Pearl of Wisdom

'There is no knowledge like the acquirement of wellbeing [for oneself], and there is no wellbeing like the soundness of the heart.'

Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
Bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 164, no. 1

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Question : #153 Category: Holy Qur'an
Subject: tafsir surah from Holy Quran
Question: Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

May I ask please what this surah means?


La ikraha fee alddeeni qad tabayyana alrrushdu mina alghayyi faman yakfur bialttaghooti wayumin biAllahi faqadi istamsaka bialAAurwati alwuthqa la infisama laha waAllahu sameeAAun AAaleemun

There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower.

What does no compulsion in religion means?

Thank you very much for your time and effort. May Allah bless you and your family.
Answer: Salaam alaykum,

To give a brief answer to this question I will first state that many people misinterpret this verse. Their perception is that it means that nobody is forced to do anything in religion and therefore can forgo certain religious obligations such as wearing the hijab. This is not the case. What the verse means is that nobody is forced to accept religion. One has the choice to accept Islam or reject it - of course he would have to live with the consequences.

Fi amanillah

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