Islam wasn’t spread by the sword as it is a common misconception with some non-Muslims. Islam would not have millions of followers all over the world, if it had not been spread by the use of force. Islam is the religion of Peace, Truth and Humanity. we know very well that truth doesn’t need any proof as it proves itself on its own. People get peace and security under the umbrella of Islam which boosts their moral value and ethical code that’s why people are attracted towards its beauty. When you spread the message of the creator it changes the people’s mind and transforms their character. It can only be possible through Peaceful Dawah (Islamic teachings) with kind behaviour and conduct. In places like Europe, Indonesia and Africa. One of the perpetuated myths about Islam after Crusades War was that Islam was spread by the sword. Unfortunately this myth survives till date.
“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.” De Lacy O’Leary In “Islam At The Crossroads’’ London, 1923,
Indeed, Islamic era depicted the Islamic manifestation. It is a historical fact, that Islam spread much faster during periods of peace than in periods of war. Islam continued to spread, as it does now, when Muslims were not prevailing high economically, socially nor politically. Traditionally Muslims have treated other religions with respect, even when they were in a position to use force. Hammurabi was the first law made by King Hammurabi about 1754 BC after that many laws were introduced but couldn’t last as all were human made laws, with the arrival of Islam, A Divine charter was given to all of mankind through Prophet Muhammed pbuh from Allah. He not only implemented it but also did justice as per the law. Thus prophet muhammad was the final meesenger and seal of prophethood. Although Islams advent began right from Adam but the Divine law was never implementated on earth before like how Prophet muhammad pbuh has implemented. Then people realised its true justice. This way Many Non Muslims got attracted by the justice of Islam and honesty of Muslims. Any law if it’s not implemented it is considered to be a just a piece of paper.
The Glorious Qur’an says: “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error” [Al-Qur’an 2:256]
Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years. During these 800 years, until Muslims were finally forced out by the crusaders, non-Muslims flourished in Spain.
This crusades war started On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of “Deus vult!” or “God wills it!” They had shed human blood, loss of life, created terror and fear. Same like Mongols in Baghdad in 1258 Baghdad was left completely depopulated and uninhabitable.
Do you imagine how the same Mongols became Muslims ? Any Nation who want to rule must possess two important things i.e values, culture and civilisation it is the core factor to unite them in one community. That’s why Islamic idealogoy is the complete way of life.
Islam gave the true law consisting Allah’s law and all people have to follow no ruler nor king. Sovereignty belongs to only Allah. With this mind set wherever they ruled they left the print of Goodness in every hearts. As accepting Islam was the only way to ensure safety and justice for all the people. With Islam people started feeling spiritual and felt a sense of Brotherhood, purpose of their life which was lacking before. People who were worried about justice and safety accepted Islam instantaneously.
The period of Hadrat Umar’s caliphate undoubtedly is the “Golden Age” of Islam in every respect. Jerusalem is example of it never destroyed any churches, protection of the citizen. Muslims have ruled Arabia for 1400 years, except for brief periods of British and French rule. Yet there are today 14 million Arabs who are Coptic Christians whose families have been Christians going back several generations.
The Muslims ruled India for about a thousand years. They had the power to forcibly convert each and every non-Muslim of India to Islam. Today more than 80% of the population of India is non-Muslim. All these non-Muslim Indians are bearing witness to the fact that Islam was not spread by the sword. Islamic concept of social equality attracted them hence many reverted due to indifference in their religion. Black sheep and wrongdoing people are in all religion who are not following the true teachings of Islam.
Thomas Arnold, a former Christian missionary in India, who cannot be accused of being pro-Islam, in his famous book ‘The Preaching of Islam’, indicates that there have been certain periods where Muslim rulers have diverted from this tolerance, but it was due to a deviation from Islamic principles, rather than conformance to them.
Legal Safeguards for non-Muslims under Islamic Law: The Quran and Sunnah (Traditions of the Prophet) explicitly dictate regulations and rights for the protection of non-Muslim minorities living under the rule of Islam. The Prophet, pbuh, even said that if a Muslims hurts a covenanted person, i.e. a non-Muslim living under the rule of Islam, or commits any injustice to him, then on the Day of Judgment the Prophet would be the advocate on behalf of the non-Muslim against the Muslim. This is the true teachings of Islam. Non-Muslim should feel safe in islamic territory.
The Rapid Spread of Islam: 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?”
Indonesia is a country that has the maximum number of Muslims in the world. The majority of people in Malaysia are Muslims. Similarly, Islam has spread rapidly on the East Coast of Africa. However “Which Muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia, and to the East coast of Africa?”
Today the fastest growing religion in America and in Europe is Islam. Which sword is forcing people in the West to accept Islam in such large numbers? Majority are woman as Islam give woman’s rights and honour them.Islam was the first religion which dignified women, given economic rights which no other religion gave.
“I can not give you the reference of Ram Chandar or Krishna, because they were not historical figures. I can not help it but to present to you the names of (Hazrat) Abu Bakar (RA) and (Hazrat) Umar Farooq (RA). They were leaders of a vast Empire, yet they lived a life of austerity.” Mahatma Gandhi
Truth always prevail, no matter how hard try to hide it or stop it or defame it. Lies are temporary delayed to the inevitable. Then only, Truth manifest itself from piles of lies.
And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” (Quran 41 : 33)
And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend. (Quran 41 : 34)