Power and Apostasy
The hadith is strikingly clear: “Whosoever changes his religion, slay him.” Nor is the original Arabic difficult to interpret or understand, as with some hadith and Qur’anic passages. Nor is the doctrine that the will of Allah is that the apostate from Islam be executed extremist or radical. It is simply orthodox, historical Islam. It is about as radical or extremist as hearing a Christian say that baptism and communion are the central rituals of the Christian faith, or that christians should regularly attend church, or that the Christian’s life should be characterized by honesty, generosity, and kindness. Obviously Christians fail at times to live according to these basic truths, but that doesn’t make them any less true.
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