لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ
“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”
As I have been reading and listening to Surat Al-Baqarah extensively, especially recently, I always feel a sense of relief and comfort when I come across the above ayah. I find the first part of the verse to be reassuring. In a time when even some of the most educated people think that Islam is a religion of compulsion and oppression, this ayah clearly states the opposite.
The second half of the verse, however, is my favorite. Allah describes that those who disbelieve in the Taghut, or the false deities, and those who believe in God have “grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it.” In reading this ayah, I am reminded of my almost 2 year old niece. When she was learning how to walk, she was terrified to let our hands go in fear that she would fall. Similarly, we are walking this earth in the same manner an infant does: fear of falling due to the unknown. If we hold on to any other hand, it will surely break, and we will fall. But in believing in Him, we have acquired the best handhold there is. His handhold. He will never let us go, and be with us in every step of the way. Truly in every sense, He has our backs.
How amazing is it to know that because you put your trust and belief in Him, He will never allow you to fall? Subhanallah.