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Even bad Muslims are more religious than other followers of different faiths.



I guess the Gallop poll went to al-Azhar in Egypt for this survey. 😀


A lot of Shia live in Alabama? 


Who lives in Vermont anyway? Israel is 50?! Is Zionism considered a religion?


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  • 19 Responses for "Muslim World more Religious than the Rest of the World"

    1. Dawud Israel February 11th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

      That can be a bad thing too…cuz the whole “holier-than-thou” mentality comes into place…

    2. Farzana February 11th, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      I’m surprised Saudi Arabia didn’t come out on top for most religious country, considering it’s enforced by law over there.

    3. MR February 11th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

      @Farazana – Saudi Arabia is obviously 100%, but Egypt was a shock. I’m assuming that’s why they put Egypt there.

    4. genieyclo February 11th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

      LOL. We were *just* looking at this in class last hour, about 15 minutes ago!

    5. sariea February 11th, 2009 at 12:54 pm

      Im willing to bet that this also matches up “for the most part” with how rich a country is

      look at africa vs. europe or north america

      allahu a3lam

    6. Chuck February 11th, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      I used to live in Bangladesh, and it is taboo there to answer “no” to this question. Any country that has a religious rating that high obviously has societal reasons as not even in Muhammads (pbuh) could there be any poll that describes basically everyone.

      Also, the definition of “religious” is different for different people. Here in Texas some people will call themselves religious because they pray before sleeping while others call themselves religious because they go to church on Sunday.

      Overall, personally I find this poll skewed.

    7. Ahlam February 11th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

      This has got to be the most ridiculous map I’ve seen. How the heck do you define “religious” and how do ‘bad’ and ‘religious’ not contradict one another?

      This type of ‘pr’ is what is leaving a bad taste in my mouth…and pushing many people away from defining themselves by their faith. Its just plain out ridiculous that we have the audacity to create and post this sort of material.

      May the Most high make us all wiser in our words and our interactions with the rest of the world.

    8. MR February 11th, 2009 at 4:11 pm

      @Ahlam – I didn’t create this. It was done by Gallup Polls. My comments were purely sarcastic in tone.

    9. Ahmadi February 11th, 2009 at 4:31 pm

      Not surprised about Egypt. They are very religious people at heart, even some of the liberal lot consider themselves spiritual.

    10. Tranquilityfromwithin February 11th, 2009 at 4:45 pm

      How was this poll conducted by ‘Gallup Polls’?
      I have a feeling it’s based on how often the population attends their religious services. Hence, Russia, France, Britain, Australia being the least ‘religious’ … partly do to the separation of church and state, and religious observances being a private thing (just guessing).

    11. MR February 11th, 2009 at 4:53 pm

      @Tranquilityfromwithin – From Gallup:

      Survey Methods

      Global results are based on telephone and face-to-face interviews conducted in 2006, 2007, and 2008 with approximately 1,000 adults in each country. Results from each country have an associated sampling error of ±4 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.

      For U.S. state-level religiosity data, results are based on telephone interviews with 355,334 national adults, aged 18 and older, conducted in 2008 as part of Gallup Poll Daily tracking. The margin of sampling error for most states is ±1 percentage point, but is as high as ±4 percentage points for the District of Columbia, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Interviews are conducted with respondents on landline telephones (for respondents with a landline telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell phone only).

    12. isa February 12th, 2009 at 4:40 am

      very interesting, the more materialistic and richer people get, their faith in God lessens. & the more poorer and the less materialistic people get, their faith in GOd increases.

    13. Xf-S February 12th, 2009 at 10:47 pm

      They didn’t survey China… haha…

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      […] time though, I have to disagree strongly with a post on MuslimMatters.  Looking at my post on the “religiosity” of the entire world it is clear that many of the major countries fighting the “war on terrorism” are […]

    15. Zakaria February 13th, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      its very childish how you describe these things,what exactly is a “bad muslim” ..

      Let Allah be the judge of that,please.

      and @ ISa
      u said: very interesting, the more materialistic and richer people get, their faith in God lessens. & the more poorer and the less materialistic people get, their faith in GOd increases.

      Well I think it also the other way around,a lot of people dont fin their peace even in the abndance of materailistic items,and look for that in religion.

    16. Jeffrey Levine February 13th, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      Of course more Mulims are religious. Islam has been violent since its inception. When your religion can kill you for lookinh left instead of right, you learn how to behave in pblic.

      Only an idiot would be a member foa relihion that enj0ys taking the lives of its members.

      Islam sucks!

    17. David February 13th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

      “Even bad Muslims are more religious than other followers of different faiths.”

      haha, what?

    18. Koorosh Vahabi September 23rd, 2009 at 12:51 am

      United Arab Emirates? religious?

      i lived there for many years…definitely alot of good “religious” folks there….but with clubs, alcohol, and prostituition rampant there, it makes hard to swallow that they are on the list….considering many of the people drinking or clubbing are muslims…

    19. Atif C. December 10th, 2009 at 11:08 pm

      The question of religiosity in the US is actually a very interesting…I’ve read Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” and Martha Nussbaum’s “Liberty of Conscience” for my Religion and Politics class at Vanderbilt and I’d highly recommend them to anybody who is interested in getting a better understanding of the unique role of religion in the US

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