Do countries have right to protect their majority demography against growing Muslim fertility?
Posted on August 19th, 2017

Shenali D Waduge

All majority populace in any country take pride in their history, heritage, culture, values and desire to preserve that national identity. Japanese would not want anyone other than Japanese to be the majority in Japan, same with Chinese, Germans, British, French want to maintain their white Christian/Catholic status, even Hindu India. The rising Muslim population is a global concern and countries are realizing the need to address this. The traditional identity, culture, values are all at the risk of being replaced. It is not so much the fault with general Muslims but the extremist factions that are their leaders who pose the problem. The Sinhalese are also sharing the same concern in particular to preserve its Buddhist status realizing how Buddhism that spread across the world without the sword or forced conversions is now targeted to be annihilated. Myanmar has directly addressed these existential threats.

Many countries are discovering that the moment Muslim populace passes a certain percentage the bargaining increases as do the demands and assimilation becomes difficult. Muslims themselves, become victims to various forms of extremes all of which they are not in control over. They are helpless and become victims of both Muslim extremists as well as the rest of the non-Muslim community who are angered by these unfair demands.

It is not so much the rise in Muslim populace that is the concern but the rise in radicalism and extremism creating ghetto areas and self-isolation making assimilation difficult. The emergence of parallel societies is not healthy to a nation. This creates parallel cultures not assimilating with the dominant culture and then creates rifts as population increases.

With the rise of Muslim populace, their bargaining power also increases and they influence political decision making. Extremist Muslim leaders emerge using the Muslim bloc vote to make unfair demands that secure their political careers.

The demands for mosques, madrassas, playing of azan, new dress claiming to be religious, ghetto areas, special labeling for foods has turned into a lucrative business venture with certificates being issued for a fee to exporters/importers to majority Muslim countries, Shariah/Islamic banking systems forced upon countries even where Muslims are less than 9% of the total populace – these are just a handful of examples that have contributed to apprehensions across the globe especially in the West where white populations are declining and Muslim populations are rising with the guestimates that one day eventually Islam would prevail over them. It is that same concern that people of the East also have taken cognizance of.

Global Muslim populace is 1.8billion or 24% of the world’s populace. Coincidentally, where Islam originated – Middle East-North Africa region has only 20% Muslims while 62% Muslims live in the Asia-Pacific region with Indonesia having the world’s largest Muslim populace.

Like Christianity, it was as a result of Islamic invasions & through the sword that non-Muslim territories became Islamized and communities of Muslims were created by forcibly converting those natives. A trail of the Islamic invasions will portray this reality. As will a trail of how Christianity spread.

The disproportionate birth rate is the cause for the alarm by non-Muslims with justification. In comparison to the 7 other major religious groups Muslim women have an average of 2.9children as against 2.2children of non-Muslims. While world population is projected to grow at 32% the number of Muslims is expected to increase by 70% – from 1.8b in 2015 to nearly 3b in 2060 according to Pew Research.

India’s Muslims are growing faster than the country’s majority Hindu population and is projected to rise from 14.9% (2015) to 19.4% by 2060 (333million people).

It is projected that 10% of Europe will be Muslim by 2050.

In the US, the Muslim populace is 3.35 million or 1% of the US population. Pew Research estimates that Muslims will become 2.1% of the U.S. population by the year 2050

There are 1,053,945 Muslims in Canada or 3.2% of the populace. 11 Muslims have got elected during the Federal elections in 2015. Hate crimes against Muslims are rising too The expanding influence of Wahhabi/Salafism in Canada is contributing to a wave of extremism & influencing Muslims through the mosques. And these are the fears that other countries are now waking up to.

Islam is the second largest religion in the United Kingdom – 3m Muslims in England & Wales – 5.4% of the total population. In 2011, 2.71 million Muslims lived in England and Wales, compared with 1.55 million in 2001. There were also 77,000 Muslims in Scotland and 3,800 in Northern Ireland.

Germany has 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8% of the country’s population) There are 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5%).

Russia has 14 million Muslims (10%) In Russia, Moscow had only 1 mosque in the 1980s now there are 4 mosques. Russia’s Muslim populace has increased b 40% since 1989 to about 25million.

