During the last 20 years, the number
of Muslims in the world has been increasing steadily. Statistics
for the year 1973 indicate that the world population of Muslims
was 500 million; now, it has reached 1.5 billion. Today, every fourth
person is a Muslim.1 It is probable that the Muslim
population will continue to increase and that Islam will become
the world's largest religion.
The reason for this steady rise is not only the increasing
population in Muslim countries, but also the growing numbers of
people who are turning to Islam, a phenomenon that has gained momentum,
especially after the attack on the World Trade Center on September
11, 2001 (hereinafter referred to as 9/11). This attack, deplored
by everyone, especially Muslims, has suddenly turned people's attention
(especially Americans) to Islam. People in the West are talking
a lot about what kind of a religion Islam is, what the Qur'an says,
what obligations come with being a Muslim, and how Muslims are required
to conduct their affairs. This interest has naturally brought about
a rise in the number of people worldwide turning to Islam. So, the
commonly heard prediction after 9/11 that "this attack will change
the course of world history" has, in a sense, started to come true.
The process of returning to religious and spiritual values, which
the world has been experiencing for a long time, has become a turning
Sometimes, when such developments are reported by the
media, we see how extraordinary these events really are. Although
sometimes presented as ordinary occurrences, in reality they are
signs that Islamic morality has begun to spread throughout the world
We must realize that these signs are either ignored
in favor of other events, or cannot properly be appreciated by many
people. However, it is of great importance that:
- Prominent statesmen quote the Qur'an in their speeches
and take every occasion to express their reverence for it.
- They have begun to visit mosques and ask for detailed
information about Islam.
- For the first time in history, the Pope has invited
Christians and Muslims to fast together for one day.
- Christian clergy quote the Qur'an in their sermons.
- For weeks, the Qur'an has been the best selling
book in Western countries
- There have been internationally televised special
news programs, reports, and discussion programs introducing Islam.
- World-renowned newspapers have published articles
about Islam and Muslims.
- The most popular books in libraries are those
about Islam and Islamic history.
This map, published in Der Spiegel,
shows where the Muslim population is dense. The dark
green areas indicate places where the Muslim population
is more than 90%.
This site presents and evaluates these developments
so that readers may appreciate their importance. On the one hand,
this site will attempt to make believers more determined and resolved
and, on the other hand, show the importance of telling everyone
about Islamic morality. All of these developments have been revealed
in the Qur'an: "When God's help and victory
have arrived, and you have seen people entering God's religion in
droves, then glorify your Lord's praise and ask His forgiveness"
(Qur'an, 110: 2-3) and it is important to know that what this verse
says will come true very soon. It is even happening now. God will
indeed fulfill this promise. Therefore, believers must do whatever
they can to take part in these developments.
|For the last 10 years, the number
of Muslims has been increasing throughout the world, and Islam
has been growing. Today every fourth person is a Muslim. This
number is expected to grow even more in the near future.
(Above) A CNN program entitled "Fast Growing
Islam Winning Converts in the Western World" pointed to the
increasing number of Christians converting to Islam. An ABC
program reported that the number of Muslims has long since
passed one billion, and gave information on the basic tenets
of Islam, The article below refers to the growth of interest
in Islam particularly after 9/11.
1.Aktuel, Bati, Nufusu
ve Nufuzu Hizla Artan Islam Konusuyor (The West is Talking About
Islam, Rising both in
Population and Influence), April 1, 1999