Posted by Abdul Alim
staffordcountysun.com: God never compels men to become believers of a faith and humans are granted free will in this regard. Unfortunately, some Muslims tend to forget this basic principle. They simply ignore that the Qur’an tells us that forcing others in matters of faith was the common practice of direct opponents of prophets. The Qur’an says, “And those who disbelieved said to their Messengers, ‘we will, surely, expel you from our land unless you return to our religion’” [14:14].
The latest court decision against the Christian woman in Sudan shows the same mentality. In a recent incident, an American Ahmadi Muslim cardiologist, Mehdi Ali Qamar, was brutally shot dead in Pakistan. He was on a humanitarian trip to serve as a volunteer at Tahir Heart Institute. It shows that perpetrators of such heinous acts are totally ignorant of the true Islamic teachings. They forget that the Qur’an states, “And if God had enforced His will, He would surely have made you all one people” [16:94]. But He did not.
If we scroll through the pages of the history of religions, we find one story is repeated time and again. At the advent of a prophet, his followers always face persecution at the hands of those who have deviated from their own faith. However, this persecution becomes a sign of the truthfulness of their message, which the opponents are unable to refute with arguments. The Qur’an says “And Messengers indeed have been rejected before thee” [6:35].
In the wake of all atrocities, the Qur’an expects believers in God to remain steadfast and not to show any sort of retaliation or reaction. “So in God let those who trust put their trust” [14:13].
This patience never goes to waste. The Qur’an gives this good news when it says, “And We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and lives, and fruits; but give glad tidings to the patient” [2:156].
But why does God want believers to bear the atrocities but never retaliate against them? Because “God loves not disorder” [2:206].
On the other hand, the Qur’an says about the mischief-makers: “Beware! It is surely they who create disorder, but they do not perceive it” (2:13).