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Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
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Dan
2009-02-03 10:19:26 UTC
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Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
Refutation of a common myth that states Islam was spread by the sword
and that people were forced to become Muslims.
By AlJumuah Magazine


It is a common misconception with some non-Muslims that Islam would not
have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread
by the use of force.

The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by
the sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was
responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.

Islam has always given respect and freedom of religion to all faiths.
Freedom of religion is ordained in the Quran itself:

“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The
right course has become clear from the wrong.” (Quran 2:256)

The noted historian De Lacy O’Leary wrote:[1] “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 myths that historians have ever repeated.”

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 tries 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.”

If Islam was spread by the sword, it was the sword of intellect and
convincing arguments. It is this sword that conquers the hearts and
minds of people. The Quran says in this connection:

“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and
argue with them in a way that is best.” (Quran 16:125)
The facts speak for themselves

· Indonesia is the country that has the largest number of Muslims
in the world, and the majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. But,
no Muslim army ever went to Indonesia or Malaysia. It is an established
historical fact that Indonesia entered Islam not due to war, but because
of its moral message. Despite the disappearance of Islamic government
from many regions once ruled by it, their original inhabitants have
remained Muslims. Moreover, they carried the message of truth, inviting
others to it as well, and in so doing endured harm, affliction and
oppression. The same can be said for those in the regions of Syria and
Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, North Africa, Asia, the Balkans and in Spain. This
shows that the effect of Islam on the population was one of moral
conviction, in contrast to occupation by western colonialists, finally
compelled to leave lands whose peoples held only memories of affliction,
sorrow, subjugation and oppression.

· Muslims ruled Spain (Andalusia) for about 800 years. During this
period the Christians and Jews enjoyed freedom to practice their
respective religions, and this is a documented historical fact.

· Christian and Jewish minorities have survived in the Muslim lands
of the Middle East for centuries. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco,
Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan all have significant Christian and
Jewish populations.

· Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years, and therefore had
the power to force each and every non-Muslim of India to convert to
Islam, but they did not, and thus more than 80% of the Indian population
remains non-Muslim.

· Similarly, Islam spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. And
likewise no Muslim army was ever dispatched to the East Coast of Africa.

· An article in Reader’s Digest ‘Almanac’, yearbook 1986, gives the
statistics of the increase of the 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%, while Christianity had increased by 47%. During this
fifty-year period, there was no “Islamic conquest” yet Islam spread at
an extraordinary rate.

· Today the fastest growing religion in America and Europe is
Islam. The Muslims in these lands are a minority. The only sword they
have in their possession is the sword of truth. It is this sword that
is converting thousands to Islam.

· Islamic law protects the privileged status of minorities, and
that is why non-Muslim places of worship have flourished all over the
Islamic world. Islamic law also allows non-Muslim minorities to set up
their own courts, which implement family laws drawn up by the minorities
themselves. The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state
are considered sacred whether they are Muslims or not.
Conclusion

It is clear, therefore, that Islam did not spread by the sword. The
“sword of Islam” did not convert all the non-Muslim minorities in Muslim
countries. In India, where Muslims ruled for 800 years, they are still
a minority. In the U.S.A., Islam is the fastest growing religion and
has over six million followers.

In his book The World’s Religions, Huston Smith discusses how the
prophet Muhammad granted freedom of religion to the Jews and Christians
under Muslim rule:

The Prophet had a document drawn up in which he stipulated that Jews and
Christians “shall be protected from all insults and harm; they shall
have an equal right with our own people to our assistance and good
offices,” and further, “they shall practice their religion as freely as
the Muslims.”[2]

Smith points out that Muslims regard that document as the first charter
of freedom of conscience in human history and the authoritative model
for those of every subsequent Muslim state.

Footnotes:

[1] In his book Islam at the Crossroads, p.8.

[2] Quoted in The World’s Religions by Huston Smith, Harper Collins,
1991, p. 256


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Lee
2009-02-03 11:12:04 UTC
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Post by Dan
Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
The current pandemic appears to be the result of mass immigration although
people inoculated with education and democracy appear to be almost totally
immune to the primary symptoms of eating dirt 5 times a day and severe
outrage when exposed to modernity.

The secondary effect in which the patient views the world through a rose
tinted glow when threatened and will even welcome attacks on themselves or
their families is far more insidious.

