ISLAM RECOGNISES FREEDOM OF RELIGION
By Ustaz Syed Hasan Alatas
Although it is a duty for all Muslims to call mankind to the path of Allah, the true path, they are forbidden from forcing others to embrace Islam. Allah said in the Quran: “There is no compulsion in religion: verily the right way is now distinct from the wrong way.” (The verses of al-Baqarah: 256)
Allah s.w.t. calls out to humankind and its diverse races and religions to get to know each other. For Allah also said in the Quran: “O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous. Allah is Omniscient, Cognizant.” (al-Hujurat : 13).