Washington: The Muslims are the fastest growing religious community in the United States of America as after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 on World Trade Centre, the number of the Muslims in the US have soared by 67 percent.
By Farhan Iqbal
Islamonline.com - Washington: The Muslims are the fastest growing religious community in the United States of America as after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 on World Trade Centre, the number of the Muslims in the US have soared by 67 percent.
This dramatic changing in religious demography in the US has been revealed by a latest survey saying that the faith of the Muslims has increased tremendously during a latest decade since 9/11 attacks.
The survey was conducted by the US Religion Census in 2010 showing that the population of the Muslims in the US today is 2.6 million which has grown remarkably from 1 million in 2000 thus making Islam the fastest growing religion in the country during last 10 years.
The growth of Islam as the fastest religion in the US even after the 9/11 attacks and marginalization and discrimination against the Muslims in the west is incredible.
The survey also showed stupendous growth by Mormonism as its adherents have increased by 45 percent during a last decade. There have been 2 million people accepting the faith Mormonism since 2000 and reaching to 6.1 million in the US.
A data analyst and mapping specialist for the Religion Census, Dale Jones, stated, "Both of these groups entered more than 200 counties that they weren't in 10 years ago."
The survey findings represent religious people who attend services. The data was collected by Census surveyors on congregational adherents of 236 religious groups, including full members, their children and others who regularly attend services. There exists a 5 percent margin of error too.
According to the researchers, the numbers of Muslims have exceeded against the Jews for the first time in the Midwest and parts of the South in the US. They highlighted the factors of the Muslims’ growth and said that the major factor is immigration of the Muslims from other countries to the US and the second is conversions of other religious members into Muslims.
Jones had a view that the outburst of anti-Islam sentiment after the 9/11 attacks could have performed better to spread Islam in the US rather than slowing it. He said that the people who were about to embrace Islam may have decided to do so on principle.
He stated, "Persecution is sometimes good for a religious group — in the sense of being able to attract more followers, for some reason. Rarely is opposition a very effective tool in stopping the growth of a movement."
An Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Ihsan Bagby, also believed that the Muslim community has always strengthened and faced with resilience any negative comment and propaganda made against their religion.
"You get stronger with resistance. If everything is just peachy keen, it's hard to grow. I think, the anti-Muslim atmosphere in certain segments of the public square have actually made Muslims more religious,” he said while expressing his views.
The survey showed that the Christianity and Catholicism have experienced a little decrease in membership. However, there is a considerable growth in the number of Americans who do not believe in any organized religion.
The Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies collected data for the survey and the Association of Religion Data Archives released the data.