In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
ISLAM & COLONIALISM
There is no such concept as “Islamic colonialism.” The Prophet’s duty was to teach the message of the Qur’an, not to impose it. Muslims are to deliver this message to others, not “colonize” the people. Muslims do not have to secure lands for Allah: the heavens and the earth already belong to Allah.
Islam could not advocate “conquest” of lands and force of religion seeing that Islam forbids aggression and oppression and compulsion. Muslims are required to teach the Qur’anic Message. When the people accept, naturally, the land becomes Muslim lands.
That Muslims went to war with the sword in one hand and the Qur’an in the other in order to force religion at the point of the sword is a gross misconception. As stated, Muslims are required to teach the Qur’anic Message. They take arms on their mission as a means of defense in the event that war is forced upon them.
In contrast it is Christianity that counsels “Colonialism” as enshrined in the Bible: “He that is not with me is against me” (and a person can be neutral)–(Matt. 12:30); “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should rule over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”–(Luke 19:27. Jesus advocates murder). These preposterous statements must be the ones that gave birth to the murderous Crusades; and oversaw the slaughter of legions across the world. In the words of Muhammad Husayn Haykal
“From the dawn of Christianity until today every country of the world has been soaked with blood in the name of Jesus Christ. The Romans and the Byzantines of old as well as the European peoples of modern times are guilty of shedding blood in religious causes. The Crusades were launched and their fires fanned by Christians, not by Muslims. For hundreds of years, one army after another rolled out of Europe in the direction of the Muslim Orient to fight, to destroy, and to shed blood. In every case, the popes who claimed to be the vicars of Jesus Christ, blessed and encouraged these armies and hurried them to Jerusalem and other destinations….The (Christian) missionaries rejoin, “Those were the Middle Ages, ages of darkness, unfit as evidence against Christianity.” If this is an argument on which they pin some hope, let us then turn to the twentieth century in which we now live and which they call “the century of the highest human civilization.” This century has indeed seen the same darkness as did the Middle Ages. Lord Allenby, representing the allied forces of England, France, Italy, Rumania, and America, stopped in Jeru-salem in 1918 after his conquest of that city toward the end of the first World War and said: “Today the Crusades have come to an end.”” (The Life Of Muhammad, p. 213).
The first Crusade against Muslims was launched in 1095 by Pope Urban II. If the Christian Middle-Ages were the “ages of darkness,” then the preceding ages were even “darker.” Why then crab at Mohammad (570-632) who preceded these Crusading “ages of darkness” by more than four centuries, and who was supposed to be a “barbarian” as Ibn Warraq charged? (For a refutation of Ibn Warraq’s fanciful book see Why I am not a Muslim).
If, as noted in the quote, the Romans and the Byzantines of old and the Crusades murderous rampage were “unfit as evidence against Christianity” as the Christian missionaries claimed, then the Gospels are to be labeled “unfit.” For these soldiers of Christ were only following Jesus’ decree that those who are not with him are against him (and thus are his enemies; and a person can be neutral) and to slay enemies who do not want him to rule (though these “enemies” might not militate against him):
If these two absurdities of Christianity were to be implemented some five billion people (who do not accept Jesus as Divine and vicarious atoner) would have to be butchered. The only reason the Church does not swing the steel blade is because she holds no sway in the land. The Church has always been an enemy to knowledge and to the “other.” (See Christianity-enemy to knowledge).
Non-Christians (and even some Christians) need to go down on their hands and knees and foreheads and thank God that Christianity is not lording their land or any other land.
Nonie Darwish wrote in her book Cruel and Usual Punishment: “The driving force behind Sharia is jihad, asserting the supremacy of Arabia, the never-ending restless expansion and enforcement of Islam worldwide.” (p. 127).
Response: The Divine institution of the noble jihad is not about “asserting the supremacy of Arabia,” or of anyone. Jihad is the striving in the cause of justice. The least of this striving is the armed struggle. In fact, every honest individual is to be engaged in this jihad. The Prophet’s (and Muslims’) duty is to only teach the Qur’anic Message not enforce it. Islam does not need force to propagate its teachings: Islam, in contrast to Christianity and other religions, is blessed with the Divine allure of reason. And, in the words of Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din: “Compulsion is of no avail when logic begins to rule the world.”
Shari’ah liberated woman from the bog of degradation and humiliation in which Judaism and Christianity had her mired and given her rights that leave her nothing for which to strive. It is Christianity with her millions of missionaries that is on a “never-ending restless expansion” in the world.
