‘La Ikraha Fiddeen’ (no compulsion in matters of faith) is the sum up of the basic philosophy of the Quran, directing believers to strive to establish a just society without injustice, transgression and violence, besides maintaining restraint, peace and harmony by propagating the religion through peace and love.
The Quran clearly states that atheists, idolaters or polytheists are also part of God’s word whom he wants to reform with patience and restraints:
“If thou art anxious for their guidance, yet Allah guideth not such as He leaves to stray, and there is none to help them.” (Al Nahl 37)
Muslims should convey the message of the Quran to the people and leave the rest to God.
“Leave alone those who take their religion to be mere play and amusement, and are deceived by the life of this world. But proclaim (to them) this (truth): that every soul delivers itself to ruin by its own acts.” (Al An’am: 70) &
“And dispute ye not with the People of the Book, except with means better (than mere disputation), unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say, “We believe in the revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam).” (Al Ankabut: 46) &
“Argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious: (Al Nahl: 125)
The true believers must adhere to tolerance and compassion while propagating Allah’s/Prophet’s messages:
“Tell those who believe, to forgive those who do not look forward to the Days of Allah: It is for Him to recompense (for good or ill) each People according to what they have arned. If any one does a righteous deed, it ensures to the benefit of his own soul; if he does evil, it works against (his own soul). In the end will ye (all) be brought back to your Lord. (Al Jathiya: 14-15)
Say: “If ye do love Allah, Follow me: Allah will love you and forgive you your sins: For Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Al Imran: 31)
Hold to forgiveness; command what is right; But turn away from the ignorant.(Al Araf: 199)
A true believer must take the job of a reformer on the commandment of the Almighty.
“If they charge thee with falsehood, say: “My work to me, and yours to you! ye are’ (Yunus: 41)
‘We are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him? (Al Baqarah: 139)
“Allah is our Lord and your Lord: for us (is the responsibility for) our deeds, and for you for your deeds. There is no contention between us and you. (Ash Shura: 15)
And when they hear vain talk, they turn away therefrom and say: “To us our deeds, and to you yours.” (Al Qasas: 55)
The Quran does not approve violence in the name of spreading the religion:
“And did not Allah Check one set of people by means of another, the earth would indeed be full of mischief: (Al Baqarah: 251) &
“And Allah loveth not those that do wrong”. (Al Imran: 140)
“For Allah is with those who patiently persevere”. (Al Anfaal: 66)
The God warns man against mischief, violence and killing. In short, peace and peaceful propagation of the message of the Quran is what is envisaged in Islam. He has commanded believers to be the flag bearers of justice, peace and harmony and to strive for the establishment of a just and harmonious society where all the people are allowed to live peacefully.