Islamic Quotes on Tolerance – Islam is a religion of tolerance. The world today portrays Islam as a religion of conflict and war, but if you learn and understand Islam in the true sense and neglect the twisted version of western media, you would realize that Islam is the most tolerant religion of all. In Surah Al-Baqarh, ALLAH S.W.T has clearly stated that a religion is someone’s personal matter. You can convince someone, but you have to tolerate it if someone is not willing to embrace Islam.
"Let there be no compulsion in religion" (Surah Al-Baqarah – Verse 256)
Islam – A religion of free will
Islam accepts the concept of free will. If someone denies the teachings of Islam, he has a free will to do so.
"Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny." (Surah Al-Kahf – Verse 29)
Quran has a whole Surah whose basic summary is "free will".
"Say, O disbelievers, I do not worship what you worship. Nor are you worshippers of what I worship. Nor will I be a worshipper of what you worship. Nor will you be worshippers of what I worship. For you is your religion, and for me is my religion." (Surah Al-Kafiroon)
Quran teaches the followers to be tolerant towards other human beings. ALLAH S.W.T gives man a free will to either choose good or evil.
"And say, The truth is from your Lord, so whosoever wants let him believe and whosoever wants let him deny." (Surah An-Nahl – Verse 29)
Tolerance for One’s Religion
Islam is a tolerant religion and this fact can be proved by the way Holy Prophet S.A.W.W dealt with the disbelievers. He said,
"To you be your religion, to me be mine."
This is the tolerance Islam teaches us to practice in our daily lives.
Quran at one place counsels the Muslims to be tolerant toward the beliefs of people from other religions and asks us not to mock their gods. This is the level of tolerance Islam demands from us.
"Do not curse the idols beside God, lest they blaspheme and curse God, out of ignorance." (Surah Al-An’am – Verse 108)
Importance of Tolerance in Hadiths
The best way to understand tolerance in Islam is to see how the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) spent his life. He advised us to be easy (tolerant) on others.
"Make things easy and do not make things difficult. Give glad tidings and do not repel people. Cooperate with each other and do not become divided." (Sahih Bukhari 2873)
At one place the Holy Prophet S.A.W.W asked of the Muslims,
"Behave with tolerance and patience." (Musnad Ahmad 22210)
Holy Prophet (S.A.W.W) also asked the followers to be tolerant in matters of repayment,
"May ALLAH S.W.T have mercy on the man who is tolerant when selling, buying, and seeking repayment." (Sahih Bukhari 1970)
Someone once asked the Holy Prophet S.A.W.W, "O Messenger of Allah, which deed is the best?" The Prophet (S.A.W.W) replied, "Patience and tolerance."
Indeed, Islam is a religion of tolerance and forbearance. ALLAH S.W.T has promised rewards for those who practice tolerance in their daily lives.