Qur’an 2:256 says there is “no compulsion in religion,” and apologists often cite this verse to claim no one can be converted to Islam under duress.
Claims about outright “compulsion” aside (and even then, a dhimmi must hope for well-behaved overlords), there certainly is an elaborate culture of coercion in Islamic law, with subtle and not-so-subtle measures taken to make the practice of non-Islamic religions inconvenient, uncomfortable, and dangerous. And such measures are taken following the letter and spirit of Qur’an 9:29:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
“Christian Filipino migrants forced to convert to Islam,” by Santosh Digal for Asia News, January 28:
Manila (AsiaNews) – “In my tens [sic] in Saudi Arabia, I have witnessed several Catholic or Christian Filipino migrants accept Islam under duress,” said Joselyn Cabrera, a Filipino Catholic nurse working at Riyadh hospital. Because of high unemployment levels in the Philippines, more than ten million Filipinos have left to seek jobs abroad. Every day, about 3,000 leave the country. Recently, a majority has gone to Arab countries–some 600,000 in all, 200,000 in Saudi Arabia alone.
“After some months, employers give you an ultimatum, telling you to become Muslim to keep your job,” she said. “For us, it is hard to make such a choice, but if we don’t, we become the victims of abuse.”
In her years in the kingdom, she said she saw at least 50 forced conversions at work.
“Even I have been subjected to pressures from my Muslim co-workers, but I have always refused saying that I’d rather remain Catholic. Until now, nothing has happened to me, yet.”
According to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), Filipino emigration towards the Middle East has grown by 29.5 per cent between 2007 and 2008, a destination of choice for many migrants, and this despite horrible working conditions that include the possibility of forced conversion and sexual abuse in the case of women….