Posted by: mjaga | April 10, 2011

No Compulsion In Religion

Qur’aanic Verse 2.256:

2.56

Transliteration:

256. La ikraha fee alddeeni qad tabayyana alrrushdu mina alghayyi faman yakfur bialttaghooti wayu/min biAllahi faqadi istamsaka bialAAurwati alwuthqa la infisama laha waAllahu sameeAAun AAaleemun

Translation:

256. No compulsion in religion. Surely, the right has become distinct from the wrong. So whoever has rejected false gods and believed in Allah, he/she has taken a firm hold of a strong link that shall never break. And Allah sees, He knows.486

 

Study Note:

486. There is no question of anyone compelling any other to become a Muslim. Becoming a Muslim requires a change in the mindset of a person. And no amount of compulsion can ever change a person’s mind. Compulsion in this regard moreover implies an act against the divine plan. And the divine plan is to test a person whether he/she becomes a Muslim with his/her own free will. Most of us are Muslims by default. We call ourselves Muslims because we’re born into Muslim families. But do we have Muslim mindsets? The sad fact is that an overwhelming majority of us don’t. Oh, had we but sincerely believed in Allah and rejected all the false gods! The false gods come to us in many hues and colours. They come to us with enticements of the transitory benefits of this world, and we’ve fallen easy preys to them. Had we but rejected the satanic temptations and taken hold of that firm link to Allah, we wouldn’t be in the sorry state that we find ourselves in, today.

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Mohammad Shafi

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