Nonie Darwish also states: “the colonial period of Muslims, as when Muslims colonized Spain for eight hundred years, is viewed not as a source of guilt but as source of pride.” (Ibid. p. 207)
Response: Darn right! Muslims presence in Spain was a “source of pride” In fact, Muslims presence in the world1 is a “source of pride.” Here is what Encyclopaedia Britannica records (that after Muslims vanquished the Visigoths from Spain in 711):
“Thus began several centuries of Moorish dominion, which made medieval Spain a place of HIGH CULTURE, WITH A WIDE ARRAY OF SCIENTISTS, PHILOSOPHERS, WRITERS, AND ENGINEERS WHO IMPROVED THE LAND AND REBUILT THE CITIES.”2
Muslims presence in Spain was not only a “source for pride,” but one of benevolence: “Muslim Universities opened their doors in Baghdad in the days of Nizam-ul-Mulk, and in Granada in the days of Abdul Rahman to students without distinction, caste, colour or creed, where they were looked after, boarded and lodged at the public expense.”3
Islam not only gave light/knowledge to the world but in opening their universities “to students without distinction, caste, colour or creed, where they were looked after, boarded and lodged at the public expense,” Islam gave to the world honor and dignity.
Notably, Christopher Columbus first saw the globe of the world at Muslim Spain. As Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din points out in his Open Letters to the Bishops of Salisbury & London: “It was to the Muslim universities in Spain that Columbus learned that the earth was a spheroid, for one of the Muslim educational appliances was the globe.” (p. 48)
In contrast to “Western European countries” that “colonized” to, as its history attest, subdue, subjugate and sack –as in sacking the Congo of its vast riches; and even vilely holding magnificent African women naked and chained at the necks4 – Islam does not “colonize;” Islam illuminates/edifies.
Further, when Christians booted Muslims from Spain, the Christian blight turned the observatory into a bland belfry, made a mosque into a stable, and demolished all the public bath houses –to which one commentator notes that cleanliness had not yet come to Christianity.
1. Here are some Muslim contributions to humanity.
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-Ibn Yunus, a “genius in science,” invented the .
-Kutubi made the first watch.
-Muslims invented the mariner’s compass.
–ed the (contrary to popular belief that the Chinese invented gunpowder).
-Ibn al-Hashem invented –invented the “Astrolabe” (instrument for measuring the earth)
-Arab chemists were the first to manufacture soap.
–“ –, a mathematician, constructed the first observatory in Europe (in Spain).
-Muslims developed the Algebra of the Greeks to higher applications. Invented “Spherical trigonometry,” and “the “tangent,” etc. Invented the invaluable “zero.”
-“;” this book “”
-“” (Averroes, Avicenna, Alhazen, Saladin –Salahuddin Ayyube, the majestic liberator of Jerusalem– don’t you just adore the way the West/ Christians adulterate the names of Muslims, just like they adulterate their “Book of God.” Perhaps by adulterating the names of Muslims they are trying to obliterate or obfuscate the truth that these benefactors of humanity are Muslims).
-“” (The material on Muslims contribution to mankind is voluminous. Just “Google” The Islamic Scholar, or Muslims contribution to the world, or Muslims contribution to Science, or Muslims contribution to Medicine, from where I gleaned my information).
In contrast, as her history attests, and as already shown, the Christian “blight” trashed everything science and progress. And when they booted Muslims out of Spain, they turned the astronomer’s observatory built by into a belfry and made a Mosque into a horse stable; the Christian “blight” also demolished the public bathhouses Muslims had erected –fifteen hundred years after Christ ‘cleanliness had not yet come to Christianity’ in the words of one narrator (quoted from memory). Though Christianity is still mired in spiritual uncleanness –attributing injustice to God (that he put Adam’s/Eve’s sin onto all humans and even from the womb and then putting every man’s sin onto Jesus); making God complicit in murder (that He sent one man, and an innocent one, to be killed for everybody’s sin and not even some human government kill the innocent for the guilty); gave the Eternal God a son; trumpeted that the Omniscient God/son of God needs to eat “butter and honey” so “he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good,” and, what must be the “mother” of all blasphemies, the Christian culled God into a sperm (and whose?) and confined Him into the womb of a woman He created and drew Him out her vagina (and called her Mother of God”), have Him nursed her paps, and circumcised Him, to make Him scapegoat for the sins of the world (denying God’s Supreme and Majestic qualities of mercy and grace, to forgive without need for some “satisfaction”).
2. Ency. Brit. 15th Edn. Vol. IX, Spain, history of, p. 395. Emphasis added..
3. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, Open Letters To The Bishops of Salisbury & London, pp. 142-143.
4.. A.J.P. Taylor, J.M. Roberts, Alan Bullock, 20TH. Century, p. 4.