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There should be no compulsion in religion

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Allah the Exalted and Glorified does not force anyone to believe in Him or embrace His religion. In fact, He forbade the believers from coercing people into embracing Islam; Allah Said (what means): {There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion} [Quran 2:256] Evidently, coercion is utterly pointless as far as beliefs and ideologies are concerned. It does not yield genuine faith, as a person cannot become a true believer under duress.

It goes without saying that Allah the Exalted is able to cause all His servants to be believers; He Says (what means): {And if we had willed, We could have given every soul its guidance…} [Quran 32:13], {And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed – all of them entirely. Then, [O Muhammad], would you compel the people in order that they become believers?} [Quran 10:99]
However, He did not do so and instead provided His servants with clear and compelling evidence to usher them into the correct path, and sent them Messengers to guide them to the truth; Allah the Exalted Says (what means): {[We sent] messengers as bringers of good tidings and warners so that mankind will have no argument against Allah after the messengers.} [Quran 4:165] He then left them the choice to believe or disbelieve so that the consequences would be those of the servants own choice, not of someone elses actions forced on him. Allah the Exalted Says (what means): {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} [Quran 18:29]
The Prophet lived in Makkah and saw the idols everywhere, yet he did not demolish or burn them. Rather, he continued calling people to Allah and communicating the divine message to them to enlighten their minds, change their false beliefs wisely, and correct their perceptions so that the change would stem from within them out of full conviction.

The Muslim youth around the Messenger of Allah were sometimes carried away by zeal for their cause and asked him to take up arms against their enemies. However, he urged them to adhere to patience and commanded them to refrain from fighting the disbelievers until instructed otherwise, and concentrate their efforts, instead, on establishing the prayer and paying the Zakah until the budding Muslim community is strong enough to take the apt measures. Allah the Exalted Says (what means): {Have you not seen those who were told, “Restrain your hands [from fighting] and establish prayer and give Zakah”?} [Quran 4:77]

Assume that the Prophet had given in to their wishes and commanded them to fight the disbelievers of the Quraysh, how would have the Muslims, few in number as they were then, been able to confront their enemies? Had the Prophet demolished the idols around the Kaabah, what would have been the consequences of such an act?
Addressing corruption and evils with violence or in a manner that does not conform to the principles of the Shareeah (Islamic Jurisprudence) and the due conditions of enjoining good and forbidding evil often incurs legal implications on the doer under the man-made laws. It also constitutes a major irritant for some influential notables, who benefit from preserving such corruption and evil. Thereupon, the caller to Allah would be exposing himself to the punishment and oppression of authorities and no good would be generated from his action. Generally, this approach would not bring any benefit for Muslims and Islamic Daawah. His efforts would be wasted and his call would be rejected and prevented from spreading.

We are not suggesting that the caller to Allah should be a coward; rather, we want him to expand his mental and psychological horizons and address the root causes of the problem wisely and patiently, considering the beginnings and endings of matters. This is the normal way of addressing problems.

In fact, demolishing idols and statues does not eradicate corruption or uproot disbelief, and it will not change the situation in the slightest. On the contrary, people would more likely erect new ones or rebuild the broken ones to be better than before, and they may be blinded by stubbornness from seeing the truth. Most likely, such an act would enrage them, driving them to retaliate against Muslims and their Messenger as did the people of Ibraheem (Abraham) when he demolished their idols.

The role of the caller to Allah
The role of the caller to Allah is not to kill idol worshipers. Killing them is pointless because it does not end idol worship. His role is not to demolish these idols, while their love remains vivid in the hearts of their worshipers; because, as we said before, they would rebuild them and make them better than they were. Rather, the role of the caller to Allah is to demolish the idols within the hearts and minds of the worshippers until their love is eradicated and people learn that these idols are false gods that do not benefit or harm themselves, let alone their worshipers. He is required to uproot the reverence, love, and glorification for such idols from the hearts and channel that reverence, love, and glorification to the One who is truly worthy of them. By doing so, the worshippers will demolish the idols with their own hands after the callers to Allah have demolished them within their hearts. This is the real change, and this is the role, responsibility and duty of the callers to Allah.

Source: aboutislam