Why did Islam remain in a narrow region for 1400 years though there is a promise in the Quran?

Details of the Question

- Why do the people who chose Islam, which is said to have come to the whole world and to have been universal, form only 23% of the world population?

- Is there a wisdom behind it?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

- The Quran has no promise that “it will dominate the whole world in terms of population and land”.

On the contrary, it gives some news about the future that most people will not accept the religion of Islam. And this news is a miracle since it took place exactly.

“A. L. M. R. These are the signs (or verses) of the Book: that which hath been revealed unto thee from thy Lord is the Truth; but most men believe not.(ar-Rad, 13/1);

“And We have explained to man, in this Qur´an, every kind of similitude: yet the greater part of men refuse (to receive it) except with ingratitude.” (al-Isra, 17/89);

“…For it is the truth from thy Lord: yet many among men do not believe.” (Hud, 11/17);

“Yet no faith will the greater part of mankind have, however ardently thou dost desire it. (Yusuf, 12/103)

As a matter of fact, it is clearly stated in the verses of the Quran above and similar ones that the majority of people will not accept Islam. This promise of the Quran turned out to be true.  

- What the Quran promises is as follows:

“It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion: and enough is Allah for a Witness.” (al-Fath, 48/28)

- The history of Islam witnesses that the religion of Islam became superior to other religions and that Islamic states defeated Christian states (there were no Jewish states) for centuries and became superior to them. This superiority started in the Era of Rightly-Guided Caliphs, continued in the eras of Umayyads, Andalusian Umayyads, Abbasids, Ayyubids, Seljuks and a certain period of the Ottoman State (at least four to five hundred years). Thus, the promise by Allah to us in the Quran was realized.

- The following statement of Badiuzzaman Said Nursi explains the issue:  

“He whose kingdom has lasted one thousand three hundred and fifty years, who has generally had more than three hundred and fifty million subjects, to whom his subjects daily renew their pledge of allegiance and to whose perfections they continually bear witness, whose commands are obeyed in perfect submission, whose spiritual hue has colored half of the globe and a fifth of mankind, who is the beloved of men’s hearts and the educator of their spirits – such a being is without doubt the greatest servant of the Lord Who holds sway over the universe.” (Sözler, p. 69)

- Inshallah, we will witness a greater “domination of the Quran” than the present one before the Day of Judgment. The importance of this domination will be related to the conquest of hearts, not land.

“…for the conquest of half the globe and a fifth of humanity by the eloquent murmuring of the Qur’an, for the uninterrupted continuance of its respected and magnificent monarchy for fourteen centuries...” (Sözler, p. 447)

That is a known fact. Its previous domination is a guarantee of its domination in the future.

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