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Beware of arguments based on theology and scripture, unless you are really thoroughly acquainted with both. Scripture is subject to interpretation as well as mistranslation. Does the Qur'an really say that Islam will vanquish other religions, or does it say that the truth of Islam will "prevail"? Are Muslims really forced by their religious beliefs to conquer the entire world? If so, why haven't they tried to do so for most of history?
The Qur'an says this about religious compulsion:
In Sura 2, al-baqarrah (the Cow):
256: There is no compulsion in religion. True guidance has been made clearly distinct from error. Therefore, whoever renounces 'Taghut' (forces of Satan) and believes in Allah has grasped the firm hand-hold that will never break. Allah, Whose hand-hold you have grasped, hears all and knows all.
But elsewhere in Sura 2 The Quran states:
190: Fight in the cause of Allah with those who fight against you, but do not exceed the limits. Allah does not like transgressors...
193: Fight against them until there is no more disorder and Allah's supremacy is established. If they desist, let there be no hostility except against the oppressors.
So there is "no compulsion," but one must fight until Allah's supremacy is established. We can quote different parts of any holy book to prove any point we wish to prove, and it has been done on many occasions.
Do Jews really put out the eyes of offenders? Why not? It says so in the Torah, doesn't it? "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." But what is written, and the way it is interpreted by different believers, are different things. Are all Christians who support Israel fanatics who believe in converting the Jews and in starting a war in order to bring about the coming of the Messiah? Ask Christians who support Israel, and you will get many different opinions.
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