It is common knowledge that the fastest growing religion in the Middle East, namely Saudi Arabia is Islam. Over the last few years, however, the population of this country has been steadily increasing. Why is it so?
The answer can be easily found on the web, as online search provides easy access to facts. We all know that information is power and research often has a direct bearing on real world events. One need only to look at the wild swings in global political and economic conditions to note the importance of facts in any debate. This is especially so when it comes to religion in the Middle East.
Certain regions, as in most countries, tend to grow faster than others. In the Middle East, a number of studies have been conducted and, as a result, one can now easily get a clear picture about the geography of religion. It’s a country that many would say is home to the world’s fastest growing religion.
Two things stand out about this fact. Firstly, the Muslim population in Saudi Arabia is growing at a phenomenal rate. And secondly, there are a number of religions found here, especially Islam.
When it comes to religious landscape, the Middle East presents a lot of interesting facts. The Middle East also presents a lot of religious split, which often leads to rivalry among believers.
For example, the Shia community in Iran is divided between two communities: the Safavid Shia and the Twelver Shi’a. The latter is considered heretics, and the former is considered the true followers of Imam Zaid. These two sects also hold somewhat opposing views, as the Twelver Shi’a believe that Imam Jafar al-Sadiq, who was martyred in Persia, was the last Imam.
The most religious region in the Middle East, where people prefer to be tied down to a particular religion, is in Iran. This is particularly true in regards to Muslims, as Iran has the highest rate of religious adherence, for men, in the world.
A survey conducted by an international company reveals that there are two distinct groups different countries across the world will consider religious adherence. There are religious groups that require followers to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, and these groups tend to be based in China, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines.
Also, there are other groups that do not require members to make a pilgrimage, but those who belong to them tend to be very religious in their own way. These groups tend to be found in Turkey, Morocco, and Japan.
Religious plurality will always exist, because of the fact that any religious group will have different beliefs. In addition, some groups tend to hold diverse beliefs.
When it comes to politics, the West tends to favour one type of belief over another, but as the world becomes more diverse, the West can no longer control how its citizens will be governed. This is where religion plays an important role in society.
So, even though the west may favour one religion over another, the key is the religious group which has the most adherents. And for example, one Islamic group, such as the Shia in Iran, who may not be closely related to each other but are nevertheless considered to be the same.