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No compulsion in religion - Part A

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The ‘no compulsion in religion’  lie: 
Part A : Historical context 
 
What does this much ‘quoted in part’ sura 2.256 really mean?    Well, not islamic tolerance/equality of others that’sBhai Taru Singh for sure!  Strangely, muslims don’t mention that the sura has been completely over-ruled – abrogated according to islam’s LAW of ABROGATION - by later, violently intolerant text (part B)!  

The Koran lacks context or chronological order.    A supposed (I think fake) historical context  and ‘order’ is found in Ibn Hisham’s (early 9th century) version of Ibn Ishaq’s Sirat Rasul Allah - the first biography of mohammad (‘lost’),  written around 750 (mohammad died in 632!).   The claimed historical context is actually irrelevant because koranic text applies forever but knowledge of the ‘order’ is critical to know which text is ignored and which over-rules!
 
If there's no compulsion in religion, why are muslims killed if they abandon islam(part C) and others killed or subjugated for refusing to follow it?
 
Claimed historical context:
The young (~25) mohammad married his wealthy, powerful boss Khadia (40) and lived happily off her money.  At 40 mohammad had fits/hallucinations and  Khadia’s Christian uncle kindly suggested he might be a prophet (~609CE)—Mohammad  abused local beliefs and customs angering locals who still allowed people to ‘convert’ to mohammad’s ‘religion.’  We get verses already threatening others and a few ‘tolerant’ Meccan verses’ eg
 
Koran 109. 1-6 Say: O disbelievers! .........  Unto you your religion, and unto me my religion.

The verse really demands ‘tolerance’ of  mohammad’s minority ideology and begins the religious apartheid central to islam. The Meccans got their payback later (630) for rejecting megalomaniac mohammad!

With Khadia dead (bye, bye money) and little success in Mecca, mohammad headed to gullible Medina (622CE).  Medina converts were called Ansars (helpers) and those from Mecca, Muhajirons (emigrants).

Medina’s 3 Jewish tribes allowed mohammad to enter and preach but refused to ‘convert.’   Within a few months, mohammad and crew began attacking the Meccan trade caravans, killing, enslaving and stealing.  Groups joined to share the booty which allah conveniently promised, while demanding 1/5 went to mohammad (eg Koran suras Banu Qurayza masacre 8.38-41, 8.1)!  The Meccans/Quraysh retaliated in the battle of Badr (624CE) which mohammad won.  Suras like 2.216,  217 tell the ‘new muslims’ to fight and threaten those who leave islam!   Mohammad threatened the Jews (skilled craftsmen, business people, traders...) and others eg suras 3.4, 3.10 promise severe penalties to non-muslims.

a) ‘The affair of the Banu Qaynuqa’ (Jews) is recorded p 363-364 in Ibn Ishaq’s ‘Sirat rasul allah!  Mohammad addressed them in their marketplace-
“O Jews, beware lest God bring upon you the vengeance that He brought upon the Quraysh and become Muslims. You know that I am a prophet who has been sent – you will find that in your scriptures and God’s covenants with you.” (p 363 ibid)

They rejected his threat and the verses Koran 3.12-13 were revealed... [p363 ibid]:

Koran 3.12-13 Say to those who reject Faith: "Soon will ye be vanquished and gathered together to Hell,-an evil bed indeed (to lie on)!   ...."There has already been for you a Sign in the two armies that met (in combat): One was fighting in the cause of Allah, the other resisting Allah; these saw with their own eyes Twice their number. But Allah doth support with His aid whom He pleaseth. In this is a warning for such as have eyes to see."
Khavar-nama
On the pretext of a youngster offending a muslimah, they would have been slaughtered but for the intercession of a powerful man so they were expelled.   The text ‘Oh you who believe, take not Jews and Christians for friends.  They are friends of one another.  Who of you takes them as friends is one of them. God will not guide unjust people.   You can see those in whose heart there is a sickness’ .........Those who take god and his apostle and the believers as friends, they are god’s party, they are victorious’  was revealed (p 364) threatening those who try to protect others from Islamic violence.

b) NO COMPULSION - HA, HA ... Next the Banu al-Nadir (Jews) (p 437-445 ibid) on the pretext that someone was going to drop a rock on Mohammad (easy to understand given his treatment of Jews, threats to others but a very unreliable way to kill someone).   Mohammad’s crew besieged them, chopping down all their palm trees (not destruction but allah’s vengeance!).......terror was struck in their hearts.   Their property became Mohammad’s though he gave some to the Muhajirons but not the Ansars!!  

