Maryam Namazie is an extremely unsavory character, an open Marxist and, even though an ex-Muslim, a viciously anti-Semitic retailer of “Palestinian” jihad propaganda against Israel. She also opposes genuine foes of jihad terror, spreading more Leftist and Islamic supremacist propaganda in denouncing me on spurious grounds as a “racist” and “bigot.” Nonetheless, even a broken clock is right twice a day, and Namazie is absolutely correct when she says that ex-Muslims live in fear of being murdered by Muslims.
Characteristically, however, Namazie offers an incorrect diagnosis of the problem: “They see us trouble-makers, deviants, apostates and blasphemers. There is nothing, nothing, more intolerant than religion.” Wrong yet again, Ms. Namazie. People leave Christianity and Judaism and other religions all the time, and don’t get threatened with death. Apostates fear death when they leave one religion, and one religion only. Which one? Here:
“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.”
“Young Muslims who quit the faith ‘live in fear of violent revenge’: Support group says some have been warned they will be killed if they abandon their religion,” by Steve Doughty, Daily Mail, October 3, 2016:
Council of Ex-Muslims leader Maryam Namazie said ‘there is nothing more intolerant than religion’
Young Muslims who abandon their faith face violent retaliation and abuse from their families, a support group said yesterday.
The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain said those born into the religion are often frightened of speaking out – and those that do are in danger of attack.
It said one former Muslim said she was warned by her mother that she would be killed if she said she no longer believed in Allah.
The concern over the risk of reprisals against apostates – those who renounce their religion – was made public at a time of deepening scrutiny of the behaviour of some Islamic communities and institutions.
The risks to Muslims who abandon their religion were set out by former believers and campaigners in an ITV documentary to be broadcast on October 13.
Council of Ex-Muslims leader Maryam Namazie told the makers of the film, Exposure: Islam’s Non-Believers: ‘They see us trouble-makers, deviants, apostates and blasphemers. There is nothing, nothing, more intolerant than religion.’
One former Muslim, who identified herself only as Sadia, told the documentary makers: ‘I remember saying to my mum, I don’t believe in God any more. And her saying, ‘you can’t tell anybody else because they’ll kill you, we are obliged to kill ex-Muslims’….