Hark! A Big thank you to Brother Calif for his post. While conversions have their role, we are commanded by Allah to spread the faith by the sword, witness the history of Islam's spread
Islam is best on the Offense, not the Defense. It's history attests to that.
7th century – Did the Byzantines attack Muslims before Muslims invaded and conquered Palestine and North Africa? No.
7th century – Did the Zoroastrian Persians attack Muslims before Muslims invaded and hegemonized Persia? No.
7th century – Did the Armenians attack or try to oppress Muslims before being conquered by the Arabs, their nobility murdered and subjected to intense pressure to convert to Islam? No.
7th century – Did the Georgians attack or try to oppress Muslims before being conquered by the Arabs? A definitive No.
8th century – Did the Spaniards attack any Muslims before the Umayyads initially conquered Spain? No.
8th century – Sindh province was conquered by the Arabs. Had the Hindu Indians attacked or tried to oppress Muslims? No.
8th century – Had the Sardinians attacked any Muslims before being raided by the Saracens from 705 to 706 A.D.? No.
8th to 9th centuries – Did any Afghanis attack Muslims before Muslims attacked the Buddhists, Hindus, Zoroastrians and Nestorian Christians there, forcing them to convert?No.
8th to 9th centuries – Did the French attempt to attack and oppress Muslims before being attacked at the Battle of Tours and then suffer Muslim bases in southern France? No.
9th century – Did the Sicilians attack any Muslims before the Muslims invaded and asserted hegemony over Sicily? No.
9th century – Did the Corsicans attack any Muslims before being conquered in 890 A.D.? No.
7th to 9th centuries – The Muslim Uighurs conquer and assimilate the Buddhist, Manichean and Nestorian Christian Tocharians, destroying that people. Did the Tocharians attack the Muslims? No.
11th century – Had the Sardinians attacked Muslims and attempted to oppress them before being attacked in 1015 A.D.? No.
11th century – Cilicia (around modern day Iskenderun on the coast in south central Turkey) had been part of Armenia since the days of Tigranes the Great who was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century BC. Had the Armenians there gone around attacking and trying to oppress Muslims before being conquered by the Mamelukes? No.
14th to 15th centuries – Did the Slavs or Romanians attack any Muslims or try to oppress them before being attacked by the Ottomans? No.
15th century – Who attacked whom first, Indonesian converts to Islam or the pre-Islamic Hindu and Buddhist Indonesians? My guess is, the Muslims attacked first. Why did the Sultanate of Malacca feel such a need to attack and destroy the Majapahit Empire?
15th century – Had the Greeks of the Trebizond Empire been attacking and oppressing Muslims before being extinguished by Mehmed in 1461 A.D.? No.
16th century – Did the Hungarians attack or try to oppress Muslims before being attacked and subsequently oppressed by the Ottomans? No.
17th century – Had the Icelanders attacked or tried to oppress Muslims before Islamic warriors raided them and enslaved over 400 Icelanders? No.
17th century – Had the Austrians attacked or tried to oppress Muslims before Vienna being besieged twice? No.
18th century – Did the Americans attack the Barbary States before the Barbary States pirated American merchant vessels? No.
20th century – Had the Timorese been attacking and oppressing Muslims before being invaded by Indonesia in 1975? No.
20th century – Were the Christians and animists of Sudan’s south attacking and oppressing Muslims prior to the northern Arab Muslims attacking them and trying to impose Islamic Shari’a law upon them? No.
I realize that many of these can be seen in a "negative" light due to the watering-down of Islam. In truth, we should be proud of every single event in that historic line, the influence and spread of Islam, and the more conquests to come. Do not be ashamed of the "tougher" aspects of our Faith. Any belief can be "pretty" and "gentle".
And Islam has that. but it does not pretend that human nature is solely peaceful and that we can coexist with different moralities and religions. No. we need ONE. ONE faith. ONE government. ONE God. ONE way. Only after this UNITY is achieved can peace reside throughout humanity for untold lengths of time. That many are fools and do not accept the wisdom of this are therefore responsible for the consequences -- with the consequences clearly outlined in the Holy Quran, in the Sunnah of the Rasool (saw) and in the history of our Faith.