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It is a common opinion among some non muslims people that Islam would not have so many followers all over the world if it has not been spread by force. Was Islam spread by the sword as claimed by so many non muslims? Let's take the opinion of some people who are not even muslims and let's look at muslims today.In an article in the Reades Digest "Al manac" year book 1986 gave the statistics of the increase of percentage of the major religion of the worldin half a century from 1934 to 1984. At the top was Islam which increased by 235% and Christianity by 47%. My question is which took place in this century and which sword was used to make this happen? The Historian De Larcy O'Leary in his book"ISLAM AND THE CROSS ROAD" page 8 said " HISTORY MAKES IT CLEAR HOWEVER, THAT THE LEGEND OF FANATICAL MUSLIMS SWEEPING THROUGH THE WORLD AND FORCING ISLAM AT THE POINT OFA SWORD UPON CONQUERED RACES IS ONE OF THE MOST FANTASTICALLY ABSURD MYTH THAT HISTORIAN HAVE EVER REPEATED".Muslims ruled Spain for about 800 years and didn'tuse the sword to force the the people to convert to Islam, overall muslims ruled Arabia for 1400 years yet today there are 14 millions Arabs who are Christians.Why the majority Arab muslims didn't use the sword to change or get rid of them? The muslims ruled India for about 1000 years ,today only 14.2% are muslims, although the power to convert each and every non muslim. Indonesia has the largest number of muslims in the world and again I ask this question which muslim army went to Indonesia and Malaysia to make this happen? Similarly Islam has spread rapidly on the east African coast did the muslims force them at the point of a sword? Of course not muslims couldn't use the sword even if they wanted to because they follow the Quran and the Quran says "LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION TRUTH STANDS CLEAR FROM ERROR" Chapter2 verse 256.The Quran also says " INVITE ALL TO THE WAY OF THE LORD WITH WISDOM AND BEAUTIFULPREACHING AND ARGUE WITH THEM IN WAYS THAT ARE BEST AND MOST GRACIOUS" Far from being spread by the sword, it is the inherent of truth,reason and logic that cause somany non muslims converting to Islam.Let's look at some of these reason and logic, they have realised there no reason whatsoever why Jesus should be regarded as the son of god in a literal or unique sense,how can God be born by a mortal one as other mortal, God should be powerful but how could people spit on him, crucify him as alleged. How could Jesus be God if he worshipped God as any other mortal (Luke 5:16) If the Bible was the word of god there would not be so many contradictions in it .Christians differ in their basic belief Trinity,Divinity of Jesus etc.but do not know that church doctrine contradicts the Bible numerous times and the Bible contradicts itself,due to limited space I can''t elaborate.The question that obviously must be asked after must be asked after witnessing so many clear contradictions is "IS THE BIBLE THE WORDS OF GOD ? I don't intend to deride the Christians or to mock Jesus, as a muslim I love and respect Jesus and I also studied the Bible. The intent is to point out that false charges, misrepresentations and outright lies against God.The Quran revealed to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) after the life of Jesus corrects the errors that crept into the message that Jesus brought. The Quran has no mistakes even slight ones, the Quran has no flaws or contradictions, the original Arabic scriptures has never been changed or allowed to be tampered with and thre is no doubt in the hearts of people. You feel threatened by how fast Islam is growing in he world and you feel compel to unfairly to claim that Islam is a religion of violence to keep people away from Islam.The common misconceptions arise in the mind of non muslims because bombarded with misconceptions about Islam.Some of the comments posted on this site form ignorants who lack knowledge and truth about Islam they even go as far as calling the Holy Prophet (pbuh) as a rapist these people are vile, disgusting,vulgar that is the condition of their hearts they have nothig of value to contribute. Historical records show that allcontemporaries of Muhammad both frieds and foes,acknowledge the sterling qualities the honesty,the noble virtues the absolute honesty and trustworthiness of the Pophet of Islam. Muhammad (pbuh) was more than honest.Human sympathy,human love was the music of his soul. To serve man,to elevate man,to purify man, to educate man, in a word to humanise man this was the object of his mission.In thought,in word,in action,he had the good of humanity as his sole inspiration,his sole guiding principle.

