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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Apostasy from Islam and the Prophet's decree against it.

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.

Peace be to you O Children of Adam (AS).

I would like to touch on a subject that is very much on almost everyone's mind lately what more with the recent controversial cases involving apostates and said to be apostates here in Malaysia?

The subject of Apostasy is quite often the hottest subject nowadays especially when it is being debated and discussed by persons who have nothing to do with it in the first place?

Yes, the ones making a whole lot of noise about it are not the apostates themselves but their 'pro bono unrequited advocates and solicitors' from amongst the Kaffirs who take it upon themselves to speak up and champion the causes of those who are not that sure about their status of their faith or disbelief in Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala?

You can't simply generalize the apostates into one major group or common grounds.

Frankly speaking I am not that bothered about a few clueless folks who just love to draw attention to themselves and seek to bask in the limelight that the Christians and others in the MCCBCHST coalition so love to shine upon them?

Many ask me about whether the Holy Qur'an has any specific verses that deal with the subject of apostasy and as to whether Islam demands that apostates be put to death if they fail to repent?

I would like to refer to the Hadith below where:

Abū Hurairah reported that he heard the Messenger of Allāh, peace and blessings of Allāh be on him, say:

"He who obeys me obeys Allāh, and he who disobeys me disobeys Allāh and he who obeys the amīr obeys me, and he who disobeys the amīr disobeys me; and the Imām is an armour for protection--the battle is fought for his defence and through him protection is sought.

So if he commands the doing of duty to Allāh and does justice, he has a reward for it; and if he does otherwise,' he shall suffer the evil consequences of it."

Now do people who argue for the rights of the apostates saying that there is no verse in the Qur'an which calls for the death penalty for those who deny Allah realize that in Islam, we Muslims are commanded by Allah the Almighty to obey Him and also the Holy Prophet as far as the matters concerning the faith is being questioned?

There are lots of write ups with regard to the subject of apostasy and we can go through all such articles from daybreak till night and still not come to any agreement as far as discussing the various points and perspectives that different scholars of Islam and theology will come up with?

I would like to suggest you to read what Dr. Ahmad Shafaat has to say about apostasy here and here?

S.A. Rahman, the retired Chief Judge of Pakistan has also written about the subject here.

At the end of the day, we have to look at things the way Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam has said of the 3 cases where the life of a Muslim can be taken from him or her?

This is a scan of the authentic hadiths of Rasulullah SAW as in the Sahih Bukhari:









The best way to deal with apostates is to deal with them using hikmah @ wisdom and good sincere counseling?

With the proper approach and explaining, apostasy will soon be a thing of the past. Insya Allah.

Yes, there are certain cases and situations where some individuals are forced to convert to Islam due to unavoidable circumstances such as young children who are under the age of 18, who are converted into becoming Muslims by their Non Muslim parents who embrace Islam out of their own convictions and exercise their parental rights to bring their offspring together with them into Islam.

I have had a request emailed to me by a Christian speaking on behalf of her 'Chinese Muslim' lady friend who was 8 years old when she was forcibly converted into becoming Muslim by her Chinese parents.

The 8 year old Chinese girl is now a 30+ grown up lady who according to her Christian friend has never practiced any of the Islamic teachings all her life, has been praying to the deities in the temple following her Chinese grandparents and living in Ipoh, Perak.

According to the Christian, her 'Chinese Muslim' friend also eats pork and indulges in all things forbidden in Islam.

She now wants to marry her Chinese boyfriend and wants a way out of being known as a Muslim for she has never come to accept or believe in Islamic teachings as her Chinese Muslim parents had failed to teach and nurture her into becoming a believing Muslim all these years?

Reminds me of the Revathi Masoosai case only thing is that the subject now is a Chinese?

Can we afford to be blinkered in our views and remain deaf, dumb and blind to the contributing circumstances where this person who was 8 years old when she was unwillingly turned into a Muslim at the behest of her parents who obviously had failed in turn to raise her as a Muslim during her formative years?

So, how do we deal with this case?

Can belief be forced upon someone who was a born Non Muslim child aged 8, neglected as far as the obligatory education of her with the principles of Iman and Islam and also the basics of Islamic practice that is known as the 'Fardhu Ain' all those years and expect her to remain as a hypocrite under the label of Islam?

What do the learned ones in Islamic Authority have to say about this case?

I respectfully ask that my Non Muslims readers and fellow Malaysians refrain from commenting on this case as I want to hear from my fellow Muslims especially those who are the scholars and in authority to speak about such a situation?

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