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. 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.”
“WATCH: Father battered with PICKAXE in BRADFORD for converting from Islam to Christianity,” by Levi Winchester, Express, November 20, 2015:
THIS is the moment a father-of-six was battered by hooded thugs with a PICKAXE in an attack he claims was sparked by his move from Islam to Christianity.
Nissar Hussain, 49, suffered a shattered knee cap and broken hand when he was attacked outside his home in what police are treating as a religious hate crime.
He was hit 13 times with a pickaxe and repeatedly punched and kicked when the two attackers leapt upon him from a car as he left his house in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
But now Mr Hussain claims the savage beating was the result of his move away from Islam, and says him and his family have been forced to live “under a climate of fear”.
Mr Hussain, a nurse, said he became a target after he converted to Christianity in 1996 and his family appeared in a Channel 4 TV documentary about mistreatment of Muslim converts in 2008.
Since then he claims his family were driven away from a previous home by hardline Muslim residents, have had eggs thrown at their windows and even been attacked in the streets.
Speaking about the attack from his hospital bed, he said: “The Muslim community are largely decent people but because of the taboo of converting to Christianity we are classed by them as scum and second-class citizens.
“Over the years our lives have been subjugated and stripped of any dignity.
“Our lives have been jeopardised and subjugated, we have been forced to live under a climate of fear, this is not England.
“I grew up in in to a free decent country accepting British values and the British rule of law.
“I think multiculturalism has failed, I think David Cameron’s Big Society has failed and I think there is two laws, one for them and one for us.”
The attack started after Mr Hussain left his house to park his Ford Lincoln Navigator near the police station after becoming fed up of his vehicle being constantly damaged.
He then described the moment when the savage attackers pulled up outside his home and went to hit him on the head with the deadly weapon.
In a desperate attempt to save his life, he used his arm to protect his skull – but the brutal force caused his hand to “pop”.
His attackers were both wearing hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms and only stopped when Polish neighbours heard the loud noise and chased them off.
Mr Hussain said: “Two guys got out out and I immediately saw the pickaxe handle. They have gone to crack me on the head so naturally I lifted my arm up to protect myself and the blow has popped my hand.
“I started backpedaling and my heel caught the kerb, I then fell back and me head cracked off a low garden wall.
“That was it then it was a lame target. They started pummeling me with the pickaxe handle, raining blows on my upper body and then moving to my legs – it was then I felt my knee explode.
“Thankfully one of my neighbours came over and the thugs went on their way. The only thing was going though my mind was I need to stay alive, to protect my head, and to stay alive.”
Mr Hussain, who has not worked for four years due to stress and depression, said police had been called out on a number of occasions over the years to deal with trouble.
The nurse added that he is now desperate to leave Bradford, but said he cannot because “its not that easy with a big house”.
Detective Inspector Andy Howard said initial investigations suggested is was a targeted attack and it was being treated as a religious hate crime….