Actual Opinion

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

There Is No Compulsion In The Religion

There is no compulsion in the religion is an essential principal, a principal of Allah swt. So, then if there is a man made rule which compel or force a physical coercion in the religion, then that is something against the principal of Allah swt.

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَدْ تَبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِنْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ
بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انْفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.” (QS 2:256)

Recently, we heard a news about a Saudi Arabian girl who run away from her family and retained in Bangkok in looking for freedom asylum. The girl asked for help from international world to avoid from being deported back to Saudi Arabia because she just converted out from Islam, and the punishment according to Saudi Arabian law is death. A strict rule within her family make her got a lot of punishments and physical violence from her parents. Finally she flew to Canada to process for getting asylum for herself.

Can we apply an Islamic Syariah law which give death sentence to everyone who apostate from Islam? The answer is No. Because everyone is free to choose their own faith and religion, in align with the principal of Allah swt as mentioned above. Applying death sentence for everyone who apostate from Islam is against the principle of no compulsion in the religion, a principle of Allah swt.

And so as to compel the faith and belief to our own family is something which was not allowed by our guru. Especially when it involve with physical violence. Our task is only delivering the message of the faith and belief with hikmah and wisdom, so then by doing it we will be free from our responsibility to deliver the message. No more than that.

Doing sweeping and raid during the day time in Ramadhan festive upon restaurants, is also a kind of actions which is against the principal of Allah swt as mentioned above. Because actually there is no compulsion to do fasting.

In fact, not everyone are obliged to do fasting. The non-moslem people, women during their period and people within long journey, they all are oftenly suffer from finding food during the day time in Ramadhan festive, because there are no restaurant which dare enough to open. Do such persons have to be compulsory to do fasting because of that?

The principal of freedom in the religion and belief actually had been already contained within the noble values of Pancasila which was agreed amongst the founders of this nation. Forbiden to compel the religion to the others. But, unfortunately today there are a number of moslem people in this country who harbor wishes and plans to replace the basic foundation of this nation with the law of Islamic Syariah.

Implementing the law os Islamic Syariah in Indonesia for sure it will not be agreed by a fraction of non-moslem people in this country. Then, do we have to compel and ask the non-moslem people to accept it? Isn’t it will be against the principal of no compulsion in the religion?

We almost thought, that struggling to build an Islamic nation in this country, to implement the law of Islamic Syariah is a kind of holy struggle, jihad fi sabilillah. In fact, at the end it is actually against the principle of no compulsion in the religion. Against the principle of Allah swt. So, then it is clear now that such struggling is not a jihad fi sabilillah, but a jihad fi tafsiriyah (jihad in their own interpretation). (AK/ST)