Saturday, March 25, 2006

Punishment for a Apostates Is Death Penalty

Bismillah ir Rahman ir Rahim
Innal-Hamdalillah was-Salaatu was-Salaam `alaa Rasoolillah
As-Salaamu alaikum wa-Rahmatullahi wa-Barakatuhu

There are two categories of people mentioned: an apostate and an original non-Muslim. The injunctions of the Shari’ah as supported by the Qur’aan and Hadith that is applicable to both of them differs. In other words, both of them do not fall under the same category.

The first one is an apostate or renegade, i.e. a Muslim person who has turned away from Islam and the second are those who are non-Muslims originally. The law for the first group of people, i.e. renegade is that firstly Islam will be presented once again to him and if he has any doubts or queries then these should be cleared out and he will be given a respite of 3 days. If he accepts Islam again, then fine otherwise he will be killed. This is substantiated by the noble Hadith of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) wherein he explicitly mentions, ‘Whosoever changes his Deen, then kill him’. This only apply to the males. A female renegade will not be killed, rather kept imprisoned until she accepts Islam.

As for the second group, when the Muslims conquer a non-Muslim land, they will first invite those people to Islam because of the narration of ibn Abbaas (Radhiallaahu Anhu), ‘No nation should be fought with until they are called to Islam.’ If the accept, then Muslims will not fight with them. And if they refuse, then they will be asked to pay Jizya (tax), if they refuse, this, then only will the Muslims fight them. This is also substantiated by Qur’aan, ‘Fight against those who believe not in Allah nor in the last day nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allah and his Messenger (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islam) among the people of the scripture (Jews and Christians) until they pay the Jizya (tax) with willing submission and feel themselves subdued.’ (Surah Tawbah Aayat29).

and Allah Ta'ala Knows Best


Blogger beakerkin said...

Freedom of thought is Western and American concept. Perhaps you should consider emigrating if you
seriously hold these belefs.

Americans hold the first amendment and the spirit of Voltaire sacred. If you can not repect the right of others to intellectual freedom then you should consider departing.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Anum Mahktar said...

So as long as I agree with what mainstream people agree with, then that's OK? Allah is sacred not Voltaire.

7:02 AM  
Blogger beakerkin said...

The United States is a secular democracy. You may hold whatever odd religious views you like. However when your views enable criminal acts or incite riots this is illegal.

The right of the first amendment also gives people the right to leave Islam or to join Islam. Intellectual freedom is the cornerstone of our country but if you can not live with its consequences you should consider departing for one of many countries that offer shariah.

As for imposing Shariah on me or extorting Jiyzah forget it. The second anyone tries that you will find the American people to be quite stern.

If you can not respect the freedom of others then you should depart.The problem is you do not agree with mainstream people.

7:27 AM  
Blogger JMJ said...

With reference to my own understanding as provided during discussion of the previous post, there is not a single authentically recorded instance that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) did treat apostasy as a prescribed offence under hudud (capital punishment) only for leaving Islam. No one was sentenced to death solely for renunciation of faith unless accompanied by hostility and treason, or was linked to an act of political betrayal of the community. As a matter of fact the Qur’an is completely silent on the question of death as a punishment for apostasy which does not qualify for temporal punishment. The following is provided based on Ahmad Ibn Naqib Al-Misri’s ‘The Reliance of the Traveller’(from IslamOnline) with some amendments);

“In addressing the issue of apostasy it is important to keep in mind the time, circumstances and the conditions that existed at the time of a particular ruling or judgment. Most modern governments do not apply Shari`ah law. However, this does not justify individuals taking it upon themselves to kill people if they apostatize from Islam. If this were to happen, such reckless action would only lead to a vicious circle of murder and homicide in which case a great deal of innocent people would be injured. As it stands presently, the means for dealing with apostasy are appropriate. Muslims should know that Almighty Allah has promised the apostate a severe punishment in this life, and an even greater punishment in the next life.”

10:15 PM  
Blogger JMJ said...

anum mahktar said:
"Allah is sacred not Voltaire."

No one is denying that Allah is not sacred but how can two devout Muslims come up with different opinions regarding the need to kill or not kill this man?

The Quran and the Hadith appear to be in opposition to each other on this issue.

Which takes precedent?

Why are the opinions of each side so confident of their position? Especially when a man's life is at stake?

10:22 PM  
Blogger Anum Mahktar said...

The Qu'ron is Allah's words. It takes precedence over all else.
Whoever falls away from faith in Islam commits unforgivable sin. The passages in the Qu'ron dealing with apostasy are the chapter of Women, verse 90; the chapter of the Table, verse 59; and the chapter of the Bee, verse 108

12:32 PM  
Blogger JMJ said...

If he is guilty of a crime then a crime deserves punishment. However, with regard to Islam, the penalty is denoted as a punishment in the hereafter, not in this life. Regarding this particular crime the question that should be asked should consider the relation between the context and specifics of the shariah ruling and the context and specifics of this offence as the punishment was originally put into force following the Jewish conspiracy against Islam. The details of that conspiracy were simply mass conversion to Islam and then mass apostasy. The main ill aim was to cause confusion and to lead people astray. Thus, the punishment was set as a precautionary measure to stop all these offenses. The Qur`an and authentic ahadith teach us to treat apostates like other kuffar, whose treatment varies from kindness to killing depending on the circumstances and on the degree of hostility they show towards Islam and Muslims. Note that the Quran does not prescribe any punishment for apostasy.

6:34 PM  

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