"Allah says: "There is no compulsion in religion", meaning: do not force anyone to embrace Islam, because it is clear and its proofs and evidences are manifest. Whoever Allah guides and opens his heart to Islam has indeed embraced it with clear evidence. Whoever Allah misguides blinds his heart and has set a seal on his hearing and a covering on his eyes cannot embrace Islam by force...hence Allah revealed this verse. But, this verse is abrogated by...
The verse which states "There is no compulsion in religion," is a statement of truth, and not directly a command. It therefore can never be abrogated, as only commands are possible to abrogate. The implicit, common sense imperative that is associated with this "unabrogatable" statement is not to compel anyone in terms of religion. An imperative that is inextricably linked to a truth statement cannot be abrogated. In full, the verse reads,
"There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejects false deities and believes in God has grasped a firm handhold which will never break. God is Hears and Knows all things." (Quran 2:256)
...abrogated by the verse of "fighting...
...Therefore, all people of the world should be called to Islam...
If anyone of them refuses to do so, or refuses to pay the Jizya they should be fought till they are killed.
Under Islamic Law, Muslims pay an annual tax called zakah (a pillar of Islam), which the state redistributes to the poor, and non-Muslims pay an annual tax called jizyah. Zakah is 2,5% of one's disposable income. While jizyah was supposed to be an equivalent amount, it was most often less than zakah. The zakah tax was never waived for Muslims, but there are countless examples in history of the jizyah being cancelled for non-Muslims. The arrangement for paying jizyah was known as "dhimmah", which means contractual agreement. Those protected and cared for under the dhimmah were called "dhimmis". In modern times, dhimmah has been replaced by the legal construct of muwatanah, meaning citizenship.
In the Sahih, the Prophet said: "Allah wonders at those people who will enter Paradise in chains", meaning prisoners brought in chains to the Islamic state, then they embrace Islam sincerely and become righteous, and are entered among the people of Paradise." -Tafsir of Ibn Kathir, Al-Firdous Ltd., London, 1999: First Edition, Part 3, pp. 37-38
Nevertheless, the statement that some people, initially in chains, will be of those who enter Paradise, is an authentic Hadith by Prophet Muhammad. Scholars have differed on what this may refer to. They have variously opined that its symbolism:
1. May refer to those enemy combatants captured at the Battle of Badr, who voluntarily converted to Islam.
2. It may refer to the idea that adherence to a sacred moral code appears repressive to some (chains), but that one's self-restraint invariably leads one to Paradise.
3. It may refer to Muslim combatants captured in war, dying whilst in enemy custody. They are therefore destined for Paradise.