|Riyadh's Deera Square is best known for |
being the site of public executions
(hence its grim nickname, "Chop Chop Square" [+]
And obviously it was a miserable existence if you did not convert, all non-Muslims had to pay a tax called the jizya and if they were unable to pay, they were often enslaved. [By the same token not all those who converted to Islam were freed from slavery - so you still have this two tier system in the Islamic world ~ where many of the north Africans are referred to as Arab slaves]. The tax laid down in Islamic law is a protection tax, basically to protect the non-Muslim from being killed, or attacked ~ and it was only brought to an end during the western colonial period, which also brought to an end to the taking of slaves.
From forcibly converting people ~ to subjecting them to a miserable existence under Islamic dhimmi laws ~ the Arabs are faced with how do they go out and make an honest convert. Obviously they will try to promote the story of Islam's glorious past, when 100s of millions were killed, mass slavery from India, Africa and parts of Europe [Southern Europe had to fortify the coast against these snatch and grab attacks, but even up to Ireland and the Scandinavian countries, people were taken as slaves by Muslim slave ships some converts to Islam knew these areas well]. The Arabs would want to show that these glory days can return again. And if one joins them they can too have supremacy over others under Islam.
Islam is a tarnished brand ~ and unfortunately for it ~ the CEO can never be replaced!!
JEDDAH: Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh has emphasized the need for utilizing modern information media including the Internet and FM radio stations to spread the message of Islam.
“FM radios with shortwave have been found more effective in propagating Islam,” the minister said, adding that it has been successfully used in African, East Asian and Southeast Asian countries.
“We can reach a large number of people through FM radios than satellite channels and at lesser cost,” he said and urged philanthropists to make use of this dynamic media for dawa work.
He said Islamic scholars in the Kingdom can give classes and lectures through the Internet, targeting audience in different parts of the world. “Many people all over the world wanted to know more about Islam.”
Al-Asheikh also stressed the need to use social media such as Facebook and Twitter for Islamic propagation, saying the younger generation uses this media for communication and exchange information.
He expected satellite channels would slowly disappear within 10-15 years as people would shift their focus to the Internet. “So, we should have a greater presence on the Internet and we should spend more money to develop this media,” the minister said.
Last Monday, Al-Asheikh launched a new website for Hadith named www.alssunnahnet.com to highlight the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The website also offers religious rulings and legislative consultations, which are answered by a group of specialist scholars.