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How Islam spread among the Turks

Islam spread among the Turkish people, and eventually almost the entire region accepted Islam from the Turks

By Mahbubur rahman Published 26 days ago 3 min read
How Islam spread among the Turks
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During their journey and history, the Turkish peoples encountered various religious religions. Initially, they worshipped the natural elements and thought they had been created by the sky god, Tangri, to whom they made animal sacrifices. The Battle of Talis in 751 marked a significant turning point in the development of Islam among the Turks. Two massive empires, originating in the East Tang, were moving in different paths across Asia. From the West, the abased caliphate had just lately wrested authority from the Umayyads and was now spreading throughout the Middle East from North Africa and Central Asia. China was the largest Empire in East Asia since the fall of the Han Dynasty in the third century.

Islam spread among the Turkish people, and eventually almost the entire region accepted Islam from the Turks. Converting to Islam had clear political and economic benefits, but it also meant that, as Muslims, all of the Turkish tribes and loosely organised tribal confederations lost their independence. The only other option was to fight, and by doing so, the various Turkish tribes and loosely organised tribal confederations would have had to engage in an endless war with the numerically vastly superior militarily stronger and much better organised Calal Army.

The goal of the Muslim army was to propagate Islam as the one and only authentic religion.

It significantly raised their morale after they converted to Islam. Rather than being conquered, they joined the advancing Muslim army and shared the prestige and financial gains that came with being a part of the ongoing Muslim Conquest. There are several theological explanations for why the majority of Turkish people were guided towards Islam,

The beliefs of the Tangismu were somewhat similar to those of the Muslims. They held to the notions of a single Creator God, the existence of a Satan figure, the afterlife, the immortality of the soul, and Heaven and Hell. They also rejected the idea of animal sacrifice and prohibited actions like adultery, theft, torture, slaying, and lying.

Invasion of Turkey, economic ties started between the indigenous population. Turkish people living in the North and East started to adopt the religion of their fellow countrymen with whom they spoke the same language and conducted commerce for three social reasons: the Muslims' integrity in business dealings and their emphasis on justice and ethics had a positive impact on the Turkish people, who understood that the social ethics of the Muslim tradesmen who came to do business with them was a result of the religion, for example their style of measuring fabric measuring loose when selling.

Turkish communities felt more closely aligned with Islam as a result of the conversion of the first Turkish rulers, Prince Tarhan Naak of the city states located in Sana, to Islam in 704, which preserved the throne and attended the Bulgarian campaign against the vulgar Turks. The reason for this was that Abid and Ummay CFFs recruited Turkish men and established garrison cities like Samara. These Turkish troops, with their superior ability to fight, were promoted to high ranks in the army and were also assigned to positions concerning State governance.

Karakan was the first Muslim Turkish monarch to become famous, the first Muslim Turkish Emperor, known by the title Khan. He encountered Islam before the age of 25, while he was still a governor, through his relationships with Muslim merchants, whose social ethics affected him. It was said that he had a dream in which he saw the Prophet Muhammad, saying, "Isn't it time to become a Muslim?" After accepting Islam, he took the name Abdul Karim, becoming Khan in 924. Thousands of nomadic communities adopted Islam as their new religion as a result of his acceptance of Islam; the hanafi doctrines espoused by the abbasids were particularly suitable for Turkish culture.


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