“There is no compulsion in religion”- Tafsir Al Murtad

“There is no compulsion in religion.”

Muslims loooovveee using that little line don’t they?


To keep it nice and simple, I am going to break down the verse.
It starts off with “There is no compulsion in religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong” – Awwww isn’t that nice? No one is going to be forced to abide by Islam (let’s not be coy, religion = Islam).
It has been reported by Anas ibn Malik that “The Messenger of Allah said to a man, “Embrace Islam.” The man said, “I find that I dislike it.” The Prophet said, “Even if you dislike it.” [Ahmad]. Umm, correct me if I am wrong but isn’t that compulsion? Mo, you’ve just contradicted yourself. 

The verse continues with “So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it.”

Taghut in the Quranic/Islamic sense means anything or anyone worshipped apart from Allah. Anyone who believes in Taghut is regarded as a disbeliever.

However, all is good if you believe in Allah as he’s got your back.

As with many verses in the Quran, this one ends with letting everybody know Allah can hear and know stuff.

I am often told by Muslims that I cherry pick the Quran, or I take the Quran out of context so as the good little ExMuslim that I am, I am going to examine the verse that follows.


It begins with Allah saying that he got his homeboys back so long as they remain believers. They are taken from the “darkness into the light”. 
The disbelievers are the homeboys of the Taghut and they are taken “out of the light into darkness.”
Allah doesn’t like the homeboys of the Taghut so he has damned the disbelievers to the Fire with a capital F, and not even for just a short time.

The verse states that “they will abide eternally therein” – Seriously? Allah is so upset that his “creation” doesn’t care/believe in him so he is going to eternally send them to the naughty corner?

Muslims often hear the line “Allah guides whom he wills and Allah misguides whom he wills.” Now if Allah is the one who ‘misguides’ people why is he punishing people for doing what he has supposedly guided them to do? How illogical does this sound?

Where is the freedom to choose here?


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