rongson wrote:Hi, everyone, this is rongson from shanghai, china. First of all, i want to make sure that Dubaiforum IS a forum, so i could come up with topics that i'm interested if that topic will NOT incur some controversies.
Welcome - and it is a forum and contentious issues are discussed here all the time, and occasionally we have those who also just want to find out more information.
I'll try and answer your queries about Islam - and I'm sure others will also chip in with their views.
rongson wrote:For a fairly long time, there are some questions puzling me. I'm just wondering why Islam only thrives in west asia since she was founded.
Firstly, you need to define 'West Asia' - if it also includes the west of China, then this is a valid question - for Islam reached China very early on and there are vast numbers Muslims in Western China (the Uigurs, for example, are only one such group).
Islam quickly spanned the world from China to Europe. In many regions it followed military conquests, but in other places it was missionary activities of traders etc.
It was intriguing for me to discover that Islam was taken to some Far East countries by a famous Chinese Admiral - Zheng He - who commanded one of the greatest navies in history, and also happened to be a Muslim. He did not conquer territories but brought Islam to Malaysia and surrounding countries, IIRC. (If you come to Dubai there is good and informative display about his naval exploits in the Ibn Battuta mall in the China area - but strangely says little about his Islamic preaching.)
Islam reached the Americas relatively later, and this was just down to when Muslims travelled there and preached.
rongson wrote:I mean why Islam, also include other religions, reaches its climax in west asia. Is there any reason we could figure out except religious ones? for example, how about economical and geographical factors?
I'd say it is just geographical and logistical. Today there are Muslims in all continents and amongst all races - so it's not a religion that is bound by geography, language etc.
The most populous Muslim country is Indonesia, for example.
rongson wrote: and are rules of Islam churches the same in different countries over the world? If not, why this happens?
Firstly there are many, many different sects of Islam and differing practices. Some sects are very localised (eg Druze are now a closed community of Lebanese who don't resemble other Muslims in their beliefs now, and there are local sects in Turkey, the Balkans etc who maintain unique cultural interpretations of Islam - some sing and dance as part of worship etc.
Islam has certain core values and has sufficient flexibility to allow cultural differences in terms of dress, food etc. For example it is common in our mosques and religious gatherings to have African, Indian, European,Arab, East Asian Muslims all mingling - wearing different clothes (most notably among the women) and yet all worshipping and believing in the same version of Islam.
rongson wrote:Last but not least, i have no intention of doubting the rightousness of Islam, I only have questions about that. Hopefully, any one who are interested in my topic will note this.