There is a verse in the Quran (Koran) that says, ‘there shall be no compulsion in the religion (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256);’ however, history and other verses show that has not be the case. Yes, the Christians and others in the past had mass conversions; and during centuries of ‘legal’ slave trading, tribes in Africa or Asia have been known to conquer one another, take the wives they wanted and sale men, women and children to Muslim slave traders, who sold them to Christian ship captains and slave traders, who sold them to opportunist of all religions – and the blood of that was on all religions and nations who took part.
However, the fact that tens and perhaps hundreds of millions have been forced to be Muslim overshadows even the works of former Catholic nations. This article will address the subject in the following sections: Brief History of Muslim Conquest; Quran verses; examples of Sharia and National laws; and testimonies, statistics and pictures.
Brief History of Muslim Conquest
More than 250 years before Muhammad’s ‘revelation’ on Mount Hira (Mecca), Emperor Constantine I had the Christian Church of the Holy Sepulcher constructed in Jerusalem on the Crucifixion Hill. About 580, Muhammad (age 9-11) when traveling in Syria with his uncle Abu Talib, met and learned much about Christians and the Bible. In 610, Muhammad had his first revelation on Mount Hira. He said that while in a cave, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to him and ‘inspiration was sent down to him; and he was taught by one Mighty in Power (Quran 53:4-).’ There he said Gabriel said, “Proclaim in the name of thy Lord… (Quran 96:1-).”
During his first few years, Muhammad made few converts through peace. In 613, the Persians had captured Damascus and Antioch of Syria; then in 614 they took Jerusalem. In 615, Muhammad went to the people of his great-grandfather Hashim ibn Abd Manaf, a leader of the Hashemites (Kings of Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Arabia are of this clan), and many converted to Muhammadanism – Islam (‘one who submits’) or Muslim (muslimun). At that time they were under persecution by other tribes. In 622, about 80 people with Muhammad left (‘Hijra’ – exodus) to Yathrib (‘the city’ of the Prophet – al-Medina). Medina at that time had a large Jewish presence. In 624, Muhammad broke with the Jews because they would not receive him as a prophet and adopt Islam – his form of religion for the followers of the God of Abraham (إله إبراهيم Allah Ibrahim). About that time Muslims began praying towards Mecca instead of Jerusalem; and started banishing and killing the Jews of Medina.
In 627, Abu Sufyan, leader of Mecca, sieged Muhammad’s forces and after he was unsuccessful, a confederation was created of about 8 Arab clans. In 630, an army of approximately 30,000 ‘Muslims’ took Mecca and made it their capital. In 632, Muhammad died and his father-in-law, Abu-Bakr, with Umar ibn Al-Khattab (Omar) – close friend of Muhammad and leader (caliph), revised and continued Islam. Moreover, Abu-Bakr began military campaigns against the Christians in Byzantine and Persians in Syria and Mesopotamia. By 637, Muslims conquered Syria and Iraq, and advanced against the Byzantines.
In 638, Umar came upon Jerusalem; and by 642 had taken Alexandria (Africa) and much of Egypt. What was not destroyed of the Great Library of Alexandria during the time of the Romans was destroyed by the Muslims that year. One recorded story says that Amr wrote to Umar about the books and scrolls; and he replied, “If the books are in agreement with the Quran, we have no need of them; and if they oppose the Quran, destroy them.” Other stories say they used the ancient scrolls to keep fires going.
Nevertheless, by 652 Muslims had conquered much of North Africa and the Middle East and into Armenia and Georgia; and attacked Sicily. Egypt, Persia and the Fertile Crescent (Iraq) came under the Umayyad and Abbasid caliphates for hundreds of years. Between 668 and 678, they sieged the Christian city Constantinople (ancient Byzantium, Constantinople, and now Istanbul). The Greeks (with Greek Fire) helped repel the Arab aggressors and an annual tribute of 3,000 gold pieces, 50 slaves and 50 horses ceased the attacks until 717 when the Muslims attacked.
