2010/01/03

Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam:-WAS ISLAM SPREAD BY THE SWORD?

Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART1
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART2
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART3
Answer To Non Muslims, Common Questions About Islam :PART4

Question:
How can Islam be called the religion of peace when it was spread by the sword?

Answer:
It is a common complaint among 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

1. 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).

2. 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.

3. 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.”

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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?”

8. 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?”

9. Thomas Carlyle.
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.”

10. 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” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]

11. 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.”  [Al-Qur’an 16:125]

12. 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?

13. 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?

14. 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”.

[Source: From the talk of Dr.Zakir Naik]
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Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Zakir:
I just want to know who are the Arabs?
Does the people who are talking Arabic language or the people who was coming from the Arab land.
If the people who is talking Arabic are Arabs, the same for Americans and Australians they are Britain because they are talking English.
Also the same for the African countries which talks French languages are French not Africans .

So please don't say that the Coptic Christians people are Arabs, but they are Egyptians natives, Copt word is coming from gypt and gypt was coming from Egyptos which is a Latin word and means Egyptian (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copt)

TechSlam on January 3, 2010 at 4:04 PM said...

Hi friend.
Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.
In Arab countries, we can find both native Muslims and native Christians. By Arab, we mean these native people of Arab countries.

People who talk Arabic language cannot be considered as Arabs.

As you say, Coptic Christians are Egyptians, We can call them Arabs because Egypt is an Arabic country(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arab_countries_by_population)

Anonymous said...

Dear: TechSlam
Again , I don't know who are the Arabs?
What do you mean by Arabic Countries?. are those who talks Arabic Languages ?

check this link: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_countries)
which said :
The Arab World (Arabic: العالم العربي‎, al-ʻālam al-ʻarabi) refers to Arabic-speaking countries stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Arabian Sea in the east, and from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean in the southeast. It consists of 25 countries and territories with a combined population of 358 million people straddling North Africa and Western Asia.

So how you said that "People who talks Arabic language cannot be considered as Arabs"

I got confused,.....

TechSlam on January 3, 2010 at 5:44 PM said...

Dear brother.
let me just clear your doubt.
When I said Not all Arabic speaking people are Arabs because, take me as an example.
I am from India. And I knw to read,speak, and write Arabic language. But as Iam a native of India , I am to be referred as an Indian and not an Arab.

Similarly, people who are the natives of Egypt can be called as Arab because Egypt belongs to the group of Arab Countries.

Hope this clears your doubt.

May god bless you

Anonymous said...

Dear TechSlam:

Let us change some words from your text and we will find that it gives the same meanings.

I am from "Egypt,Sudan,.... etc.". And I know to read,speak, and write Arabic language. But as I am a native of "Egypt,Sudan,....etc" , I am to be referred as an "Egyptian,Sudanese,.... and not an Arab.

If Egypt can be called as Arab Because Egypt belongs to the group of Arab Countries(which are talking Arabic), the same for the "International Organization of the Francophonie"
Which is an international organization of polities and governments with French as the mother or customary language, wherein a significant proportion of people are francophones (French speakers) or where there is a notable affiliation with the French language or culture.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organisation_internationale_de_la_Francophonie)

So this means any people in countries related to Francophonie should be considerd French people like the example of Egypt.

hisam on January 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM said...

Think both of you guys are trying to convey the same thing - Not all Arabic speaking people are Arabs. ;)

TechSlam on January 3, 2010 at 6:58 PM said...

With regards to the article and Answer number 5, which says :

5. 14 million Arabs are Coptic Christians.

In simple terms, It means, There are a lot of Christians residing in Arab countries since generations and there was no pressure on them from Islamic rulers to get converted.

Ibn Hanif on January 3, 2010 at 7:15 PM said...

Dear Anonymous and Dear TechSlam, Being a reader and a teammate of Guiding Friends I also wanted to say something here. But because my knowledge and interests are too limited therefore want to keep enjoying this wonderful discusion silently. Atleast I can appreciate that both participants are making their points in a calm and polite manner.
I hope to see similar discussions in future too.

Best Wishes!

Nur Sakinah Thomas on January 3, 2010 at 8:34 PM said...

Salam to all,
In the name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

As a teammate of guiding friends and also as a revert sister, I would like to thank TechSlam for sharing with us, may Allah reward you for your kind efforts, anonymous for politeness and I agree and support Ibn Hanif’s statement about maintaining a peaceful and refined manner in discussion as it reflects the inward of a person. May Allah forgive us and also protect and guide us all with His Love and Light.

Imam Ghazali mentions in his Ihya’ that Imam Junaid said,
“Four traits lift a person to the highest ranks, even if their works and knowledge are little:
(1) Forbearance (hilm)
(2) Humility (tawadu`)
(3) Generosity (sakha’)
(4) Good character (husn al-khuluq)–and this is the perfection of faith.”
[Ghazali, Ihya' `Ulum al-Din]

island of peace on January 4, 2010 at 5:23 PM said...

beautiful post. thanks for this insight.

Fariz Luqman on January 4, 2010 at 6:56 PM said...

Assalamualaikum all...

I have a youtube account.Every month i received a mail that insult Islam. My Yahoo mail also full with messages that insult Islam... I'm not an Ustadz to answer all these questions. This is the best answer for those messages, Thank you very much for this post...

Nur Sakinah Thomas on January 4, 2010 at 8:57 PM said...

Wa-alaikum-salaam Fariz Luqman,

Terima kasih kerana sudi memberi comment.

Yes, we can use them as solid textual evidences to clarify and support the truth but be very careful in youtube as there are so many debating, disagreeing topics on Islam on youtube which might drift a person from the pathway of truth and drift a person from revealing the true attributes of a true muslim believer. Moreover, it will be dangerous if a person’s response or rejection is against the Holy Quran due to his lack of knowledge .So, it is better, to be silent and pray for those whose insights are blind and seek wisdom from Allah.

Luqman said to his son: “O my son! I have never regretted because of keeping silent. If words are silver, silence is golden.”

When we receive comments from those who insult Islam, just delete them, and pray for their salvation.

Moga-moga kita semua dapat mencontohi kesabaran Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam dalam berdakwah, inshaAllah.

 

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