Conversion to Islam is no doubt a significant factor for this growth. Unfortunately it’s contribution to this growth is difficult to predict due to a lack of official data on conversions. Census data does not differentiate between whether a new faith has been adopted later in life as oppose to being born into it.
Surveying what was written about the figures from the 2011 census confirms what was expected; the Muslim population has grown by 73% in just 10 years making it the fastest growing group in the UK excluding those who describe themselves as having no religion. The Muslim population in the UK jumped from 1.7 million (3%) to 2.8 million (4.8%) establishing itself as the second largest religious group after Christianity. In fact, as researchers have confirmed, the increase is potentially greater than this as it is very likely that a large percentage of the 7% of the population who did not answer the optional question regarding religion are Muslims. Indeed many Muslims opt not to answer this question for various reasons including the conceived presence of a conspiracy behind its inclusion.
“This affair will reach what is reached by the night and the day; and Allah will not leave a dwelling of brick, nor fur, except that Allah will cause this Deen to enter it – bringing honour or humiliation. Honour which Allah gives to Islam and humiliation which Allah will give to disbelief.”
The inferiority complex that many Muslims suffer should be thrown out of the window, while the sensation of pessimism that many Muslims encounter due to what is happening to Muslims in different parts of the world should be scrapped. Islam is flourishing resiliently while the need for Islam is growing exponentially as non-Muslims accept Islam in droves. A more stable period of peace such as that of the al-hudayibyyah treaty is necessary in order to give non-Muslims an untainted opportunity to see and reflect upon the Islamic message.
“He it is Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad Sala Allahu Alihi Wasallam) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), that He may make it (Islam) superior over all religions. And All-Sufficient is Allah as a Witness”. [48:28]
Dr. Haitham al-Haddad is a jurist and serves as a judge for the Islamic Council of Europe. He has studied the Islamic sciences for over 20 years under the tutelage of renowned scholars such as the late Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia as well as the retired Head of the Kingdom’s Higher Judiciary Council. He specialises in many of the Islamic sciences and submitted his doctoral thesis on Islamic jurisprudence concerning Muslim minorities. Shaikh Haitham is highly respected having specialised knowledge in the field of fiqh, usul al-fiqh, maqasid al-shari’ah, ulum al-Qur’an, tafsir, aqidah, and fiqh al-hadith. He provides complex theories which address the role of Islamic jurisprudence within a western environment whilst also critically re-analysing the approach of Islamic jurists in forming legal rulings (ifta’) within a western socio-political context. He has many well known students most of whom are active in dawah and teaching in the West. The shaikh is an Islamic jurist (faqih) and as such is qualified to deliver verdicts as a judge under Islamic law, a role he undertakes at the Islamic Council of Europe as Islamic judge and treasurer. Dr Haitham al-Haddad also sits on various the boards of advisors for Islamic organisations, mainly in the United Kingdom but also around the world.