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Does Islam Force Itself On Others?   
The Accusation

One of the most common, yet groundless, accusations being made against Islam is that it forces itself on others. The picture presented is that if someone does not stop Islam, it will forcefully convert everyone, even at gunpoint.

Here is one of the verses commonly quoted by those who make their living propagating this idea:

"Ye will find others who desire that they should have security from you,- and security from their own folk. So often as they are returned to hostility - they are plunged therein. If they keep not aloof from you nor offer you peace - nor hold their hands, then take them and kill them wherever ye find them. - Against such We have given you clear warrant." Quran 4:91

This verse is used as evidence that Muslims are required to kill anyone who does not accept Islam. That would mean that any Muslim who does not either forcefully convert or kill every non-Muslim he sees is not practicing Islam. This ridiculous idea is childishly easy to refute. But before we do that, let's do a brief comparison.

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Remembrance of God (dhikr) and the path of mercy  
"And whoever turns himself away from the remembrance (dhikr) of al-Rahman (The Compassionate), We appoint for him a shaitan (a satan), so he becomes his close companion (and associate). And most surely they (the satan's) turn them away from the path, though they (the people) persistently imagine that they are rightly guided...." (Qur'an 43:36-37)

This verse, highlights a repeatedly arising theme in the Qur'an - the importance of dhikr (remembrance of God) - but highlights it in a unique and powerfully crucial manner. It links the turning away from a steady and steadfast contemplation and remembrance of God in the aspect of His Mercy and compassion with the entry of Shaitan (Satan) into one's affairs. And as verse 43:37 indicates, this entry is an invisible, unperceived arrival so that the person remains unaware that he has been turned and deflected away from a felicitous path but instead imagines that he "is rightly guided". This theme of people turning away from God's name of Mercy (al-Rahman) and compassion recurs in several places in the Qur'an and is perhaps due to these people desiring a special recognition or concession for their group, their viewpoint, their tribe, or their social and political status. "No remembrance comes to them from the All-Merciful newly arrived but they turn away from it." (Qur'an 26:5) Instead they are faced with a general beneficence that does away with special pleading and levels all hierarchies except that of consciousness and awareness of God and beauty of conduct. 

Rahman and Rahim are two denotations of mercy used throughout the Qur'an. The Rahman is generally considered to be an all-embracing universal mercy and compassion (linked to God's Majesty) which pervades existence and from which everything in existence derives benefit, while Rahim is sometimes defined as a more specialized and focused mercy.

Here (in verse 43:36) we are invoking, through dhikr of the name al-Rahman, the entry into our hearts of that generalized mercy ...

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