I was just wondering, how do Muslims reconcile their beliefs that there's "No compulsion in religion, " with the Ridda Wars?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ridda_wars
I know the ways they have managed to explain away the massacres of Jews & the destruction of idols on the kaaba, but the Ridda Rebels only fault was simply apostatizing!
Apart from their specific objectives, the corps commanders were given the following instructions:
1.Seek the tribes which are your objectives
2.Call the Azaan.
3.If the tribe answers with the Azaan, do not attack. After the Azaan, ask the tribe to confirm its submission, including the payment of zakat. If confirmed, do not attack.
4.Those who submit will not be attacked.
5.Those who do not answer with the Azaan, or after the Azaan do not confirm full submission, will be dealt with by sword.
6.All apostates who have killed Muslims will be killed.
With these instructions Abu Bakr launched the forces of Islam against the apostates.
In other words, only if they answer the Muslim call to prayer ie tha azaan with azaan will they be spared
So they have to remain Muslims or be
How do Muslims believe that there is "No compulsion in religion," & the instances of compulsion were infrequent in Muslim history, as Islam was retained through massive force during these redda wars?