It’s a common accusation made against Muslims and Islam in general: “The only reason Islam is a world religion is because it spread by the sword.” It’s a favorite remark of Islamophobes who parade as analysts and historians fear-mongering about the threat Islam supposedly poses to the Western World. With it beingsuch a hot topic that causes so much debate, it is appropriate to analyze andstudy this topic to better understand whether it is valid or not.

Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Persia – The First Conquests

After the life of ProphetMuhammad (Peace Be upon Him), Islamic expansion truly began in the early 630s, AD. Campaigns against the Byzantine and Sassanid (Persian) Empireswere initiated which pitted this new religion of Islam, with its desert Arabianwarriors against the established and ancient empires centered in Constantinopleand Ctesiphon.

Abu Bakr, the first caliph ofIslam, gave these armies rules which would seem very constricting by today’s standards of warfare:

Stop, Opeople, that I may give you ten rules for your guidance in the battlefield. Donot commit treachery or deviate from the right path. You must not mutilate deadbodies. Neither kill a child, nor a woman, nor an aged man. Bring no harm tothe trees, nor burn them with fire, especially those which are fruitful. Slaynot any of the enemy’s flock, save for your food. You are likely to pass bypeople who have devoted their lives to monastic services; leave them alone.”

Being a Muslimah it is my duty to learn and teach. Islam teaches to do research work and gain knowledge.It is responsibility of every Muslim to convey the real knowledge and the realRecognition of the human and the universe and the relation between them. Why they are created and by whom they are created.

Living in Europe I was always feeling guilty and accused because of media and war against Muslims in the name of “War against terror.” I see the hatred towards my religion and country.

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The Risen Fall of Muslims 

It was the year 1492, when Cristopher Columbus was about to conquer the world voyage Americas. He was the guest of the ceremony hosted by king andqueen of Spain Isabela and Fardinand. They were celebrating a grand victory.Before this day Garanada was ruled by Muslims. Isabela has arranged to rustlecontrol over Spain. Fardinand and Isabela victory was turning point of Spainand Europe. The middle ages were now over. The West is about the back of newpower and discovery. We tend to think it as the beginning of an era. In fact itis the climax of the forgotten chapter of the risen fall of Islam.

In the year 711 AD Muslim forces invaded Spain and created a society so rich and so powerful. It was the end of the known world. This wasn’t the rigidIslamic form of imagination but the progressive, sensuous, intellectual andcurious culture that for number of spine tingling look said to sweep the wholeof the Europe. It is an incredible story, the one that has systematicallyremoved out of the history. After the Catholic monarch to look over the citiesof Garanada they began to destroy all evidences that the Muslims had ever beenin Spain. In the following century the Spanish authority persecuted andexpelled three hundred thousand Muslims and burned as many as million Arabicbooks. This was astonishing act of ethnic cleansing. It put a civilisation thatcould flourish in Spain for 700 years. These people have become known as theMoors. Propaganda sparked by Crusades that has given an enduring image thediabolical Moor. A dark skin savage alien enemy. But this character was completelyinnovation and tells us nothing about who these people really were. Nowarchaeologists of historian have started to know about the real story of theMoor world in Spain. They uncover the remains of the hidden cities. Descovering the role of Muslims in the revival of the climax and decoding the meaning ofIslamic buildings.

A fascinating picture has emerged. Bettany Hougues did a new research to explore what happened when the East met West in Europe. There is one place thatchallenges the story type of the blood thirsty Moor. Here is Alhambra palace inGaranda. The Alhambra is most of the complete medieval Islamic palaces in thewhole world. It was built by Muslim king Garanda in 14th century at the height of the power. Its name means the Red one. It is the mystery not asingle account of life survived but they are in fires of inquisition. Thecatholic couldn’t bring themselves to destroy this palace. The Ahambra is oneof the wonders of the medieval world and preserving what they have kept a lotof mysteries that we can use to deco the civilisation and builders. Inside thepalace walls architecture is breath taking. It is quite cool and minimal.Garanada was knew to producing silks and cushions and rugs and curtains would be hanging around just like we are listening to music when we sit down in the middle of the palace, A water pool gives a mirror effect and we can see the whole palace in it. Every detail of the palacedecoration seems very fascinating and the patterns and wood work is amazing inthe walls and windows. 

I have taken the above starting of my project from a documentary movie, “When the Moors ruled in Europe” by Bettany Hugues.