Sharia Alert: his action — leaving the Qur’an in mosque washrooms — led them to conclude that he had renounced Islam, which carries a death sentence, in line with Muhammad’s words, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him'” (Bukhari 9.84.57).
“Egyptian faces death over Saudi Koran desecration,” from Reuters, with thanks to David:
RIYADH — An Egyptian living in Saudi Arabia has been sentenced to death for desecrating the Koran and renouncing Islam, Saudi newspapers and a rights activist said on Wednesday.
Okaz and al-Hayat newspapers said worshippers at a mosque in the desert town of Arar in north Saudi Arabia lodged a complaint with police saying the man, a pharmacist, had left copies of the Muslim holy book in the mosque washrooms.
They said a court found the man guilty on Tuesday of no longer being a Muslim because of his acts and ‘violating the boundaries set by God’. They said the man, whom they identified only as an Arab national, pleaded guilty.
Saudi Arabia executes murderers, rapists and drug traffickers to death by public beheading, according to an austere version of Sunni Islam. Anyone found guilty of apostasy can also face death.