there is no compulsion in religion:
Verse (ayah) 256 of Al-Baqara, the Qur'an.
"there is no compulsion in religion.--
Verily, the Right Path has become
distinct from the wrong path.
Whoever disbelieves in Tâghût
and believes in God (ar. Allah),
then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold
that will never break.
And God is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
. notice this isn't talking about Islam,
which is a superset of being religious;
. religion is the state of
being aware of the supernatural .
. this passage "(no compulsion in religion)
is typically misunderstood as suggesting that
Islam does not require compulsory religion;
rather, it is pointing out that being religious
has nothing to do with arduous self-discipline,
and everything to do with finding a true love .