Compared to the population of the rest of the world at that time, the Arabs constituted a tiny minority. ISLAM - THE MISUNDERSTOOD RELIGION, READERS' DIGEST (American Edition) May 1955. Muhammad Asad, (deceased recently) 2. It was an exhilarating experience to see people belonging to different colors, races and nationalities, kings, heads of states and ordinary men from very poor countries all clad in two simple white sheets praying to God without any sense of either pride or inferiority. The 9th one is in Cairo, Egypt. ISLAM AT CROSSROADS, London, 1923, page 8. Only one last step remained to be taken; to formalize my conversation. Prof. Arnold notes: Abu Sufyan – He fought against Islam most of his life, eventually converted and from his progeny came the first Muslim dynasty. ", 2. In fact, the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, (may Allah exalt his mention) completed the missions of the previous Prophets,...More. They simply couldn't resist the MAGIC SWORD of a humble and lonely Prophet! For more information, please contact: The Institute of Islamic Information and Education 4390 North Elston Avenue Chicago, Illinois, 60641-2146 Tel. (Embraced Islam in 1973). DO NOT BELIEVE IN HEARSAY AND LEARN FROM THE DIRECT SOURCES. Received Kalimamani Award from T.N Government in 1982. But in that summer Of 1550 his feelings acquired a far deeper malignancy; they developed into a direct and personal hatred that for intensity was second only to the hatred which the Christians bore Dragut. The Sword of Allah: Discover Islam’s Greatest General While Islamic history is replete with extraordinary examples of military prowess and feats of arms, the majority of military historians tend to focus on the more familiar masters of the art of war. It did not cease to work even there and its magnetic force continued to "pull" people towards it until the whole of Arabia joined the faith. 4. (6) "It will be wrong to judge Islam in the light of the behavior of some bad Muslims who are always shown on the media. Pleasure and happiness in Islam are but the natural byproducts of emotional satisfaction in one's duties conscientiously performed for the pleasure of God to achieve salvation. HISTORY OF ISLAM by Masud-ul-Hasan, Islamic Publications, Lahore, Pakistan. Aman Hobohm, Cultural Attache, P.O. Islam at Crossroads, London. It is the sword of truth, whose shine eliminates falsehood just like light wipes away darkness. 5- Herbert Hobohm: ( Now Aman Hobohm) The Muslim emigrants to Madinah brought their SWORD with them. Weapons Swords. Box 8974, Riyadh 11492, Saudi Arabia. It was an exhilarating experience to see people belonging to different colors, races and nationalities, kings, heads of states and ordinary men from very poor countries all clad in two simple white sheets praying to God without any sense of either pride or inferiority. German diplomat, missionary and social worker. So sharp was the edge of the ‘sword’! It was a practical manifestation of the concept of equality in Islam." British, formerly Christian, world famous pop singer. The Sword of Islam is upon our neck, but we refuse to heed the warnings! Jihad is of two types: taking the initiative in fighting and jihad in self-defense. My hair stood up. "My problem to write this monograph is easier because we are not generally fed now on that (distorted) kind of history and much time need not to be spent on pointing out our misrepresentations of Islam. The life history of the Holy Prophet attracted me very much and made easy for me to compare with other world leaders and their philosophies." He embraced Islam in 1975. He embraced Islam in 1975. All is well on Fantasy Island! On a series of presentations about World  State covering Christian, Muslim, Colonial and Neo-Imperialism Era’s, the first section on Christian Era is posted. They simply could not resist the alleged ‘magic sword’ of a humble and lonely prophet! by pzukeran. The Sword of Islam was written by a person known as the author and has been written in sufficient quantity malicious of interesting books with a lot of quackery The Sword of Islam was one of popular books. Although in the West it is sometimes erroneously translated as ‘holy war’ and understood as referring exclusively to military combat, Islamic texts yield a broader array of meanings connected to moral and ethical struggles. A short Sword of Islam AAR by one of the Paradox devs (Doomdark himself). Present address: 1200 E, 49 St., Chicago Ill60615. (Embraced Islam in 1974) MUHAMMAD, HIS LIFE BASED ON THE EARLIEST SOURCES by Martin Lings, Inner Traditions International, Rochester, VT. 8. I was a Muslim....", 4. A fraction of this minority decided to take the SWORD beyond the boundaries of the Arabian desert to the mighty empires of Rome and Persia, the shores of the Mediterranean, the coast of Malabar and the far away East Indies Islands. 