Islam Spread by the Sword – History Bites 05

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Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu brothers and sisters, I am back again with another episode of history bytes. And before I get into the subject matter of this video, brothers and sisters, go to the description and start supporting our Channel by joining the links. You can see options there to support us. And also, do not forget to subscribe to our channel, it is very important for you to subscribe so that you can you can keep up with our content. Now you may be thinking, why am I holding a sword in my hand? This is a real sword in my hand. It is an antique sword. And you may be thinking what is that nonrigid doing holding a sword in his hand in a video.

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The reason why I'm sold holding the sword in my hand is the topic of the day. But talk topic of the day is was Islam spread by the sword? This is a very common question repeated often in histories and

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new channels and propaganda reports and anyone who talks about the history of Islam especially Islamophobes. They use this accusation that Islam was somehow as a faith spread by the sword. Now let's see what historians

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prominent historians accomplished historians have to say on this topic. One of them is Professor Thomas Arnold who authored a book called preaching of Islam. On page 134 of his second edition, he states of forced conversion or anything like persecution in the early days of the Arab conquest, we had nothing. Indeed, it was probably in a great measure the tolerant attitude towards the Christian religion that facilitated the rapid acquisition of the country. So prophets, Professor Thomas Arnold is saying that we do not see anything about forced conversion or the use of the sword in the early days of Islam, when Muslims are going, conquering lands. Also, we have some other testimonies from

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other historians who say similar things. For example, the lay CEO, Larry, in his book Islam at the crossroads, published in London 1923 page eight he states history makes it clear that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered racist is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.

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Okay, then we have a straighten in his book Islam, published in London 1951, page 21. He states, the picture of the Muslim soldiers advancing with the sword in one hand, and the Quran in another

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is quite false. Okay, let's move on to Lawrence E. Brown. In his book, the prospects of Islam published in London 1944, page 14, he states incidentally, these well established facts, dispose of the idea so widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims wherever they went forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword again.

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So so it wasn't used to convert people to Islam, according to Lawrence E. Brown. Then we move forward to Hugh Kennedy, who Kennedy in his book The Great Arab conquest, published in London in 2008, page 50 states, the Quran certainly provided Scriptural support for the idea that Muslims could and should fight the unbelievers. But at no point does it suggest that they should be presented with the alternatives of conversions or death. Amazing. Then we move on to another historian Michael Bonner, in his book jihad in Islamic history published by Princeton University Press in 2006. PAGE 89 to 90 he states to begin with, there was no forced conversion, no choice

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between Islam and the sword, Islamic law following a clear Quranic principle,

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put down in chapter two verse 256, prohibited any such things, the means must be allowed to practice their religion. So this is what Michael Bonner said in his book jihad in Islamic history. So if we move on if we move forward, what is the Quran telling us on this the Quran in chapter two verse 256, a verse referred to by Michael Boehner states, there is no compulsion in religion. Verily the right path has become distinct from

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the wrong path, history bytes. So I wanted to share this very quickly with you that Islam was definitely not spread by the sword. This propaganda needs to be put to rest historians have said it and the reason why I presented Western historians to you today is so that you can realize that this is a lie. This is a false claim, which has been peddled for centuries against Islam and Muslims. It needs to be put to rest. Thank you so much for listening, subscribe to the channel. Salaam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.