The history of Islam originated from the city of Makkah and Madina situated in the Arabian Desert. From here the message of Islam spread all across the globe after about half a century of the prophet's death Islam spread in three (3) continents. In the succeeding centuries, the Turks, subcontinent, Africa, Europe etc Islam spread gradually. Despite the spread, many continued to remain with their religion such as Jews and Christians etcetera. The general characteristics of Islam are to create a civilization stretching from one end to the other. The word Islam represents the fundamental principle of Allah's religion itself, which means surrendering to one true God, worthy of worship. Muslims all around the world follow Islam; these people are of the belief that GOD is different from anything and everything in the world. According to the followers of Islam, GOD is all powerful being that has never been born nor can be created or destroyed. Islam is the religion given to every Prophet, who came to earth to teach the mankind, by Allah; from Adam to Prophet Muhammad. Nobody has ever made any alteration in its content; even the name itself is given by Almighty Allah Himself.
Much has been written by both foreign scholars (such as Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, British and Australian) and local indigenous writers as to when and from where Islam first “arrived” in Southeast Asia a region roughly stretching from Cambodia (Kampuchea) and Burma (Myanmar) in Indochina, down to Patani in southern Thailand, to the entire Malay peninsula, to Brunei, Celebes, further south to present Indonesia, then to Sulu and Mindanao in southern Philippines (Mogler, pp. 54-60). However, there is little consensus among scholars on the dates, originating sources, and agencies of the Islamization process. Many, however, pointed to China and India, and later, southern Arabia, as the probable places where Islam in Southeast Asia came from. A combination of factors must have combined to explain the spread of Islam throughout the archipelago, such as via Muslim traders (Muslim merchants controlled much of the Indian Ocean trade route), Sufi missionaries, intermarriage with a royal household, the king's conversion to Islam, and the appeal and universality of the Faith. Predictably, the spread of Islam was uneven in different parts of the region. The faith was subjected to prevailing economic, cultural and political circumstances and related imperatives. These include such factors as ethnicity, class, state capacity, political system, and whether Muslims were the majority or minority community in a given state. Not to he discounted are topography and demography, which also help to explain the different types of Islam that are practiced within this Part of the world. More of these factors will be discussed in the later part of this introductory section.
Islam is one of three great monotheistic faiths that sprung from the harsh land of the Middle East. It is the world's second-largest religion, accounting for one-sixth of the human race or approximately one billion people. Like Judaism and Christianity, the followers of Islam or Muslims, ...