Apostasy and Islam

2014-05-21 19:31

The death sentence passed on a pregnant Sudanese woman for refusing to renounce her Christianity has correctly sparked worldwide outrage. The judge seems to have overlooked many important facts in his judgement.

According to an article, Sudan’s Grand Mufti Isam Ahmed Elbashir, the highest religious authority in the country, was opposed to the harsh sentence against the young woman.

Unfortunately today there seems to be a blatant neglect of judicial procedures and a lack of complete grasp of Sharia laws. Some judges in so-called Muslim countries are not passing sentences on sound Islamic principles.

Apostasy is something that has been a source of vigorous debate not only among non-Muslims but also among Muslims.

Islam views apostasy as high treason. Just as treason is punishable in any country so is apostasy. Renunciation of the faith and conversion to disbelief in Almighty, the unseen omnipotent Creator, is admittedly the greatest of offenses a Muslim can commit.

Islamic law is based upon four main sources: The Quran, traditions or known practices of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), consensus of the Scholars, and rational proofs or analogy.

Rape, murder, adultery, and apostasy are serious crimes in Islam and as such require a team of qualified Islamic jurists to deliberate the outcome. A proper judicial process must follow. No person can take the law into their own hands.

In a true Islamic country, currently no Muslim nation could be truly considered as an Islamic state, capital punishment is only to be implemented in cases where there is solid evidence and there is absolutely no doubt. If there is the slightest doubt the capital punishment is immediately deferred.

Similarly, the kidnapping of Pierre Korkie, an unfortunate victim of prevailing circumstances in Yemen, cannot be justified.   (http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Korkies-wife-appeals-for-his-release-20140521).

Islam forbids pursuing non-combatants by kidnapping or killing or taking them as hostages, or inflicting any kind of injury on them.

Muslims are commanded by Almighty through the Quran to preserve life, promote reconciliation and peace and never provoke and cause harm, mischief and destruction on earth.

I add my voice to the humble appeals made by Korkie’s wife Yolande, Gift of the Givers and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the South African government (DIRCO) for the unconditional release of Korkie.

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