Bfore i clear this statment i wnat to clear the concept of JEHAD in islam, which is, now a days used as a word "TERRORISM" from the people who are afraid of Islam, its effects on community and on all world and its effect on thair (capitalists) earnings.
Actully Islam is a WAY OF LIVING IN THIS WORLD WITH "BEST". In other words HASANAH FEDDUNYA AND HASANAH FELAAKHIRAH, for which the holy prophet alsays urged from ALLAH. Any way ther are 3 kinds of jehad, first and more important is JEHAD with ITSELF(JEHAD BINNAFS). Means one should be at war with him/her self regarding all the things who are marked as RIGHT and WRONG by the way he is living in(Islam)One must do the things ordered to do by islam and must not do the things denied by(Amar bil maaroof wa nahee anilmunkar) This is the first and superior kind of JEHAD. After this here comes, JEHAD BEL MAAL, Jehad with money, means to spend money when the islam is in dangor, this happens when on an war hazrat abu bakr siddige given each and every thing to support the pple who were going on jehad, means to help the pple who are struggling for islam,by any meansi mean by preachingn or by going to diffrent locations for the promotion or safeguard of the system(islam) 3rd one is JEHAD BISSAIF (jehad with sword) which is mostly knowned and discussed by the people who dont know the exact meanings of JEHAD. Any how, this stage comes when a group of people who are living according to the islam are living in some area and the people who are against the lining of the way, islam tells want to kill them or force to chang there way of living, and there is no other way left to save them, then the concept of jehad with swords comes. So, it s completly wrong to say that the islam is apreas with sword. It is spread by introducing the good manners in societies which are not harmful to the society and which leads the society to wards THE BEST. Like ZAKAAT, FITRAANA, SADQA, KHAIAAT, like the concept that there is no super power but ALLAH,(which means that there is not a single person or state to rule the others and to fix the rules for there living, every thing is for allah who created every thing for all mankind, not only for someone special, it the right of all huminbeings and every thing should be given to every human being equally) like the concept of denying the SOOD(which denies the collection of money to single person), like the concept of pyment the labour will in time...
absolutly true but that was in the times that arab nations where at the top of there cultural high with thousands of writers and poets,nowadays its the continent where the least books are sold.I dont know if you know the book crusades trough muslimeyes,the writer said that after the crusades they locked themselves up and things changed.Unfortunatly now coptic people are fleeing egypt(that for thousandsof years hade the reputation to be be tolerant),cristian palestines are leaving,against ghandis will india was diveded into pakistan and india and millions of people hade to move.what was first called the arab spring changed into a horrorstory and even in asia and africa muslims among eatchother and muslims against cristians are fighting,in syria, irac,nigeria horrible things are happening.Something is wrong,people of all religions are getting more and more fanatic.And we demonstrade against cartoons,for veils but not for the rights of others.I see the future dark
Oh yes definitely... BUT the actual meaning of the sword refers to the almighty pen, i.e words, KNOWLEDGE. Isnt that the first words Mohammad p.b.u.h received from Allah.. Only in modern times we came up with the parable that the pen is mightier than the sword.
answer is NO! 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".