harun77 Apr 14, 2017 at 3:00 am Flag as inappropriate

I was born and brought up as a Muslim in Mauritius,from a very early age I was taught to respect other people religion and their beliefs,Mauritius is a multicultural society which is him to different culture and religion yet the idea of peaceful co-existence lives within the Mauritian community. I have lived in this country for the last 35 years and my belief , my mentality and respect for people of other faiths remains the same. The question is " IS ISLAM A RELIGION OF PEACE?" The answer is yes most definitely.But then what about all these terrorist and suicide attacks and killings of innocent people, does Islam allow these kind of attacks that we are seeing today? Of course no, Islam totally condemns violence and terrorism of any kinds. The Quran says " ANYONE WHO KILLS ANOTHER PERSON IT IS AS IF HE HAS KILLED THE WHOLE OF MANKIND AND ANY ONE WHO SAVE ONE LIFE, IT IS AS IF HE HAS SAVED THE WHOLE OF MANKIND" Chapter 5 verse 32.The word "Jihad in Islam does not mean Holy war it means to fight against temptations,self desire,fight against a tyrant ruler etc.We as Muslims condemn any form of terrorism from suicide attacks to bomb blasts, these people doing these are so ignorant about Islam with twisted perverted and warped minds they are so stupid and backwards that they think by killing innocent people randomly they are doing it for Islam and there are virgin damsels waiting for them in heaven, in fact what's waiting for them is the hell fire.In a survey carried out in America 93% of Muslim condemn rejected the 9/11 and suicide attacks the other 7% believe for political reason not religion for their belief. For those who believe and has already decided that Islam is a religion of violence I ask this question, if these attacks are part of Islam why the rest of us not doing it? Why the vast majority of Muslims around the world behave as violently and aggressively as the tiny minority? According to Quran,God has created all of humankind equal,and has given each the right to pursue their own destiny.The life, honour and property of all the people in a Muslim society are considered sacred whether the person is a Muslim or not, racism, sexism and prejudice of any sorts are unacceptable in Islam the Quran says "O MANKIND! WE CREATED YOU FROM A MALE AND A FEMALE, AND MADE YOU INTO NATIONS AND TRIBES SO THAT YOU MAY KNOW EACH OTHER...." chapter:49 verse:13. No Muslim can call himself a Muslim if he didn't believe in Jesus (pbuh) Muslims love and respect Jesus (pbuh) we consider him one of the greatest of God's prophet, the Quran confirms his miracle birth and a special chapter in the Quran is entitled "MARY". Organisations like Isis and the tiny minority are a misguided group who are ignorant about Islam they misinterpret the Quran to support their misguided views,using religion to exploit people in the name of Islam. included in the Quran are statements and principles that establish the position of mankind on earth and that provide guidance and freedom of choice. The Quran also lay down the principles of human rights,women right and equality of all people regardless of gender, belief, race or culture. The Holy Quran is clearly stating that all people are equal regardless of their race, language, beliefs etc etc. The Holy Quran also calls for peace, tolerance and good treatment and deeds among all the people. It also calls for respectful, calm and wise dialogue with the followers of religions. Also clear in the Quran that judging people must be left to Allah Almighty alone and only Him and that there is compulsion in religion. Some of what is contained in the Quran includes morals, wisdom, stories, spiritual values, religious commands, recommendations and scientific facts which has amazed many scientists. Of all the religious books, the Quran alone claims, and claims emphatically to be the word of God. The Quran has no flaws or contradictions, the original Arabic scriptures has never been changed or tampered with. In the Holy Quran, there is no room for an iota of doubt of any kind, whosoever has any doubt, it is because of his own ignorance.

Before we point fingers, it has to be proven without doubt who the attackers are. Suicide bombers are not exclusive to Islam, but nowadays any and every attack is blamed on Muslims. We Muslims should follow the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may peace be upon him) and the Holy Quran and condemn any form of terrorism from suicide attacks to bomb blasts. The Holy Prophet (may peace be upon him) said that a very good Muslim is one who avoids harming the people with his tongue and hands. Faith is a restraint against all violence. Let no Muslim commit violence. And the Holy Quran says: "Anyone who kills another person, it is as if he has killed the whole of mankind, and anyone who saves one life, is as if he has saved the whole of mankind" 5:32. Regarding suicide bombings and the killing of innocent people, I am a Muslim and they are not doing this in my name.

Adam Apr 7, 2017 at 5:17 am Flag as inappropriate

Many people are not accurately educated regarding the reason for the Crusades in which Christians did fight and kill Muslims. It was only after the Islamic religion by the sword, not evangelism, had conquered a huge area of Europe and Africa. Muslims dominated by terror, torture, and murder. Convert to Islam or die. When only about one third of Christians remained alive did they fight back to stay alive and eventually attempt to regain what was wrongfully taken from them by Islam followers. At what point do you believe it is ok for another person or religion to take what belongs to you and demand you bow to their beliefs? In the Old Testament God told his people to fight and kill every person of certain areas and do not leave anyone alive. He also told his people do not follow or take up their ways or beliefs. God also told them not to marry them lest they take up their ways of idolatry and sinful living and become an abomination unto God. Yes, Jesus loves everyone but everyone of us has to repent and follow Jesus for eternal salvation. We do love Islamic peoples and are reaching out to care for them. Many Islamic people are afraid to accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord. Many Islamic people are determined to kill us for they accept and believe the Islamic religion. The Islamic peoples believe we are infidels. When the Islamic peoples out number any group (Christian or non-Christian) they will force you to submit to Allah or die.

