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Old 08-13-2012, 04:10 AM
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Question Islam : The LARGEST 'practiced' faith of the world?

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So which is the largest "practiced" faith of the world? Numerically , Christianity is number one...but does it hold most influence on the globe? I think not.

I think that Islam has now become the largest practiced faith of the globe. Whereever Islam exists , it plays a central role in the society. Even secular Turks are very practicing Muslims generally. On the other hand , Christianity in the Europe is almost a dead religion. No one really cares about it or its teachings. Westerners are 'least practicing' people , according to the Gallop Survey on religiosity.

Even Adherents.com says that they have no reason to reject the assertion that there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians..



See the result of the comprehensive gallop survey on religiosity.

Almost enitre Islamic World is "most practicing" or "more practicing" , while almost entire West is "least practicing" or "less practicing" ..which means either agnostics or non-practicing cultural followers...

Also , even in the West , Muslims are way more practicing than Christians. There are way more 'practicing Muslims' by % than practicing Christians in most Western countries

For example , in countries like France , there are more practicing Muslims than Christians (Hudson institute)

http://www.realnewsreporter.com/?p=7...source=message


So in the light of all these facts , I think that today , Islam is the most influential religion of mankind ...

It has become the largest practiced global faith of the planet...

What is your say on this?

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Old 08-13-2012, 04:15 AM
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I agree that it is the most practiced.

But in terms of influence I think Christianity still has the most cultural influence.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:17 AM
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You would need to define 'practicing'. Where do we draw the line between practicing and non-practicing? Is a Muslim who celebrates Muslim holidays, but doesn't regularly do salah or keep halal diet practicing? Is a Christian who prays every night, but only goes to church on Christian holidays practicing?
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So in the light of all these facts , I think that today , Islam is the most influential religion of mankind ...
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I suspect different people have different opinions on what constitutes practicing a religion. I'm not convinced going through the daily motions out of habit is a measure of true devotion.

The influence of a religion is not necessarily directly proportional to the number of people practicing it (by any definition). It's not necessarily the most devoted practitioners of a religion that have the wider influence anyway.
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I'm not sure if Muslims practice their religions more than Christians, but what I'm sure about is that Muslims are more sensitive when it comes to their religion. I have friends from different religious background and I don't see any reason to suggest that Muslims practice their religions more than any other groups.
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You would need to define 'practicing'. Where do we draw the line between practicing and non-practicing? Is a Muslim who celebrates Muslim holidays, but doesn't regularly do salah or keep halal diet practicing? Is a Christian who prays every night, but only goes to church on Christian holidays practicing?
Agreed.

Then again, I'm also not convinced that passing anyone's arbitrarily determined test of "practicing X" is necessarily meaningful or reflective of the territory.
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This is an impossible argument either way, and all around. Since most religions adhere to some notion that religion needs to be adhered to in every action, not just in the external rituals, or in 'service to humanity', there is no way to judge. Somebody can hum a hymn of a song, or a prayer, while they are working, totally missing out that their work itself is a religious duty, as others might depend on that for a living. So who is to say who is being the religious one, the guy humming a prayer, or the guy purposely forgetting to hum a prayer in the service to others.
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So in the light of all these facts , I think that today , Islam is the most influential religion of mankind ...

It has become the largest practiced global faith of the planet...

What is your say on this?
Assuming you are correct, does the number of adherents to a religious belief affect it's credibility?
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I believe there is outwardly and inwardly practice.

Islam seems to be outwardly practiced (only the apparent), but not spiritually and inwardly.
If you look at the World of Islam, specially the East which are the Moslem Majority, and even some Governments which even use Islamic Shariah (Laws), we see that these countries are in a lot of problems. In terms of conflicts, we see different groups and sects of Islam being in conflict with each other. Sunni, Shias, Alawis, etc. We see, that even within the same country, there is a struggle between people and their own government, and also so much security problems.
Look at Pakistan, Suriah, Iran, Egypt, Iraq for instance. Their own people are seeing tyranny from their own Moslem government or other "Harsh" groups of Moslems.
If indeed these people are following the True Islam, which they believe is the Best and the Last revelation, why then so much issues? Why they are not in peace and unity? Why they have poverty issues? Why in terms of science and Technology they are lower than the Western Countries? Shouldn't practicing Islam, have the Best Fruits? Why we don't see the Good Fruits?


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