This is a discussions starter posted by Justin. No-one responded to it, so here is your chance!
It’s pretty common for modern Christians to regret the Crusades, oftentimes seeing it as a stain on Christian history and against the teachings of the faith. I am curious to hear if the Muslim conquests are seen by Muslims today as something likewise regrettable. To my understanding, throughout Islamic history, the conquests were seen as God prospering the religion and as evidence of its truth as the caliphate expanded, as I imagine those in the Christian Roman Empire having similar thoughts about the success of their own kingdom. Concerning Muslim sentiments with regards to the Muslim conquests, I’ve seen basically two responses - (a) celebrating the military victories, and (more often) (b) claiming that all warfare was only defensive in nature. I’m curious to hear if there are other sentiments, and if there is any regret or admission of wrongdoing, even as a minority sentiment, something like “the conquests were contrary to the teachings of the faith,” or something comparable to the Christian admission that the Crusades were contrary to the teachings of the faith / Jesus. Thanks so much.