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Islam was not spread by sword...a myth

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Submitted by Praveen (United Kingdom), Jun 7, 2004 at 10:23

It is a real concealing of facts to say that Islam was not spread by sword.

Well there have been instances where Islam was accepted by local people of a different culture and religion out of their own free will and choice but this wasn't the case in a majority of situations. Many people do not know the ture history of South East Asia and India in particular. Indian culture and heritage was destroyed to a major extent by islamic invasions..Buddhists were converted to islam forcibly or else killed. Babur the tyrant invader killed many Hindus and piled up their skulls just like the barbaric mongolians.

Remember Muslims didn't arrive in India through Afghan invasions but it was the early arabs who brought islam to India years before the invasions...They were very good and peaceful merchants who recognised Hinduism as a very good religion and the indian kings reciprocated in a similar manner and the arabs were not persecuted.

Tell me one islamic nation where a non muslim is given the equal freedom to practice his faith (ex. Saudi arabia etc). If a person of any other religion feels insucure he need not convert to Islam. He could rather follow his own religion properly and see the benefits from it... This way of telling Islam as the only religon is fundamentalism..intolerance and religious bigotry...Why don't the people understand the fact that whatever way you worship the god your prayers reach the same absolute god, so there is no question of claiming ones god or religion as above the other. Truth of god is only one but it has many faces like different ways of worship but that doesn't mean that gods are different.

I think the fundamental problem is still existing with islam because it is full of contradictions...At one time is says that god is only one which every other religion says as well but Islam also says that there is no god except Allah whcih means that rather than accepting the fact that every faith's god is only one, islam also seperates its god as the only true god and others are false...this is a very important contradiction of the statement that god is one, as stated in Islam.

Many muslims blame the jews and christians but what good have the muslims done either. Today maybe jews are killing muslims in palestine but have the muslims forgotten their history when the early followers of Prophet Mohammed killed many innocent jews and christians just because they didn't convert to his faith although they had recognised his religion and didn't persecute the muslims

Why don't you muslims sympathize with what you have done to them ages ago? Well history is always history. Past should not be repeated with vengeance but the muslims themselves are digging into the past by not recognising other faiths.

How far can the jews and christians be tolerant of your ill deeds...They have lost their patience and so is the killing of palestinians going on. If this cycle of violence has to end then the muslims should first of all recognise other faiths by giving them equal freedom and stop claiming Islam as the only completed religion and Prophet Mohammed as the last prophet which sounds absurd. The muslims when living in other western countries or in India demand secularism in these nations by claiming themselves as minorities and take all the benefits of the nations and these countries also recognise Islam and give them the freedom to practice their faith but how many muslim nations do the same to other religions. This itself exposes your intolerance, fundamentalism and a violent nature of Islam, leave alone many other atrocities perpetuated by fundamental Islam.
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