There is nothing in Islamic texts that suggest that Muslims must “control the entire world” by force. Quran, however, does predict that Islam would prevail over all other religions. If you consider Catholicism and Protestantism as separate religions, that prediction may come true in our own lifetime! Now, you may blame Muslims for an irresponsible higher birthrate, but that’s a separate issue. Muslims ‘hope’ that Islam would spread all over the world, but that’s a far cry than the untenable accusation that Muslims would conquer the world if they could.
It wasn’t Prophet Muhammad and his followers who initiated hostilities. Pagans of Arabia not only persecuted early Muslims but also relentlessly chased them all the way to Ethiopia to have them killed. If some people are still upset, after 1400 years, that Muslims fought back, didn’t choose to become martyrs, and annihilated their enemies, then so be it. Where does it say that religious people must always remain docile or get crucified to prove their point?
History is testament to the fact that every single religion or secular ideology has needed a base or a territory to operate from. During Prophet Muhammad’s lifetime, Islam and paganism were in a life and death struggle, both could not dominate Arabia at the same time. Even so, Muslims were told to seek peace if pagans desist from fighting [Quran 2:192-193], but eventually it became abundantly clear that pagans would never let Muslims live in peace [Quran verse 9:8]. Therefore, Muslims gave three final choices to pagans: embrace Islam, get killed [Verse 9:5] or leave the Arabian Peninsula, in which case they would be escorted to safety [Verse 9:6]. However, once Islam was able to establish itself and grew out of the Arabia peninsula, Muslims gave “People of the Book” status to nearly all non-Muslims (including Hindus). Furthermore, Muslim theologians divided the world into three groups: 1. “Dar Al-Islam”: The abode of Islam or the Muslim nation. 2. Dar Al-Harb: The abode of war, those that have declared war against the Muslim nation. 3. Dar Al-Ahd: The abode of covenant, the countries that have diplomatic agreements and covenants with the Muslim nation. Dar al-Harb was considered a region or country where Islam as a religion was not allowed to grow on its own and where Muslims could not practice their religion freely [Enver Hoxa’s Albania would be a recent example].
Muslims have not invaded a non-Muslim nation for the past several hundred years. It’s Western armies that have been marauding across Asia, Africa and Middle East, looting, manipulating and subjugating poor nations. Even in the medieval times. Muslim armies were far more humane than Jewish armies of Old Testament times, Christian armies of the Holy roman Empire, Hindu armies, Communist armies, and armies of American and British colonialists (both ended up committing genocide in Americas and Australia, respectively). Every nation that early Muslims invaded not only survived but thrives to this day!
I consider it sheer hypocrisy to give a free reign to secularists [who are part-time religionists] to rule the world by aggressive use of force but to find fault with few religious people who resort to violence in order to be left alone in their own backyard. Why should there be a double standard?