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Compulsion in Religion: Why Two Interpretations?

Short Answer: Islam does not allow compulsion in religion, as God clearly said in the Quran in verse (2:256). Islam is a religion of peace. It is a religion of tolerance and respect. The very word “Islam” comes from a root word meaning both peace and submission (to God). _____________________________________ Salam (Peace),  Thank you for contacting About Islam …

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Freedom of Belief Vs. Punishment for Apostasy

Salam Dear Brother, Thank you for your interest in Islam. We highly appreciate your keenness to know the truth about a very controversial issue that has filled the pages of many publications in the past few years. Freedom of Religion is a Basic Human Right First, we have to state some basic principles that Muslims address …

Does Apostasy Lead Some Muslims to Terrorism?

Does Apostasy Lead Some Muslims to Terrorism?

This answer first appeared at www.arabnews.com. It is republished with kind permission with slight editorial modifications. Salam (Peace) Dear David, Thank you for you your question. Your observation is accurate. Many are the Quranic verses that make clear that all people are free to choose the faith they want. There can be no compulsion with …

Why Is Apostasy a Sin?

Why Is Apostasy a Sin?

Salam Dear Brother, Thank you for your question and for contacting Ask About Islam. The quick answer to your query: No, a Muslim is not allowed to convert to Christianity or any other religion for that matter. Apostasy is a major sin in the sight of Allah, Who says in the Quran what means: {This …


Should Apostates Be Killed?

Wa `alaykum as-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger. Dear brother, thank you for your question and for your eagerness to be more knowledgeable about such Islamic issues. It should be known …

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