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Come to Istanbul and see

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Submitted by Corak (Turkey), Apr 1, 2010 at 19:20

If one comes to Kuzguncuk, a lovely Bosphorus province of Istanbul, s/he can see a mosque, a synagogue, and a church standing in the same garden. They were built at the Ottoman times. Such pictures were not at all rara avis in these lands.

The meaning of this verse is so clear for a muslim, that such quarrels here seem nonsense for him/her.

The most famous commentator of the Qor'an (Ibn Kathir) says about this verse;

"Do not force anyone to become Muslim, for Islam is plain and clear, and its proofs and evidence are plain and clear. Therefore, there is no need to force anyone to embrace Islam"

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