Copyright © By Dr. Adel Elsaie, Book Title: "History of Truth, The Truth about God and Religions"
8.7 The Fastest Growing Religion
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Throughout history, Muhammad was accused of all kinds of fallacies from a false prophet to being crazy. Could a false man be the founder of a religion? Could a false man have over one billion followers? Could a false man establish spiritual, social, and economic systems? But, perhaps, the greatest crime of Muhammad in the eyes of the Christians is that he did not allow himself to be killed by his enemies. He ably defended himself, his family, and his followers, and finally was the most successful man in history. His struggle and victory over the forces of evil and disbelief made the editors of Encyclopedia Britannica exclaim Muhammad as "The most successful of all religious personalities."
How can the opponents of Islam account for Muhammadís phenomenal success and achievements except to claim that he spread his religion at the point of the sword? In Islam at the crossroads, London 1923, by historian De lacy OíLeary, page 8, he said:
"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historian have ever repeated."
The Muslims ruled Spain for 736 years. However, after eight centuries in Spain, the Muslims were totally eliminated from that country. If the Muslims had used force, military or economic, there would not have been any Christian left in Spain to fight the Muslims out. One cannot charge the Muslims of converting the Spaniards to Islam by the sword. Also, the Muslims ruled the subcontinent of India from 1001 to 1858 A.D. They did not convert the Hindus or the Sikhs to Islam by force. This same argument is true for many countries like Egypt, Iran, and Indonesia. Muslims converted by choice.
Today Islam is still growing and spreading all over the world and the Muslims have no sword! Islam has continued to win new converts, especially between Afro and white Americans as well as in Europe. Someone may argue that the Afro-American needs a religion that embraces equality of races, then what about the white Americans and European. How about the soldiers and engineers that went to the Gulf war, and saw the real Islam in Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and converted to Islam? There was no sword there. How can we explain the phenomenal increase in the number of Mosques in the US, Canada, and Europe? There was no sword there. How about the famous rock star Cat Stevens who converted to Islam? There was no sword there. It was the search for true peace and tranquility of the soul. How about the French surgeon Bucaille who converted to Islam? There was no sword there. He narrates his encounter with the Quran:
"It is not the faith in Islam that first guided my steps, but simple research for the truth. This is how I see it today. It was mainly fact which, by the time I had finished my study, had led me to see in the Quran a text revealed to a prophet."
But the critics of the religion will not stop charging that Islam with spreading by the sword. In 1840 when Carlyle defended Muhammad and refuted the allegation about the sword, there was no rich Arab country to bribe him. The whole Islamic world was under influence of the Christians, except for a few like Persia, Afghanistan, and Turkey. Carlyle defended Islam when the Muslims were the underdogs.
That was yesterday and many yesterdays before, but what about today in our present time? During half a century from 1934 to 1984, according to the Readerís Digest Almanac and Yearbook, 1983, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. The overall increase of all sects and denominations of Christianity was a staggering 138 %, and the incredible increase in Islam was 235 %. It is further affirmed that in Britain and US, Islam is the fastest growing faith. What, then, about the sword?
It is the sword of Truth.
It is the sword of intellect.
It is the sword of real peace.
It is the sword of security.
God promised to preserve the Quran. He did and He does. He also made another promise:
Surah 48, Ayah 28 "It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness."
The destiny of Islam is spelt out here in the clearest terms. Submission to Allah will prevail, overcome, and supersede every other faith, whether it is Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, or any other "ism."
Islam shall prevail. It is the promise of God and His Promise is true. But how? Not with the sword. The Quran forbids the Muslims from using force as a means of converting. Allah said:
Surah 2, Ayah 256 "Let there be no compulsion in religion"
How, then, would Islam be the most dominant of all religions? The triumph of its doctrine has already started and is gaining hold over religious ideology and doctrines of the various schools of thought in the world. Muslims never use organized missionaries, like Christians, to spread their faith. They are not using money, hospitals, or schools to spread Islam. The doctrines of Islam are being rapidly used into the various religious groups. Ask any theist, polytheist, or Trinitarian: How many Gods do you believe in? One will hesitate to say anything but ONE. This is the effect of the strict monotheism of Islam.