In this episode of Islam moving forward in Canada we learn from Canadian Shia Imam Sayyid Rizvi about how Islam is more humane to its conquered peoples than Christianity. This lecture was made on June 25, 2012. We also learn from Sunni Imam Suliiman Anwar Bengharsa from a lecture made at Abu Huraira Center in August 6th of 2010.
Shia Imam Sayyid Rizvi
There followed this example and I would like to put it in a current context of Canada here. That a Muslims, following the example of Rasoul Allah, even when they conquered other nations around the Arabian Peninsula they never went around eliminating the language and the culture of those people. Yes, Islam influenced the cultures wherever Islam became the dominate political force, but they didn’t say, okay, no Swahili. You know so if the influence was there. But it was not an issue of totally eliminating the culture of people, the religion of people. You know, and definitely nothing like forcefully taking away the children of others to change their language and culture and religion. As we see what happened here in Canada to the indigenous children.
We are now learn from Sunni Imam Anwar Suleiman Bengarz who presents a perspective that seems to differ to that of the previous perspective presented by Sunni Imam Suliiman Anwar Bengharsa
And turkey in particular it was not a result of merchants coming with dawa’h. It was a result of jihad. Muslim came, people became Muslims as a result of the fact that Muslims came with the sword… The benefit may not be at the time of the people accepting Islam sincerely out of belief but rather out of fear. But the generations to come, now you as a Muslim, you are happy that your forefathers, what happened? They accepted Islam even though it may have been under the sword. Right? …There are some Muslims amongst us these days who want to go around and say: “Oh, Islam was never spread by the sword.” That is a blatant lie. It was spread many times by the sword. The shari’a was spread by the sword. The implementation of shari’a was spread by the sword.
In conclusion we have learned that both Shia and Sunni imams agree that Islam expands by military conquest. We also learn that Islam tolerates & accepts diverse opinions as to what defines humane treatment of a conquered people.
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