- Aug 2011
I know intolerance is found in other religions. But don't bring up christians or jews or whatever every time problems in Islam is discussed. It's like one have to bring up Islam every time some other religion is discussed.Yes people all over the world leave one religion for another, this happens wrt Muslims in every country where there is Muslims. A human is capable of leaving or joining a religion anywhere on the planet regardless of man made laws.
Religious law is also open to interpretation. A so called Islamic country today in other words a country with a so called Sharia law system might not actually be correctly following Sharia law. Many Muslims have said The Quran allows civil freedoms in the same way the US Constitution does. In a world of over 1.5 billion Muslims, it is easy to find information on Muslim Imams and Scholars using Islamic references to show that Islam allows freedom of religion.
Islam is not the only religion used by Gov to enforce intolerant laws. Israeli leadership claim Judaism does not allow interfaith marriage. Yet in the USA 50 % of Jews intermarry and 30% of Muslims intermarry.
No Compulsion in Religion
The Holy Quran altogether excludes compulsion from the sphere of religion. It lays down in the clearest words:
“There is no compulsion in religion — the right way is indeed clearly distinct from error.”— 2:256In fact, the Holy Quran is full of statements showing that belief in this or that religion is a person’s own concern, and that he is given the choice of adopting one way or another. If he accepts the truth, it is for his own good, and that, if he sticks to error, it is to his own detriment. Some quotations to this effect are given below:
“The Truth is from your Lord; so let him who please believe and let him who please disbelieve.” — 18:29“We have truly shown him the way; he may be thankful or unthankful.” — 76:3“Clear proofs have indeed come to you from your Lord: so whoever sees, it is for his own good; and whoever is blind, it is to his own harm. And I am not a keeper over you.” — 6:104“If you do good, you do good for your own souls. And if you do evil, it is for them.” — 17:7Religious freedom in Islam. No punishment for apostasy.
Within the Quran, there is no text that forbids the freedom of expression, limits it to certain extents, or suppresses it by any means. On the contrary, the Quran encourages people to discuss matters openly, protest, accept ideas or reject them, and bring about all pretexts and evidences that might be available to contest Islamic teachings.
The Quran does not force people to adopt Islam, oblige them to do so, or punish them if they do not. Islam does not force anyone: one has the freedom to believe or not, and faith remains one’s choice.
Freedom of Expression from the Islamic Perspective
And one can always find the right quote in any religious text.....theory and practice you know.