"Only 0.28% (3,220,000 people) of the expected Muslim population growth (1,161,780,000) in the period of 2010-2050 would be due to conversions; 99.72% would be due to a high birth rate among Muslims." (Wikipedia) Keeping this in mind, we have these Debate Questions!
- We can all agree that the world cannot sustain an infinite amount of humans -- the world's land and food resources cannot provide for, say, 999 trillion people. Therefore there is some number that the human population should not exceed. Yet the total fertility rate of Muslims of 3.1 children per woman easily exceeds the replacement level rate of 2.1 children per woman necessary to keep the population stable. Let us recall Muhammad's directive to Muslim men: 'Marry women who are prolific for I shall outnumber the peoples by you." But at what number of people worldwide will the Muslims decide that Muhammad's directive should no longer be followed?
- The Muslim population is growing at a rate of 1.8% per year. Surely there is a rate of yearly population growth that governments would have difficulty in planning for and providing needed accommodations. For example, with respect to the provision of food, the worldwide amount of arable land is definitely not growing at 1.8% per year. In addition, the number of people within a country needing to become schoolteachers may not rise as sharply as its number of Muslim children rises. The question is: does Muslim yearly population growth rates at current levels make it difficult for certain governments to successfully plan for the future?
- In 2015, almost every single country on earth signed an agreement to strive to sharply curtail global warming. Yet will it be quite hard to achieve carbon-reduction goals in countries in which notable Muslim populations are increasing sharply over time?