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IslamQA: If Islam believes in religious freedom, why does it call people to become Muslim?

Salaam. Islam says that religion is not to be compelled upon people, but why does in the early days of Islam Prophet Muhammad , when Gabriel revealed him God's revelation, he is calling upon the people of Medina to tawheed (to worship only one God)? What are your thoughts on this? Jazakallahu khayr.

Alaikumassalam wa rahmatullah,

We believe Islam is God’s true religion. We also believe in religious freedom. So we believe people would be better off in this life and the next if they were Muslims, but we do not wish to force them to become Muslims. This means that we like to tell people about Islam and we recommend it to others, but we do not use force. So the Prophet’s behavior makes perfect sense in this regard; he calls people to what he knows to be better, but he does not use force.

And God knows best.

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