Islam rapidly grows as Christianity declines in UK

Trafalgar Square, London

Published on Sep 18, 2013

Source: RT.com

Christianity’s central place in British culture could be increasingly under threat, with church attendance numbers in severe decline. Meanwhile, the nation’s second largest religion, Islam, is growing faster than ever; with some studies suggesting it could eventually become the dominant faith. RT’s Polly Boiko has the story.

The UK’s official religion is dwindling at a record speed, with the decline of the Church “approaching rock bottom,” experts warn. While Christian congregations age, most British mosques are bringing more and more young people on board.

Public mosque services attract thousands of British Muslims, but when you check out a church, there are hardly a dozen participants at Sunday morning worship, RT’s Polly Boiko reports from London.

“The decline of churches in the UK is long term, now it just happens to be approaching rock bottom. So 95 percent of people don’t attend church on an average Sunday. Christian worship is already the concern of a tiny minority of people,” Andrew Copson, chief executive of the British Humanist Association, told RT.

“I think over time even the weak cultural identity that still seems to be associated with Christianity will banish away, probably all over Europe, not just in the UK,” Copson added.

The British Muslim population has surged dramatically over the past 15 years, increasing by 75 percent. According to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, Muslims have the youngest age profile of the religious groups, with 48 percent (1.3 million) aged under 25.

Dr. Muhammad Abdul Bari, Honorary Chairman of one of the largest mosques in the UK, the East London Mosque, believes that’s because Islam’s family values are “really bonded, and families really try to nurture young people in the folds of Islam.”

He told RT that the Mosque he goes to, founded in 1910 and accommodating 7,000 worshippers for congregational prayers, has a congregation over 50 percent young people, who feel “part of the Mosque establishment” these days.

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  1. In the best journalistic tradition of not letting facts get in the way of a good story, the article slides over how much of the growth of Islam is down to demographic change and how much to conversion.

    It’s almost all the former: conversion is very rare (except among Afro-Caribbean males) not least because Britain’s Muslims don’t want converts.

    I live on an Estate which is up to 20% Muslim, I’ve lived here for over 12 years and not once in all that has a Muslim knocked on my front door and asked to arrange an appointment with me to discuss his wonderful religion.

    On the other hand, in the 1987 General Election in the UK, the Islamic Party of Great Britain stood in about 500 seats (I quote from memory) and obtained less than a tenth of the Muslim vote, as it stood in those days. This was said to be down to the fact that the candidates were the wrong skin colour (white).

    So when it’s suggested to me that distinguishing between race, religion and culture is unIslamic I remember the old saying: “pull the other one, it’s got bells on”.

  2. Islam will grow despite of strong opposition to Muslims in the west. Islam is not any new religion,Islam means to submit your will to one and true Lord,who is the Lord of the Thrones.Who sent Adam,Abraham,Ishmael,Isaac,Joanna,Lot,Joseph,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad( Peace and blessings of God be on them all),The Quran Honours Mary as the women chosen above women of all the nations and their is a chapter dedicated to her in Quran called chapter 19, Mary and Jesus(Peace be on him) was the mightiest messengers of God,he was born miraculously without any male intervention,he healed all the blind and sick by God’s Permission.and no Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus Christ as the messenger of God,and Jesus is coming back to this world,and this is our emaan our faith.Jesus says in the Bible that” on that day many will come to me and say,”Lord Lord have we not done mighty works in thy name,in thy name cast out devils.Jesus says” You evil people depart from me,I never knew you”.

    Islam the faith that was the FIRST to give woman rights, the veil is not to cover for husbands but as a source of empowerment for woman so that they can be treated as an individual rather than a sex item for the male, ask Helen Flanagan about the respect she receives!!! Islam will grow despite of strong opposition to Muslims in the west. Islam is not any new religion, Islam means to submit your will to one and true Lord, who is the Lord of the Thrones. Who sent Adam,Abraham,Ishmael,Isaac,Joanna,Lot,Joseph,Moses,Jesus and Muhammad( Peace and blessings of God be on them all),The Quran Honours Mary as the women chosen above women of all the nations and their is a chapter dedicated to her in Quran called chapter 19, Mary and Jesus(Peace be on him) was the mightiest messengers of God, he was born miraculously without any male intervention, he healed all the blind and sick by God’s Permission. And no Muslim is a Muslim if he does not believe in Jesus Christ as the messenger of God, and Jesus is coming back to this world, and this is our emaan our faith. Jesus says in the Bible that” on that day many will come to me and say, “Lord Lord have we not done mighty works in thy name, in thy name cast out devils.Jesus says” You evil people depart from me, I never knew you”

    A Western Girl understood how Muslim men are dedicated for their families, At least they come home everyday not drunk and do not abuse their wives and children. More and More white women realize the importance of family lives as their childhood will be full of miseries and they don’t know whose their fathers are and they also realize how women are burdened to up bring the children on their handwork, where men only see than as objects of sexual satisfaction. ISLAM is the complete way of life and more and more women will accept Islam as their way of Life and Insha Allah the whole world will turn to Islam and only Islam has the answers for the problems faced by modern women. I urge all the Muslims in the west to call people towards Islam and be generous with the poor and unfortunate. Never sleep until your neighbour is well fed, take care of old, and the concept of old age homes shall vanish from the society and all the old parents shall be taken care of their children.Spread the Word.
    Islam does respect women, I converted to Islam 10 years ago and have never found any aspect to be bad. It is nothing like how Islam is portrayed in the media. I think if they love each other and she is converting because she wants to then that is great. Surely it is better that getting drunk and falling out of nightclubs with different men every weekend. Actually in Islam Covering goes both ways not only for women. By covering, women force men to address their minds not their bodies as we do in the west. As for multiple marriages, did you know that Islam is the only religion to limit the number of wives a man may take down to 4. Whereas in Christianity and Judaism there is no limits to how many wives a man may take, it is only common law that outlawed polygamy, not religion.
    IA
    http://www.londonschoolofislamics.org.uk

  3. The only thing holding me back from converting to islam is my family. My family grew up going to church, and all my cousins go. I don’t know how to let go of Christianity, it’s got a hold on me.

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