India will have most Muslims by 2050 : Pew Research Centre

Muslims are the fastest-growing group in the world since they have the youngest median age (30) of all religious groups, and by 2050, India will be the country with the world's largest Muslim population, said American think tank Pew Research Centre.

Presently, Islam is the world's second-largest religion after Christianity. Pew said that if current demographic trends continued, Muslim population would exceed the number of Christians by the end of this century. India is set to be home to 300 million Muslims by 2050.

There were 1.6 billion Muslims in the world as of 2010 -23% of the global population. Presently , Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population. In a 2015 report, Pew said that while the world's population was projected to grow by 35% in the coming decades, the number of Muslims was expected to increase by 73% -to 2.8 billion in 2050.In fact, Muslims are the only major religious group projected to increase faster than the world's population.

At 62%, a majority of Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region. This included large populations in Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Iran and Turkey, Pew said. “The Muslim population in Europe also is growing; we project 10% of all Europeans will be Muslims by 2050,“ Pew said.

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