It is one of the most striking facts of human history that the spread of Islam over such a vast area took place within three centuries. Most striking of all, within half a century after the Hijra, Islam had already conquered the whole of North Africa from Egypt to Morocco, all the Middle Eastern lands from Yemen to Caucasia and from Egypt to the lands beyond Transoxiana.
Duas You are here: Numerous factors, reasons and circumstances are responsible for the spread and wide acceptance of Islam. Factors such as educational, spiritual, social, cultural, economic, political, psychological, historical, geographical, etc.
In essence Islam spread widely and reached the four corners of the globe and acceptance as Muslims did not impose their faith upon newly annexed territories due to it containing all of these elements.
Islam is a religion that does not consist of myths. Its teachings are clear, simple and rational. Islam is free from all kinds of superstition and irrational beliefs.
The basic articles of faith are; unity of God, believing in Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him as a Prophet and the concept of life after death.
They are established on sound logic and reason. The teachings of Islam branch from these simple, basic and straight forward beliefs. The guidance Islam offered and continues to offer to its devotees in day-to-day life is practical.
Islam awakens in one the faculty of reason and encourages him to use his intellect. Islam is a practical religion, which does not indulge in baseless and futile theories. In Islam, faith is not merely professing beliefs; it is the very impetus of life.
Coupled with belief in Allah and Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon himone must also have righteous conduct. Islam is something to be lived and not an entity of simple lip-praise and lip-service. However, the adversaries of Islam have left no stone unturned in maliciously attributing this surge of Islam in negative ways such as alleging that Islam spread through the frequent use of the sword Imran n.
This is a common misconception and misunderstanding among many. Islam is actually a religion of peace. Yes, battles did take place, but that was not unique to Islam, rather common amongst other religions too. Furthermore, it was the norm of the time. Moreover, the main aim of such battles from early Islamic rulers was to spread and uphold justice.
Therefore, history is full of such examples of the early Muslims freeing societies from the oppression of certain leaders and in consequence conquering the lands too.
Surprisingly, even such acts of justice were a factor in the spread of Islam and it was such acts that attracted a lot of non-Muslims to Islam. Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him was pivotal in the spread of Islam It is a true fact that Islam would not have spread without the Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him.
He was a unique individual who won the hearts of many. Initially, he won support due to his character and status within Arabia. However, after having claimed to receive divine revelations, not all of his contemporaries accepted his message; especially the pagan rulers of the Quraysh tribe. Firstly, Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him developed a small following.
Gradually more and more people started converting to Islam. Due to most of his contemporaries not accepting the genuineness of his message, Muslims were subjected to torture, suffering, adversity and hardship from non-Muslims.
This caused the early Muslims to flee to Madinah. Most of the people of Madinah accepted his message; hence he had a larger following in Madinah.
A series of conflicts took place between the Quraysh and Muslims.
A time came when the Quraysh broke an earlier peace treaty. This saw Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him march upon Makkah with thousands of followers and they conquered the city without any bloodshed.
When Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him passed away, as Armstrong Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him spread Islam throughout the Arabian Peninsula by uniting Bedouin tribes and bringing justice and order to the people of Arabia.
The union of Arabia would not stop at the death of Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon himbut would rather gain momentum through his successors, starting from the four rightly guided Caliphs.Introduction to the History of the Spread of Islam Hardcover – July, by A.
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Add tags for "An introduction to the history of the spread of Islam". Be the first. Introduction. It is no coincidence that Islam has become the second largest and the fastest growing religion in the world (Esposito ).
Numerous factors, reasons and circumstances are responsible for the spread and wide acceptance of Islam. The more important factor for the spread of Islam is religious law of Islam (Sharia which is an inclusive, all-embracing, all-comprehensive way of thinking and living) which was designed to cover all manifestations of life.