What Does Islam Say About “Forcing People in Religion?”
A basic and fundamental truth established by the sacred texts of Islam (Quran and Hadeeth) is that: – “No one can be compelled to accept Islam!”
It is the duty of the Muslims to establish proof of validity of Islam to the people in order for the truth to be distinct from falsehood. Once that is done, whoever wishes to accept Islam may do so and whoever wishes to continue upon their belief may do so. No one is to be threatened or harmed in any way should they chose not to accept Islam.
Note: It is not only forbidden to compel someone to accept Islam – it is impossible to do so.
Please consider the meaning of the word“Islam” before continuing to read:
[‘Islam’; Ar. from the root ‘slm‘ (silm), to be in peaceful submission; to surrender; to obey; peace; “Islam” lit. ‘The active willful surrender, submission, obedience, in purity to the will of another (Allah) in complete peace.’]
The understanding from the meaning of the word “Islam” itself makes it clear that there is no way that you could possibly force someone to do something that requires them to do it of their own free will and accord. If someone were “forced to enter Islam” then it would not be “Islam” anyway, as a condition of “Islam” is that it is by free choice in peace. Forcing people into Islam is totally illogical and certainly not acceptable in concept nor practice.
More about the word “Islam” [click]
It is the duty and obligation of the Muslims to establish the truth and proofs of Islam and then allow others the freedom of choice to accept or reject the proofs.
There are two principle sources of proof for the Muslim. They are:
The Quran – considered by Muslims to be the absolute Speech or Recitation of Allah, the Almighty. (‘Quran‘ Ar. from the root; qr’a: to recite; Quran; lit. “That which is recited”). More about Quran . . . [click]
The Hadeeth – teachings of Muhammad, peace be upon him. (hadeeth – Ar. meaning, stories or narrations. The hadeeths have been collected, authenticated [in collections by Bukhari and Muslim called ‘sahih’, categorized, preserved and memorized for over 1,400 years; all in the original language [Arabic]). More about Hadeeth . . . [click]
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