World Bulletin / News Desk
A study has shown that 9% of the UK’s 3.5 million children aged 0-4 are Muslims, which is twice the proportion of Muslims in the general population. This is compared to only 0.5% of over 85s who identify themselves as Muslims.
Between 2001 and 2011, the Muslim population of England and Wales grew from 1.6 million to 2.7 million, comprising 4.8% of the overall population.
It is believed that the growth is largely due to a high birth rate and continuing immigration from south Asia, Africa and the Middle-East.
Insisting that this is a sign that Islam is becoming an integral part of British society, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Ibrahim Mogra, said ‘This generation is very much British. They feel very much this is their home. It’s not about Britain becoming a Muslim country but about Britain enabling the practice of Islam, which gives confidence to the vast majority of Muslims. It’s a great country to regard as our home.’Last Mod: 10 Ocak 2014, 17:39