Top Ten Religions in the World

When we are talking about religions then a wave of thoughts like beliefs, view about the whole world in humanity, system of the followed religion culture and spirituality comes in our mind. In accordance with the Guinness Book of World Records, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion by number of conversions every year so far.

Following is the list of most practiced religions in the world, probably Top Ten Religions in the World (with most population):

1. Christianity

Christianity with the most population

FOUNDED : Christianity began about 2000 years ago in what is now Israel.

FOUNDER :: Jesus of Nazareth, or Jesus Christ, “the Anointed One”, “The Messiah”.

WRITING HOME: The Bible – Old and New Testaments. Adherents :: is estimated at about 2 billion.

CULTS: Christianity is divided into three main sects: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant. Among Protestants there are over 20,000 denominations.

Currently Christianity is at the top practiced  religion in the world



FOUNDED: Islam began about 1400 years ago in what is now Saudi Arabia.

Started by: THE Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

KEY SCRIPTURE: THE QURAAN, the revealed scripture of Islam, and the Hadith, the teachings, sayings and life of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

Adherents: One billion, mostly in the Middle East, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Africa, China and Eastern Europe. According to Guiness



FOUNDED: Hinduism, the world’s oldest religion, has no beginning – predates written history.

FOUNDER: Hinduism has no single founder.

MAJOR SCRIPTURES: The Gita, Vedas, the Agamas and more.

Adherents: Almost one billion, mostly in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Malaysia, Indonesia, Indian Ocean, Africa, Europe and North and South.

CULTS: There are four major denominations: Saivism, Saktism, Vaishnavism and Smartism.



FOUNDED: Buddhism began about 2500 years ago in India.

FOUNDER: Gautama Siddhartha, the Buddha, or “Enlightened One.”

Major Scriptures: The Tripitaka, Anguttara-Nikaya, Fhammapada, Sutta-Nipata, Samyutta-Nikaya and many others.

Adherents: More than 300 million.

Cults: Buddhism today is divided into three main sects: Theravada, or Hinayana (Sri Lanka, Thailand, Burma, Cambodia), Mahayana (China, Japan, Vietnam, Korea), and Vajrayana (Tibet, Mongolia and Japan).



FOUNDED: Taoism began about 2500 years ago in China.

FOUNDER: Lao-Tzu, whom Confucius described as a dragon riding the wind and clouds.

KEY SCRIPTURE: The Tao-te-Ching, or “Book of Reason and Virtue”, is among the shortest of all scriptures, containing only 5000 words. Also important are the sacred writings of Chiang-tsu.

Adherents: Estimated at 50 million, mostly in China and elsewhere in Asia.

CULTS: Taoism is a highly mystical tradition, so there have been various interpretations and sects are many.



FOUNDED: Confucianism began about 2500 years ago in China.

FOUNDER: The Supreme Sage K’ung-fu-tsu (Confucius) and Second Sage Meng-tsu (Mencius).

KEY SCRIPTURE: The Philosophical Reviews, Doctrine of the Mean, Great Learning and Mencius book.

Adherents: Approximately 350 million, mostly in China, Japan, Burma and Thailand.

CULTS: There are no formal sects Confucianism. The followers are free to profess other religions and still be Confucianists.

7. Jainism


FOUNDED: THE Jainism began about 2500 years ago in India.

FOUNDER: Nataputra Vardhamana, known as Mahavira “Great Hero”.

Pricipales Scriptures: The Jain Agamas and Siddhantas.

ADHARENTES: About 600 million, almost exclusively in Central and South India, especially in Mumbai.

CULTS: There are two sects. The sect Digambara (“sky clad”) argues that a saint should own nothing, not even clothes, hence the practice of wearing only a loincloth. They believe that salvation in this birth is not possible for women. The sect Svetambara (“white robes”) disagree on that point.



FOUNDED: Shintoism in Japan began around 2500-3000 years ago.

FOUNDER :: Each of the thirteen ancient sects has its own founder.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things), Nikongi (Chronicles of Japan), a later work, Yangishiki (Institutes Yengi period), and the Collection of 10,000 Leaves are the main works, but are not considered revealed scripture.

Adherents: About 30 million, mostly in Japan. Most are also Buddhists.

9. Judaism


FOUNDED: Judaism began about 3700 years ago in the Near East, mainly Canaan (now Israel) and Egypt.

FOUNDERS: Abraham, who began the lineage, and Moses, who emancipated the enslaved Jewish tribes from Egypt.

HOME WRITING: The Torah (the Old Testament and the Talmud).

Adherents: About 12 million worldwide, more than half in the United States.

CULTS :: The Jews are divided into sects: Orthodox, Conservative and Reform, with other regional and ethnic divisions.

10. Sikhism


FOUNDED: THE Sikhism began about 500 years ago in North India, today the nation of Pakistan.

FOUNDER: Guru Nanak.

KEY SCRIPTURE: The Adi Granth, revered as the present guru of belief.

Adherents: Estimated as nine million, primarily in the state of Punjab in India.