As of 2010, the European Union was home to about 13 million Muslim immigrants. Total Muslims in Europe is said to number 52million.

While Muslims are increasing in non-Majority Muslim countries the non-Muslims in Muslim-majority countries are decreasing or disappearing!

Iraq had 1.4m Christians at the time of Saddam Hussein’s reign. It is now less than 800,000. In Pakistan religious minorities have dropped from 23% in 1947 to 3-4% in 2012 (Farahnaz Ispahani)

In the 1920s Christians are said to have been 30% of Syria’s population. It has dropped to 22% of Syria’s 22m populace now.

Lebanese Christian population has shrunken from 78% to only 34% over the last century.

“Christianity is under an existential threat,” Anna Eshoo, a Democrat member of the US House of Representatives from California, and an advocate of Mideast Christians

While it is politically correct for Europeans to claim Muslims clash with fundamental precepts of Western secular beliefs Europeans claim it is politically incorrect for Asians to claim that Muslims clash with non-Muslim beliefs in their countries! Why this hypocrisy & double standards?

Examples of Muslim population increase in Sri Lanka


Muslim population in 1981 was 37,826

Muslim population in 2012 was 97,621


Muslim population in 1981 was 33,659

Muslim population in 2012 was 113,320


Muslim population in 1981 was 98,436

Muslim population in 2012 was 191,570


Muslim population in 1981 was 139,743

Muslim population in 2012 was 249,609


Muslim population in 1981 was 78,829

Muslim population in 2012 was 133,854


Muslim population in 1981 was 161,568

Muslim population in 2012 was 281,702


Muslim population in 1981 was 60,791

Muslim population in 2012 was 115,302


Muslim population in 1981 was 49,000

Muslim population in 2012 was 147,546


Muslim population in 1981 was 75,039

Muslim population in 2012 was 158,771

Meeting these existential threats directly has been Myanmar which brought Race and Religion Protection Laws in 2014.

  1. Monogamy Law

Criminal offence to have more than one spouse or to live with an unmarried partner who is not a spouse. The law is applicable to all living in Myanmar (Myanmar citizens who live outside as well as foreigners who marry Myanmar citizens while living in Myanmar)

  1. Religious Conversion Law

Myanmar citizens who wish to change his/her religion must obtain approval from Registration Board for Religious Conversion. There is also laws for forced conversion as well as for converting with intent to harm a religion.

  1. Interfaith Marriage Law

The Myanmar Buddhist Women’s Special Marriage Law regulates marriages of Buddhist women to non-Buddhist men.

  1. Population Control Law

The laws provides the governments of divisions and states ‘to request a presidential order limiting reproductive rates if it is determined that population growth, accelerating birth rates, or rising infant or maternal mortality rates are negatively impacting regional development’ or that an ‘imbalance between population and resources, low socio-economic indicators and regional food insufficiency because of internal migration’ exists.

India too recently banned polygamy.

Roman Catholicism is the state religion and protected by State laws in Costa Rica, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Italy, the Vatican City. Andorra, Argentina, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Panama, Paraquay, Peru & Poland.

Eastern Orthodoxy is state religion in Greece, Georgia & Bulgaria. England, Scotland & Wales are Anglican, Protestant, while Lutheran church is state religion in Norway, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Sweden. The Hungarian constitution describes Hungary as ‘part of Christian Europe’ and acknowledges the ‘role of Christianity in preserving nationhood’. Samoa’s constitution makes Christianity the state religion while Zambia’s constitution declares it a Christian nation’. No one seems to be objecting to these countries very clearly demarcating Christian faith as state religion while giving others religious freedom! However, these countries all take measures to ensure Christian faith remains protected whatever freedoms are given to others.

In Muslim majority countries the state place for Islam is non-negotiable and often non-Islamic faiths have hardly any freedom.

In Singapore 75% of population are Chinese. Article 152 of the Singapore Constitution says

(2) The Government shall exercise its functions in such manner as to recognise the special position of the Malays, who are the indigenous people of Singapore, and accordingly it shall be the responsibility of the Government to protect, safeguard, support, foster and promote their political, educational, religious, economic, social and cultural interests and the Malay language.”

