Stephenoabc: Give us some examples of the iron fist and we'll grant that Muslims had a right to rebel.
pouncer said"Right" to rebel? What about the Roman "right" to occupy Mecca and Yathrib? Or to attack Sheba, besiege their capital and destroy the port of Aden? Or to conquer Petra and subjugate the Nabateans? Recall this was also the period Rome was slaughtering rebellious Jews in Palestine. And you ask for an iron fist?
You examples are:
Rome occupied Mecca and Yathrib.
Rome attacked Sheba, besieged their capital and destroyed the port of Aden.
Rome conquered Petra and subjugated the Nabateans?
Rome was slaughtering rebellious Jews in Palestine.
Muslim and non-Muslim scholars disagree on whether Muhammad compiled the Quran during his lifetime or if this task began with the first caliph Abu Bakr (632-634). Once the Quran was compiled, due to the unanimity of the sources, Muslims agree that the Quran we see today was canonized by Uthman (653-656).
We are then discussing the time period of approximately 632 - 1094? That's when the items you brought up occurred?