Source: Observer, by Shaukat M Zafar.
God has given us free will to choose our own belief system. I am a strong believer in freedom of religion, and condemn no-one for believing something other than what I myself believe. Muslimsare expected to invite non-Muslims of the truth of Islam with words of wisdom, sound arguments and a pleasant manner. Tolerance is the basic teaching of Islam. There is no teaching of Holy Qur’an directing that Muslims should kill others just because they are not Muslim. The HolyQur’an emphasizes peace and reconciliation as basic to all social and even international relations.
Today, many non-Muslims regard Islam as a religion that promotesterrorism and war. A common misconception is being spread by the west that Islam is a religion of Violence. They forget Islam is the latest version of the same message already sent by God through various other Messengers including Hadrat Moses and Jesus. The series of prophets and messengers coming from God throughout the ages is to call the people again towards their innate identity of love and friendship. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) was sent finally to convey God’s message to the whole world. It is, “To convey the message of Islam to all people, to deliver it freely, to ensure the freedom of religious beliefs, and to establish justice on earth within the system of Islam.”