The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It is based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would not believe as they did not believe so that you would be the same. So do not take allies from among them until they emigrate in the cause of Allah. But if they stray, seize and kill them wherever you find them, and take no ally or helper from among them.” (Quran 4:89)
A hadith describes Muhammad as saying: “Whoever has changed his religion from Islam, kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
This remains the position of all schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shia. The late Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, once the world’s most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric, stated: “Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates should be punished, but they differ in determining the type of punishment to be must inflict them. to them. Most of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i and Hanbali), as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shi’a schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al -Ja’fariyyah and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates should be executed.”
Qaradawi also once said: “If they had gotten rid of the punishment for apostasy, Islam would not exist today.”
“Pastoralists injured in separate attacks in Uganda”, Morning Star News, November 29, 2022:
Pastor beaten, church building razed
In the village of Katantala, Kiboga district, in the Buganda region northwest of Kampala, Muslim extremists beat a pastor on November 8 and demolished his VOSO (Voluntary Salvation Outreach) Church of Christ building for bringing 23 Muslims to Christ in August, said Pastor Agaba Ezera. .
The conversions took place after church members visited homes to share the gospel on Aug. 1. 14-17, she said.
“This angered the Muslims, and they came and attacked the church on November 8 at around 8 pm, while we were having communion that night,” Pastor Ezera told Morning Star News. “Out of nowhere, people came shouting and chanting Islamic words as if they were going to attend Eid prayers. They started beating us and tearing down the church building, as well as ripping off the iron sheets.”
Some church members fled the church site in the village of Katantala, 27 kilometers (16 miles) from the city of Kiboga, he said.
“I was hit a lot with blunt objects, but glory be to the Lord Jesus because I survived even though they thought they killed me,” Pastor Ezera said from his hospital bed. “This incident occurred due to our evangelistic activities in the Muslim community of Katantala and Kapapali villages.”
The pastor, who sustained injuries to his leg, back, arm and head, said he remembered one of the assailants saying: “You brought kafiri [infidels] here and converted our old woman by giving her salt and soup – you must die today.”
Police said investigations were ongoing….