Somalia: Muslim Questioning Death Penalty For “Apostasy” Promptly Receives Death Threats (For Being An Apostate)
The “prophet” of Islam said, “whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). And not with kindness, either. The teachings of Islam are intended to be taken so literally that even irony ought to be considered a type of metal …
Qur’an Sura 3:85, “And whoever desires a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the hereafter he shall be one of the losers [in hell].”
By Fredrick Nzwili, RNS – “A Somali scholar is stoking Muslim anger after he published a book questioning the concept of the death penalty for apostasy in Islam.
Now, he is being branded as ‘Somalia’s Salman Rushdie’ a reference to the British–Indian novelist whose book, ‘The Satanic Verses,’ provoked worldwide Muslims protests and a fatwa from Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.
Abdisaid Abdi Ismail’s book, ‘The Rule of Apostasy In Islam: Is it True?’ was published in Kenya in September.
Ismail was following the Meriam Yahya Ibrahim case before starting work on the book. She is the Sudanese woman sentenced to death for converting to Christianity, but later freed. Her case outraged the world and drew attention to the growing abuse of apostasy in Islam. (Ibrahim said she has always been a Christian.)
The book, written in the Somali language, is being read in Western cities such as London, Toronto and Minneapolis, where there are large populations of ethnic Somalis.
Ismail said the book furthers the growing voice of Muslim scholars, intellectuals and prominent clerics worldwide who are increasingly rejecting the abuse of Islam by extremist groups such as the Islamic State, Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s Al-Shabab.
‘What we need are secular states where there is democracy, justice and equality for all,’ he said. ‘Not theocratic ones where leaders rule by the name of God.’
Ismail’s concern is that Somali Islamic militants, clerics and other extremist groups in Muslim-majority countries are applying apostasy as a political tool, branding those with contrary opinions as apostates who need to be killed. He has watched Al-Shabab justify the deaths of those who oppose their hard-line interpretation of the Quran by branding them apostates. Somali civil servants, national army officers, local or international nongovernmental organization officials, are considered devil’s spies who deserve death, he added.” Read more.
Flashback: Somalia: Islamists Kill Fifth Lawmaker This Year ‘On The Orders Of Allah’ – “And they vow that more ‘apostates’ will soon be slain. If Islamic terror organizations like Al-Shabab ignored the Qur’an, then it would be dead and we would not be seeing the mass slaughter of all those who oppose them and their vision of ‘pure’ Islam. But they do not ignore it. Rather, they breathe life into the ‘Word of Allah’ by imposing its draconian dictates upon all with deadly force, whether small or great, rich or poor, free or slave. And since ‘Allah’s word’ already speaks loud and clear for them — for all those who have already received the Mark of the Beast — they are therefore compelled to see to it that everyone who has an ear to hear listens and obeys …” Read more.
Flashback: Somalia: Islamist Group Vows To Kill Anyone Who Supports Christians – “Somali terror group Al-Shabaab told Al-Jazeera that it wouldn’t be negotiating with the government and would continue its quest to kill ‘anyone who supports the Christians.’ … ‘Anyone who works for the apostate government, no matter where and at what level, they are supporting the apostates and the Christians who sent them. Our stand is clear is on such people. We will fight them and kill them anywhere we see them … Anyone who supports the Christians, either through the pen or by carrying a weapon, they are the same to us and we will kill them …” Read more.