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No compulsion in Religion -2 by Nayzak No compulsion in Religion -2 by Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [peace be to you],

This article is part of a series of Articles dealing with Freedom of religion within Islam and how Islam views people of other faiths.
First part:

:bulletred: Christians need protection, not persecution!

There has been an appalling rise in violence against Christians in some Muslim countries. Churches have been set on fire, some Christians have been accused of blasphemy and some have been attacked in the most brutal manner. This violence must stop. It is cruel, inhumane, unjust and it is totally against the Sunnah (Sayings and doings) of Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. If you look to the prophetic role model, you will see that he not only treated followers of the earlier scriptures, (called people of the Book) with the utmost respect, but he also urged his followers to do the same. Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- guaranteed the protection of other religions under Muslim rule. In a well known Hadith (Saying of the prophet) he said that anyone who kills an innocent dhimmi, that is, a non-Muslim living in a Muslim land, he will not even smell the fragrance of paradise. The bigot and the zealot are deluded, believing they are doing a service to Islam by harming others, when in fact they do the work of Satan.

The true believer (in Islam) respects others, cares for othersí wellbeing. The true believer is the one in whom all of mankind will find a sanctuary, a safe haven, for their lives and property. In another hadith Prophet Mohammed said that
ďA Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands other Muslims are safe. A Muímin (true believer) is one in whom all mankind has a sanctuary for life and propertyĒ

The Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- had so much respect for Christians that he once offered a delegation from Najran to do their prayers in his mosque! How many of us Muslims today will follow that example? How many mosques anywhere in the Muslim world will allow Christians to pray there? Yet there are so many good examples of Christians showing Muslims kindness and hospitality. Right here at Royal Holloway University, we often use the Jurgens Centre, which belongs to the local Catholic Church. They have never refused us a Friday, or Eid prayer, whenever the hall was available. Should we then not at least speak out firmly against any injustice that is done to Christians in Muslim lands?
I hope that Muslims everywhere will do their best to stop violence against Christians and other faith communities. We should utterly condemn any atrocities committed in the name of Islam, and we should offer no excuses for these criminal acts.

Let us examine what the Quran has to say about respecting Christians and followers of other faiths:
لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ
"Let there be no compulsion in religion..."

translation from verse 2:256
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
"Those who believe, and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians*,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve."

translation of 2:62
* here, The people meant in this verse are the Jewish followers of the original message of Moses -peace be upon him-, the Christian followers of the original message of Jesus -peace be upon him- and the Sabians, followers of the original message of prophet John the Baptist or David (there are different opinions among scholars regarding the Identity of the Sabians).

وَلَا تُجَادِلُوا أَهْلَ الْكِتَابِ إِلَّا بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ إِلَّا الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا مِنْهُمْ ۖ وَقُولُوا آمَنَّا بِالَّذِي أُنزِلَ إِلَيْنَا وَأُنزِلَ إِلَيْكُمْ وَإِلَٰهُنَا وَإِلَٰهُكُمْ وَاحِدٌ وَنَحْنُ لَهُ مُسْلِمُونَ
"And argue not with the people of the Scripture, except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, "We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims* to Him."

translation of 29:46
* A Muslim is a person who submits to the one true God. Islam means total submission to the one true God.

لَّا يَنْهَاكُمُ اللَّهُ عَنِ الَّذِينَ لَمْ يُقَاتِلُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ وَلَمْ يُخْرِجُوكُم مِّن دِيَارِكُمْ أَن تَبَرُّوهُمْ وَتُقْسِطُوا إِلَيْهِمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُقْسِطِينَ
Allah forbids you not, with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them: for Allah loves those who are just."

translation of 60:08

During the early years of Prophet Mohammedís preaching in Makkah, the Muslims suffered so much hatred and violence that a delegation was sent to Ethiopia. These were Islamís first asylum seekers. They were welcomed by a just and generous Christian king, the Negus of Abyssinia who took care of them at a time when Islam faced mortal danger. Differences in faith did not matter.

We must remember that when we protect people of other faiths we are not just doing an optional act of generosity or demonstrating so called Ďreligious toleranceí on our part. Itís really an Islamic duty, a clear imperative supported by the Quran and the Prophetic Sunnah.

I hope this was beneficial for you all

from The Friday Speech authored and delivered by Arshad Gamiet at the Royal Holloway University of London on 3rd Dec 2010, [link] with a little change

To be continued, in sha'Allah

If I am right, it's from the God. if I am wrong, it's from Myself.
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Vyrillykos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014   Writer
is this not one of the abrogated sura? is this not superceeded by the sura of the sword?
Nayzak Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
there is NO sura of the sword in the Qur'an.
and there are no abrogated verses in the Qur'an. for Us Muslims, the Qur'an is a whole. if a Muslim believes that one single Qur'anic verse is abrogated (invalid) then he is not a Muslim.

