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Are Forced Conversions & Killing Disbelievers Allowed in Islam?

By: S.L.A. © 2017

Rabbi Yosef Yashar and Sheikh AsiPeople have the misconception that Islam permits and teaches to force people to convert to Islam and that Muslims must kill disbelievers.  These are completely forbidden in Islam.  In this article, I will discuss the well-known arguments and provide the evidences that refute these claims.  It is a very lengthy article, discussing all the misconceptions, while providing ample evidences of the falsity of such claims.

First, I will discuss ‘forced conversions’ claimed against Islam. Then I will later discuss the claim of killing disbelievers.

You can’t force anyone to believe something (regardless of what it is).  Either you believe something or you do not. You can convince people of something by showing them proofs of a matter, but you can’t threaten someone and make them believe anything. 

“Let there be no compulsion (or coercion) in the religion (Islam). The right direction is distinctly clear from error.” (Quran 2:256)

Islam encourages all mankind to seek truth, and if they find it, to accept it.  Islam teaches that there can’t be any compulsion in converting to Islam.  It is only valid if the person is sincere in belief; so without it, it would just be empty words, having no meaning and their conversion would be void/invalid.

People have the right to believe or disbelieve whatever they want, because Allah gave people free will to make their own choices.  Allah even states that he could have made everyone to be a believer, but he didn’t – He gave us free will to choose, and Allah interjects, telling us that if he gave them the free will to disbelieve, and then who are ‘we’ to force them against their will that he gave them?

“If it had been thy Lord's will, they would all have believed - all who are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe!” (Qur’an 10:99)

God gave us brains and the ability to learn and understand and accept information.  Belief is a choice based on understanding and acceptance of a matter.  If someone you know and love, like your mother for instance, told you that animals could live without food and water, and really emphasized the matter, would you believe them? No – of course not!  Why?  Because you have observed otherwise, meaning you have obtained knowledge in your life that demonstrates that they will die if they are not given food or water.  You wouldn’t just believe that they can live without it just because someone you know told you to right?

Therefore, if anyone were to force someone to convert, then that person doesn’t know Islam themselves, and are directly disobeying the commands of Allah to leave people in peace with their ‘God-given right’ to disbelieve. 

Some people may argue, “Well what about the verses in the Qur’an that say to kill the disbelievers who don’t convert?  Simply put….the Qur’an never commands anyone to kill anyone simply for disbelieving, EVER.  The verses found in the Qur’an that talk about killing disbelievers are verses that are discussing particular disbelievers that were attacking Muslims as we have already seen.

Many critics will provide the following verses and hadith to try to prove their point, but they fail to provide the contexts, which would mislead one to agree with them.  Others have already provided detailed explanations with evidences that refute them already, so there is no need to repeat, so I will simply provide a summary, along with the links to read their articles on each, along with it, that provides extensive details and evidences with the context. 

The verses and hadith they like to spout to ‘try’ to support their arguments are:

Qur’an 2:190-193

Simply by paying attention the underlined and bolded text, it is clear that it is self-defense, but people tend to overlook those segments unless you point them out like I have.

2:190 “Fight in the cause of God THOSE WHO FIGHT YOU, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors.

2:191 And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out FROM WHERE THEY HAVE TURNED YOU OUT; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, UNLESS THEY FIRST FIGHT YOU THERE; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.

2:192 BUT IF THEY CEASE, God is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

2:193 And fight them on until there is NO MORE TUMULT OR OPPRESSION, and there prevail justice and faith in God; BUT IF THEY CEASE, Let there be no hostility except to those who practice oppression.” (Qur’an 2:190-2:193)

Qur’an 8:38-39

“Say to the Unbelievers, if (now) they desist (from Unbelief), their past would be forgiven them; but if they persist, the punishment of those before them is already (a matter of warning for them). And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah altogether and everywhere; but if they cease, verily Allah doth see all that they do.” (Qur’an 8:38-39)

In the above verses, Allah warns the pagans (the Quraysh), during the Battle of Badr, that if they stop attacking the Muslims, they would be forgiven, and if not, they will have to face the consequences. The Battle of Badr took place because the pagans were persecuting and fighting the Muslims, so they fought back to defend themselves. It is directed at the believers, to only fight those that oppress and persecute the innocents, until people are able to worship freely.  You can read a more in depth analysis of it here , which will provide all the evidences and context.

