The Sword in the Islamic World View
Dr. Fahd Mohammed Taleb Al-Olaqi, Dr. Naushad Umarsharif Shaikh

The sword was essentially an important constituent in world culture. For many Muslims, the sword is a symbol of law. Therefore, the sword and power which were means of spreading Islam is not a source of shame for Muslims; rather it is one of its strengths and virtues. Islam was spread worldwide in a hundred years by proof and evidence before rising swords in battle fields. In Islamic philosophy, Islam was spread by proof and evidence, in the case of those who listened to the message and responded to it. And it was spread by strength and the sword in the case of those who stubbornly resisted, until they had no choice and had to submit to the new reality. The West has widely believed that the surge of conversion to Islam was made only by the sword. Modern scholars do not accept this idea while the teachings of the Qur'an are explicit in support of the freedom of conscience.

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