Posted on 24 January 2010.
Religion is a school of thought that includes some beliefs, practices, traditions and rituals followed by people by referring to a higher power or a deity or the final truth. Religion is closely bound to the society one lives in. It may have some mythological or moral or supernatural roots.
The top 10 most followed religions in the world today are:
With almost 2.1 billion following this religion, it takes the top slot for the most followed religion. This religion is based on the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. The followers of this religion – Christians, believe that Jesus is the son of God and is therefore, referred to as Christ or Messiah. The sacred book of teachings of the Christians is the Bible.
Almost 1.3 billion people in the world follow the religion of Islam. This religion is based on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad. Islam followers have come to be known as the Muslims. The book of teachings of the Muslims is the Quran.
Approximately 851 million to a billion people worldwide follow this religion. This religion is predominantly followed in the subcontinent of India. The sacred book of teachings for the followers of this religion (called Hindus) is the Bhagwad Gita.
About 385 million people are the followers of this religion. The people who follow this religion are called Buddhists. This religion is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha.
Approximately 25 million people all over the world follow this religion. This religion is believed to have been founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev. The followers of this religion are called Sikhs and their Holy book, the Adi Granth has been written by their fifth guru.