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Was Islam Spread by the Sword?

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Among the most widely believed myths about Islam isthe myth of forcible conversion to Islam. Many people have the false notion that Islam is so widespread in the world today simply because of a “holy campaign of terror” carried out by the early Muslims to convert non-Muslims to Islam. While it is true that in many places where Muslim armies went to liberate people or the land, they did carry the sword as that was the weapon used at that time. In many places where there are Muslims now - in Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Eastern Europe, and many parts of Africa - there are no records of any Muslim armies going there. Islam in all these regions replaced so many other well-established religions like Christianity, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Hinduism. The “Sword of Islam” did not convert all the non-Muslim minorities in Muslim countries. Ten percent of all Arabs are Christians. In India, where Muslims ruledfor 700 years, they are still a minority. In the U.S.A., Islam is the fastest growing religion and has over six million followers. Islam is an amazing blend of simplicity and rationality: a very simple religion yet very rational at the same time. The unambiguous and uncompromising belief in the Unity,the Greatness, and the Wisdom of the Creator of the universe, is unparalleled among other religions. The moral and intellectual superiority of Islam over all other religions has manifested itself so clearly throughout its history. This accounts for the fact that Islam continues to be the fastest growing religion in the world despite all of the ills of Muslims everywhere.

"Fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors. " [The Qurân, Ch: 2 Al-Baqarah, V: 190]

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