7- Lawrence E Browne: These were the impressions of a few persons who had themselves been struck by the SWORD OF TRUTH, that is, the Message of Islam. A large Meccan force failed to take the city and destroy the new religion. 1923-page 8. 3. Ph.D. in History and Politics. al-Faruqi and Lois L. al-Faruqi, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, NY. AHMED HOLT: British Civil Contractor, traveler in search of the Divine truth, spent much of his time in research and comparative study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. ", 9. NOTE: 10. It didn't bring death, but it brought a new life; it brought an awareness and it brought an awakening as to who am I and what am I and for what am I here?" " History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims, sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated.". "The sword of Islam is not the sword of steel. The Symbolism of Sword in Islam The image of sword in the flag of many Islamic countries up to these days is a symbol of power. Yousuf Islam, Chairman, Muslim Aid, 3 Furlong Road, London, N7, U.K. 7. Among the ones who later joined this faith were the honest merchant, Abu Bakr; the iron man of Arabia, Umar the Great; the shy businessman, Uthman; the Prophet's brave uncle Hamza and a slave of a pagan, Bilal. Presently working as Cultural Attache in German Embassy in Riyadh. 3- Bogdan Kopanksi (now Bogdan Ataullah Kopanski): Originally Polish, now American. CASSIUS CLAY (now Muhammad Ali): American; three times World Heavyweight Champion, formerly a Christian. Praise be to Allah. 7- Ms. Margaret Marcus (Now Maryam Jamilah): Doi, Kazi Publications, Chicago, IL. The principle of Islam, there is no compulsion in religion, is well known." Present address: 23, Welland Garden Perivale, Middlesex UB6 8SZ, UK. Start studying The Sword of Islam. "In Islam I found suitable replies to nagging queries arising in my mind with regard to the theory of creation, status of women, creation of the universe etc. (Embraced in Islam in 1980) "The picture of the Muslim soldier advancing with a sword in one hand and the Quran in the other quite false. 2. Islam is not theoretical; it is practical. 5. TIL where the name "Sword of Islam" came from. (9) "I have had many nice moments in my life. Presently working as Cultural attache in German Embassy in Riyadh. I know this by experience, because the sword of Islam struck deep into my own heart. Only Islam has it; and that is why good men embrace it. I know this by experience, because the sword of Islam struck deep into my own heart. Khalid ibn al-Walid is drawn from Chapter Six, beginning on page 165, of Volume Five, The Sword of Islam of the twelve-volume historical series The Christians: Their First Two Thousand Years.If you would like to order this book please visit www.TheChristians.info. ISLAM, London, 1951, page 21. This website is for people of various faiths who seek to understand Islam and Muslims. Essayist and journalist. ", 7. But no modern scholar accepts that idea, and the Qur'an is explicit in support of the freedom conscience." (5) "I have lived under different systems of life and have had the opportunity of studying various ideologies, but have come to the conclusion that none is perfect as Islam. (Speaking to the daily "Al-Madinah," Jeddah, 15 July, 1989.). Mohammed the Prophet of Islam, Riyadh 1989-page 4. In 1974 I visited Turkey, I wrote my M.A. Present address: Cultural Attaché, German Embassy, PO Box 74 Riyadh -11492, Saudi Arabia. I know this by experience, because the sword of Islam struck deep into my own heart. The first few people who embraced Islam at the hands of the Prophet Muhammad (may Allah exalt his mention) were his wife Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her, his adopted son Zayd, may Allah be pleased with him, and his eleven-year-old cousin ‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him. 4- De Lacy O'Leary: The turning point for Muhammad and his followers seems to have come in what is known as the Battle of the Ditch or the Siege of Medina. There, old smiling Turkish, bearded men taught me WUZU, ablution. Refutation of a common myth that states Islam was spread by the sword and that people were forced to become Muslims. Pleasure and happiness in Islam are but the natural by products of