What the world's religious landscape will look like in 2050, for Halal industries


Islam is the world's fastest growing religion but despite the increasing numbers, Christians will still outnumber Muslims in 2050, a new report has found.

Religion, despite its decline in the West as the map above shows, is proliferating across the world - by 2050, Muslims will make up 10 per cent of Europe's population. By 2100, Muslims will outnumber Christians globally, Pew believe.

"By the year 2100, about 1 per cent more of the world’s population would be Muslim (35 per cent) than Christian (34 per cent)," the authors wrote.

According to the Pew Research Center, the religiously unaffiliated - referring to atheists, agnostics and other people who do not identify with a religion - are declining as a share of the population.

In the map above, readers can find out the percentage of individuals following Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and folk religions (which include African traditional religions, Chinese folk religions, Native American religions and Australian aboriginal religions) as well as those who do not follow a religion.

All faiths, according to Pew, will see an increase in their share except Buddhism - because of low fertility and ageing population among its followers.

The three maps below show which parts of the world the three biggest monotheistic faiths are adhered to most.

Islam will be the largest religion in the world in 2100: 

It is widely known that Islam is increasing globally but despite this increase, by 2050, only two more countries (51 in total) will have a population of Muslims that is more than 50 per cent.

By 2050, the Pew report predicted that 30 per cent (2.8 billion) of the population will identify themselves as Muslim compared to 31 per cent (2.9 billion) identifying themselves as Christian. In Europe, it is suggested that by 2050, 10 per cent of the continent will be Muslim and in the US, it will become the second-largest faith.


This significant projected growth is largely due to the young age and high fertility rate of Muslims relative to other religious groups... Muslims have higher fertility levels than the world’s overall population between 2010 and 2015."

Also, Muslim Population By Country

RankCountryPopulation Who Identifies as Muslim
1 Indonesia227,226,404
2 Pakistan204,194,370
3 India189,000,000
4 Bangladesh148,607,000
5 Nigeria95,316,131
6 Egypt87,336,965
7 Iran81,529,435
8 Turkey80,683,525
9 Algeria40,559,749
10 Sudan39,027,950
11 Iraq38,800,190
12 Afghanistan34,022,437
13 Morocco33,646,788
14 Saudi Arabia31,878,000
15 Ethiopia28,680,000
16 Yemen27,784,498
17 Uzbekistan26,550,000
18 China24,690,000
19 Niger19,502,214
20 Tanzania19,426,814
21 Malaysia19,237,161
22 Syria18,930,000
23 Mali15,667,704
24 Senegal14,584,931
25 Kazakhstan13,026,802
26 Burkina Faso11,270,000
27 Tunisia11,190,000
28 Côte d'Ivoire10,375,283
29 Jordan9,961,123
30 Azerbaijan9,872,765
31 Russia9,400,000
32 Somalia9,231,000
33 Guinea8,693,000
34 Congo8,330,115
35 Chad7,827,653
36 Tajikistan7,621,700
37 Libya6,325,000
38 Mozambique5,340,000
39 Uganda5,030,000
40 Philippines5,000,000
41 Cameroon4,940,000
42 Kyrgyzstan4,927,000
43 Ghana4,914,000
44 Turkmenistan4,830,000
45 France4,697,431
46 United Arab Emirates4,615,081
47 Palestinian Territories4,298,000
48 Mauritania4,171,633
49 Sierra Leone4,171,000
50 Thailand3,952,000

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