Minority Day: Quran orders that there be no compulsion in religion, says PM Khan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said the Quran orders that there be no compulsion in religion as Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) had given minorities religious freedom and protected their places of worship.

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Addressing an event celebrating National Minority Day hosted at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad, the premier said Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) life was a road map for people to follow till the day of judgment.

There was no precedent in Islamic history for forcefully converting others, and those who do so “know neither the history of Islam nor their religion, the Quran or Sunnah,” PM said.

PM asked, “how can we then take it into our own hands to forcefully convert someone to Islam — either by marrying [non-Muslim] women […] or on gunpoint or to [by threatening to] kill someone because of their religion?”

PM, while elaborating on a messenger’s duty to only s0pread the word of God, said, “all these things are un-Islamic. If God hadn’t given his messengers the power to impose their beliefs on someone, who are we [to do so]?”

The premier said that since coming to power, he had said that the Riasat-e-Madina was the only model for Pakistan, which had been created in the name of Islam.

Allama Iqbal had said that when a Muslim rises, they aspire to this model (the model of the state of Madina), and when they fall, they deviate from this model, PM said.

PM asserted, “this is why I want this model to be studied in the country. What was Riasat-e-Madina? We are trying that universities teach courses on the Riasat-e-Madina.”

According to Radio Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran also said that though the government was merely implementing the law against previous leaders, they were raising a hue and cry.

Addressing the ceremony, President Dr Arif Alvi also reiterated that the ideas of the Riasat-e-Madina be brought to Pakistan.

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