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    Dr. Zakir Abdul-Karim Naik, President of the Islamic Research Foundation
    (IRF), is a dynamic ‘da’ee’ and internationally renowned orator on Islam
    and Comparative Religion. According to Dr. Naik’s observation: There
    are barely twenty most common questions that a common non-Muslim has
    regarding Islam. Whenever you ask a non-Muslim, "what do you feel is
    wrong with Islam?", he poses five or six questions, and these questions
    invariably fall among the twenty most common questions.
    Though, the answers to these twenty most common questions have been
    organized by Dr. Naik on website:
    //www.irf.net/irf/faqonislam/index.htm, but the striking part is that
    are we Muslims (who hold responsibility of spreading Islam) prepared to
    face the subjects like polygamy or divorce with a non-Muslim? Does our
    knowledge enough to convince them? In fact, we need to add up our
    knowledge and muster the confidence to stand their queries. Hence, in
    course of preparing myself, I am taking one question (topic) at a time
    from the website of IRF, so it can be printed, read and distributed
    separately at leisure. At the same time, I would like to share it with
    my colleagues, hoping that they would share it with others.
    May Allah strengthen our education, practices and confidence, and accept
    our bit of effort for Islam. Amen.
    ISLAM SPREAD BY THE SWORD
    How can Islam be called the religion of peace when it was spread by the
    sword?
    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 Subhanahu Wa
    Ta’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, where they never used 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
    (call for prayers), but this fact would never remember to recall
    Christian brutality.
    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
    1000 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. Today all these non-Muslim Indians
    are themselves witness 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? Let
    one not fool you by hiding the open facts.
    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. Today, which sword is forcing people in the
    West to accept Islam in such large numbers?
    14. 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".

    #2
    Jazak Allah!

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      #3
      Superb article

      I hope the jihaadi warmongers are reading this.
      I believe in dragons, good men, and other fantasy creatures.

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