London is experiencing a great religious shift. On the historical scale, it is happening practically overnight. Muslims are proliferating throughout the city while quite the opposite is taking place in the case of Christians. By the year 2020, it projected that London will for the first in history have more Muslims attending prayers than Christians attending Mass.
“Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes.” Saudi Gazette reports. Comparatively, “there are 423 new mosques in London and most of these mosques are crowded at prayer times unlike many churches which rarely see visitors.”
The city is radically transforming, and the church-mosque scenario, although substantial, is only one representation. London has also become home to 100 Shariah courts. “The advent of this parallel judicial system has been made possible thanks to the British Arbitration Act and the system of Alternative Dispute Resolution,” reports the Saudi Gazette.
Islamic preacher Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi suggests “London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put together.” That is quite the proposition, and perhaps not so easy a calculation.
Despite how London may compare in Muslim religiosity to other Islamic countries, the Muslim faith is about to overtake Christianity as the dominant religion in the city. The Saudi Gazette notes, “By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000.”