There are more than 3400 religions in the world. For flexibility of human and soul, a religion must be necessary to follow. This world is divided into so many religions. Christianity and Islam are the two major religions which are followed by the more than 55% of the population of the world. The rest of the population is following distinctive religions. Here below we are going to reveal the Top 5 Religions in the World 2018 by Population of Followers.
Top 5 Largest Religions in the World 2018 by Population
- Buddhism (300 million)
Buddhism is the fifth largest religion in the world 2018 by the population of followers. The origin of Buddhism is 25 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama was known as the Buddha. It is a religion and dharma that encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. The two major extent branches of Buddhism are Theravada and Mahayana. The members or follower of Buddhism are known as Buddhists. The followers of Buddhism by population are 300 million in the world.
- Hinduism (900 million)
Hinduism is considered the fourth largest religion in the world having 900 million followers. It is dharma and way of life, also called one of the oldest religions in the world. Hinduism is widely practiced in South Asia. There are four Purusarthas in Hindu beliefs such as Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Hindus practices comprise of ritual such as Puja, rites of passage and worship of idols. The members or followers of Hinduism are known as Hindus.
- Non-religious (Secular, Atheist, Agnostic 1.1 billion)
Non-religious or irreligion refers to not relating and believing in any religion. It also refers to the absence, indifference, hostility or rejection towards religion. There is also a huge number of majorities who are not following or believing in any religion with followers of 1.1 billion throughout the world. According to the Pew Research Center, more than 16% of the population of the world is not related or affiliated with any religion.
- Islam (1.5 billion)
Islam is considered the second largest religion in the world. It was founded in 610 AD by Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). This is a sole fastest growing religion with followers of 1.5 billion and still increasing. Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion teaches that there is only one God and that the Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. The primary scripture of Islam is Quran and the teachings of Prophet are normative examples called Sunnah composed of accounts called Hadith. The members of followers of Islam are called Muslims.
- Christianity (2.5 billion)
This is one of the largest religions in the world which has 2.5 billion of followers throughout the world. Christianity is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion based on the teaching, life, and miracles of Jesus of Nazareth “Christ”. The member of that religion is called Christians. The agent of Christianity is the Church, which refers to the community of believers who make up the body. This religion has played a vital role in shaping the Western Civilization.