In 688, Emperor Justinian II and Caliph al-Malik signed a treaty to jointly control Cyprus. In 698, the Muslims conquered Carthage, Africa and by 711 reached from southern Spain, through North Africa to Afghanistan and modern Iran. The Visigoths of Spain would fight the Muslims for years; and by 716 Lisbon, Portugal and nearly all of Spain was over Muslim rule. In 717, about 210,000 Muslims under Caliph Suleiman – Maslama came upon Constantinople – once a home of ancient Christian Churches. A year after sieging, about 180,000 Muslims had been killed or died; and Emperor Leo’s forces (with the Bulgars) and the walls of Constantinople held with much loss to their people.
In 725, the Muslims took Nimes, France and other port towns. In 732, Charles Martel, prince of the Franks, in the Battle of Tours, with less than 2,000 soldiers stopped 40,000 Muslim cavalry from going farther into France. Battles continued through the Muslim borders. The Abbasid Muslims moved their capital to Baghdad in 750; their rule would last over 500 years until 1258. In the late 8th century Christian King Charlemagne (Carolus Magnus), Holy Roman Emporer; through war and diplomacy repelled the Arab Muslims from what is now France, Italy and much of Spain (Moors held much territory). Nevertheless, the Muslim built their schools, hospitals and mosques and converted by marriage, fear and false doctrines tens of millions.
Centuries of tension and Muslim conquest continued, including late 10th century Christians being executed in Andalusia for refusal to converting to Islam. By 972, the Fatimids of Egypt had control over nearly all of North Africa. About 1000, gunpowder began to be used in weapons in various parts of the world.
In 1012, Caliph Al-Hakim in Egypt ordered the destruction of all Christian churches and Jewish temples. The next year Jews were expelled from Cordova by the Umayyad Caliphate. By the mid-11th century, Seljuk Turk Muslims were established in Persia. Late 11th century, El Cid of Spain drove out the Moors. In 1054, the Western Christian Church (under the Roman Catholic rule) divided from the Eastern Orthodox Churches in what is called the Great Schism.
In 1055, the Seljuk Turks took Baghdad from their Arab brothers. And by 1091, the Normans took back Sicily from the Muslims. Yet, the Muslims had conquered the Christians in Armenia. In 1070 the Seljuk Turks captured Jerusalem from the Fatimid Arabs; and by 1085, they held Syria and Palestine.
Over the next couple of centuries, Christian Crusades had limited and temporary successes. In 1096, the First Crusade began and ended in 1099 when Jerusalem was taking back for the Christians and Jews. The Second Crusade failed and by 1183, the Caliph Sultan, Saladin the Great took Aleppo, Damascus and controlled Egypt and Syria. The Third Crusade ended in 1192 with some limited success. In 1193, Saladin died. In 1204, the Crusades took Constantinople. In 1244, the Crusaders lost Jerusalem and Muslims have since controlled the holy Temple Mount, upon part of which in their Dome of the Rock.
Mid 1200s the French attacked Muslims in North Africa and the Mamluks took control from their Ayyubid brothers. About that time Genghis Khan sacked Baghdad (1258) and was threatening much of Asia and Eastern Europe. In 1453, Constantinople fell to over 200,000 Ottoman Muslims with tens of cannons. They changed the name of the city to Istanbul.
Between, the 13th and 16th century the Muslims gained some territory and control in India. In 1492, Muslims and Jews were expelled from Spain. In 1516, Muslim Ottomans conquered Syria, Egypt and in 1517 took control of Mecca and Medina. By 1700, the Venetians, Habsburgs and Russians had taken back much Europe from the Ottomans and divided lands. It was not until 1830, the Greece regain independence from the Ottomans; and not only 1850s that in parts of the Ottoman Empire, non-Muslims were granted equal rights. By 1882, the British occupied Egypt and after World War I the Ottoman Empire, which had lasted hundreds of years, came to an end.
