Islam propagates peace as the main principle in international relations (Part Nine)


2. Peaceful invitation

It is necessary to stress that the invitation to Islam must be through logic, wisdom, friendly preaching and optional belief as mentioned by Quranic Ayahs. Ayah 125, Surah Al-Nahl says: Invite people with wisdom and kind advice to God’s way and discuss with them with the best of methods. Ayah 99, Surah Al-Yunus says: If your God wished, everyone on earth would have believed, so will you force people to become believers?

Ayah 256, Surah Al-Baqarah says: There is no compulsion in religion; guidance stands out from going astray. Ayah 18, Surah Al-Ankabut says: No other duty for the Prophet (PBUH), except to deliver his message clearly. Ayah 6, Surah Al-Kaferun says: You have your religion and I have my religion. Ayah 29, Surah Al-Kahf says: Say, truth is from God, let anyone who wishes to believe and let anyone who wishes to disbelieve.

Translated from Farsi text written by Ayatollah Dr Seyyed Mustafa Mohaqeq Damaad

To be continued

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