Freedom Of Worship In Islam
- From: Nawaz <nawaz_chillizone@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2009 01:49:18 -0800 (PST)
The Quran enjoins upon believers to protect non-believers living in an
Islamic State and allow them the freedom of worship and protection of
their places of worship. Are they not then entitled to protect
themselves? The concept of religious freedom amongst non-Muslims is
the freedom of worship and freedom to observe their rituals. But in
Islam it is the right to determine a way of life or organize a
political community based on the Quranic fundamentals. Anybody who
comes in the way of this freedom or interferes with this way of
existence shall be resisted by the Muslims. The believers cannot exist
in an atmosphere of slavery, though it may be called peaceful from the
worldly point of view. Generally, a peaceful reign means the one where
all sorts of crimes are forcibly eliminated. This is a positive act
but the Quran leads further. According to the Holy Quran, a real peace
can exist only where there is subservience to Allah and Allah alone.
Such is the only constructive reign. Subservience of an established
truth to human whims and wishes is ‘Fasad’ (disorder and confusion) in
the Quranic terminology (23:71). Accordingly, any conflict between
State based on Divine fundamentals on the one hand and one based on
man-made laws on the other is a conflict between truth and falsehood
between order and confusion. Thus fighting is allowed against the
forces of evil which interfere in the establishment of a social order
based on truth. But believers are commanded only to raise arms in
defense of ‘Deen’ and are not allowed to disobey limits.
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