As you will see, Islam was never and never will be a peaceful religion. It all begins with a man named Mohammad, who claimed that all the ancient religious writings and beliefs of Christianity and Judaism were incorrect, and that God had spoke with him and shown him the true way. He wrote a book called the Qur’an so that none of his supposed revelations from almighty God would be lost. Before we even begin to look at the things the Qur’an and Muslims themselves are saying, lets look at their deeds in light of history.
630-Mohammad lead 30000 jihadists against the Byzantine Christians. The huge army he thought would attack Arabia never showed up, so he turned around and went home, but not before he extracted “agreements”from northern tribes. This is when they began extracting the jizya tax, in return for “Islamic protection” (meaning-you won’t be attacked by Islam if you pay us).
632-634-Under the Caliphate of Abu Bakr the Muslims conquer the polytheists of Arabia. The polytheists had to convert to Islam or die.
633-Led by the “Sword of Allah” [a general] Muslims conquer the city of Ullays in modern day Iraq. They behead so many that a canal near the city was called “Blood Canal.”
634-At the battle of Yarmuk in Syria the Muslims defeat the Byzantine Christians.
635-Muslims besiege and conquer Damascus.
637-Muslims conquer Iraq at the battle of al-Qadisiyyah.
638-Jerusalem is conquered by the Muslims.
639-Egypt is conquered by Muslims.
641-Muslims control Syria and Palestine.
643-707-North Africa is conquered by Muslims.
644-650-Cyprus, Tripoli conquered, and Iran, Afghanistan and Sind under Islamic rule.
673-678-Muslims besiege Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine empire.
691-Dome of the Rock is completed in Jerusalem.
710-713-Lower Indus valley is conquered by Muslims.
711-713-Spain is conquered by Muslims.
719-Cordova, Spain, becomes seat of Arab governor.
732-Muslim invasions stopped at the Battle of Poitiers [France].
762-Founding of Baghdad.
785-Great Mosque of Cordova built.
807-Caliph Harun al-Rashid destroys non-Muslim prayer houses and the Church of Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem.
809-Sardinia, Italy, conquered by Muslims.
813-Christians in Palestine are attacked, many flee the country.
831-Muslims capture Palermo, Italy, start raids into southern Italy.
850-Caliph al-Matawakkil destroys non-Muslim houses of prayer.
855-Revolt of the Christian Hims [Syria].
837-901-Sicily conquered by Muslims, Corsica raided along with the rest of Italy and France.
869-883-Black slaves in Iraq revolt [enslaved by Muslims].
909-Sicily and Sardinia occupied by Fatimid Caliphate [Muslims].
928-969-Byzantine military retakes Cyprus and Tarsus.
937-Muslim ruler Ikhshid writes to Emperor Romanus boasting of his control of the holy places.
937-Church of the Holy Sepulcher burned down by Muslims and more churches attacked.
960-Conversion of Qarakhanid Turks to Islam.
966-Anti-Christian riots in Jerusalem [Muslims].
969-Egypt conquered and Cairo founded by Muslims.
1003-al-Hakim [Muslim leader] persecutes the church, destroys the Church of St. Mark in Fustat, Egypt.
1009-Destruction of the Church of the Resurrection by al-Hakim.
1055-Confiscation of property of Church of the Resurrection [Muslims again].
1071-Seljuk Turks [Muslims] defeat Byzantines and occupy much of Anatolia.
1075-Muslims capture Nicea and make it their capital in Anatolia.
1076-Western Ghana conquered by Muslims.
1090-1091-Byzantine emperor Alexius Comnenus 1 asks western Christendom for help against Seljuk [Muslim] invasions of his territory.
1095-Pope Urban 2 preaches first Crusade, they capture Jerusalem in 1099.
I will stop here for a moment, partly because my fingers are sore from typing this extensive list of atrocities, and to address an article I read in U.S.News in May 2002.
The article was titled “The First Holy War” with a subheading ” During the Crusades, East and West first met–on the battlefield.” The article went on to describe how Saladin mercifully spared the Christians of Jerusalem but was sad because of the desecration of Islamic holy sites. Is U.S. News on drugs?!!! How could they write that crap with a pure conscience, knowing as we do, the four and a half centuries of bloodshed and slavery the Christian world endured at the hands of Muslim fanatics during the Islamic Holy Wars?! Holy wars that ensued in the name of Islam four and a half centuries before the Pope called the Latin Christians to arms to retake the Holy Land. U.S. News is either stupid, and they don’t do their research, or they are purposefully misleading the public in the name of political correctness. I am sure they are not stupid.
It is time that we do a little research into the human cost which Islam has extracted worldwide since its inception. Lets crunch some numbers, and using various reliable sources, lets try to get a rough estimate of the human toll extracted by the “Religion of Peace.”
Thomas Sowell [Thomas Sowell, Race and Culture, BasicBooks, 1994] estimated that during the slave trade 11 million black slaves were shipped across the Atlantic and 14 million black slaves were sold to Islamic nations in the Middle East and North Africa. There was a total of 25 million slaves sold to market. It is important to know that Islam ran the wholesale slave trade in Africa. The missionary David Livingstone [Woman’s Presbyterian Board of Missions, David Livingstone, 1888] estimated that 5 slaves died for every one that made it to the slave market, when you include the losses of the initial slave raid, illness, and starvation. Estimated death is 120 million Africans.
The number of Christians murdered by Muslims is 9 million [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001]. It is estimated that another 50 million died in jihad wars [Raphael Moore, History of Asia Minor]. Estimated death is 60 million Christians.
It is estimated that 80 million Hindus were killed in jihad against India [Koenard Elst, Negationism in India, Voice of India, New Delhi, 2002]. India is only half the size it was before jihad. Hindu deaths 80 million.
Jihad killed 10 million Buddhists in India, Afghanistan, Turkey, and along the Silk Route [David B. Barrett, Todd M. Johnson, World Christian Trends AD 30-AD 2200, William Carey Library, 2001]. Buddhist death toll 10 million.
Death toll of Jews numbered in thousands, probably because they readily accepted dhimmis status [second class citizen status in Muslim lands].
So, if we put these numbers together it gives a rough estimate of 270 million people killed by Muslims. Just look at the news in Africa, and various places around the world and you will see that this number is still growing. The history of Islam proves that it is a religious political system that was birthed in warfare, grows by warfare, and maintains itself through warfare. What better way to have a revival and restore the faithful to true Islam then to have a jihad against the infidels? Islam partitions the world into two camps, the area of dar al-islam (where Muslims are in control), and dar al-harb (where Muslims aren’t in control, also called territory of war, or chaos). According to Muslim teaching, it is every Muslims duty to take over the areas of dar al-harb, either through conversion of unbelievers or through jihad (holy war) if the population does not convert to islam peaceably.
Because of the agressive and warlike nature of islamic teaching muslims do not get along well with non muslims. It has been shown through history, again and agian, that the muslims are peaceful in their host societies until they achieve close to majority status (around 40%) and begin to create chaos within the society. We see this happening in many African nations at this time; all you have to do is read the news. All around the world muslims are trying to impose their Sharia law on others. Tolerance is not in their vocabulary. They are not interested in a pluralistic society. To the muslim there is no such thing as multiculturalism, and our government elites need to wake up to the fact. There is no way to placate the “muslim street” because the muslim street will never be satisfied until the whole earth is muslim.