Allah has given us free will to believe in him or disbelieve. Man has free will and choice by means of which he believes or disbelieves, and he obeys or disobeys, for which he will be brought to account and will be rewarded or punished. Allah has clearly showed Mankind the right path and He has sent Messengers and revealed Books for guidance. Now it is up to us to choose the right path. Whoever believes does for his own good. Whoever goes astray does so for his own loss. I won’t be using any commentaries because once someone reads the Qur’an verses in context he could easily understand what the verse is saying.
Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.[Qur’an 2:256]
And say, “The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills – let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve……” [Qur’an 18:29]
Indeed, this is a reminder, so whoever wills may take to his Lord a way. [Qur’an 73:19]
Say: I ask of you no reward for this, save that whoso will may choose a way unto his Lord. [Qur’an 25:57]
Nay, but verily it is an Admonishment, So let whosoever will pay heed to it, [Qur’an 80:11-12]
Do whatever you will; indeed, He is Seeing of what you do.[Qur’an 41:40]
These verses clearly show that human beings have the FREE WILL to choose a path unto the Lord.
Some of you reading this article might be wondering that if Islam indeed advocates such an approach, then what is all this we hear about jihad? The answer to this is that jihad in Islamic Law can be waged for a number of reasons, but compelling people to accept Islam is simply not one of them. As for conversion, this is to be done peacefully by disseminating the Message with the written and spoken word. As belief comes from heart, hence it cannot be forced. There is no place for the use of weapons to compel people to accept Islam. Being a Muslim it is our duty just to convey the message of Islam and invite people to Islam through good words. As we read in Qur’an:
“Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best…..” [Qur’an 16:125]
Nowhere in the Qur’an it’s been said that force people to believe and if they don’t kill them. I challenge you, you can’t find a single verse like this. If somebody doesn’t believe then we say, “For you is your religion, and for me is my religion.”[Qur’an 109:6]
Therefore being a Muslim our duty is just to convey the message of Islam and hence can’t compel people to believe by might and force. As we read in Qur’an:
And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?[Qur’an 10:99]
The duty of the messenger is only to convey (the message). Allah knoweth what ye proclaim and what ye hide.[Qur’an 5:99]
But if they turn away – then We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], over them as a guardian; upon you is only [the duty of] notification. And indeed, when We let man taste mercy from us, he rejoices in it; but if evil afflicts him for what his hands have put forth, then indeed, man is ungrateful.[Qur’an 42:48]
So if they argue with you, say, “I have submitted myself to Allah [in Islam], and [so have] those who follow me.” And say to those who were given the Scripture and [to] the unlearned, “Have you submitted yourselves?” And if they submit [in Islam], they are rightly guided; but if they turn away – then upon you is only the [duty of] notification. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants.[Qur’an 3:20]
Say, “Obey Allah and obey the Messenger; but if you turn away – then upon him is only that [duty] with which he has been charged, and upon you is that with which you have been charged. And if you obey him, you will be [rightly] guided. And there is not upon the Messenger except the [responsibility for] clear notification.”[Qur’an 24:54]
So Folks, do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are also plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam. Just convey the message of Islam as it is our duty to give Dawa’h and whoever wills let him believe; and whoever wills – let him disbelieve.