Â “Laa ikraaha fid-Deen — there is no compulsion in religion”
A little Islam lesson from the
horses camels mouth about the old chestnut of Â “no compulsion”. There are many verses in Koran, sira & hadith on how to force Islam on recalcitrant kafirs, but the soldiers of allah are not (yet) in a position to do that because they don’t have the numbers or the military strength.
Next time you encounter one of these Â cheeky Â da’awa maniacs prepare yourself:
Qur’an 9:33 “It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad) with guidance and the Religion of Truth (Islam) to make it superior over all religions, even though the disbelievers detest (it).”
Unfortunately, nowadays one of the greatest misunderstandings of the divine texts is in reference to the verse, “Laa ikraaha fid-Deen â€“ There is no compulsion in religion…” (EMQ 2: 256). This verse has been falsely interpreted to mean that we cannot force Islam upon the people. However, if we refer to the understanding of the Sahaabah we can clearly see that this is not the case at all.
“There is no compulsion in religion” means that people should not be forced to embrace Islam i.e. become Muslim. But this does not mean that we cannot force Islam as a law and order upon the people. The Messenger Muhammad (saw) said:
“I have been ordered to fight mankind until they say, “Laa ilaaha illallah wa anna Muhammadar Rasool-Ullah â€“ There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad (saw) is the messenger of Allah.” If they say that, their blood and wealth will be saved from me, except from the right of Islam (the Sharee’ah); and their accountability will be with Allah.” (Musnad al-Imaam Ahmad)
Therefore, the Messenger Muhammad (saw) and the believers were ordered to fight the people until they embrace Islam or live by Islam (and remain a Kaafir). If they become Muslim their blood and wealth will have sanctity, but they will still not be saved “from the right of Islam,” meaning that they must still abide by the Sharee’ah (as a law and order). But if they remain non-Muslim, they must at least live by the laws of Islam; either way, the people have a choice of which religion they want to follow, but they have no choice of whether to live by the Sharee’ah or not â€“ this is the meaning of “except from the right of Islam.” (There is more, you know there is always more!)