Why Islam Spread

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Islam first came about almost 1400 years ago, and today it is considered the second largest religion in the world with over 1 billion followers. Islam is based on three things, the Qur’an, the Sunnah and the Hadith. The Qur’an is a sacred book, which guides Muslims on the right path and explains the difference between right and wrong deeds. Whereas the Sunnahs and the Hadiths are the sayings or the doings of the Prophet Muhammad, who was the last messenger of God, that people choose to imitate and live by. Islam spread at a rapid rate and there have been many factors that contributed to this fast spread however, there have also been many misconceptions about it. I believe that the values and beliefs of the religion…show more content…
Islam actually spread because of its teachings and because of the strong message it held. There are many countries that adopted Islam without the involvement of the military or the threat of war. In the book ‘The Spread of Islam: The Contributing Factors’ Abul-Fazl Ezzati discusses a variety of different factors that helped the expansion of Islam. Ezzati also believed that force was not what spread Islam he says, “even if the Arabs, Persians, Turks, Berbers etc., could be regarded as the military powers behind the spread of Islam it does not explain its spread by temporal power in general everywhere, since Islam expanded beyond the sphere rule of these people and its spread in many areas without any military power.” This applies to various countries such as India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Muslim traders played a huge role in spreading Islam since they traveled all around the world spreading their belief. When Islam was first introduced in India it was through trade. Muslim Arab merchants who would sail to India for trade would bring along their religion with them. This helped spread Islam in India, which later on spread to Pakistan and Bangladesh. In addition, McClatchy mentioned in his article how many Malaysians joined Islam merely for the message it carried out, he says “Indonesia entered Islam not due to war, but because of its moral message.” Today Islam is the most common religion in Malaysia, making up 60% of the population. This continues to prove how Islam was not forced on to people but rather chosen by them to be pursued as their

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