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God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India (Sonu Nigam)
This is not just one tweet; if you browse you can find many tweets portraying the image of Islam as a forced religion. Ironically, many people trying to project the image of Islam as a forced religion which in contrary, is a religion which is basically all about, “Peace, Harmony, and Freedom.”
Being a Muslim, it’s unfortunate that due to some fanatic elements among us many people think of Islam as a religion of terror.
First, I want to quote an Ayah from the Holy Quran to get these things straight to all those people who believe that Islam is trying to FORCE itself on others.
“There is no compulsion where the religion is concerned.” (Surah Al-Baqarah, 2:256)
It is clear from this Ayah Mubarak that there is no room for “Compulsion” or “Force” in Islam, more specified when it is a matter of religion. FORCE and FREEDOM are two completely opposite words. Unfortunately, those who oppose our religions have very little knowledge about what a Freedom means in Islam.
FREEDOM is a state and a condition of being free. The conceptual framework of freedom in Islam came with the liberty of choosing between right and wrong. A choice was also given to Hazrat Adam A.S. Here is the Ayah of the same reference from Holy Quran:
“Then He showed him what is wrong for him and what is right for him.” (Surah Ash-Shams, 91:8)
There are many aspects of freedom explained in Islam. Here, I am going to highlight an important aspect of Freedom in Islam. As stated in Holy Quran,
“Say: O you that reject faith! I do not worship that which you worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. And I will not worship that which you have been wont to worship, nor will you worship that which I worship. To you be your Way (or religion) and to me mine.” (Quran 109:1-6)
Freedom of religion is considered one of an important aspect of human rights, religious tolerance to accept other people’s faith and beliefs are the core of Islamic teachings. In Islam, this concept was established since 1500 years with the baseline that it gives liberty to individuals to freely practice their religious belief.
To understand the crust of freedom of religion in Islam, it is important to note that how Allah (SWT) teaches us to treat non-Muslims and how much liberty Islam gives to non-Muslims in practicing their religious rituals and beliefs.
IMPORTANT GUIDING POINTS FOR DEALING WITH NON-MUSLIMS IN ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVE:
- Islam teaches us to deal with non-muslims with kindness as long as they do not subjugate Muslims from their rights and creating hurdles in the way of spreading the teachings of Islam. Islam says that no judgment shall be passed on the basis of religion differences, as Allah is the ONLY sole entity responsible for rewarding and punishing anyone for his or her faith.
“Verily, those who believe (in Allah and in His Messenger Muhammad), and those who are Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians, and the Magians, and those who worship others besides Allah, truly, Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. Verily! Allah is Witness over all things.” (Al-Haj, 17)
- It is permissible under Islam to visit non-Muslims in the state of sickness or calamity, as it is clear from this Hadith below:
It was narrated that Anas (r.a) said, “There was a Jewish boy who used to serve the Prophet (Pbuh). The boy became sick, and the Prophet (PBUH) went to visit him. He sat near his head and asked him to embrace Islam.’ (The boy) looked at his father, who was with him, and he (the father) said to him, Obey Abu’l-Qasim (PBUH), and the boy embraced Islam. The Prophet (PBUH) left saying, ‘Praise be to Allah who has saved the boy from the Hell-Fire.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari Vol.2 Hadith No. 1356)
- Islam prohibits any kind of hatred, as they only lead towards hostility and arouse feeling of resentments among individuals.
“And argue not with the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), unless it be in (a way) that is better (with good words and in good manner, inviting them to Islamic Monotheism with His Verses), except with such of them as do wrong, and say (to them): “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you; our Ilah (God) and your Ilah (God) is One (i.e. Allah), and to Him we have submitted (as Muslims).” (Al-Ankabut, 46)
- Islamic way of dealing with non-Muslims is presented in this Ayah from Holy Quran which is that:
“Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.”
“Allah only forbids you from those who fight you because of religion and expel you from your homes and aid in your expulsion – [forbids] that you make allies of them. And whoever makes allies of them, then it is those who are the wrongdoers.” (Surah Al-Mumtahanah 60:8-9)