Qur’an 9:5 (Also known as ‘the sword verse’)

“So when the sacred months have passed away, then slay the idolaters wherever you find them, and take them captive and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them.” (Qur’an 9:5)

In this verse, critics claim that it abrogates the ‘no compulsion in religion’ verses, because it is one of the last few verses to be revealed regarding fighting.  The context is that the pagans had been waging war against the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), who by the way had a covenant/treaty with him, which they broke! The treaty that they had stated that neither would attack the other or their allies, and everyone agreed on it.  The Banu Bakr tribe (allies of the Quraysh) broke it and attacked the Banu Khuza’a (allies of the Muslims), and the Quraysh supplied the Banu Bakr with weapons and fighters.

It is not talking about all the others that did not break the treaty, but only against those that did.  All you have to do is look at the 4 verses immediately before it, and the 10 verses after it to see that, but critics will always leave those verses out, when they argue their claim to hide the context.  If you look at verse 9:13, it clearly states that it was the pagans that initiated that war. 

“Would you not fight a people who broke their oaths and determined to expel the Messenger, and they had begun the attack upon you the first time? Do you fear them? But Allah has more right that you should fear Him, if you are [truly] believers.” (Qur’an 9:13)

Even further evidence, which is just two verses earlier, states that even if those that were fighting stopped fighting, and sought protection from the Muslims, they should be given it:

“And if any one of the polytheists seeks your protection, then grant him protection so that he may hear the words of Allah. Then deliver him to his place of safety. That is because they are a people who do not know.” (Qur’an 9:6)

Qur’an 9:29

“Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the religion of truth from those who were given the Scripture – [fight] until they give the jizyah willingly while they are humbled.” (Qur’an 9:29)

Critics love to give this verse as their claim that Muslims are to kill disbelievers at any time, past or present.  This is also false.  If you read the historical context, this verse was sent by Allah to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) at the expedition of Tabuq, known as the Battle of Tabuq, when the Byzantines (Roman empire) were about to attack the Muslims. The hadith provide this evidence in Sahih Muslim which says:

“He (Hadrat ‘Umar further) said: I had a companion from the Ansar and, we used to remain in the company of the Messenger turn by turn. He remained there for a day while I remained there on the other day, and he brought me the news about the revelation and other (matter), and I brought him (the news) like this. And we discussed that the Ghassanids were shoeing the horses in order to attack us. Id y companion once attended (the Apostle). And then came to me at night and knocked at my door and called me, and I came out to him, and he said: A matter of great importance has happened. I said: What is that? Have the Ghassanids come?” (Sahih Muslim Book 18, Hadith 44 )  (Note: The Ghassanids were part of the Byzantine Roman empire.)

Ibn Sa’d in his book Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir writes:

“They (narrators) saud: It (report) reached the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him, that the Romans had concentrated large forces in Syria, that Heraclius had disbursed one year’s salary to his soldiers, and that tribes of Lakhm, Judham, ‘Amilah and Ghassan had joined hands with him. They had sent their vanguards to al-Balqa. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him, summoned the people to march. He set out and informed them about the place which he intended, so that they could make necessary preparations. He sent (messengers) to Makkah and to the tribes of Arabia (asking them) to send help. This took place in the days of intense heat.” (Ibn Sa’d) [i]

The verses immediately before this verse, discusses when the Muslims had to fight the pagans of Mecca that were trying to control the Kabba and were persecuting the Muslims.  You can read more extensive details and evidences regarding verse 9:5 here , here and here .

Now, as for the argument of critics about the disbelievers having to pay a jizyah, claiming it is an oppression, I will explain how it is not. 

What is Jizyah?                               

Jizyah is a tax imposed on disbelievers for the protection by the Muslims while living in their lands, which also allows them to practice their faith in a Muslim state.  It is like an agreement to abide by the laws of the land they are in, just as if a person immigrates to another country, and becomes a citizen of that land, they will have to pay taxes to that government like the other citizens have to do that goes to support the governing of the nation (infrastructure, social security, military defense, etc).  It provides that immigrant with rights under the law that they would not have if they were illegal immigrants.  Also, by paying the jizya, non-Muslims are EXEMPT from having to fight in the military, which Muslims do not have that pleasure of.  This tax is also based on their affordability, as to not oppress them.

What critics also fail to mention, is that not all of the disbelievers have to pay it. Those that are exempt from paying it include the poor (those that can’t afford it), and those people are actually given financial support by the Muslims in that case.  Also, women, children, the elderly, disabled, clergy of other religions, and even the mentally ill are all exempt from having to pay this tax.  This is more lenient than what non-Muslim nations today give…they don’t care if you are disabled or a woman, or sick, or clergy – they still demand their money or you go to jail!

So, why don’t Muslims have to pay it? 

