Islamic apologists keep informing us that the faith of Islam is a kind, tolerant and tranquil religion. Whenever a female is stoned or somebody is beheaded or a homicide bomber blows up a bus or dining establishment filled with innocent individuals, we are informed that it is the work of Islamic enthusiasts and that real followers of Islam do not agree with these things.Now we learn that in Afghanistan, a country that is 99% Muslim, a man is being attempted under Sharia (Islamic law) for apostasy, and if founded guilty, will face the death penalty.What did this male do that was so horrible, so versus the Islamic faith? He transformed to Christianity, that’s the awful thing that he did. This is obviously one of the worst things a Muslim can do. He decided to provide up the Islamic faith and for that reason is so evil that he deserves to be put to death. He can be spared, nevertheless, if he concurs to become a Muslim again.The Hadith (which is stated to be the body of quotes credited to Muhammad), Sahih Bukhari Vol. 9, book 84, number 57, has been analyzed as saying “Kill whoever alters his religious beliefs”, so the Sharia court judge is proposing to do just that.
The Torah in Deuteronomy 13:6 -10 has been interpreted as stating about apostastics “But thou shalt certainly eliminate him; thine hand will be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he pass away; since he have actually sought to thrust thee far from the LORD thy God, which brought thee from the land of Egypt, from your home of chains.” yet I don’t think that any Israeli judge would ever even consider trying to hand down any kind of criminal sentence for apostasy.If the Islamic religious beliefs is so kind, tolerant and tranquil, why are it’s laws interpreted in such a barbaric and intolerant way by many fans.
I realize that not all Muslim countries follow Sharia law which of those that do, not all are so fanatical. However, many Muslim nations do still practice amputation of one/both hand(s) for theft, stoning for infidelity, and execution for apostasy. Other nations, consisting of Iraq, that did not, in the past, follow Sharia law are now speaking about setting up Sharia courts.I likewise understand that not all Muslims interpret Islamic law the exact same way. Islamic law like other body of laws goes through interpretation and therefore can be interpreted liberally, reasonably or basically. The issue is that while some Muslims analyze Islamic law liberally or moderately, it appears that a big bulk of the Muslims in the Arabic world analyze the law basically (a minimum of as it relates to ladies and non followers). Afghanistan’s constitution guarantees flexibility of faith, however, in an interview, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister mentioned that the government had “absolutely nothing to do” with the court case. He even more specified that he hoped there would be a “satisfying result” to the case.
To me, this appears that he was saying that the Sharia court is not bound by Afghani law and can do as it pleases, thus making the Afghani constitution worthless. It further leads to the belief that Afghanistan is a democracy on paper just and is actually ruled by Islamic fundamentalists. These fundamentalists may not be as bad as the Taliban however, so far, they do not appear to be much better.There are many spiritual groups that think that apostasy is wrong and that their faith is the only real faith. Nevertheless, I know of no country, in this day and age, other than certain Muslim nations, that would sentence a person to death for changing his/her religions. Such things did happen in the past, look at the Spanish inquisition, but are now thought about repugnant.
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