The Example of Islam
A somewhat comparable issue arose in the struggle of the newborn community founded by Muhammad to survive attempts by pagan Arab tribes to extinguish it—and in the barbaric cruelty and relentless spirit of vendetta animating the attackers.
No one familiar with the historical details will have difficulty in understanding the severity of the Qur’án’s injunctions on the subject.
While the monotheistic beliefs of Jews and Christians were to be accorded respect, no compromise with idolatry was permitted.
In a relatively brief space of time, this draconian rule had succeeded in unifying the tribes of the Arabian Peninsula and launching the newly forged community on well over five centuries of moral, intellectual, cultural and economic achievement, unmatched before or since in the speed and scope of its expansion.
History tends to be a stern judge. Ultimately, in its uncompromising