This a comment by a well-educated and devout young Muslim I know well about my recent posting: “Islamophobia. Part 1 .” The response is one of the things I wished for when I posted that piece so, I am grateful. Each reader may decide whether the comment responds to my concerns at all, or to what extent. (The sign ////indicate my excisions from the original text. These excisions do not alter meaning.)
“You do really like to pick and choose don’t you////?he Quran does not punish anyone by death for apostasy! Nowhere in the holy Book is it DIRECTLY written that one is to be killed for leaving Islam…the punishment for such a person in the Book is in the hereafter…therefore Islam in itself DOES NOT punish anyone by death for apostasy! Yes some Muslim countries do choose to interpret Sharia law that way by following a Hadith (Saying) from Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him regarding the apostates. Now if you want I can develop on that (where the misunderstanding comes from). Islam in itself insists on freedom of religion and freedom of worship:
Quran 10: 99-100 “If it had been thy Lord’s will, they would all have believed, all who are on earth! wilt thou then compel mankind, against their will, to believe! No soul can believe, except by the will of God, and He will place doubt (or obscurity) on those who will not understand.”
Quran 2:256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from error: whoever rejects evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy handhold, that never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.”
Quran 15:2-3 “Again and again will those who disbelieve, wish that they had bowed (to God’s will) in Islam. Leave them alone, to enjoy (the good things of this life) and to please themselves: let (false) hope amuse them: soon will knowledge (undeceive them).”
Quran 27:92 “And to rehearse the Qur’an: and if any accept guidance, they do it for the good of their own souls, and if any stray, say: ‘I am only a Warner.'”
Quran 42:6 “And those who take as protectors others besides Him – Allah doth watch over them; and thou art not the disposer of their affairs.
If you want I can keep going! Read the WHOLE Quran////Now for those countries that interpret Sharia based on their interpretation, it is THEIR law, though unfair. It should be respected just as the U.S. legal system is respected worldwide though unfair at times as well! Who are you to say that your system is better than someone else’s? ”
This is JD: I confirm that I think the US legal system is one of the best in the world as far as fairness is concerned but that was not the topic. Rather: What to think of a society so barbarous that it kills people for committing apostasy? And if such a society misinterprets the religious injunction against apostasy, where are the condemnations of this doctrinal error by religious authorities?