Actually, they pay tax also, but it is called zakat, which can be even more than the amount of jizyah, and the non-Muslims do not pay that tax.  You can read more about jizyah here .

Claims from the hadith:

It has been narrated on the authority of Abdullah b. 'Umar that the Messenger of Allah said: “I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and they establish prayer, and pay Zakat and if they do it, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah.” (Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 33 )

Another hadith about the same circumstances and time:

Narrated Anas bin Malik: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "I have been ordered to fight the people till they say: 'None has the right to be worshipped but Allah.' And if they say so, pray like our prayers, face our Qibla and slaughter as we slaughter, then their blood and property will be sacred to us and we will not interfere with them except legally and their reckoning will be with Allah." (Bukhari Book 8 Hadith 387 )

These hadith were about the pagans that lived in the time of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). These words were said by him at the time of the verse 9:5 mentioned and explained earlier, when the treaty was broken by the disbelievers that attacked the allies of the Muslims. So, again, this is when the disbelievers attack the Muslims first, and the Muslims have to fight them in self-defense.  You can read more about this in details here .

If we look at the hadith in Muslim, Book 1, Hadith 32, that comes immediately before the one mentioned above, it provides us a bit more info.  It says:

It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that the Messenger of Allah said:  “I have been commanded that I should fight against people till they declare that there is no god but Allah, and when they profess it that there is no god but Allah, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection on my behalf except where it is justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah, and then he (the Holy Prophet) recited (this verse of the Holy Qur'an):" Thou art not over them a warden" (lxxxviii, 22). (Muslim Book 1 Hadith 32 )

This hadith above, in the underlined section, is referencing this verse in the Qur’an:

“Your Lord is Best Aware of you. If He will, He will have mercy on you, or if He will, He will punish you. We have not sent thee (O Muhammad) as a warden over them.” (Qur’an 17:54)

Furthermore, we see this also in this verse:

“So remind them (O Muhammad (Peace be upon him)), you are only a one who reminds. You are not a dictator over them.” (Qur’an 88:21-22)

This verse of the Qur’an is stating that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), is merely a guide, and can’t force people to believe, nor treat them like he is their warden or their dictator.  He was sent as a messenger to spread the message of Islam, and invite people to it.  It is for Allah to determine who really believes and not.  88:21-22 was revealed during the occasion of 9:5, where the pagans were conquered after they broke the treaty they had with the Muslims. It is not about killing for disbelief, but killing for betrayal of the treaty.  There is no evidence of them being killed for their disbelief, but only for their betrayal of the treaty.

Another hadith:

Ibn 'Aun reported: “I wrote to Nafi' inquiring from him whether it was necessary to extend (to the disbelievers) an invitation to accept (Islam) before meeting them in fight. He wrote (in reply) to me that it was necessary in the early days of Islam. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) made a raid upon Banu Mustaliq while they were unaware and their cattle were having a drink at the water. He killed those who fought and imprisoned others. On that very day, he captured Juwairiya bint al-Harith. Nafi' said that this tradition was related to him by Abdullah b. Umar who (himself) was among the raiding troops.” (Muslim Book 19 Hadith 4292 )

If we look at the circumstances around this event, you will see that the Muslims were about to be attacked by the Banu Mustaliq, which were a branch of the Banu Khuza’a.  The Muslims were alerted that they were making alliances with others to attack the Muslims in Madina, and once reports were dispatched and verified, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and his men began preparing for war.  So should the Muslims sit back and wait for them to be attacked, when they know that an attack is planned and eminent, or be prepared and be proactive?  If any nation discovers that another nation is about to attack it through intelligence gathered and verified, they will make a pre-emptive strike, to prevent being attacked themselves, and having to deal with the aftermath.  It is the logical response of any leader, Muslim or non-Muslim alike.  You can read more on this here .

Another hadith:

The context of this hadith is in regards to teaching how to deal with the disbelievers in times of war that is initiated by the disbelievers onto the Muslims.

“It has been reported from Sulaiman b. Buraida through his father that when the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) appointed anyone as leader of an army or detachment he would especially exhort him to fear Allah and to be good to the Muslims who were with him. He would say: Fight in the name of Allah and in the way of Allah. Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. Make a holy war, do not embezzle the spoils; do not break your pledge; and do not mutilate (the dead) bodies; do not kill the children. When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. Then invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of the Muhajireen and inform them that, if they do so, they shall have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajireen. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of Bedouin Muslims and will be subjected to the Commands of Allah like other Muslims, but they will not get any share from the spoils of war or Fai' except when they actually fight with the Muslims (against the disbelievers). If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them...”  (Muslim Book 19 Hadith 4292 )

So, this is not saying to go ‘start’ the conflict. It is merely telling the Muslims what to do and not do, if they are attacked by the disbelievers and end up in a war with them.  They clearly give them other options other than converting, and still not be harmed, even if they decide to not convert.

