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.