Some non-Muslims like to use the abrogation argument to easily get rid of certain verses of the Qur'an that seem to refute their claim that Islam is a religion of violence.

the sura of the sword you are talking about is what islamophobes called the verse of the sword. which is a verse taken out of context. if you want the context, just read 5 verses before it and 5 after it. you will see that it's misinterpreted.
UkthieJumierah Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Student Artist
Waaleykumussalam w.w. MAsha ALLAH :)
dashinvaine Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
And the next verse (2:257): 

'Allah is the ally of those who believe. He brings them out from darknesses into the light. And those who disbelieve - their allies are Taghut. They take them out of the light into darknesses. Those are the companions of the Fire; they will abide eternally therein.'

So no compulsion to believe, but threats of darkness and fire for those who don't believe. Very peaceful! very merciful!

Anyway is this not all abrogated by verses like 8:39:

'And fight them until there is no fitnah and [until] the religionall of it, is for Allah .'

Nayzak Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
First, thank you for asking me about my religion.

"So no compulsion to believe, but threats of darkness and fire for those who don't believe. Very peaceful! very merciful!"
First, You are making a mistake in your statement. the "threats of darkness" is not from the God. it's from the taghut. following the wrong ways leads people to darkness.

And YES. I consider it great mercy if a knowledgeable one warns me from a big thing that I ignored and that may harm me later.
Out of his great mercy, the God Almighty is simply warning us so that those wise among us would take heed and prepare.
I guess you are thinking: "if the God is Loving and Merciful, then he wouldn't punish anybody."
Perhaps "not punishing anybody" would be considered love for you. but I don't think we can consider it justice. the God is Most Merciful and Loving, but he is [above that] Just and Fair. his love and mercy do not make him unjust. You don't need to look far for examples. just ask yourself: why do courts exist? Justice implies that those who do bad will receive punishment. of course, here on earth we don't have perfect and ultimate justice, that's why they only punish the wrong-doer and they don't reward the good-doer. but since the God Almighty rules with ultimate justice, he does reward the good-doer and punishes the wrong-doer. He rewards the good-doers more than what they did. but he only punishes the wrong-doers to the extent of their wrong-doing (and he even offer to forgive their sins if they repent). and I think this is fair. Justice implies that nobody should be punished more than what they deserves. that's why the God almighty said
مَن جَاءَ بِالْحَسَنَةِ فَلَهُ خَيْرٌ مِّنْهَا ۖ وَمَن جَاءَ بِالسَّيِّئَةِ فَلَا يُجْزَى الَّذِينَ عَمِلُوا السَّيِّئَاتِ إِلَّا مَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ
Whoever comes [on the Day of Judgement] with a good deed will have better than it; and whoever comes with an evil deed - then those who did evil deeds will not be recompensed except [as much as] what they used to do.

Qur'an - translation of 28:84
إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَظْلِمُ مِثْقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ ۖ وَإِن تَكُ حَسَنَةً يُضَاعِفْهَا وَيُؤْتِ مِن لَّدُنْهُ أَجْرًا عَظِيمًا
Allah is never unjust even as much as an atom's weight; while if there is a good deed, He multiplies it and gives from Himself a great reward.

Qur'an - translation of 4:40
Now, you are told in advance that there is a severe punishment and that you should do your best to avoid it. and only those who deserve it will get it. wisdom should be calling you to prepare in order not to be among those who deserve that punishment. Your key information is that the God is fair, just and merciful. and he will never punish you unless you deserve it. You should be thankful to the Merciful one who brought the warning to you. :D

More about God's Mercy and forgiveness:… and…

"Anyway is this not all abrogated by verses like 8:39:"
If by abrogated, you mean "it became invalid" then NO. No verse is abrogated in the Qur'an. the Qur'an is an indivisible whole. Every verse is valid. that's what we learn in Islamic courses. that's what Muslim scholars teach us. that's what our Islamic books teach and that's what the Qur'an teaches.
abrogation is a concept that's very misunderstood by many Non-Muslims yet they use it in order to pick up and select verses they like to use to attack Islam.
If a verse is abrogated, it wouldn't be used in Islamic lectures and books as an applicable guideline to follow. if a verse is abrogated, teachers of Islamic education wouldn't be using it to teach Muslims. this makes sense, doesn't it?
please ask an Imam or a Muslim scholar regarding this issue in order to fully understand it.

I hope I answered to your question.
fadilibnuahmad Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Masya Allah, good message of Al-Quran in the creative drawing, i like it. :-D
May i use this image for my pin design?
Damn25 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
kawwaaaiii nee!!... :D
assalamu alaikum nayzak..

hi Nayzak, i <3 this character..
can i use this for my game?.. :D
florinu123 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
three numbers: surah 4:89
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