Islam spread in the world peacefully:Peaceful spread of Islam in Indonesia

Originally Posted by ZooGirl02

“You know, I am not sure whether or not Islam was historically spread by the sword or not but I know it is in some instances in modern days. For example, the girls from Nigeria who were kidnapped by Boko Haram were forced to convert to Islam. There have also been instances of forced conversion to Islam in Syrian civil war however there are foreign fighters there as well, some of which are extremists. Perhaps the forced conversions came from the extremists.
Yes that is doing of the extremists under cover of religion.” Unquote

Paarsurrey answers:

That is against the teaching of Quran/Islam/Muhammad.

Islam spread in the world peacefully.


Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, which also has a larger Muslim population than any other country in the world, with approximately 202.9 million identified as Muslim (88.2% of Indonesia’s total population of 237 million).

There is evidence of Arab Muslim traders entering Indonesia as early as the 8th century.[5] Indonesia’s historical inhabitants were animists, Hindus and Buddhists.[6] However it was not until the end of the 13th century that the spread of Islam began.[5]

The spread, although at first introduced through Arab Muslim traders, continued to saturate through the Indonesian people as local rulers and royalty began to adopt it, subsequently their subjects would mirror their conversion. The spread of Islam continued as Muslim traders married the local women, with some of the wealthier traders marrying into the families of the ruling elite.[7]

In general, traders and the royalty of major kingdoms were the first to adopt the new religion. By the end of the thirteenth century, Islam had been established in Northern Sumatra; by the fourteenth in northeast Malaya, Brunei, the southwestern Philippines and among some courts of coastal East and Central Java; and the fifteenth in Malacca and other areas of the Malay Peninsula. Dominant kingdoms included Samudra Pasai in northern Sumatra, Demak Sultanate and Mataram inCentral Java, and the sultanates of Ternate and Tidore in the Maluku Islands to the east.

Through assimilation related to trade, royal conversion, and conquest, Islam had supplanted Hinduism and Buddhism as the dominant religion of Java and Sumatra by the end of the 16th century. The eastern islands remained largely animist until adopting Islam and Christianity in the 17th and 18th centuries, whereas Bali still retains a Hindu majority.[8] During this process “cultural influences from the Hindu-Buddhist era were mostly tolerated or incorporated into Islamic rituals”.[5]

Islam in Indonesia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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