Notes: Islam the Religion of Tolerance

The Light (Pakistan), 16th March 1923 Issue (Vol. 2, No. 6, p. 1)

“The religion of the Turk,”

said Khalid Shel­drake, an English Muslim,

“is alleged to be intole­rant.”

Let us examine this:

“Thirteen hundred years ago a great charter was delivered to mankind through the lips of the great Prophet of Arabia. A new message was given to the world the like of which was up to that time unknown and which sounded the death-knell of religious intolerance.

Allah reveals to us in the Holy Koran [2:256] those words: ‘La ikraha fiddin’ (‘Let there be no compulsion in religion’). If Muhammad (on whom be peace) had brought no other revelation to mankind yet this was sufficient to render his claim to Prophethood incontestable.

Wherever Islam extended its boundary for the first time, people of all shades of religious belief breathed freely.”