emotional satisfaction in one's duties conscientiously performed for the pleasure of God to achieve salvation. It is the SWORD OF TRUTH, whose mere shine eliminates falsehood just like light wipes away darkness. Ph.D (law) Harvard, German social scientist and diplomat. It didn't bring death, but it brought a new life; it brought an awareness and it brought an awakening as to who am I and what am I and for what am I here? Spent much time in search and comparative study of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Bogdan Ataullah Kopanski, 3013 Harrel Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051. The life history of the Holy Prophet attracted me very much and made it easy for me to compare with other world leaders and their philosophies. They are from different countries, speak different languages and have different backgrounds. Received Kalaimamani Award (Big Gem of Arts) from Tamil Nadu Government in 1982. GANDHI: "....I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. THE SWORD OF ISLAM Rafael Sabatini I Ordinarily Dragut Reis — who was dubbed by the Faithful "The Drawn Sword of Islam" — loved Christians as the fox loves geese. It was under his military leadership that Arabia, for the first time in history, was united under a single political entity, the Caliphate. (1) "Islam appears to me like a perfect work of Architecture. 6- Cat Stevens: (Now Yousuf Islam). Present address: Dar Al-Andalus, 3 Library Ramp, Gibraltar Morocco. It is like judging a car as a bad one if the driver of the car is drunk.” Part Two: Spread of Islam and Muslim rule in comparison with Christianity., A Jewish atheist speaks about the notion that Islam spread by the sword. But we must find the sources of these instructions, the Qur'an and the example of the Prophet. In the city of their migration, Al-Madeenah, people not only welcomed the Muslims, but the ‘sword’ with which it is alleged that people converted to Islam, as well. Only in Islam did I at last find all that was true, good, beautiful and which gives meaning and directions to human life and death." ", Young India 1924. In the city of their migration, Al-Madeenah, people not only welcomed the Muslims, but the ‘sword’ with which it is alleged that people converted to Islam, as well. He embraced Islam in 1987. Abu Bakr, the first caliph of Islam, gave these armies rules which would seem very cons… The negligible minority of the believers in the new faith were soon driven away from Makkah. For more information, please contact: The Institute of Islamic Information and Education 4390 North Elston Avenue Chicago, Illinois, 60641-2146 Tel. 1. ", 8. An unknown powerful force led me to old masjid in Istanbul. LAWRENCE E. BROWNE: "Incidentally these well-established facts dispose of the idea so widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims, wherever they went, forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword." I felt exalted by the indescribable spiritual atmosphere there as over a million and a half pilgrims invoked God to forgive them of their sins and bestow on them His choicest blessings. MOHAMMED THE PROPHET OF ISLAM, Riyadh, 1989, page 4. 8. The principle of Islam that: ' there is no compulsion in religion' is well known". Download The Sword of Islam for free. (12). UK It did not cease to work even there and its magnetic force continued to "pull" people towards it until the whole of Arabia joined the faith. (Embraced Islam in 1965). It also means submitting one’s will to Allah (swt). The West has widely believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. Possessions of the Islamic prophet Muhammad are known with unique names. Murad Hofman, Ambassador, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, BP 664, Alger-gare, Algeria. New articles are added every week. The first few who embraced the "new" religion in Makkah in the Arabian Peninsula at the hands of the Prophet, were his wife Khadijah, his servant Zaid and his eleven-year-old cousin Ali. 6. Sword of Islam Sword ... believers in this new Faith was soon exiled from Makkah and they arrived in the city called Yathrab which later became known as MADINAH. “The SWORD OF ISLAM is not the sword of steel. He referred to himself as "The Sword of Islam". He also defeated the Knights Hospitaler, and several major khanates/emirates. QUR'AN, AN INTRODUCTION by A.R. ", Islam came to complete the previous Divine religions and faith on earth. RAMAKRISHNA RAO: "My problem to write this monograph is easier because we are not generally fed now on that (distorted) kind of history and much time need not be spent on pointing out our misrepresentations of Islam. It is like judging a car as a bad one if the driver of the car is drunk and he bangs it into the wall. 1. Rulers there can unite the polity only when they wage war by overt and covert means onto the territory of Dar al Harab (non-Islamic region). "For some time now, striving for more and more precision and brevity, I have tried to put on paper, in a systemic way, all philosophical truths, which, in my view, can be ascertained beyond reasonable doubt. Perhaps you may like to ask them how it feels to be struck by the sword of truth. 