Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson is joined by Conrad Hackett, Associate Director of research and senior demographer at Pew Research Center, who talks about what's behind the rise.
Islam is growing faster than any other religion
Why is the global Muslim population so rapidly growing?
"Muslims are the world's youngest big religious community. They have a median age of 24. And unlike every other religion, Muslims have more children than adults. About three children per Muslim woman, compared to about 2 children per woman in the world who are not Muslim."
"People change religious sects, of course, and we have assessed religious change, but the storey for Muslims as far as we can tell is just about natural growth: a lot more Muslims are born than die in any given year."
How is the growing muslim population affecting the number of Mosques?
the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) launched phase one of the Smart Mosque project, and Deloitte Deloitte estimates there are approximately 3.6 million mosques around the world, which translates to around 500 Muslims for every mosque. With a 1.3 percent per annum growth, the number of mosques around the world is expected to reach 3.85 million by 2019.
It said the number of new mosques built in different countries isn't sufficient as it doesn't balance the world's rising Muslim population.
This is particularly so in European countries where, due to conversions, migration and birth rates, there is a high rate of Muslim population growth.
One of those countries in need of a significant number of new mosques is France.
The president of the Islamic Council of France, Dalil Bubakr, says there are seven million Muslims and only 2200 mosques in the country.
He added that, in order to meet the needs of French Muslims, the number of mosques in the country should at least double.
There are only 1000 mosques in Britain as well, though 2 million Muslims live in the country making up 5 percent of the population.
India is said to have the highest number of mosques in the world. The Asian state has 300,000 active mosques, more than any other country including the Muslim world.
Smart mosques show growing demand for digital Islamic services
We don’t always think of religion as being at the leading edge when it comes to technology and innovation, but digital Islamic services is a fast-growing area. This was evidenced at the China-Arab States Expo in Yinchuan, China, last week, where ZTE was demonstrating a solution for smart mosques.
Looking at the pace, it is clearly evident we are moving towards the time when we will reach a total of 4.5 Billion mosques around the globe, estimately by the end of 2025, and 19 million communities - Islamic community centres, education, non-profit, society and organisations.
As the number of mosques are on the rise, it is important for these mosques to adapt with the current technology and digitalize themselves for greater user engagement and easy flow.
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