Yes hats off, there is no answer to
what came first, the chicken or the egg?
But, one might argue that, if tolerance
is of universal goodness – as the immediate following article
Tolerance Can Ensure the Survival of Humankind
suggests – then thirteen years was not enough.
However we agree, I hope, to disagree
on historical events as seen by you and I!
The issue of tolerance/intolerance and
power-play in Makkah and Madinah must be analysed in terms the times
of constant harassment, torment, economic sanctions and eventually
exercise of military Power by the non-Muslim parties, particularly
Jews in the conflict in the area of reference.
The basic rule of law however – no
compulsion – remained enforced during the Messenger's time
as is proven, say in Egypt and Abyssinia with Christians.
The later day Muslim on Muslim people's
battles and conquest of lands was no different to today's and ancient
battles of hegemony of nations with POWER. I believe that is the
nature of mankind and Apostles tried to change it without achieving