A Billion Muslims in South Asia by 2047

As I shared in another post, South Asia is home to the greatest concentration of Muslim lostness on the planet. There are far more Muslims in South Asia that in the Middle East. In 2020, there are approximately 586.9 million Muslims in South Asia.

Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh have the second, third, and fourth largest Muslim populations globally. The largest population of Muslims on the planet is in Indonesia.

Considering this growth, I recently wondered, “When will there be a billion Muslims in South Asia?” So, I spent some time crunching the numbers. If the growth rates assumed here are maintained, then there will be over a billion Muslims in South Asia by 2047. In 2047, there will be 380.9 million Muslims in Pakistan, 381.2 million Muslims in India, and 247.5 million Muslims in Bangladesh.

2047 is only 27 years away. In the next 27 years, the Muslim population of South Asia is set to almost double!

What does this mean for ministry to Muslims in South Asia?

  1. We need to pray! We need God to move among such a large group of Muslims.
  2. We need to mobilize! The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
  3. We need to labor! Let us join God in working among these peoples for whom Jesus died.

As a last note, I want to encourage us all to ask a question… “What is it going to take to reach a billion Muslims?” If you want to learn how to join us in this work, please consider taking our E-Course. Please click here for more information.

3 thoughts on “A Billion Muslims in South Asia by 2047

    1. I have never crunched that number but I would like to know! As you noted, the Muslim population has grown dramatically in recent years and is the largest group that we need to engage with the gospel in the world.


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