Religions of the world can be broadly categorized into Semitic religions and non-Semitic religions. Non-Semitic religions can be divided into Aryan religions and non-Aryan religions.
1. Semitic Religions
Semitic religions are religions that originated among the Semites. According to the Bible, Prophet Noah (pbuh) had a son called Shem.
The descendents of Shem are known as Semites. Therefore, Semitic religions are the religions that originated among the Jews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, etc. Major Semitic religions are Judaism, Christianity and Islam. All these religions are Prophetic religions that believe in Divine Guidance sent through prophets of God.
2. Non-Semitic Religions
The Non-Semitic Religions are further subdivided into Aryan and non-Aryan religions:
The Aryan Religions are further subdivided into Vedic and Non-Vedic religions.
Almost all Aryan religions are non-Prophetic religions.
Zoroastrianism is an Aryan, Non-Vedic Religion, which is not associated with Hinduism. It claims to be a prophetic religion.
Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents
1. Christianity: 2.1 billion
2. Islam: 1.5 billion
3. Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist: 1.1 billion
4. Hinduism: 900 million
5. Chinese traditional religion: 394 million
6. Buddhism: 376 million
7. Primal-indigenous: 300 million
8. African Traditional & Diasporic: 100 million
9. Sikhism: 23 million
10. Juche: 19 million
11. Spiritism: 15 million
12. Judaism: 14 million
13. Baha'i: 7 million
14. Jainism: 4.2 million
15. Shinto: 4 million
16. Cao Dai: 4 million
17. Zoroastrianism: 2.6 million
18. Tenrikyo: 2 million
19. Neo-Paganism: 1 million
20. Unitarian-Universalism: 800 thousand
21.Rastafarianism: 600 thousand
22. Scientology: 500 thousand
Countrywise Religious Adherents
"Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam" (Al - Qur'an Sura Aal e Imran 3 : 19)
"And whoever desires other than Islam as religion - never will it be accepted from him,
and he, in the Hereafter, will be among the losers." (Al - Qur'an Sura Aal e Imran 3 : 85)
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