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Iran: Nine Christians jailed for leaving Islam

Iran: Nine Christians jailed for leaving Islam

Country: 
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
News Date: 
03/10/2019
Lancastrian
Summary: 

Imagine the outcry if nine Muslims had been jailed for leaving Christianity. But no one will take any significant notice of this.

In any case, it could have been worse. They could have been sentenced to death. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

“Iran: ‘Nine Christians Jailed For Leaving Islam’,” by Stefan J Bos,