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Volume :5 Issue : 10 1988      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

INCRIMINATING RELIGON

Auther : By: Inas Ibrahim

 INCRIMINATING RELIGON

AND JUDGMENT OF

APOSTATES

By: Inas Ibrahim

Faculty of Shari’a,

Kuwait University.

 

An apostate, in general, is anyone who gives, up his/her beliefs or faith and in Islam the apostate is the one who turns away from Islam. Apostasy may be reflected by what the apostate says or does. A Muslim who expresses his disbelief verbally in an apostate. Also, a Muslim who performs an action intentionally in a manner that shows his/her disdain of Islam such as performing his/her prayers without performing ablution or throwing the Holy Qur’an into a dirty place is an apostate.

The judgments of apostasy are of two types. There are judgments which pertain to the apostate and judgment concerning his/her property. According to the first judgment the apostate will be given a period of three days during which he/she is asked to accept Islam as his/her religion or he/she will be condemned to death if he/she insists on being an apostate.

A man is separated (divorced) from his wife whether he/she turns away from Islam. An apostate will not be married to a Muslim because marriage involves cooperation and no cooperation is allowed with an apostate.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) says ‘He who changes his religion should be killed.’

“And if any of you turn back from their faith and die in unbelief their work will bear no fruit in this life” The Quran 11.217

Eating the meet of an apostate’s slaughtered animal is prohibited ‘haram’ and the Jizya’, a tax is not taken from an apostate because an apostate’s disbelief is a result of his apostasy and is disapproved.

The second judgment states (according to the consensus of jurists) that the apostate’s property will remain to be his/her own as long as he/she is living, but on his/her death the apostate’s property passes to Muslims because an apostate has no ‘mila’ or heirs.

 

 

 

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