Muhammad said: “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. This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority 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 Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-`ashriyyah, Al-Ja`fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.” There is only disagreement over whether the law applies only to men, or to women also – some authorities hold that apostate women should not be killed, but only imprisoned in their houses until death.
So if this mob threatened the couple only with exile, rather than death, it must have been made up of moderates.
DHAKA, BANGLADESH (BosNewsLife)– A tense calm has returned to a village in northern Bangladesh after an angry mob attacked a Christian couple because they were baptised, while a Christian who carried out the baptism was beaten and lost his job, BosNewsLife learned.
Details of the February 2 violence in Gobindagonj in Gaibandha district has just emerged with police warning local residents to halt the violence. “Such courageous displays of support for minority Christians are unusual from Bangladeshi authorities,” commented Barnabas Fund, an advocacy group supporting Christians in Islamic countries.
Police reportedly warned “that in Bangladesh every citizen has the right to practise their faith.”
The married couple was attacked when returning home after being baptised, according to investigators. Local residents were seen attacking the man, identified only as Samuel, and his wife. One Muslim imam apparently slapped Samuel’s wife on the face in front of their two young children.
The mob also broke the fence of their home and said they would chase them out of the village for leaving Islam, according to Christians familiar with the situation….