Lee Kuan Yew himself has hinted at the need to maintain this ‘racial balance’

By race, the fertility rate is 1.91 for Malays, 1.19 for Indians and 1.14 for Chinese. If we continue this way without the new immigrants and PRs and their children doing national service, the composition of our SAF (Singapore armed forces) will change. So please remember that”.

Singapore has also introduced the Ethnic Integration Policy that by law decides the ethnic percentage living in a neighborhood. This is to ensure no ethnic ghetto areas arise.

Malaysia follows the Bhoomiputra policy (sons of the land) Special position is given to the Malays in its constitution (Article 153) Article 160 defines a Malay as being one who “professes the religion of Islam, habitually speaks the Malay language, conforms to Malay customs and is the child of at least one parent who was born within the Federation of Malaysia before independence of Malaya on 31 August 1957, or the issue (off-spring) of such a person.”

All Bumiputra, regardless of their financial standing, are entitled 7 percent discount on houses or property, including luxurious units; whilst a low-income non-Bumiputra receives no such financial assistance. Companies listed on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (Bursa Saham Kuala Lumpur) must have 30% bumiputra ownership of equity to satisfy listing requirements. Malaysia requires citizens to carry a national identification card called MyKad. Smart Cards identify citizens as Muslims or Non-Muslims

If fundamental rights for all must be equal then the laws applicable must be equal too. There cannot be special laws for a community especially if that law becomes detrimental for demography. In Sri Lanka polygamy is legal for only Muslims, that will definitely pose population problems in the future. Polygamy should thus be banned for all. Similarly, the proposed Anti-Conversion bill must also be passed.

Countries have realized the dangers & have taken measures to protect their heritage. There is no reason Sri Lanka shouldn’t either no matter the objections that come. While both Islam and Christianity have spread from its origins using the sword & forced conversions, presently replacing the sword has been the power of bloc nations, diplomatic pressures and the monopoly they hold via international trade & across various international forums. Nevertheless, we cannot forget that there is a 2600 history to preserve and it is our duty to do so for those that cry foul belong to faiths that have been targeting to change the demography and religious landscape of Sri Lanka.

Shenali D Waduge

15 Responses to “Do countries have right to protect their majority demography against growing Muslim fertility?”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    Good and timely article.

    Ultra high Muslim fertility rate in Sri Lanka is unsustainable. It must be reduced by introducing laws to curtail it. However, all political parties want to appease Muslims so they are unlikely to take any action. They take Sinhala votes for granted because some unwise Sinhalese support them for past achievements with no regard for the future. Did we win the war to make Sri Lanka an Islamic republic or another Hindustan? Then it is not worth it.

  2. Ananda-USA Says:

    While POLITICIANS debate the issue of ENACTING Laws to CONTROL Muslim population growth and polygamy ad nauseam, ad infinitum, there is SOMETHING that the SINHALA COMMUNITY LEADERS CAN DO to increase our own population to maintain our DEMOGRAPHIC majority.

    PATRIOTIC Sinhala Buddhist organizations and the MAHA SANGHA should ESPOUSE POLICIES& PROGRAMS that INCREASE the SIZE of Sinhala Buddhist Families, currently under ECONOMIC PRESSURE to limit the sizes of their Families.

    Let them TAKE THE LEAD to SUBSIDIZE & ENCOURAGE Sinhala Buddhist Families to have MORE CHILDREN, giving them FINANCIAL and EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS to do so.

    I am NOT WAITING for OTHERS to take the lead on this.

    I am doing EVERYTHING I CAN to HELP such Families to CREATE and to REAR PRODUCTIVE Sinhala Buddhist Children by putting my OWN MONEY where MY MOUTH IS through DONATIONS to like minded organizations, Buddhist temples, DONATIONS and EDUCATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS to Families, and DIRECTLY ADOPTING children into my own family.

    I may DIE PENNILESS, but I hope to have at least 100+ Children who will remember me as a LOVING FOSTER FATHER!

  3. Senerath Says:

    No point just educating them in books. Different kind of teaching is necssary if you want them to increase Sinhala population. If those 100 children could produce 10 each, we have 10,000 in another 10 years. Then times the number of such patriots x100 we will have 1 million more in 10 years.