Abu-Dawud Book 14, Number 2676:       Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: When the children of a woman (in pre-Islamic days) did not survive, she took a vow on herself that if her child survives, she would convert it a Jew. When Banu an-Nadir were expelled (from Arabia), there were some children of the Ansar (Helpers) among them. They said: We shall not leave our children. So Allah the Exalted revealed; "Let there be no compulsion in religion. Truth stands out clear from error."
Koran 2.256 Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.

 Clearly the (pagan) Arabs respected the Jews and allowed their children to be raised as Jews but now that the Jews were expelled, what would happen to the Ansar children?  In fact, mohammad was stating that Arab children shouldn’t  embrace Judaism and that other (non-muslim) religions are evil.  It was a warning to the Ansar women not to bring their children up as Jews!!   The verse is NOT a statement of Islamic religious freedom or tolerance.  
 
Javed AnjumThe hadith clearly relate verse 2.256 to the children of the Ansars leaving with the expelled Jews.  At this stage, the muslims were only just starting to assert their political and military force in Medina as sura 2 is possibly the first of the Medina text and it got much worse...

Even if it is interpreted that a person cannot be forced to be muslim this does NOT imply religious freedom, equality or tolerance!!   Supposedly allah chooses those who will become muslim and deliberately misleads others (Koran 16.37, Abu Dawud Book 3, No. 1092, Book 11, No 2113, predetermined eg Muslim book 33, No.s 6390-6408, Bukhari v 4, 8, 9 similar text)   If allah made you muslim you don’t have the right to leave (death!).  If allah makes you non-muslim, you don’t have equality with muslims and are punished in hell (through no fault of your own!).   But of course allah’s religion must be enforced so text tells pagans/idolators/atheists/polytheists they must ‘choose’ islam or death while the people of the book get the extra option of living as subjugated others under islamic control.   This is clearly spelled out in later over-ruling text!   No compulsion doesn’t equal freedom of religion, tolerance or equality for others and is over-ruled anyway!!!!

The raid on B. Qurayza’ (627) The last Jewish tribe (pp461-482 ibid) refused to accept mohammad, and refused to kill their women and children and then fight mohammad because ‘what would be the good of life when they were dead?’ and they refused to desecrate their Sabbath....(p 462 ibid)   They were slaughtered  ---  700-900 beheaded, women and children enslaved and mohammad took the young, beautiful Rayhana (Rihana) for his own pleasure... lovely.   Although neutral in one of mohammad’s battles, a claim was made against them,  a convenient excuse to destroy an entire tribe!
Koran  33.26-27  'And he caused to descend from their strongholds the Jews that assisted them.  And he struck terror into their hearts.  Some you slaughtered and some you took prisoner. And He made you heirs of their lands, their houses, and their goods, and of Kidnapped Girlsa land which ye had not frequented (before). And Allah has power over all things.

The expelled tribes and others were attacked, Mecca taken, threatening letters demanding submission were sent  to many tribes, critics were assassinated, and the stealing, enslavement and rape grew.  Infidels left alive suffered crushing laws and taxes eg Kharaj, jizya (the Jews of Khybar had to pay 50% of their produce to mohammad...  with humiliation, being brought low ..) levied viciously on non-muslims not to mention a mass of other horrifying laws and practices including taking children and training them as muslims (eg Marwan’s children after mohammad had the poetess assassinated!)     But this isn’t ‘compulsion’.   It’s a miracle others exist at all where islam has hold!  

While muslims demand freedom of religion and preferential treatment here, the islamic world either bans other religions or persecutes followers!   2000/2001 Christians in the Maluku Islands, Indonesia were forced on pain of death to ‘convert’ and females genitally mutilated by their muslim neighbours!  In Bangladesh Hindus were given a week to convert or be slaughtered etc!

Bukhari book 52   fighting for the cause of allah (jihad)
Bukhari Volume 4, Book 52, Number 254:   Narrated Abu Huraira:
The Prophet said, "Allah wonders at those people who will enter Paradise in chains." (ie forced into islam!)

Islam or beheading?  No compulsion intended!

References:   Sirat Rusulallah by Ibn Ishaq  Translated by A. Guillaume. Fifteenth Impression, 2001 Published by Oxford University Press, Karachi, Pakistan. ).
Most text available for hadiths HERE and HERE for Koran.  Note verse numbers can vary within translations.  Many 'English' versions are very 'sanitised' or 'mistranslated.'
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