A Greased Scotsman said:
Pagan – Greek polytheism
Thank you. At least you admit it’s even a possibility that Islam was spread through violence and intimidation. That’s a breath of fresh air on this thread.
What of Mohammed though? He also spread Islam through intimidation and violence – are you saying Allah’s messenger could also have gotten it wrong? Especially in light of the numerous verses that talk about fighting against non-believers?
No .. I am not saying that Muhammad, peace be with him, did anything wrong .. I’m saying that people who are at war are most likely to behave in an undefined manner .. not in accordance with their beliefs..
It’s a simple statement to say that ‘Islam was spread by the sword’ .. could you also say that ‘modern capitalism was spread by the atom bomb’ ?
Too simplistic .. Almighty God knows our individual intentions .. who is guilty and who is not from amongst mankind of ALL faiths .. He knows who begins aggression and who defends themselves.
There is no possibility for that. Religion never spreads by sword, because sword cannot convince one at heart. Muhammad told very clearly that one can become muslim when one’s heart witnesses the truth and then one declares with one’s tongue of the ONENESS of G-d and the prophet-hood of Muhammad:
One can become Muslim when one’s heart witnesses the truth and then one declares with one’s tongue of the ONENESS of G-d and the prophet-hood of Muhammad:
“Anas reported that the Holy Prophet said: There is no one who testifies truly from his heart that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, but Allah prohibits for him the fire of hell.”
(Mishkat al-Masabih, Book of Faith, ch. 1, sec. 1)
“A person becomes a Muslim by leaving all that contradicts the meaning of the following Testification of Faith, believing in the heart and declaring with the tongue”
To become a Muslim one must simply pronounce the Shahadah (Declaration of Faith) through his/her heart and tongue with sincerity and conviction.
“ASH-HADU ANLA ELAHA ILLA-ALLAH WA ASH-HADU ANNA MOHAMMADAN ABDUHU WA RASOOLUHU”.
The English translation is:
“I bear witness that there is no deity worthy to be worshipped but Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger”.