The Islamic Legislation and Non-Muslims
Islam, due to its mercy upon all people, preserves the rights of even those who are in opposition to it. It affords them the freedom of having their own beliefs and methods of worship; rather it provides security for them as well as their centers of worship. It preserves them, their wealth and their children; it prohibits transgression upon them entirely, except with just cause.
Meaning: Do not compel anyone to embrace the religion of Islam, for indeed it is a clear and understandable religion that is supported by manifest evidences and proofs. One does not need to compel anyone to embrace it.
Freedom of Belief or Creed
Islam’s preservation of the freedom of creed is extremely clear in the saying of Allah the Exalted:
“There is no compulsion in religion. Indeed, the right path has become distinct from the wrong path.” [Al Baqarah: 256]