In 1923 the Republic of Turkey was established. In 1928, the Ikhwan al-Muslimun (Muslim Brothers or Muslim Brotherhood) was founded in Egypt. In 1945, Indonesia became independent; Pakistan in 1947 and Malaysia in 1957. In 1945, World War II ended and soon after many nations that had been colonized by ‘Christian’ nations such as Britain, France, Belgium and Portugal granted those countries independence (most in the 1960s after protests and revolts). In the late 1990s the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan. September 2001, Muslim extremists attacked the United States and killed about 3,000 people. In the midst of the US-Iraq War that followed, many Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda and other Muslim jihadist fighters that were in Camp Bucca prison from about 2004 to 2006 joined Baghdadi and formed ISIL/ISIS.
|It should be very clear from the above, that when converting by peace did not work during Muhammad’s first few years of the new Islam/Muslim religion; that since 624, and definitely since his death in 632, Muslims have attacked and killed and conquered and forced hundreds of millions to join their religion and obey their laws. Like most conquerors, their warriors/soldiers took wives, plundered villages, towns and cities; and then built forts, schools, mosques, hospitals, and developed cities; and that within a few generations all of their ways were accepted by the new generations from the parents, grandparents and religious and political leaders of the older generations.
However, not only are these things true, but it is well documented that Muslims in their conquest to force their religion on others have in over 1,000 years killed (genocide) 60-300+ million Hindus and Sikhs (by Arab, Turk, Mughal and Afghan Muslims) of India and Pakistan (according to one writer – “then came Islam – slaughter, slavery, rape, violence, pillage, destruction of religious sites, art and architecture; poverty, exploitation, humiliation, famine, forced conversion… and a worsening of social ills.” Historian Will Durant said, “the Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history.”). Tens of millions that survived in India were forced to convert to Islam.
“Slaves were so plentiful that they became very cheap; men…were degraded….but this is the goodness of Allah, who bestows honours on his own religion and degrades infidelity”. (Muslim chronicler Utbi on Sultan Subuktigin of Ghazni’s slave raid: 942-997 (Sookdheo, p.166).
In Africa, Muslims took and sold millions of slaves; and killed 70 to 120 million. In Asia Minor, about 60 million were killed by Muslims and just in the last 500 years, about 80 million Christians were killed by Muslims in the Balkans: Hungry, Ukraine and Russia. About 10 million Buddhists were slaughtered by Muslims. In 1,400 years it is estimated that Muslims killed more than between 300 million to a half billion people.
Quran (Koran) Verses
Quran; Surah At-Tawbah 9:5-14: “And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush. But if they should repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, let them [go] on their way. Indeed, Allah is Forgiving and Merciful. If they seek your protection, grant it so that they may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver them to safety… as long as they are upright toward you, be upright toward them… if they repent, establish prayer, and give zakah, then they are your brothers in religion… if they break their oaths and defame your religion, then fight the leaders of disbelief… would you not fight a people who broke their oaths and determined to expel the Messenger… Fight them; Allah will punish them by your hands and will disgrace them and give you victory over them…”
Quran (2:191): “Kill them wherever you find them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out. And Al-Fitnah (disbelief/many religions) is worse than killing… fight them until there is no more Fitnah; worship is for Allah alone. If they cease, let there be no transgression except against Az-Zalimun (Polytheists, Christians, and wrong-doers)…”
Quran (2:216, 244): “Fighting is prescribed for you… fight in the cause of Allah…”
Quran (3:56, 151): “…I will punish those who reject faith with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter… we shall cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.”
Quran (4:74, 95, 104): “Let those fight in the way of Allah… on him will be a vast reward…Allah prefers those who strive hard and fight with their wealth and lives about those who sit at home. Allah has promised Paradise… be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they will suffer pain.”
Quran (Surah al-Ma’idah, 5:33): “…The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off or they should (be imprisoned) or exiled for the land; this shall be as a disgrace for them in this world…”
Quran (8:12, 39, 57, 65, 67): “I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Strike (Cut) off their heads and strike off every fingertip… fight with until there is no more fitna… if you come on them in war, harm them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them… O Prophet, exhort the believers to fight… it is not for a Prophet that he should have prisoners of war until he had made a Great Slaughter in the land…”
Quran (17:16): “…When we wish to destroy a town, we send our commandments to the people… but they transgress… so we destroy it with utter destruction.”