9- Cassius Clay (Now Mohamed Ali Clay): YOUNG INDIA, 1924. Then we can see the ideal of Islam. Given below are the impressions of some people who were recently conquered by the same sword. So sharp was the edge of the SWORD! Nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking, with the result of an absolute balance and solid composure." Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim Innal-Hamdalillah was-Salaatu was-Salaam `alaa Rasoolillah As-Salaamu alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakatuhu The story of how a fearless enemy of Islam came to be known as Saifullah (The Sword of Allah) :. Thus I realize, not without shock, that step by step, in spite of myself and almost unconsciously, in feelings and thinking I have grown into a Muslim. (7) "The authority of Islamic Morals and Laws proceeds from Almighty God. He embraced Islam in 1965. The Sword of Islam book. Medieval Middle Eastern mod based on Rhye's and Fall of Civilizations for Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword. It was the first ' arrow' of Islam... in high school and the earliest days of my education in the university, I was a typical example of the 'rebel generation' of reds...My way to the truth of al-Quran was slow and unpaved...in 1974 I visited Turkey, I wrote my M.A. A Jewish atheist speaks about the notion that Islam spread by the sword. In Islam duties are always stressed above rights. I know this by experience, because the sword of Islam struck deep into my own heart. AS FOR THE PROPAGANDA THAT IT WAS THE SWORD OF STEEL, THAT IS, FORCE, WHICH WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN THE UNIVERSAL EXPANSION OF ISLAM, WE GIVE BELOW QUOTATIONS FROM THE WRITINGS OF SOME OF THE PROMINENT NON-MUSLIM SCHOLARS AND LEADERS REFUTING THIS BASELESS ACCUSATION. But no modern scholar accepts that idea, and the Quran is explicit in support of the freedom of conscience". NO, FAR FROM IT. Perhaps you may like to ask them how it feels to be struck by the SWORD OF TRUTH. An intellectual who has been serving the German diplomatic missions in various parts of the world. K.S. Formerly Christian. 4. "I have lived under different systems of life and have had the opportunity of studying various ideologies, but have come to the conclusion that none is as perfect as Islam. the force ) which was instrumental in the universal expansion of Islam, we give below remarks of some prominent non-Muslims refuting this baseless claim: "Incidentally these well-established facts dispose off the ideas so widely fostered in Christian writings that wherever the Muslims went, they forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword. He embraced Islam in 1974. Among the ones who later joined this faith in Makkah were the honest merchant, Abu Bakr; the iron man of Arabia ’Umar; the shy businessman, ‘Uthmaan; the Prophet's brave uncle Hamzah; and the slave of a pagan family, Bilaal, may Allah be pleased with them. ", History of the Saracen Empire, London 1870. Islam guides all human beings in the daily life - in its spiritual, mental and physical dimensions. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission. Present address: 1 Ashok Avenue Rangarajapuram, Kodambakkam,  Madras India. All these people ostensibly went on surrendering to this ‘sword’ and joining the faith. There, I was hit by the most beautiful voice of mankind, the ADHAN, the call to prayer. Mohammed the Prophet of Islam, Riyadh 1989-page 4. Nothing is superfluous and nothing lacking, with the result of an absolute balance and solid composure. Read below the impressions of some who were recently conquered by the same SWORD. No, far from it. It simply conquered the hearts, the bodies yielded automatically. None of the systems has got a complete code of a noble life. Traveled extensively in search of the Divine truth. What is this ‘sword’ by which Islam spread? Only Islam has it; and that is why good men embrace it. Introduction. 4. 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