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Asma Issa
Islamic Scholar

What is the most popular religion in the world?

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  1. These are the top 10 most popular religions in the world.

    1- Christianity

    The ancient Christian religion, with its central figure of Jesus Christ, has been around for thousands of years and continues to draw people in with its moral teachings and hope of salvation from sin. Christianity’s symbols, such as the cross and holy water, remind people of their faith in God’s existence while they are reminded daily of Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf. The Christian religion is one of the oldest religions in the world. It was founded by Jesus Christ around two thousand years ago. Today’ Christianity has about two hundred six million followers (2011 estimates).

    2- Islam

    Islam, or ‘submission unto God, ‘ is practiced by most Muslims worldwide. Many people in different continents follow Islam because it is a straightforward message that guides all areas of life, from personal relations to politics, economics, health care, and culture. However, some Muslims do not agree with some of Islam’s teachings and rules, sometimes making them feel excluded from their loved ones and community.

    3- Hinduism

    This religion is practiced by more than one billion people worldwide and originated in India over three thousand years ago. It was derived from Brahmanism and Hinduism. Many people in India are Hindu because it is seen as a simple set religion. Hindus believe in one supreme God, with many gods and goddesses who are also worshiped as though they have individual personalities.

    4- Sikhism

    Sikhism or Sikh religion was founded in 15th century by Guru Nanak. He was considered the most intellectual and holy man that time. Founder of the Sikhism always wanted equal rights to all humans. That is why Sikhism is very famous and including in top 5 most practice religions in the world.

    5- Buddhism

    The religion Buddhism is the oldest religion in existence in the world. It was founded by Siddartha Gautama about two thousand years ago. Much of its teachings are based on what Buddha experienced during his lifetime and reflect a simple, kind, peaceful way of life. Four million Buddhists live in Indonesia, China, Thailand, Taiwan, and northeastern India.

    6- Mormonism

    Mormonism is a Christianity-based religion. On the 6th of April 1830, Joseph Smith founded Mormonism. It is one of the fastest-growing religions in America today. There are approximately thirteen million followers (as of 2010). It is also one of the most controversial religions because it conflicts with other Christians’ doctrines. The followers of Mormonism are called Mormons and follow the teachings and morals of Jesus Christ. Many people regard Mormonism as an official Christian faith and claim that Joseph Smith was a prophet, while others regard him as a false prophet or even an impostor.

    7- Baha’i Faith

    It is one of the most recent religions originating in Iran in the nineteenth century. It was founded by Baha’u’llah (1817-1892) and had just three million followers, or about 6% of the Iranian population. The followers of Baha’i want to establish their faith globally and eliminate differences between nationalities, races, and religions. They try to bring people together by creating peace and harmony.

    8- Hare Krishna

    The Hare Krishna temple is the most well-known religious group in America today. It was founded in the 1960s in America by a man named B.D. ‘Gopananda das’and is practiced mainly by young Americans and is a Hindu sect with a strong emphasis on meditation and self-realization. The followers of Hare Krishna are called gourmets, and for many of them, it is a way to escape daily life because meditation brings out their inner beauty and creates harmony within themselves.

    9- Jainism

    This religion refers to the ‘Nontrinitarian monotheistic religion’ that originated in India about four thousand years ago. This religion powerfully preaches nonviolence, tolerance, and respect for all life. There are about four million Jains in India today.

    10- Shinto

    It’s another ancient religion with a history of more than a thousand years, which is less than that of Buddhism. It was derived from ancient animistic beliefs in Japan and is referred to as the way of the gods. Shinto means ‘The way of the gods.’ There are many followers in Japan today, and it has strong traditions, with festivals like the Kamakura matsuri being held every May to honor the spirits or kami. Shinto became increasingly popular from the 6th century onwards.

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