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Last updated: 28th March 2006
Question ID: #1675
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28th March 2006

Respected Mufti Sahab,
My question is with regards to the 'converted Christian' Abdul Rahman. He was imprisoned, accused of apostasy- or denouncing Islam in favour of Christianity. He was facing the death penalty from the Afghan government if he did not denounce Christianity.
On many Islamic forums, I have read views of Muslims critisising the Afghan government for their actions. The most common argument is, Muslims should be tolerant towards these issues as it is only adding fuel to the fire of the Islamophobic war. Could you please clarify what our thoughts should be on this issue, as opposing something that is in the Shariah, even unknowingly, can prove to be fatal for our Iman.

Ulamaa ID 04
Answer last updated on:
17th October 2007
Answered by:
Ulamaa ID 04
Location: London

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah's guidance)

The death penalty for an apostate is very clear in the Ahadith of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), A'mal (actions) of the Sahabah (RA) and the consensus of the jurists. Therefore, it is compulsory for the Muslims to follow and adhere to what the Quran, Sunnah of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) and the pious predecessors has informed us.

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And Only Allah Ta'ala Knows Best.