I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

Muhammad, the prophet of Islam, is reported to have said:

I have been commanded to fight against people till they testify that there is no god but Allah, and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, perform the Prayer, and pay Zakah. If they do that, their blood and property are guaranteed protection on my behalf except when justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah.

(‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar  reported that Allah’s Messenger, Muhammad, said this)

Hadith Sahih Muslim 1: 33

The ahadith (authoritative for teaching in practice in Islam) teach that Muhammed (the perfect example for Muslims to follow) offered non-Muslims the options of submission to Islam, payment of the poll tax as a subservient people (available to Jews, Zoroastrians and Christians) or war. The latter meant death to the fighting men and the women and children taken as slaves.

Sahih Muslim (19:4294) – “When you meet your enemies who are polytheists [Christians…], invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them”

More on forced conversion in Islam here.

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