Islamic propagandists frequently bring out the old chestnut about there being “no compulsion in religion.” Perhaps unaware that in the lands conquered by Muslims they offered, as Qur’an and Sunnah tell them to offer, only three possibilities to non-Muslims: death, conversion, or the status of humiliation, degradation, and physical insecurity known as that of the “dhimmi.”
* The reality is different: “Whoever changes his religion, kill him.”
“The punishment for apostasy (riddah) is well-known in Islaamic Sharee’ah. The one who leaves Islaam will be asked to repent by the Sharee’ah judge in an Islaamic country; if he does not repent and come back to the true religion, he will be killed as a kaafir and apostate, because of the command of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “Whoever changes his religion, kill him.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 3017).
* Each of the 4 schools of Sharia has its own epistle, recorded by various authors in the form of Risalas. You can even look them up and read them online – they are straight forward statute-containing law books, which you can quote chapter, section, paragraph, line, ect…just like traffic laws.
*Â For example, from the Risala Al-Maliki as recorded by Abdullah ibn Abi Zayd al-Qayrawani (922-986A.D.) Chapter 37.19:
The apostate is killed unless he repents. He is allowed three days grace; if he fails to utilise the chance to repent, the execution takes place. This same also applies to women apostates.
This particular fiqh, or law, is not significantly different in any of the other 3 Sharia epistles, and in fact, is based dierctly on the words of Mohammad (PBUH) himself.
More Islamic Reality From the UK:
Convert from Islam to Christianity: “Mum, Dad – you’re saying you should kill me… but I’m your daughter! Don’t you realise that??”
Here is a good piece on the difficulties that converts from Islam to Christianity face, including death threats — in the UK. And “moderate” Muslim leaders are reluctant to condemn these things, to the puzzlement of British authorities who are as clueless as are all other Western officials about the universality among all the schools of Islamic law of the death penalty for apostasy.
When Sofia Allam left the Muslim faith for Christianity, the response from her family was one of persecution and threats. Alasdair Palmer explores the dangers facing Islam’s apostates
Sofia Allam simply could not believe it. Her kind, loving father was sitting in front of her threatening to kill her. He said she had brought shame and humiliation on him, that she was now “worse than the muck on their shoes” and she deserved to die.
Patrick Sookhdeo was born a Muslim, but later converted to Christianity. He is now international director of the Barnabas Fund, an organisation that aims to research and to ameliorate the conditions of Christians living in countries hostile to their religion.
He notes that “all four schools of Sunni law, as well as the Shia variety, call for the death penalty for apostates. Most Muslim scholars say that Muslim religious law – sharia – requires the death penalty for apostasy.
“In 2004, Prince Charles called a meeting of leading Muslims to discuss the issue,” adds Dr Sookhdeo. “I was there. All the Muslim leaders at that meeting agreed that the penalty in sharia is death. The hope was that they would issue a public declaration repudiating that doctrine, but not one of them did.”
The reluctance to condemn sharia law is widespread. I asked Mr Bunglawala, for instance, to condemn the Islamic states that imposed the death penalty for apostasy. He did not do so, merely commenting that “it was a matter for those states”….
“My dad was shouting through the letter box, ‘I’m going to kill you’, while the others smashed on the window and beat the door”
* Why hasn’t her father been arrested? Has he even been questioned about her allegations?
More information on this story. “Imam’s daughter in hiding after her conversion to Christianity sparked death threats,” by Liz Hull and Daniel Bates in the Daily Mail (thanks to DW):
The daughter of a British imam is living under police protection after receiving death threats from her father for converting to Christianity.
The 31-year-old, whose father is the leader of a mosque in Lancashire, has moved house an astonishing 45 times after relatives pledged to hunt her down and kill her.
The British-born university graduate, who uses the pseudonym Hannah for her own safety, said she renounced the Muslim faith to escape being forced into an arranged marriage when she was 16.
She has been in hiding for more than a decade but called in police only a few months ago after receiving a text message from her brother.
In it, he said he would not be held responsible for his actions if she failed to return to Islam.
Officers have agreed to offer her protection in case of an attempt on her life.
Last night the woman said: […] “I know the Koran says anyone who goes away from Islam should be killed as an apostate, so in some ways my family are following the Koran. They are following Islam to the word.
* That’s right. They are good Muslims. Islam is a bit like Hotel California: you can check in any time you like, but you can never leave…
Al-Shafi’i, the Muslim jurist who founded the school of Sunni jurisprudence that bears his name, held that Qur’an 2:217 called for the killing of the apostate: “And they will not cease from fighting against you till they have made you renegades from your religion, if they can. And whoso becometh a renegade and dieth in his disbelief: such are they whose works have fallen both in the world and the Hereafter.” Others point to Qur’an 4:89 — “But if they turn renegades, seize them and slay them wherever ye find them” — as calling for the execution of apostates. The Qur’an interpreter Baydawi explained this verse this way: “Whosoever turns back from his belief (irtada), openly or secretly, take him and kill him wheresoever ye find him, like any other infidel.”