CULTS: Khalsa Besides, there are Ram Raiyas in Uttar Pradesh and two groups with gurus in life – the Mandharis and Nirankaris.

11. Zoroastrianism


FOUNDED: Zoroastrianism began 2600 years ago in ancient Iran.

FOUNDER: Spenta Zarathustra (Zoroaster).

KEY SCRIPTURE: Lots of Zend-Avesta (Persian).

Adherents: 125,000, mostly near Mumbai, where they are called Parsis.

Cults: Cults today are three: Shagenshai, Kadmi and Fassali.

These were the most preached and practiced  Top Ten Religions in the World. Below is table showing population and percentage of each religion.

Top Ten Religion in the World By Population

Religion Members Percentage
Christianity 2.1 billion 33.0%
Islam 1.5 billion 21
Hinduism 900 million 14
Buddhism 376 million 6
Sikhism 23 million 0.36
Judaism 14 million 0.22
Bahaism 7 million 0.1
Confucianism 6.3 million 0.1
Jainism 4.2 million 0.1
Shintoism 4 million 0.0

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  • Renad

    the best religion in the world is Islam

    • Mishael Yabes

      How about christian, buddhist, hindus??? not best, ???

      • vipin

        every religion is to be respected as it is an individuals way he understands god in his sense. wen we respect other religion we r respecting the personal freedom and sentiments of our brothers. So it is of utmost pertinence that we have an open mind in accepting and respecting other religions and at the same time ardently follow our own in its true essence. So my muslim brothers respect other religions because to others their religion is the best in the world. U can never convert all this people in this lifetime so instead of making them ur enemies lets exist as brothers and be there for each other and love each other!!!

  • John

    Wao that’s amazing that some of the religions have very unique values and many of them are centuries old

  • Saeed

    Islam is the worlds most peaceful and loving religion and hundreds or even thousands of people are converting each day!

    • Mishael Yabes

      you, just affraid, Saeed…., see the fact don’t turn the truth, cause the truth id never wrong, Islam peace????

      • salman

        Islam is about peace and respecting other religions but you guys sabotaged our picture to the people and maybe there used to be terrorism but that was long ago and by people who didn’t follow the religion 100% and thought it was wrong to stay peaceful

  • Chris

    Just wondering why you left out Mormonism? They claim over 17 million people.

    • Ben Bout

      they’re christians. If you separate them, you’ll also have to lower the number for christianity and call it non-mormon christianity.

  • balraj singh

    All religions are same and humans are equal, pray to god and keep faith, make earth planet heaven and beautiful. Help poor and feed hungry good and do best for each others that our true religion on earth.


      Dear sir, U r correct. But every one depends or obey to someone, tats GOD. And also, v don’t need to obey any stone. Those are all made by a man. Islam is not a new religion in this world. Its started from Adam(world first person). Isa(pbuh) is they are worship as god Jesus . But truth is he is also a messanger of Allah (the one god). Hinduism is old stories written by some writer. NW they are all follow as religion. Its followed only by India & neighboring country. Not in whole world. Try to understand. Islam is world fastest growing religion in the world.if u follow this, not only by u &also everyone shall follow to help poor. If u want to know abt Islam , ask ur Islamic friends. Thank u sir.

      • balraj singh

        I m a u must read sikhism and islam tells u how cruel u Muslims are at that time .I know about islam.islam is very good religion but muslims are not following it.they are bypassing it .Also numbers have nothing to do with religion, lot of animals in jungle but king lion is only one.please keep ur faith and religion for you and follow it correctly. Keep ur dirty mind invitation for ur dirty muslims. Tell them follow it correctly and make women equal laws.thanx much

        • balraj singh

          Also I have around 10 islamic friends and they are tired of cruelty too.also tell ur muslim brothers to be honest .

      • balraj singh

        Let the hindus do what they believe praying to stones or wtever , gita , regvida,,,,, u muslims just learn to be honest to ur islam religion…ur religion change from one country to another .no values for women or girls.even ur holy koraan is not written by prophet muhammad. ur own history and respect all religions. Learn how to be a good human and love others.islam is good but u muslims not follow it 100 % .give respect to womens especially.

        • khurram shahzad

          “.no values for women or girls.even ur holy koraan is not written by prophet muhammad.”
          Who said this “no values for women or girls” On judgment Day,First question from Muslim would not be prayer or fasting, first question would be how you treat your wife?, Your relationship with your wife.

          And we believe on Allah( the God) so Koran is divine book, not written by any mankind and yes not even by prophet Muhammad.

          Thanks for reading.

          • gaida

            What a beautiful speech brother. May allah reward you for you knowledge . Alhamdulilah for islam….

    • shabbir manzoor

      nice balraj god bless u

  • Ahmed Mughal

    islam is the best religion

    • Intel

      yeah…the one who couldn’t defeat american ..losers of Vietnam..Islam just lost its values against a country driven by nationalism….americanism is best than islam….
      4. Hindu

  • H.M.Devaraja

    please understand

  • Nazakat Hussain

    ISLAM is the best the great and the only true religion on the planet which exists with its all purity, dignity and blessings. No other religion can match it at all.

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