Holly Campbell Aug 14, 2016 at 2:06 am Flag as inappropriate

Allah is the name of the old Arab stone idol of the moon-god.
The Quran was inspired by demons whispering to Muhd and is full on contradictions and lies compared to the Bible which tells the truth and was directly inspired by God the Father of Jesus.

rosewhite Jan 7, 2016 at 4:04 pm Flag as inappropriate

I would like one copy of the booklet

Bishop Clement Oct 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm Flag as inappropriate

I haven't read the pamphlet but read some of the comments. Raised catholic but now a non practicing adult. abandoning all beliefs that were ingrained in my psyche, however, is hard to do. People are going to believe in spiritual doctrines to fill intangible voids or lack of factual explanations for situations. I feel that a person's religion should be their own private matter. Maybe if it were the case then these problems wouldn't exist. I have attended many services of various denominations. I must say I have walked out on a few because I thought they were too irreverent. Yelling, rolling and flinging around, etc. I feel that if I died and came face to face with God I wouldn't be carrying on like, frankly I'd be speechless. That's just me. So, I got up and left. End of story. I think every religion has "variations" to accommodate who? Not God but people. Choose what you believe and avoid what you don't. Don't criticize anyone's religion because NO ONE KNOWS what the afterlife holds for us IF there even is one. As I stated before, I was raised catholic and and will acknowledge that I am not very knowledgeable of the Muslim religion. Having said that, my family is sponsoring a french exchange student whom I just learned is Muslim. I will use this opportunity to learn as much as i can from this experience. If I am wrong in what i believe now I will come back and eat my words but I don't believe I will. Stay tuned.

marleeton Oct 5, 2015 at 11:39 am Flag as inappropriate

There are two major islam division: sunni & shia. Their belief are not same. And of these division, there are small fragments and teachings are not same with each other. I met alot of muslim people in diff. nationalities..all of them are good and kind but only at the time of talking face to face...and when it comes to truthfulness and faithfulness of their heart, they usually turn back to their first word..

Edwin Jun 27, 2015 at 7:27 am Flag as inappropriate

I find it incredible that "intelligent" beings would believe what is written in the Quran. 6th Century mentality surviving in the 21st Century.

gm2070 May 18, 2015 at 10:52 am Flag as inappropriate

To Jesus christ be the glory. Prayer can change the world.

kato ivan Mar 31, 2015 at 9:13 am Flag as inappropriate

Islam is a religion of violence; it was started and spread by violence. It's major tool is deceit or propaganda.

Israel Feb 24, 2015 at 6:45 am Flag as inappropriate

I have neighbors and relatives that are Muslim's and kind, loving upstanding folk. On one occasion my Muslim cousin was critical of the U.S. and Israel, yet when asked which Muslim or Arab country he would want to live in he was silent. With my having served in the U.S. Army, while in Kabul we had to attend weekly mandatory (Islam) culture classes taught by Afghan, devout Muslim professors with PhD's. They were clear; we American's were not respected as their Muslim brother Osama bin Laden was. Any non-Muslim was/is an infidel and worthy of death unless they convert. In Arab or Muslim countries that have Muslim schools children are indoctrinated to hate America and Israel (as no doubt Barack Obama was). Consequently, those who try to turn a doctrine of hate into a religion of peace are the radical ones who have perverted the Islamic religion.

LoG111 Feb 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm Flag as inappropriate

am unable to download the text. I will be glad if you can send me copy. For me its a must read. Thank you. woman of God-Nigeria.

peggy suzzy Feb 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm Flag as inappropriate

CBN administrator posted:
"They "interpret" the words in the Quran to justify what they do."
FLASH: Many christians do exactly the same thing with the Bible !

Mezeus Feb 20, 2015 at 11:22 am Flag as inappropriate

I would love to know who the authors of this publication are. Why isn't this given?

savage Feb 19, 2015 at 3:17 pm Flag as inappropriate

I'm a Believer in Jesus Christ, and that He is Lord and King, and my prayer is to hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against Him. He is coming back soon and I thank God for the revelation on Islam which is an enemy of Christ. Please don't respond with any hate mail, I'm a TRUE BELIEVER. I've never heard a jihadist (sic) doing anything productive (building schools, roads, businesses or communities) only fighting and killing and taking over someone else's life of hard work. Jesus said, the thief (Satan) comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come, that you may have Life, and that more abundantly. Choose you this day whom you will serve: either Life (Jesus) or Death (Satan). it's that simple.....