Another hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira:  “While we were in the Mosque, the Prophet came out and said, "Let us go to the Jews" We went out till we reached Bait-ul-Midras. He said to them, "If you embrace Islam, you will be safe. You should know that the earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle, and I want to expel you from this land. So, if anyone amongst you owns some property, he is permitted to sell it, otherwise you should know that the Earth belongs to Allah and His Apostle." (Bukhari Book 4 Volume 53 Hadith 392 )

This hadith above is regarding the Jews of Khaybar that tried to kill the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him).[ii] There was a treaty, and the Jews were breaking it.  However, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) stated not to kill any person that had not broken the treaty, and only those that did.

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Whoever killed a person having a treaty with the Muslims, shall not smell the smell of Paradise though its smell is perceived from a distance of forty years." (Bukhari Book 4 Volume 53 Hadith 391 )

You can read more about it in details here .

Another hadith:

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Verse:--"You (true Muslims) are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind." means, the best of peoples for the people, as you bring them with chains on their necks till they embrace Islam.” (Bukhari Book 6 Volume 6 Hadith 80 )

This hadith is not a command to bring people in chains by their necks to force them to convert.  On the contrary, this is simply explaining that at various times there may be conflicts and wars against the disbelievers, and some will be taken as prisoners during that time.  After being under their rule for some time, some hear the message of Islam and come to believe in it an accept Islam, even though how they first encountered it was not expected or liked initially.  The truth becomes known and they embrace Islam.

One might say, “Why would anyone that is a prisoner of a Muslim ever convert to Islam?”  Well, even in these days and times it happens.  Yvonne Ridley was a prisoner of the Taliban in Afghanistan, who was captured while she was disguised as a Muslim to cover the conflict as a journalist.  You can watch and listen to her story below.

Another hadith:

Critics like to chop this hadith up, and only show you a line or two from it, removing the context entirely.  They also like to present it as if the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him said it.  I will provide the full hadith with the context in it.

Narrated Qais:  Jarir said "Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said to me, "Won't you relieve me from Dhul-Khalasa?" I replied, "Yes, (I will relieve you)." So I proceeded along with one-hundred and fifty cavalry from Ahmas tribe who were skillful in riding horses. I used not to sit firm over horses, so I informed the Prophet (ﷺ) of that, and he stroke my chest with his hand till I saw the marks of his hand over my chest and he said, O Allah! Make him firm and one who guides others and is guided (on the right path).' Since then I have never fallen from a horse. Dhul-l--Khulasa was a house in Yemen belonging to the tribe of Khatham and Bajaila, and in it there were idols which were worshipped, and it was called Al-Ka`ba." Jarir went there, burnt it with fire and dismantled it. When Jarir reached Yemen, there was a man who used to foretell and give good omens by casting arrows of divination. Someone said to him. "The messenger of Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) is present here and if he should get hold of you, he would chop off your neck." One day while he was using them (i.e. arrows of divination), Jarir stopped there and said to him, "Break them (i.e. the arrows) and testify that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah, or else I will chop off your neck." So the man broke those arrows and testified that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah.” (Bukhari Book 5 Volume 59 Hadith 643 )

So, with the context known, that there were pagans in Yemen were worshipping idols and put them in a home called Dhul-Khulasa and called it ‘the Kabba’ (which is mocking the holy site of the Kabba in Mecca.)  When Jarir told him to break his arrows, and invited him to Islam, he accepted, even if out of fear, because he knew that what he had done was deceptive (calling it the Kabba, yet worshipping idols in it).  In this place, the pagans would conspire and plot against the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to cause harm to him and the Muslims, and to create conspiracies about Islam. That is why this event took place. They were committing treason, and had broken the treaty.