  4. SA Kumar Says:

    I may DIE PENNILESS, but I hope to have at least 100+ Children who will remember me as a LOVING FOSTER FATHER!- Great job Ananda-USA not but please can you thing about mother Lanka Muslim & Tamil We also LOVED our Lanka same as You 100 %

    No more kolaveri machagn , Kavadi kolaveri (sounds great – you gave new a word to Sen Thamizh)- not jocking )

  5. SA Kumar Says:

    My own opinion
    Muslim & state Tamil are in same live (economic) Today (2017) as same as 1948.
    growing Muslim fertility? – not truth.

    Tamils & Sinhelese living standard are improve lots

    so please leave Muslim alone

  6. Charles Says:

    I read that unquoted number of adult Syrian ,Afganistan and Pakistan Refugees have been admitted to Sri Lanka by the UN office in Sri Lanka. But no statement on it by the Government has been reported.

    Normally it is only the European Governments fighting against Syrian Government that should accept Syrian Refugees not Sri Lanka. Why Pakistan and Afghanistan Refugees ?

  7. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka goes from one tragedy/danger to another due to lack of proper checks and balances and lawlessness by present GoSL especially.
    Due to wars or war type conditions in other countries, Lanka is constantly destabilised, viz Cold War era (1946-1991) and Sri Lanka. There must be proper laws and guidelines put in place to safeguard Lanka for the existing citizens of this country.
    Or else even the UNPATRIOTIC leaders & Pocket Stuffers Inc folk will have no place to call ‘Home’.

  8. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Religion of utter peace also the FASTEST BREEDING RELIGION. Mussies breed like xxxx, then start killing non
    believers and when the mussie numberers are too high, they start killing each other. Then where do they run for
    help? Non mussie countries of course! What do they do as soon as mussies get a foothold there? Start the
    menace again. Halal, eye sore mosques, breedling like xxxx. The vicious cycle starts again. These mussies
    never learn. Why? They don’t have much brains for anything constructive. They are only good at breeding, lying
    and conniving. This is what the crafty mussies are!

    Mussies will say Yaplia maathiya yemeda koranawa meanning they will exactly do the same thing. You cannot trust
    any mussies since their mad religion (religion of conveniences) don’t regard lying, stealing etc as sins. So they
    keep breeding and breeding and destroying the world. Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution destroyed the myth
    of creator god business. If the so called god couldn’t create the clever 2-legged creatures in the first place, no
    point sending messages to them since these clever dicks and figure out those simple things themselves surely. See I’m
    not a Profit, but even I can say things like, if the guy next to you isn’t a konakapala, destroy him etc. etc. Mussies
    keep cloning themselves since nobody going to believe this mad religion. Only way to propagate xxxxlam is to
    breed, breed and breed. What these mussies don’t understand is by following this religion of convenience they are
    going down the wrong road and committing a lot of sins. As a result, they won’t be two legged creatures in their
    next lives.

    Follow the only true religion in the world, Buddhism, and try to be a two leggged creature in your next lives. Sri
    Lanka should stop giving FREE Education and FREE medicine after 2 children to stop this mussie xxxx’ invasion.
    Everywhere they went, they bred and bred with their BABY MACHINE WIVES and took over. Sri Lanka going down
    the same road with these mussie xxxx!

  9. Fran Diaz Says:

    The Man : Land ratio must be maintained.
    Also the Man : Economy ratio in balance.

    Or else, there will be constant serious dissent and destabilisation of Sri Lanka.
    Slicing up Lanka may be done with border war type negative events too.

    Take heed Yahap !

    Suggestions :
    * Larger taxes for larger families a possible answer to unbridled growth in numbers ?
    * Free safe birth control material to adults ?

