Quran 2:256 says that:

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.

But, Quran 47:4 also says that:

So when you meet those who disbelieve [in battle], strike [their] necks until, when you have inflicted slaughter upon them, then secure their bonds, and either [confer] favor afterwards or ransom [them] until the war lays down its burdens. That [is the command]. And if Allah had willed, He could have taken vengeance upon them [Himself], but [He ordered armed struggle] to test some of you by means of others. And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds.

How do different sects reconcile these two verses? How they interpret them?

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    They are very different as the first is applicable to those who are under Islamic authority and the second is about those who are being fought in a battle. – UmH Dec 29 '19 at 8:26
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    In Fiqh usually three different kinds of non-Muslims are distinguished those who fight Muslims, those who are friendly or neutral and those living under Muslim leadership (paying jizyah). In both verses it is clear that the context is different. – Medi1Saif Dec 29 '19 at 9:15

The latter dictates conduct during actual war battle. War is only for self-defense of the Muslim community. If attacked, it is obligatory for the Muslims to defend their community. He who picks up the sword and attacks Muslims deserves the same in kind.

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