no intention of joining in with the bickering match of who is greater in number…but one point that i have always been aware of with the religion of Christianity is there is no one when I have asked what their religion is has answered me, “I am a Christian” It has always been I am Catholic/Baptist/Coptic/Greek Orthodox… In contrast, I dont know of any Muslim who has ever specified his sect when referring to his faith. He is simply a Muslim.
      Regardless of whether Islam is the largest religion in the world or not, one thing is certain. It is the seal of all the religions and therefore, the perfect religion.

    15. Shawn February 19th, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      /\ lol Saleh. A perfect religion does not exist. They all contradict, and they all have a tyrannical past.

      The reason Rome (Actually the Vatican) is the seat of the Roman Catholic religion is because it was the Capital of the Roman Empire. The Romans had gods of their own and persecuted Christians, until they themselves realised it may have been a religion worth following, and so it was instituted as their national religion. It simply spread from there.
      Jerusalem is the holliest place for Christians.

      I hope wherever you are, you have access to history books.

    16. Maverick February 19th, 2010 at 9:07 pm

      LOL @ Shawn

      As if he would know how to define a perfect religion.

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    19. Informant June 14th, 2010 at 1:49 am

      What is it with you people and the way you say things about Islam being the largest religion now? Using Inshallah and other Holy Words is not the way it is said.

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