Muslim Babies To Outnumber Others By 2035 – Report
Within 20 years, the number of babies born to Muslim parents will exceed those born to Christians, a study published by the Pew Research Center Wednesday has found. The estimate is part of a trend that is likely to see Islam become the most followed religion in the world in 2070.
Between 2010 and 2015, births to Muslims made up an estimated 31 percent of all babies born around the world-surpassing the current Muslim share of the population, estimated to be 24 percent.
In comparison, the Christian population is growing at a slower rate. In recent years, 33 percent of the world’s babies were born to Christian mothers, compared to the religion’s 31 percent share of the global population in 2015.
The number of babies born into the two religious groups will continue to grow in the coming years, even as the number of births for all other religious groups is expected to decline steadily. But Muslims, who on average have 2.9 children compared to 2.6 for Christian women, are expected to grow at the fastest rate of all.
By 2035, the number of babies born to Muslims will exceed those born to Christian mothers, Pew estimated. And between 2055 and 2060, the gap between the two is predicted to reach six million, with 232 million births for Muslims and 226 million to Christians.