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Islam's expansion to defend the caravans

Reader comment on item: Destroying Sculptures of Muhammad
in response to reader comment: Mansoor: A correction to your madrassa history about Raja Dahir and Mohammed bin Qasim

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jul 26, 2012 at 00:42

Dear Dr Pipes,

I learned some new history today from one of your readers. I learned the reason why way, way, back about one thousand years ago Muslims of Baghdad attacked the Hindu/Buddhist kingdom of Sindh. We are told that Muslims --as always-- were the peace loving sea going merchants and the Hindu king was supporting the sea pirates. So the Muslims had to attack Sindh to teach the ruler of Sindh a lesson.

You see, Dr Pipes, haven't we heard this reason before. Did not Muhammad also attack the the-then non-Muslim inhabitants of Arabia because they used to attack Muslim's caravan? Look, how far Islam as come just defending their caravans from other other people. What else was destroyed to teach a lesson for attacking a caravan? Did not George Bush attack Saddam Hussain's caravan going into Kuwait in 1992? What happened after that?


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