American Imam says “Islam was Many Times Spread by the Sword”

American Imam says “Islam was Many Times Spread by the Sword”

American Maryland Imam, Suleiman Anwar Bengharasa gave a lecture in 2010. This lecture was given to a small group of advanced students at the Abu Huraira Center in 2010. Below in an excerpt.

There are some Muslims amongst us these days who want to go around and say: “Oh! Islam was never spread by the sword.” That’s a blatant lie. It was spread many times by the sword. The implementation of the Sharia was spread by the sword.

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Was Islam spread by the sword?

Undoubtedly taking the initiative in fighting has a great effect in spreading Islam and bringing people into the religion of Allaah in crowds. Hence the hearts of the enemies of Islam are  filled with fear of jihad. 

“And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power (in matters of war), as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allaah may test who it is that will help Him (His religion) and His Messengers in the unseen”

[al-Hadeed 27:25]

So whoever deviates from the Book is to be brought back with iron, i.e. by force. Hence the soundness of the religion is based on the Qur’aan and the Sword. It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded us to strike with this, meaning the sword, whoever turns away from this, meaning the Qur’aan. 

Jihadist Helped the Christian Population of Constantinople Transition to Muslim Istanbul

Jihadist Helped the Christian Population of Constantinople Transition to Muslim Istanbul

American Maryland Imam, Suleiman Anwar Bengharasa gave a lecture in 2010. This lecture was given to a small group of advanced students at the Abu Huraira Center in 2010. Below in an excerpt.

There was a time when this area that we call Turkey there was no Muslims. Then people came, and in Turkey in particular, it was not a result of merchants coming with da’wa, it was a result of jihad. People became Muslims as a result of the fact that Muslims came with the sword established Sharia. As a result of the establishment of sharia many people found that there’s a need to become Muslims in order to avoid strife. But the generations to come? Now you, as a Muslim, are happy that your forefathers, what happened? They accepted Islam even though it may have been under the sword. Right? You are happy with that. No? You are happy with being what ?Allahu Akbar. Are you worried now about your forefathers having been, you know, – told to accept Islam. They were not  to accept Islam. There were conditions that existed according to Sharia that forced certain people– to avoid difficulty – For example jiziya is one of them, right? Paying this little taxation out of the people that are not from Islam. Why? Because it’s the price they pay for being protected by the Muslim authority.

Imam; Spilling Blood Acquiring Lands is Not Primary Objective of Jihad

Imam; Spilling Blood Acquiring Lands is Not Primary Objective of Jihad

Canadian Imam Bilal Philips uploaded a lecture in 2017 explaining that a sword can be used to implement the moral message of Islam. Obtaining land and the spilling of blood is not the primary objective of jihad.

Shaykh Bilal Phillips, BA Islamic studies in Medina; MA theology in UK; lecturer of Islamic studies at American university in UAE; founded info center in Dubai in 2002; founder of Islamic department in Preston; launched open university free courses to 100,000 students; director of Preston college, India.

…and this was the Sunnah. Was the translation of the Quran into living practice. So the Sunnah is a living Sunnah, it represents a way of life, fundamentally a moral way of life. This is what Islam is, essentially, it is a moral message. To implement that message it might require weapons, so there is jihad. Jihad has a place. But ultimately the goal of jihad is not the spilling of blood. The goal of jihad is not primarily to take the lands of other people, though it may come as a part of the jihad. People’s lands and their properties may be taken. But that isn’t the goal. That is just the consequence of military struggle. The losers have to be dealt with and they’re dealt with in accordance with principles which Islam has set down.

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Texas Imam “Islamic Armies Spread Islam”

Sheikh Yasir Qadhi shares wisdoms while interviewing Dr Zakir Noik about why he moved to Malesia after exile from India.

Dr. Zakir Naik and Dr. Yasir Qadhi | A Reflection on the Current Crisis | EPIC Replay April 22 2020. Following is an excerpt

One of the things that I said when I went to Malaysia, is that in most Muslim countries in the world, the armies of Islam came and then Islam spread after that. But Malaysia is one of the few places that Islam spread organically. and the majority of its inhabitants are Muslim despite the fact that you know there was no razwa [Islamic conquest]. From the time of the umayyads [The first dynasty of Arab caliphs (661-750). Its capital was Damascus ] or the sahaba [companions of the Prophet] so this is, inshallah, something that they can use to their advantage.

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[al-Hadeed 27:25]

So whoever deviates from the Book is to be brought back with iron, i.e. by force. Hence the soundness of the religion is based on the Qur’aan and the Sword. It was narrated that Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah MABPWH said: The Messenger of Allaah PBUH commanded us to strike with this, meaning the sword, whoever turns away from this, meaning the Qur’aan.

[al-Baqarah 2:251]

2 – Allaah has commanded us to prepare the means of fighting against the kuffaar and frightening them. He says (interpretation of the meaning): 

“And make ready against them all you can of power, including steeds of war (tanks, planes, missiles, artillery) to threaten the enemy of Allaah and your enemy, and others besides whom, you may not know but whom Allaah does know”

[al-Anfaal 8:60]

If Islam was only spread by peaceful means, what would the kuffaar have to be afraid of? Of mere words spoken on the tongue? In al-Saheehayn it is narrated that the Prophet PBUH said: “I have been supported with fear as far as a month’s journey.” Would the kuffaar be afraid of being told, “become Muslim, but if you do not then you are free to believe and do whatever you want”? or were they afraid of jihad and the imposition of the jizyah and being humiliated? That may make them enter Islam so that they may be spared this humiliation. 3 – When the Messenger called people to Islam, his call was accompanied by the sword, and he commanded his leaders to do likewise, so that when the people saw the serious of the Muslims in calling people to their religion, that dispelled any confusion.