How the Qur’an says to treat the disbelievers which are peaceful and NOT attacking the Muslims:

“Again and again will those who disbelieve, wish that they had bowed (to God’s will) in Islam.   LEAVE THEM ALONE, to enjoy (the good things of this life) and to please themselves: let (false) hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive them).” (Quran 15:2-3)

“And say, "The truth is from your Lord, so whoever wills - let him believe; and WHOEVER WILLS – LET HIM DISBELIEVE." Indeed, We have prepared for the wrongdoers a fire whose walls will surround them. And if they call for relief, they will be relieved with water like murky oil, which scalds [their] faces. Wretched is the drink, and evil is the resting place.” (Qur’an 18:29)

Allah never commanded the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) to go out and massacre people if they didn’t convert, simply for not believing.  This verse makes it clear that his job was simply to spread the message:

“Say: "Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye obey him, ye shall be on right guidance. The Messenger's duty is ONLY to preach the clear (Message). (Qur’an 24:54)

If people choose to remain as disbelievers, after having received the message of Islam, we should leave them in peace and go our separate ways.  Allah tells us this:

““Say : O ye that reject Faith!  I worship not that which ye worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship.  And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship, Nor will ye worship that which I worship.  TO YOU BE YOUR WAY, AND TO ME MINE.” (Qur’an 109:1-6)

This verse doesn’t say to kill them for rejecting Islam, in any way whatsoever, nor is it found in this verse:

"And if you invite them to guidance, they hear not; and you see them looking towards you, yet they see not. Take to forgiveness and enjoin good and turn away from the ignorant." (Qur’an 7:198-199)

It is commanding us to forgive them and just turn away in a kind manner!

Allah also tells us that if the disbelievers are not persecuting you because of your beliefs, by attacking or oppressing you, that you should not fight them, and should be kind towards them. Even if they are an enemy, we must be peaceful if they are.  You can see that in the following verses:

“And Allah does not forbid you from being kind and just to those (disbelievers) who do not fight you with regards to Religion, nor evict you from your homes. Verily Allah loves those who are just.” (Qur’an 60:8)

“And if they (The Pagans) desist (from fighting you) then there should be no transgression (against them), except against a people who are oppressors.” (Qur’an 2:193)

And if they (the enemy) incline towards peace then you too, incline towards the same. (Qur’an 8:61)

As you can see, the Qur’an does not say to kill people simply for disbelieving, nor does it say they are to be forced to convert. 

What does the Bible and Vedas say about disbelievers?

What may be shocking to most people is that this claim is actually found in other religion’s scriptures such as the Bible and Vedas.

“All who would not seek the LORD, the God of Israel, were to be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.” (2 Chronicles 15:13 )

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem one and thirty years.   And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of David his father, and declined neither to the right hand, nor to the left.  For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.  And they brake down the altars of Baalim in his presence; and the images, that were on high above them, he cut down; and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images, he brake in pieces, and made dust of them, and strowed it upon the graves of them that had sacrificed unto them.  And he burnt the bones of the priests upon their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.” (2 Chronicles 34:1-5 )

If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 7 Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 8 Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: 9 But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. 11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is among you.12 If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, 13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; 14 Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; 15 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 16 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and show thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers; 18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 13:6-18 )

According to the Hindu Vedas, you must kill a person who rejects Vedas, who hates Vedas and Ishwar, who does not worship, who does not make offerings to ishwar, who insults god (Blasphemy), one who oppresses a Brahmin etc. There are several passages in Vedas which calls for death of disbelievers.

This verse is a prayer to destroy the godless.

“This, Brahmaṇaspati, is your laudation prayer hath been made to thunderwielding Indra. Favour our songs, wake up our thought and spirit: destroy the godless and our foemen's malice.” (Rig Veda 7.97.9 )

The Atharvaveda says to destroy blasphemers and to slay non-sacrificing God-despisers.

“Covet not thou our kine or men, covet not thou our goats or sheep.  Elsewhither, strong One! turn thine aim: destroy the mockers' family. Homage to him whose weapon, Cough or Fever, assails one like the neighing of a stallion; to him who draws one forth and then another!  Homage be paid him with ten Sakvari verses who stands established in the air's mid-region, slaying non-sacrificing God-despisers!” (Atharvaveda 11.2.21-23 )


As you can see from the Qur’an, Bible, and Vedas, Islam is the most tolerant religion, which allows people to disbelieve and still have a right to live in peace, and does not command for them to be killed.  Islam promotes peace with those of other faiths. Even Jewish Rabbis attest to this. 

In this video Rabbi Weiss shares how Muslims used to treat the Jews when they would be persecuted in Christian lands in history. He also goes on to explain the real threat to Jews, Muslims and world peace.

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[i] Ibn Sa’d’s Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, Translated by S. Moinul Haq (New Delhi: Kitab Bhavan, 2009) Volume 2, page 203-204.

[ii] Note: It is mentioned in Commentary of Sahih Bukhari Vol # 4 Page no: 524 by Muhammad Dawud Raaz (Rah)(Markazi Jamiyat Ahlul hadeeth hind), under the commentary of this hadith.

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