“M’khaitir has apologised and said he never meant to insult the Muslim Prophet Muhammad….The original announcement of his death sentence was met with public celebrations.” Public celebrations? Islamic apologists in the West tell us that Islam has no death penalty for apostasy, and that Muhammad was tolerant of personal insults, but Muslims in Muslim countries constantly behave as if the opposite were true. And it is.
“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.
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.”
Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”
“Mauritanian blogger’s death sentence upheld,” BBC, April 22, 2016 (thanks to Damian):
An appeal court in Mauritania has upheld the death sentence of a blogger convicted of apostasy, but referred his case to the Supreme Court.
Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed M’khaitir was arrested in January 2014 for an article criticising those who use religion as a means of discrimination.
M’khaitir has apologised and said he never meant to insult the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
The Supreme Court can pardon him if it feels his repentance is sincere.
The original announcement of his death sentence was met with public celebrations, the AFP news agency reports.
Mauritania last applied the death penalty in 1987.
The blogger, who is in his early thirties, had posted an article on the Aqlame newspaper’s website in December 2013 that was later taken down as it was deemed blasphemous towards the Prophet Muhammad.
It reportedly criticised Mauritania’s caste system, a sensitive subject in a country with deep social and racial divisions, and criticised those who used religion to marginalise certain groups.
Apostasy, which means the abandonment of one’s religious faith, is considered a criminal offence in many Muslim countries….