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majority of Islamic scholars supported it. Later in this article as you read the objections of various modern Muslims arguing against the death sentence bear in mind that it is they who aredeviating from the judgment established by the depth and breadth of Islamic jurisprudence.Of course the best arguments for the death sentence are made by Muslim scholars themselves.Therefore, I will draw from their works, or from people who quote them. [NOTES: 1) This is a revision of an article I wrote many years earlier. Since that time I’velearned much and after re-examining the article I felt that it needed to be edited and improved.Therefore, I’ve abrogated some of my earlier statements on this topic.2) You can read more about various apostates from Islam at "Apostates of Islam"
THE QURAN ON APOSTASY
Let’s start with the definition of apostasy. A simple definition of apostasy is "leaving, departingaway from, or deserting, one's religion." Further, the Dictionary of Quranic Terms andConcepts
defines apostasy: APOSTASY Arabic "irtidad". Traditional Islamic law prescribes the penalty of death for a Muslimwho commits apostasy. The punishment is not stated in the Quran, but is said to bebased on certain Hadith. The advocates and the opponents of the said penalty have,in their attempt to find Quranic support for their views, appealed to certain Quranicverses, but the fact is that none of the arguments offered do full justice to theQuranic context
As noted above, the Quran does not come out and state explicitly that apostates should bekilled. All of the neutral references I examined took this position. However, there are a number of Quranic verses that pertain to apostasy and various Muslim scholars found in them the justification to execute apostates. We will examine a few.We’ll start with Abul Ala Mawdudi, a highly regarded Muslim scholar from Pakistan who died lastcentury. He argued for the death penalty and against the liberal Muslims. Mawdidi’s work wastranslated and is available online as "THE PUNISHMENT OF THE APOSTATE ACCORDINGTO ISLAMIC LAW"
. Some quotations are below. Bold emphasis is mine.
ABUL ALA MAWDUDI
1 The Problem of the Apostate's Execution from a Legal Perspective