At the first sign of such self destructive behaviour the patient should be
slapped several times and their head immersed in cold water for 5-10
seconds, repeat until signs of common sense begin to return. To aid recovery
a diet of Budweiser and bacon butties is recommended until the suffer stops
describing Islam as a religion of moderation and peace and feels a sense of
complete outrage at the thought of being blown up for something that
happened in a country several thousand miles away several hundred years ago.
Carl
2009-02-03 14:20:03 UTC
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Post by Dan
Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
Refutation of a common myth that states Islam was spread by the sword and
that people were forced to become Muslims.
By AlJumuah Magazine
It is a common misconception with some non-Muslims that Islam would not
have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread
by the use of force.
The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the
sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was
responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.
Islam has always given respect and freedom of religion to all faiths.
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right
course has become clear from the wrong.” (Quran 2:256)
This reference does not support your argument air-head. It labels Islam as
"right" and all others as "wrong". How does thast reflect "freedom of
religion to all faiths"? All it says is that there is not to be forced
acceptance ("compulsion") of Islam. Unfortunately, all current evidence
points to that aspect being ignored by Islamists. There are many references
in the Kuran which directly contradict that one too. I'm sure JSM will be
glad to provide a few for you.
Post by Dan
· Christian and Jewish minorities have survived in the Muslim lands
of the Middle East for centuries. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco,
Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan all have significant Christian and
Jewish populations.
Actually, while Christian and Jewish minorities do remain in those
countries, they are clearly not "significant populations". That's quite a
contrived overstatement designed to support your position. Jews were
expelled in mass numbers from most of those "tolerant" countries.
Post by Dan
· Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years, and therefore had
the power to force each and every non-Muslim of India to convert to Islam,
but they did not, and thus more than 80% of the Indian population remains
non-Muslim.
This also does not support your argument. So when the Muslim rulers didn't
force the people by the sword to convert, they apparently chose not to. Was
the message of "inherent force of truth, reason and logic" lost on them?
Post by Dan
· Similarly, Islam spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. And
likewise no Muslim army was ever dispatched to the East Coast of Africa.
· An article in Reader’s Digest ‘Almanac’, yearbook 1986, gives the
statistics of the increase of the 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%,
while Christianity had increased by 47%. During this fifty-year period,
there was no “Islamic conquest” yet Islam spread at an extraordinary rate.
· Today the fastest growing religion in America and Europe is Islam.
This is largely due to extraordinary procreation numbers, numbers which are
so out of control in many countriesthat they are now allowing birth control
education in Islamic countries which formerly opposed it. Bin Laden, for
example, is one of 60+ children. he himself has some huhe number of
children. Those numbers are out of control.
Wayne
2009-02-03 15:53:42 UTC
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Post by Dan
Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
Refutation of a common myth that states Islam was spread by the sword
Spaniards are ROTFLTAO at this piece of fiction.
meg
2009-02-03 17:01:49 UTC
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http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/terrorists/fugitives.htm

Tears of Jihad: http://www.politicalislam.com/tears/pages/tears-of-jihad

American Muslim leader Khalid Abdul Muhammad speaks about whites (2
minutes):


Hate preaching in Western mosques (2 min. video):


Muslims in America (3 min. video):


What Islam is not (8 min. video):


Young Talib beheads Ghulam Nabi: http://tinyurl.com/2rb2e3

The Third Jihad (32 min. video):


Enough of Radical Islam: http://townhall.com/columnists/BenShapiro/2008/12/03/enough_of_radica...

Hindu Man: Why I hate Islam:
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While Europe Slept (free book): http://d.scribd.com/docs/14ami0lwxesprvxeiw6s.pdf
Patriot Games
2009-02-04 15:46:47 UTC
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Post by Dan
Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
No, Islam was spread by the Tongue.

Muslms are homosexuals and pedophiles.
jigo
2009-02-03 23:11:27 UTC
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Post by Dan
Was Islam Spread by the Sword?
Refutation of a common myth that states Islam was spread by the sword and
that people were forced to become Muslims.
By AlJumuah Magazine
It is a common misconception with some non-Muslims that Islam would not
have millions of adherents all over the world, if it had not been spread
by the use of force.
The following points will make it clear, that far from being spread by the
sword, it was the inherent force of truth, reason and logic that was
responsible for the rapid spread of Islam.
Islam has always given respect and freedom of religion to all faiths.
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right
course has become clear from the wrong.” (Quran 2:256)
Invaders from Islamic countries conquered terriotories by force. They
established states or rules that treated non-Muslims as second-class
citizens. If they didn't *force* everyone to convert to Islam at the point
of a sword, they made it extremely uncomfortable for those who didn't.
Non-Muslims would be barred from important professions, be subject to higher
taxes, have few rights, etc., etc.
Post by Dan
If Islam was spread by the sword, it was the sword of intellect and
convincing arguments. It is this sword that conquers the hearts and minds
Islam is even more idiotic than most religions. The Quran is a collection
of drivel even less sensible than the Bible or Book of Mormon.
Post by Dan
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and
argue with them in a way that is best.” (Quran 16:125)
The facts speak for themselves
<snip more distortions>
Post by Dan
· Christian and Jewish minorities have survived in the Muslim lands
of the Middle East for centuries. Countries such as Egypt, Morocco,
Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan all have significant Christian and
Jewish populations.
Yeah, extremely small minorities--the few who could put up with the
persecution for centuries.
Post by Dan
· An article in Reader’s Digest ‘Almanac’, yearbook 1986, gives the
statistics of the increase of the 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%,
while Christianity had increased by 47%. During this fifty-year period,
there was no “Islamic conquest” yet Islam spread at an extraordinary rate.
Typical Muslim distortion. The increase in Muslims is entirely due to their
high birth rate. The most populous Muslim countries are third-world
countries like Indonesia, Pakistan, and India, where the peasants don't know
how to practice birth control. Which Islam encourages by keeping women
uneducated and subservient.
Post by Dan
· Today the fastest growing religion in America and Europe is Islam.
The Muslims in these lands are a minority. The only sword they have in
their possession is the sword of truth. It is this sword that is
converting thousands to Islam.
The increase in the Muslim population in such places is almost entirely due
to immigration. The conversion rate to Islam is trivial, and there would be
many more defections *from* Islam except for the persecution that such
apostates face.

<snip more lies and distortions>

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