Legality of Jihad

Q 4: Some enemies of Islam claim that it was spread at the point of the sword, what is Your Eminence's refutation of this allegation?

A: Those who gave ear while being heedful to the teachings of Islam came to embrace it after their minds were convinced of the clear-cut proofs and unquestionable argumentations proving it to be the true religion of Allah. Use of force was only resorted to in cases of defending Islam against those who declared their arrogant opposition to it, yet virtually ended up having no choice but to embrace Islam after developing strong conviction that it is a true religion.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.