Religions are also an identification element for people. We mostly give more importance to things that belong to our religion. The interesting universal truth is that there are almost hundreds in all over the world. According to Adherents.com, there are approximately 4300 religions in all over the world. But, few Religions have an official record. No one religion exceed of 1 billion except Christianity and Islam. There are almost 2.3 billions of followers of Christianity and 1.6 billion plus followers of Islam around all over the world. The top ten popular and most followed religions in the world are listed below.
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Another interesting fact is that there is another religion that’s name is “No Religion” It means an enormous number of humans have no religion to follow. It may be their laziness, or they don’t like religious barriers. If we add them in our list, then it will be third-largest religion after Christianity and Islam.
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So, Here is a list of top ten most popular and followed religions of the world in 2017 and also last hundreds of years.
4 Million Followers | 0.05 Percent | Founded By ??No Founder ??? in 300 BC | Taoic
Shintoism is a Taoic religion and has no particular founder. Its followers are known as “Shinto” and founded in 300 BC. It is the 10th largest religion in the world with more than 4 million followers around the globe. Shintoism was initialized in Japan and become the world 10th largest religion. Shintoism has two sacred scripture: The Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters – completed in 712 AD) and Nihon Shoki (Nihongi or Chronicles of Japan – finalized in 712 AD).
4.5 Million Followers | 0.06 Percent | Founded By Mahavira “The Great Hero” in 600 BC | Dharmic
There are nearly 4.5 million followers of Jainism. Mahavira founded Jainism, and he was also known as “The Great Hero” in 600 BC. Jainism followers are called “Jain.” Jains read Jain Agamas. There are more than 40 Jain Agamas are presented. Agamas are available in the Prakrit language. There are two main categories of Jainism followers (Jain), The Digambaras and The Shvetambaras. Jainism is a Dharmic Religion.
7 Million Followers | 0.1 Percent | Founded By Kong Qiu (K’ung Ch’iu) in 600 BC | Taoic
Confucianism religion was founded by Kong Qiu (K’ung Ch’iu) in 600 BC and now one of the world top ten strongest religions in the world. The followers are known as “Confucian” and “Confucius.” At this time there are almost 7 million followers of Confucianism. It is a Taoic Religion. The Four Books and Five Classics are the Holy Books of Confucianism.
8 Million Followers | 0.15 Percent | Founded By Mirza Husayn Ali (Bahaullah) in 1900 AD | Abrahamic
Bahaism followers almost 8 million. Bahaism religion was initiated in Iran in the nineteenth century by Mirza Husayn Ali (1817-1892) known as Bahaullah. Bahaullah was victimized numerous times in his life and died in Palestine as a prisoner. Bahaism followers are known as “Babis” and “Bahai.” Kitab al-Aqdas is the book read by them. Bahaism founded in 1900 AD and also an Abrahamic Religion.
20 Million Followers | 0.3 | Founded By Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in 1300 BC | Abrahamic
Judaism is also one of the oldest religion in the world and currently the sixth largest religion in the world with more than 20 million followers. It’s members split into three assemblies: Orthodox, Conservative, and Liberal. Judaism members are called “Jews.” Judaism founded in 1300 BC by Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and Of Course; this is Abrahamic Religion.
30 Million Followers | 0.4 Percent | Founded By Guru Nanak in 1469 AD | Dharmic
Sikhism is the world fifth largest religion founded by Guru Nanak (1469-1539 AD). There are almost 30 million followers of Sikhism, and it is 0.4 Percent of World Population. Sikhism established in the Punjabi area of India in 1469 AD. Now, Sikhism is the Third largest Dharmic Religion in the world. Sikhism followers are known as “Sikh.” Sikh folks have turbans on their head.
400 Million Followers | 7 Percent | Founded By Siddhartha Gautama (The Buddha) in 600 BC | Dharmic
Siddhartha Gautama is the founder of Buddhism known as The Buddha. Buddha founded Buddhism in 600 BC. As like Hinduism, It is a second largest Dharmic Group Religion. Buddhism is the fourth-largest religion in the world with 400 Million followers around the globe. The Buddhism followers are known as “Buddhists.” Currently, Buddhists are 7 Percent of World Population. The Holy Scripture Book of Buddhism is called The Tripitaka which means Three Baskets. The Original Version of this Book written in “Pali” Language.
1 Billion Followers | 15 Percent | Founded By ??No Founder ??? in 1500 BC | Dharmic
Hinduism is the third largest religion with almost 1 billion followers around all over the world. Hinduism is also one of the oldest religion. Approximately 99.99% Hindus live in South Asia. India is the country that contains 90% of Hinduism followers. Mostly, Followers of Hinduism are known as “Hindus.” 15 Percent of World population is Hindu. The interesting fact about Hindus is there is not any significant founder of Hinduism and founded in 1500 BC. The Vedas and The Upanishads are the most sacred books read by Hindus. Hinduism is a Dharmic Religion.
1.6 Billion Followers | 23 Percent | Founded By Prophet Muhammad (SAW) in 610 AD | Abrahamic
Islamic followers are called “Muslims.” Islam founded by Prophet Muhammad Peace Be Upon Him (SAW) in 610 AD. Muslims strictly believe in Allah, Muhammad, Quran and the Sunnah. Islam is the oldest and second-largest religion with more than 1.6 billion followers around all over the world, and it is 23 Percent of World Population. Quran is the Holy book read by all Muslims. There is two major religious group of Muslims. Sunni and Shia. 90 percent of Muslims are Sunnis, and 10 percent are Shias. As like Christianity, Islam is also an Abrahamic Religion.
2.3 Billion Followers | 32 Percent | Founded By Jesus Christ in 27 AD | Abrahamic
Christianity is the most famous and oldest religion in the world founded by Jesus Christ in 27 AD. The number of followers in all the world is more than 2.3 billion. It means 32 Percent of World Population is Christian. So, Christianity has the most population of the world. Christianity is an oldest Abrahamic Religion. The followers of Christianity are called “Christians.” Christian believes that Jesus is the son of God. Christians have faith in death and reappearance of Jesus. Bible is the sacred book mostly read by all followers of Christianity. Bible is the addition of two books The Old Testament and The New Testament. In fact, there are three main categories of Christianity: Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism.