HOW AND WHY DID ISLAM SPREAD SO QUICKLY?
In 610 C.E., a local merchant named Muhammad completely changed all of Middle East through the religion of Islam. He fled to Mecca, in a cave where he was given the words of Allah and by this, introducing the religion. Overtime, the religion continued to attract new followers, which leads to question- how and why did Islam spread so quickly? Three of the reasons to how this happened were due to trade, the message passed on from God and the conquest of land.
All of Islam Empire, including the Byzantine Empire and Persian Empire had set up trade routes throughout the Arabian Peninsula. Everyone came to Mecca to trade since it was wealthy and very important at this time. Through trading, this brought inventions and ideas. People from different cultures came to trade and got ideas of the Islam religion, then spreading it to their people because they liked the idea that it was one God and how the way of life was under this religion. Muslim merchants would travel to the trading destinations, which would allow exposure to the religion within other countries as well. Other trade routes led to the Silk Road to China and India, East Africa and Spain. These countries would then, most likely, have converted to Islam. Overall, trading played a huge role in the spreading of Islam.
In addition to how Islam spread quickly was through the message of God. In the Qur'an, it shows the expectancies for what Muslims would have to follow by. One of the verse states, "But the believers who do good works, both men and women, shall enter Paradise. They shall not suffer the least injustice." (4:124 Doc B) This means if you do the right things, then you would be granted. Another verse states, "Permission to take up arms is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged. God has no power to grant them victory." (22:39 Doc B) Meaning, you cannot fight unless attacked first. Along with the expectancies, you have to...
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