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Killing of Apostates - A Contradiction with the Qur'an

Traditions-based system contains the law of killing a person who leaves Islam i.e. a Muslim who changes his religion. This is based on hearsay and not the Qur'an.

This so-called Islamic law is a contradiction with Quranic values and clear teachings. Allah commands freedom of religion for people in this world. For example, He says:

"There is no compulsion in religion" (Qur'an 2:256)

"So can you force people to believe?" (Qur'an 10:99)

The following verse shows that people who turn away from Allah's religion after believing stay alive in the world:

"As for those who believe, then reject faith, then believe again, then reject faith again and become increasingly defiant, Allah will not forgive them, nor will He guide them to any path." (Qur'an 4:137)

If an apostate is killed, then he will not have the chance to believe again: the verse mentions a second occurrence of the person believing and disbelieving. To add further weight, the verse finishes by saying, "nor will He guide them to any path". This is clearly indicating that apostates continue to live their lives on earth as Allah will not guide them in the remainder of their lives.

Killing apostates is derived from so-called authentic "hadith", but something which contradicts Allah's verses can in no way be authentic.

To justify and accept a contradictory teaching to the Qur'an is highly rebuked by Allah:

"When he learns something from our verses, he scorns them. Such people will have a humiliating punishment!" (Qur'an 45:9)

"These are Allah's verses we recite to you to show the truth. In which narration (hadith / حَدِيث) after Allah and His verses do they believe in?" (Qur'an 45:6)

Verse 5:33 - Cut off alternate hands and feet

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