DaFord Feb 18, 2015 at 12:00 am Flag as inappropriate

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CBN.COM ADMIN Feb 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm Flag as inappropriate

In the 28 years I've been a muslim, I've talked to hundreds of muslims and have been to masjids (mosques) in 7 different states. NEVER ONCE have I heard any of them say that terrorism is allowed, that muslims should take over the world, that Islam should be forced on non-believers or Sharia law should be the law of the land.

The "muslims" that say that terrorism is allowed and all of the other things are not practicing true Islam. They "interpret" the words in the Quran to justify what they do and they are a very small percentage of all muslims.

All of the muslims I know denounce terrorism and the terrorists who do that.

ginah711 Feb 7, 2015 at 12:32 am Flag as inappropriate

I downloaded but can not open

tim Feb 2, 2015 at 7:22 pm Flag as inappropriate

Islam is nothing more than Mohamed bearing false witness against the Apostles, the Israeli Prophets and Jesus Christ himself hundreds or thousand of years after the events because he had new revelations that made the Arabs the chosen people.

lawdogmn Jan 30, 2015 at 12:01 am Flag as inappropriate

As a devout Christian, I'm embarrassed by the content in this pamphlet. I would never want anyone to consider my religion violent based on stories from the Old Testament where righteous people chose to kill rather than forgive. Consider the frustration if we were all considered evil because of events in the Spanish inquisitions, the crusades, or any number of insane acts performed by the papacy in the dark ages. How can we explain the numerous indications of slavery in the Bible?

I can separate my study of the scriptures and the important teachings from the historical context that was recorded in languages I can't read. The sections of the Quran I've read don't seem overly violent to me and there are many Christ like suggestions such as being charitable and forgiving.

Christ would certainly not condone the use of money available for helping people in need toward the printing and distribution of material that does not fairly depict the meaning of a religion practiced by one in four people.

Our memories seem to be very short. The incredible violence and hate flowing from a small contingent of fanatics that happen to be Muslim, appears eerily similar to a small contingent of self proclaimed Christians that believed the * Party could inspire people with "Positive Christianity" and justify the murder of millions of Jews.

This pamphlet cannot possibly bring any clarity to modern day conflicts and should be considered a dramatic failure in judgement by the CBN.

Jerry Jan 22, 2015 at 7:15 pm Flag as inappropriate

Thank you CBN. Christ is King. Jesus is the Prince of Peace!

Holluwasean Jan 12, 2015 at 5:47 am Flag as inappropriate

Shame on you for release a booklet based on lies, you started off by giving a fraction of of meaning on the definition on jihaad. Jihaad does not meet holy war, the word war in Arabic is harb.

Jihad means struggling in the name of Allah Almighty. Jihad doesn't always mean a war or battle. Any mean for spreading Islam and the Truth, or to fight for what is right and condemn what is wrong (such as fighting the bad and helping the oppressed even if they were not Muslims) are considered Jihad. I'm not going to respond back by giving verses in the Old and New Testaments on the killing verses as I don't that will only results in hatred among the Christians and Muslim.

And the slander you gave to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) are lies. If you want to seek the real authentic and award winning book on the biography of the Prophet, then read on "The Sealed Nectar" instead (ebook can be downloaded here www.missionislam.com/knowledge/books/Ar-Raheeq_Al-Makhtum.pdf ). I know it's too much but it is based on authentic reporting and not by hearsay of someone has no reputation and acknowledgment even from the Muslim world.

And the verses of Quran where taken out of its context. You wouldn't want people from other faith to quote a verse from Bible out of its context, would you ? Read the original English translation with the commentaries from a well known translator used by many Muslims in the most part of the world ( here is the link to the pdf: http://www.ulc.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/English-Quran-With-Commentaries.pdf ).

Do yourself a favor by reading from these authentic sources and finally you can do your own judgement on what Islam really preach and will come to know that the real teaching of Islam promotes peace and do not harbor terrorism like what you see in the media because it is their job to instill and feed your mind with hatred towards Islam no matter whether they are all false news. You now have the choice to do your own research and you will come to know that the Muslims regards Jesus as well as Noah, Abraham, Moses and Muhammad (peace be upon them all and all other prophets) as the leading Messengers of God which preach mankind to worship and obey one true Monotheistic God, and not Trinity. Muslims uplift Jesus (peace be upon him) by following his way of worship by putting his face on the ground, his fasting, his way of eating kosher food, his greeting of peace, his way of keeping beard and also circumcision, and also Mary the mother of Jesus in ways of keeping her modesty by covering herself like a Muslim.

Truly, read the links I have given you, and trust me, if you seek for the real truth with real intention of finding the truth and not on finding faults, then the truth shall find you, by God's will.

Adi Dunkins Jan 10, 2015 at 11:00 pm Flag as inappropriate