Quran (25:52): “Listen not to Unbelievers, but strive against them…”
Quran (33:60-): “If the hypocrites and those with diseased hearts (Christians, Jews, Hindu, etc.) and alarmists in the city do not cease… accursed, they will be sieged wherever found and slain with a fierce slaughter…”
Quran (47:3-4): “Those who disbelieve follow falsehood, while those who believe follow the truth for their Lord… when you meet (in Jihad) those who disbelieve strike at their necks till you have killed and wounded many of them, then bind them (as captives)…”
Quran (48:29): “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, and those who are with him are severe against disbelievers, and merciful among themselves. You see them bowing and falling down prostrate (in prayer), seeking Bounty from Allah and (His) Good Pleasure. The mark of them (i.e. of their Faith) is on their faces (foreheads) from the traces of (their) prostration (during prayers). This is their description in the Taurat (Torah). But their description in the Injeel (Gospel) is like a (sown) seed which sends forth its shoot, then makes it strong, it then becomes thick, and it stands straight on its stem, delighting the sowers that He may enrage the disbelievers with them. Allah has promised those among them who believe (i.e. all those who follow Islamic Monotheism, the religion of Prophet Muhammad SAW till the Day of Resurrection) and do righteous good deeds, forgiveness and a mighty reward (i.e. Paradise).”
Quran (61:4, 11): “Allah loves those who fight in His cause… O you who believe… in Allah and His Messenger (Muhammad)… strive hard and fight in the Cause of Allah with your wealth and your lives… He will forgive you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flows… in Eternity (Paradise)…”
Hadith/Sira (Sahih Bukhari 52:44, 177, 220): “Instruct me as to Jihad …fight with the Jews… O Muslim, there is a Jew… kill him… I have been made victorious with terror…”
Abu Dawud 14:2526: “The Prophet said …Jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet…”
Sahih Muslim 20:4696: “One who died but did not fight in the way of Allah nor did he express any desire for Jihad died the death of a hypocrite.”
Sahih Muslim 31:5917: “Ali …said in a loud voice, ‘Allah’s Messenger, on what issue should I fight with the people? Then the Prophet said, “Fight with them until they bear testimony that there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his Messenger.” (Ali was the son-in-law of Muhammad)
Tabari 9:69: “Killing unbelievers is a small matter to us…”
National and Sharia (Quran) Islamic Laws
In many of the following, Islam is the state religion.
Afghanistan: The Criminal Law of 1976 requires Sharia law.
Algeria: Article 222 of the 1984 Family Code: Sharia is law; women are under the guardianship of their fathers or husbands.
Bahrain: Sharia courts deal with civil or personal laws.
Bangladesh: The Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Act of 1937 covers Family Affairs.
Brunei: 2014 – Civil and Criminal Sharia courts and codes.
Egypt: 2014 Constitution – Islamic Sharia was the main law; and Sharia courts and qadis ran the Ministry of Justice.
Eritrea: Sharia courts have jurisdiction over Muslim cases of marriage and family.
Germany: Some Sharia law applies to Muslim private cases.
India: Muslim Shariat (Personal Law) Act of 1937 places family law under Sharia law.
Indonesia: Islamic law is over Family Affairs.
Iran: Article 167 of the Constitution requires all judicial rulings to the from “authoritative Islamic sources and authentic fatwa…” Article 1: “The Government in Iran is an Islamic Republic.” Article 2: “…the Quran.” Article 23 “investigation of individual’s beliefs is forbidden.” – thus no converting.
Iraq: Sharia law is still used for civil and criminal matters.
Israel: Sharia law is applied for Muslim citizens.
Jordan: Uses Sharia and civil courts.
Kazakhstan: After 1995, the Constitution was not based on Sharia laws; but it is a crime to convert a Muslim.
Kuwait: Article 2 of the Constitution cites Sharia for the primarily law.
Kyrgyzstan: Converting a Muslim is a crime; but has a Civil law system.
Lebanon: A mixed system in which Islamic law is a part.
Libya: The Qaddafi gave them Civil and Sharia law in 1973.
Malaysia: In most of the country Islamic or Sharia laws apply. The 1988 Constitution put Sharia courts over civil courts.
Maldives: Article 15 and 156 show Sharia law is used.
