Muhammad's Sword

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Muhammad's Sword


Unread post by feelgud » Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:08 pm

Muhammad's Sword

By Uri Avnery

Jesus said: "You will recognize them by their fruits." The treatment of other religions by Islam must be judged by a simple test: How did the Muslim rulers behave for more than a thousand years, when they had the power to "spread the faith by the sword"?

Well, they just did not.

For many centuries, the Muslims ruled Greece. Did the Greeks become Muslims? Did anyone even try to Islamize them? On the contrary, Christian Greeks held the highest positions in the Ottoman administration. The Bulgarians, Serbs, Romanians, Hungarians and other European nations lived at one time or another under Ottoman rule and clung to their Christian faith. Nobody compelled them to become Muslims and all of them remained devoutly Christian.

True, the Albanians did convert to Islam, and so did the Bosniaks. But nobody argues that they did this under duress. They adopted Islam in order to become favorites of the government and enjoy the fruits.

In 1099, the Crusaders conquered Jerusalem and massacred its Muslim and Jewish inhabitants indiscriminately, in the name of the gentle Jesus. At that time, 400 years into the occupation of Palestine by the Muslims, Christians were still the majority in the country. Throughout this long period, no effort was made to impose Islam on them. Only after the expulsion of the Crusaders from the country, did the majority of the inhabitants start to adopt the Arabic language and the Muslim faith - and they were the forefathers of most of today's Palestinians.

THERE IS no evidence whatsoever of any attempt to impose Islam on the Jews. As is well known, under Muslim rule the Jews of Spain enjoyed a bloom the like of which the Jews did not enjoy anywhere else until almost our time. Poets like Yehuda Halevy wrote in Arabic, as did the great Maimonides. In Muslim Spain, Jews were ministers, poets, scientists. In Muslim Toledo, Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars worked together and translated the ancient Greek philosophical and scientific texts. That was, indeed, the Golden Age. How would this have been possible, had the Prophet decreed the "spreading of the faith by the sword"?

What happened afterwards is even more telling. When the Catholics re-conquered Spain from the Muslims, they instituted a reign of religious terror. The Jews and the Muslims were presented with a cruel choice: to become Christians, to be massacred or to leave. And where did the hundreds of thousand of Jews, who refused to abandon their faith, escape? Almost all of them were received with open arms in the Muslim countries. The Sephardi ("Spanish") Jews settled all over the Muslim world, from Morocco in the west to Iraq in the east, from Bulgaria (then part of the Ottoman Empire) in the north to Sudan in the south. Nowhere were they persecuted. They knew nothing like the tortures of the Inquisition, the flames of the auto-da-fe, the pogroms, the terrible mass-expulsions that took place in almost all Christian countries, up to the Holocaust.

WHY? Because Islam expressly prohibited any persecution of the "peoples of the book". In Islamic society, a special place was reserved for Jews and Christians. They did not enjoy completely equal rights, but almost. They had to pay a special poll-tax, but were exempted from military service - a trade-off that was quite welcome to many Jews. It has been said that Muslim rulers frowned upon any attempt to convert Jews to Islam even by gentle persuasion - because it entailed the loss of taxes.

Every honest Jew who knows the history of his people cannot but feel a deep sense of gratitude to Islam, which has protected the Jews for fifty generations, while the Christian world persecuted the Jews and tried many times "by the sword" to get them to abandon their faith.

THE STORY about "spreading the faith by the sword" is an evil legend, one of the myths that grew up in Europe during the great wars against the Muslims - the reconquista of Spain by the Christians, the Crusades and the repulsion of the Turks, who almost conquered Vienna. I suspect that the German Pope, too, honestly believes in these fables. That means that the leader of the Catholic world, who is a Christian theologian in his own right, did not make the effort to study the history of other religions.

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Re: Muhammad's Sword


Unread post by Aarif » Fri Apr 11, 2008 6:16 pm

Interesting read... The other day I saw this documentory called "Blood and Oil". This film shows how Europe (Mostly Britain and France) during world war1 destroyed the Ottoman empire under the rule of Turks and created a conflicting middle east out of it. In fact they supported the Zionists to form Israel in Palestine which was originally the home of Arabs. They created a higly conflicting region by re-shuffling totally unrelated cultures and religions. If we study carefully it is always the West that is responsible for most of the trouble in the world. They do all this to achieve their mean and materialistic goals. This documentary that I saw clearly tells that Britain was very keen on controlling Oil fields in the middle east right from early 20th Century.. They had more then one million soldiers stationed in middle east at the end of World War I

Also, end of World War I was the begining of end of all peace in the middle east...

However, today if we see all the blame for creating unrest in the world is conveniently passed on Muslims due to the wrong deeds done by few idiots like Osama...

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Re: Muhammad's Sword


Unread post by Above Average Bohra » Fri Apr 11, 2008 8:22 pm

Actually, it's just the name of Osama. That is the reason why he will never be caught. Otherwise, they won't be able to use this boogeyman that they have created to steal land and oil.

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Re: Muhammad's Sword


Unread post by Alislam » Sat Apr 12, 2008 4:34 am

"Free thinkers & humanists" on this board and elsewhere are well aware that it is a power game and they support their masters in spreading lies and justifying it, giving name "Freedom and democracy".