  10. sena Says:

    Despite this being a racist article I like to say yes there is a way. More social consciousness and caring among the majority. In this sense I think Sinhalese are one of the least caring people towards their own community members. I do not think there is not a single broad based volunteer organization among Sinhalese. The temples can do this very easily. But most priests have no interest or awareness. What most of them do is influence peddling to gather more wealth.
    Let us see, 25 thousand mostly poor Sinhalese from rural areas gave their lives to free country from mayhem. But soon after they were forgotten and our “village” president and his brother catered to the urban areas and people who hardly sacrifice anything to win the war.
    The productive rural people are being robbed of their productivity like paying very low prices for food they produce. We are shamelessly sending their women abroad for slave labor and unashamedly use the dollars they send to import luxuries, duty free for some ( professionals and politicians). Unprecedented under-nutrition especially among women and children but no one cares. Well to do community members (from urban areas) looking down on their fellow members etc.
    So until a more community conscious attitude develops among Sinhalese people the stock of the community will not improve

  11. RohanJay Says:

    “No man survives when freedom fails, the best men rot in filthy jails, And those who cry ‘appease, appease’ Are hanged by those they tried to please.” Hiram Mann

  12. Dilrook Says:

    This is no racist article. Far from it. The world wakes up to this reality.

    Modern Japan is the most peaceful and most prosperous of all countries. It has severe restrictions against Arabic practices. Is Japan racist? Hardly. Even if so, its policies must be copied by others keen on saving their identity, peace and prosperity.

    The rest of what Sena says is true. Sinhalese are politically immature though moderate in their views. They have little or no regard for their own community’s poor and forgotten. Women are exported to the middle east and exploited in garment factories while men are some of the heaviest alcohol consumers in the world. We boast about how great our religion is but it cannot be seen in action. “Sex” is the most googled word in Sri Lanka and pornographic websites are some of the most popular websites in the island. If this is a “Dharmadweepa” it must be one messed up group of practitioners.

    When actual moral and religious influence on behaviour is unsustainable (no matter how great they are in paper), that society will dump those morals and religions/philosophies for something else.

    With close to 800,000 mostly Buddhist women toiling in the Middle East, it is no surprise Sinhala fertility rate is dangerously low. It has been exacerbated by astronomical fertility rates of Muslims followed by Hindus.

  13. Hiranthe Says:

    Thank you Shenali for the timely article.
    This can be classified as a Racist Article but where the fairness and reasonableness. When the West were worried about the human rights of the suicide bombers who killed innocent people in SL, we raised our hands and surrendered. Now the real killers are outside and the true sons of the land who were trying to protect the country are in jail.
    When are we learning from our own folly of giving in to those opinions of others?
    We should stand alone.. Look at Mr. Lee Quan Yu’s methods, Look how strong is Israel when it comes to interference from outside… we should be like this as we are an independent country.
    For that we should have a true leader to run this country, not a politician.

    USA destroyed all the Indians heritage and killed them in millions. Now they are talking about Buddhist statues in the North. When our ancestors were building multi storied buildings, large reservoirs for irrigating the land, massive irrigation schemes and grand stupas, all these guys were still hunting in the jungle. Now they are trying to preach this nation. All these lands were ancient Buddhist land. you look after your affairs and we will look after ours Mr Yankee.

  14. Fran Diaz Says:

    For a small country, 25,000 sq miles in size, Lanka certainly has a large and overly DIVERSE population.

    For a small country, Sri Lanka has suffered much through Colonisation, Cold War effects (JVP), and Tamil Caste Wars (LTTE).
    Time to take stock of matters and make things right again for all here.
    Sri Lanka cannot contain huge population numbers.
    All communities must exercise wisdom and caution in this regard.
    It would be a good idea to give free birth control material to adults.

  15. Fran Diaz Says:

    Sri Lanka will have to be aware that INDIA will download millions of their poor and caste ridden into Lanka, if able to do so.

    In earlier days of LTTE domination of the N&E, (during the CBK/RW govt times), media carried news re Andra Pradesh poor and caste trodden people flocking into Tamil Nadu in anticipation of crossing over to any newly formed Eelam area in Sri Lanka. Now, UNP led Yahap wants to give 500 acres to Andrpradesh to develop an industrial park ! Pray tell us what this entails – millions of unwanted Andra poor/caste ridden people in Lanka, in addition to thousands of Tamil Nadu illegal migrant folk already here ?

    The poorer the people, the higher the birth rate. INDIA proves the point.

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