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Passion Islam I February 2009 LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS I 3
Muslim society rising faster than rest
The Muslim population in Britain has said: “In the growth of any population — 301,000 as of September last year
grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 ... [its] voice is regarded as being — would benefit Britain’s future labour
million in just four years, according stronger in terms of formulating market through taxes that would
to official research collated for The policy, not least because we live in subsequently contribute to sustaining
Times. a democracy where most people in the country’s ageing population.
The population multiplied 10 times most religious groups and most racial Muhammad Abdul Bari, general
faster than the rest of society, the groups have votes. That necessarily secretary of the Muslim Council of
research by the Office for National means their opinions have to be taken Britain, predicted that the number
Statistics reveals. In the same period and attention to be paid to them.” of mosques in Britain would multiply
the number of Christians in the country There are more than 42.6 million from the present 1,600 in line with the
fell by more than 2 million. Christians in Britain, according to the rising Islamic population. He said the
Experts said that the increase was Office for National Statistics, whose greater platform that Muslims would
attributable to immigration, a higher figures were obtained through the command in the future should not be
birthrate and conversions to Islam quarterly Labour Force Survey of perceived as a threat to the rest of
during the period of 2004-2008, when around 53,000 homes. But while the society.
the data was gathered. biggest Christian population is among “We each have our own set of
They said that it also suggested a over-70s bracket, for Muslims it is the beliefs. This should really be a source
growing willingness among believers under-4s. of celebration rather than fear as long
to describe themselves as Muslims Ceri Peach, Professor of Social as we all clearly understand that we
because the western reaction to war Geography at Manchester University, must abide by the laws of this country
and terrorism had strengthened their said “The groups with the strongest regardless of the faith we belong to,”
sense of identity. belief in the family and cohesion he said.
Muslim leaders have welcomed are those such as the Pakistanis
the growing population of their and Bangladeshis. They have got The total number of
communities as academics extremely strong family values but it Muslims in Great Britain:
highlighted the implications for British goes together with the sort of honour 2004: 1,087,000
society, integration and government society and other kinds of attributes 2005: 2,017,000
resources. which people object to.” 2006: 2,142,000
David Coleman, Professor of Professor Peach said that the high 2007: 2,327,000
Demography at Oxford University, number of Muslims under the age of 4 2008: 2,422,000
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