About a third of Russia’s population will practice Islam in the next 15 years, the country’s grand mufti has said, citing demographic trends.
Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Muftis, a religious group representing Russia’s Muslim community, said according to Moscow Times: “According to experts, Russia’s [Muslim] population will increase to 30 percent in a decade and a half.” said
The newspaper said Russia’s Muslim-majority regions have the highest birth rates in the country.
The current Muslim population in Russia is between 14 million and 20 million, according to various estimates. That is between 10 to 14 percent of the country’s total population of 146.8 million last year.
The changing demographics mean that “dozens” of new mosques will need to be built in Russia’s largest cities, Gainutdin said at a forum hosted by the State Duma on Monday.
H/T Moscow Times