Islam was spread by Sword – Maulana Maududi (Muslim Scholar)
Islam was spread by Sword – Islamophobes

It is very unfortunate that the view, Islam was spread by sword is held by some Muslim clerics these days and ultimately damaging the pure and peaceful image of Islam.These views are not upheld by the facts if you study the history of Islam. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) only waged wars in defense.

Two points to support this view,

  1. If Islam was spread by Sword then spiritual revolution of Muslims was impossible but when we study the life of many companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh), we know they were spiritually converted and abandoned all their wrong doings for the sake of Islam.
  2. What is forced on people is rejected.If it was spread through oppression, there would have been no Islam today.

As fourth Khalifa of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community once said,

“Swords can win territories but not hearts, forces can bend heads but not minds”

Non-Muslims Views on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

  1. One of the Pundit of Arya Samaj Community, Gyanandra Dev Sharma said,“The critics are blind. They cannot see that the only sword Muhammad wielded was the sword of mercy, compassion, friendship and forgiveness—the sword that conquers enemies and purifies hearts. His sword was sharper than the sword of steel
  2. Mahatma Gandhi on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh),“I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind… 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. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life.”