Islam and Apostasy

Is there indeed ‘No Compulsion in Religion’ as Qur’an 2:256 declares? Not quite.

The Qur’an states that not even an earth made of gold can ransom the souls of apostates on the Day of Judgment (Qur’an 3:90-91). Muhammad also made it clear that the journey of apostates towards their eternal doom should be sped up by executing them: “Whoever discards his Islamic religion, then kill him.” (Sahih Bukhari 4:52:260)

Sahih Bukhari relates an incident where one of Muhammad’s followers saw a friend with someone who left Islam for Judaism. His reaction? “I will not sit down unless you kill him (as it is) the verdict of Allah and His Apostle” (Sahih Bukhari 9:89:271)

Islamic teaching on apostasy cannot be clearer. Apostates do not deserve to live! For some reason this fact is not placed centre stage when non-Muslims are invited to Islam. Wonder why?


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