Apologists for Islam like to quote the first portion of Sura 2,256
("There is no compulsion in religion") to counter charges that Islam is militarily aggressive by nature. Explain to me this, then - if there is no compulsion in Islam, then why did Mohammed compel the polytheists of Mecca to surrender the Kaaba
, which was then their shrine, to be transformed into an Islamic mosque?
Note that the Ottoman Turks followed this example when, upon the conquest of Constantinople, they transformed the Hagia Sophia
into a mosque.