“Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error…”
Sura al-Baqarah 256
“If it had been you Lord’s Will, they would have believed, all who are on earth!
Will you then compel people, against their will to believe?”
Sura al-Yunus 10:99
“Say: We believe in Allah and the revelation given to us, and to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma’il (Ishmael), Jacob, and the Tribes, and that given to Musa (Moses) and to Isa (Jesus), and that given to all of the Prophets from their Lord; we make no difference between any of them, and we submit to Allah.”
“…Had not Allah checked one set of people by means of another there would surely have been puled down monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, in which the Name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure…”
Sura al-Hajj 22:40
Had Allah (God) desired it to be so he would have made everyone on the planet to be a Muslim, or a Christian, or a Jew, or something else. But that was not what He desired obviously and that is why we have people of different faiths. Sura 10 al-Yunus asks us a question. It asks us that since it obviously was not Allah’s Will to make us all of one faith then how will we compel others to share our faith against their will. Further, Sura al-Baqarah informs us that there is to be no compulsion in religion because Truth stands apart and clear from error. Have you ever tried to force someone to believe something? It doesn’t work even if they pretend to believe what you wish them to believe in the backs of their minds they really don’t believe it. They always question it. Their belief is never 100%.
Some people think they can force others to believe something but isn’t belief really a matter of choice? Surely it is. Isn’t faith a matter of the heart? How can you force faith and belief on someone and compel them to believe? Even when tortured people do not believe, really. Oh they might believe for as long as they are tortured and oppressed but once liberated their lack of real belief becomes apparent. But that is not the big question. Continue reading