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Morocco abolishes death penalty for apostasy from Islam

Morocco abolishes death penalty for apostasy from Islam

Country: 
Morocco
News Date: 
04/05/2017
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

Morocco’s High Religious Committee decreed earlier this year that individuals who leave Islam should not face the death penalty for apostasy. This astounding ruling from a body charged with issuing fatwas (an authoritative religious or juridical ruling), reverses the classical sharia legislation that has stood since medieval times. 

It is all the more significant given that the same High Religious Committee had issued a book just five years ago, containing fatwas which affirmed the classical sharia position that a Muslim who changes his or her religion should be punished by death.