Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Urdu Section
05 Oct 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com
Death Sentence: This Brutality is not Islam

By Mehdi Hasan (Translated from English by Samiur Rahman,

Nor does the Qur'an say that a Muslim who apostasises be given any penalty. Freedom of religion is guaranteed by Islam's holy book in the famous verse: "Let there be no compulsion in religion" (2:256). Apostasy is deemed a sin, but the Qur'an repeatedly refers to punishment in the next world, not this one. Take the 137th verse of chapter 4: "Those who believe then disbelieve, again believe and again disbelieve, then increase in disbelief, God will never forgive them nor guide them to the Way" (4:137). This verse, which explicitly allows for disbelief, followed by belief, followed once again by disbelief, suggests any punishment is for God to deliver – not judges in Iran, Saudi Arabia or anywhere else. –Mehdi Hasan(Translated from English by Samiur Rahman,


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