Mauritania: Sharia laws are in the Penal Code.
Morocco: Sharia courts and law is widely used in civil and criminal law; as seen in Articles 220-272 of their Criminal Code.
Nigeria: Sharia courts are used in 12 states for civil and criminal law.
Oman: Article 2 of the Constitution requires Sharia law.
Pakistan: Article 203 places Sharia courts over all laws.
Philippines: Sharia District and Circuit Courts handle civil cases.
Qatar: Sharia or Islamic law covers nearly every civil and criminal code.
Saudi Arabia: Total Sharia law.
Singapore: Sharia courts handle civil Muslim matters.
Somalia: 2012 Constitution requires the use of Sharia law.
Somaliland: uses Islamic law.
Sri Lanka: Islamic laws cover Family and many civil laws.
Sudan (north): Sharia law is used in civil and criminal law.
Syria: Total Islamic or Sharia law.
Tajkistan: Converting a Muslim is a crime.
Thailand: Some parts use Islamic law for Family Affairs.
Turkey: still included many Islamic laws.
Turkmenistan: Converting a Muslim is a crime.
United Arab Emirates: Sharia law is used for Family Law and many civil matters. Yet, ‘apostasy’ can still be punishable by death and Article 1 and 66 of the Penal Codes require ‘hudud’ crimes to be punished with death.
United Kingdom: Since 2014 has over 85 ‘sharia courts’ under the Muslim Arbitration Tribunal and Islamic Sharia Council.
Uzbekistan: Converting a Muslim is a crime.
Yemen: Sharia and Islamic law.
Uganda: Article 129 of the Constitution requires “Qadhi courts for marriage, divorce, inheritance… and guardianship.”
Pew Research Center, cites that as of 2014, about a quarter of the world’s countries and territories (26%) had anti-blasphemy laws or policies.
Testimonies, Statistics and pictures
Throughout the last 1400 years, Muslims have forced Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Zoroastrians, Atheists and others to accept Islam, either upon threat of rape or death, or by force or duress through laws, forced marriages, taxes, tribute, etc.; that tens of millions converted to Islam and produced hundreds of millions of descendants.
Forced conversions persist among extremists. In Africa and Asia, numerous Christian girls and women have been kidnapped and raped and ‘converted’ (in love and peace of course) to Islam. It would take books to record the individual stories – some of which are told in various articles on this site; such as Genocide in Syria.
Testimonies of ‘I was forced to be a Muslim;’ ‘I was forced to wear’ certain clothes; ‘I was forced to remain in the home;’ ‘I was raped;’ ‘my family member was taken never to be seen;’ ‘my family member was beaten… killed;’ and the like are so common to anyone that cares to investigate only slightly.
Examples such as the Bosnian Genocide show that the raping and killing of tens of thousands is done by both sides – Muslim and non-Muslim. However, no legitimate Christian leader authorizes rape; but many Muslim leaders not only authorize it; but encourage rape and slavery and forced marriages. Yes, nearly all are part of ISIS or affiliates of ISIS or al-Qaeda or the like; but they now control laws and politicians in many territories.
In 2016, even Sweden reported more than 10 cases of rape by Muslim refugees or citizens from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Somalia. In 2017 and Swedish girl was gang raped by 2 Afghans and 1 Swed and they broadcasted it live on Facebook. At that time in Norway, 3 Muslims raped a 14 year old girl in every way possible and 2 got 10 and 17 months in jail; 1 received 344 hours of community service. In Oslo, 100% of violent rapes were committed by Muslim immigrants. In Germany, in 2013 average 2 reported rapes a day were committed by Muslim migrants; in 2016 the number rose to about 10 a day or 2,790. In Austria, in 2016 the number of rapes increased by 133% as Muslim refugees migrated in and through their country – at least 2/3rd of them where by Afghan and other Muslim immigrants. I understand that rape and murder is committed all over the world by all types of deceived, distorted and evil persons; however, it is the Muslims whose soldiers – whether African or Asian – that now seek to conquer lands in the name of Islam and in so doing kill, steal, destroy and rape all along the way – forcing millions in their path to join their form of Islam and become Muslim.
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