it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.
Islam means peace.
Islam comes from the root word ?salaam?, which means peace. It also means submitting one?s will to Allah (swt). Thus Islam is a religion of peace, which is acquired by submitting one?s will to the will of the Supreme Creator, Allah (swt).
Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace.
Each and every human being in this world is not in favour of maintaining peace and harmony. There are many, who would disrupt it for their own vested interests. Sometimes force has to be used to maintain peace. It is precisely for this reason that we have the police who use force against criminals and anti-social elements to maintain peace in the country. Islam promotes peace. At the same time, Islam exhorts it followers to fight where there is oppression. The fight against oppression may, at times, require the use of force. In Islam force can only be used to promote peace and justice.
Opinion of historian De Lacy O?Leary.
The best reply to the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword is given by the noted historian De Lacy O?Leary in the book "Islam at the cross road" (Page 8):
"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated."
Muslims ruled Spain for 800 years.
Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. The Muslims in Spain never used the sword to force the people to convert. Later the Christian Crusaders came to Spain and wiped out the Muslims. There was not a single Muslim in Spain who could openly give the adhan, that is the call for prayers.
14 million Arabs are Coptic Christians.
Muslims were the lords of Arabia for 1400 years. For a few years the British ruled, and for a few years the French ruled. Overall, the Muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years. Yet today, there are 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians i.e. Christians since generations. If the Muslims had used the sword there would not have been a single Arab who would have remained a Christian.
More than 80% non-Muslims in India.
The Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years. If they wanted, they had the power of converting each and every non-Muslim of India to Islam. Today more than 80% of the population of India are non-Muslims. All these non-Muslim Indians are bearing witness today that Islam was not spread by the sword.
Indonesia and Malaysia.
Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. May one ask, "Which Muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia?"
East Coast of Africa.
Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. One may again ask, if Islam was spread by the sword, "Which Muslim army went to the East Coast of Africa?"
The famous historian, Thomas Carlyle, in his book "Heroes and Hero worship", refers to this misconception about the spread of Islam: "The sword indeed, but where will you get your sword? Every new opinion, at its starting is precisely in a minority of one. In one man?s head alone. There it dwells as yet. One man alone of the whole world believes it, there is one man against all men. That he takes a sword and try to propagate with that, will do little for him. You must get your sword! On the whole, a thing will propagate itself as it can."
No compulsion in religion.
With which sword was Islam spread? Even if Muslims had it they could not use it to spread Islam because the Qur?an says in the following verse:
"Let there be no compulsion in religion:
Truth stands out clear from error"
Sword of the Intellect.
It is the sword of intellect. The sword that conquers the hearts and minds of people. The Qur?an says in Surah Nahl, chapter 16 verse 125:
"Invite (all) to the way of thy Lord
with wisdom and beautiful preaching;
and argue with them in ways that are
best and most gracious."
Increase in the world religions from 1934 to 1984.
An article in Reader?s Digest ?Almanac?, year book 1986, gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religions of the world in half a century from 1934 to 1984. This article also appeared in ?The Plain Truth? magazine. At the top was Islam, which increased by 235%, and Christianity had increased only by 47%. May one ask, which war took place in this century which converted millions of people to Islam?
Islam is the fastest growing religion in America and Europe.
Today the fastest growing religion in America is Islam. The fastest growing religion in Europe in Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers?
Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson.
Dr. Joseph Adam Pearson rightly says, "People who worry that nuclear weaponry will one day fall in the hands of the Arabs, fail to realize that the Islamic bomb has been dropped already, it fell the day MUHAMMED (pbuh) was born".
Islam is the way we muslims lead our lives logically, hygeniecally.
Shalat/solat is the pillar of islam because ISLAM means I-isyak S-subuh L-luhur A-asar M-maghrib.
What Manny trying to explain was the fact bout Islam.
godschild, i believe every religion in this world teaches us good to be in peace, to respect other religion by not condemning the other. Religion doesnt teach us to condemn each other race,culture, religion but to promote peace and harmony between each other.
godschild, u might have ur own beliefs in ur religion so are we the muslims.
godschild, u may believe so much in ur religion to say "islam doesnt mean peace but death"- don't u think that this can sparkle a war?
How can we judge so much on those fanatics terrorism acts without knowing the internal truth that sparks the fire?
Just for our information, i have a friend who works in the news channel as a video editor and she was being forced by her management to input FAKE video about muslim terrorism act and till today she felt guilty about it.
We are not politicians or goverment high management people to know the real internal story of what are the true factors on how war started eg. terrorism war-what are the root and the source that sparkle this?
We may condemn each other coz of diff of religion but where will this lead us to and whats the end?
We are all lucky in life be it diff. religion as it teaches all of us good and peace to respect each other therefore, i hope all of us do be careful in our words not to hit others religion sensitivity.
"ISLAM" means peach if any body achieve its law. otherwise it means burden to me. because islam teach us a bindings of life. some prohibitasion for life.
But any body could obey its rule he/she will feel peach & happiness
In fact I would say that Islam hasn't been spread "100%" by the sword. Like all the religious systems in the world, there have been missions and preachers to spread the Muslim Faith. But also history is very clear about the "Islamic conquests". Islamic states have been deployed all over the east and the west prior to the faith. And when the state eases the life of the Muslim believer and gives him privileges, like any other Buddhist in a Buddhist state or a Christian in a Christian state...., Islam's deployment will thus, in this case, be considered as being prepared by the sword.
The conquests started from the southern parts of the peninsula and reached Spain taking by force all the lands. Spain has been taken by the sword, Tarek Ben Zayyad", and but the sword it has been taken away!
As for the Oriental Christians, I am a Christian and I know that Christians have been persecuted in the east. You mentioned the "Coptic" and forgot to mention the Assyrians (Irak and Syria), the Syriac(mainly Syria), the Kaldanians(Al Keldan, mainly in Irak) that have been wiped out... more then 90% down numbered.
The three populations were semitic people who were sharing the Middle East along with the Arabs before the conquests.
I DO NOT support the theories of Anti-Islam, since I believe that those who believe in God, such as Jews, Christians and Muslims, have depth and fear God and his judgment.
At the end I would like to mention that I separate between the pure faith (Ex: Islamic faith) and what people and states do in the name of that faith (Ex: Islamic states). Systems and societies were not always a good image for what they believe in.
What I recognize about us easterners, is that we talk a lot about the good and great things we do, but we never talk and and acknowledge the BAD THINGS we do.
A lot of good things have been done in the name of Islam, but a lot of bad things have been done too. "The smoke needs fire to appear" (ma fi dakhne bala nar!) hence all the images a non-Muslim my have about Islam.
Thank you for reading my message, I apologies if I have offended anyone, I really apologies. All what I intended to do is to speak openly with free and open people.