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This “Afghan asylum seeker” has acted in accord with Islamic teaching. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “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.”
“Afghan in German court for ‘killing Christian convert mum,'” AFP, January 23, 2018:
An Afghan asylum seeker went on trial in Germany Tuesday accused of stabbing to death a compatriot mother-of-four because he was furious she had converted to Christianity.
Prosecutors charge that the 30-year-old, who was not named by authorities, murdered the woman in front of two of her children because she had turned her back on the Islamic faith.
The Muslim man allegedly used a 20-centimetre (eight-inch) bladed knife to slash and stab the Afghan woman 16 times outside a supermarket in the southern city of Prien on Chiemsee lake on April 29 last year.
The case came at a time when the German public is torn over a mass influx of more than one million refugees and migrants since 2015, many from conflict-torn Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 38-year-old woman had earlier asked the man whether he wanted to convert too, a request that was “irreconcilable with his Muslim faith,” prosecutors told the court in the city of Traunstein.
Two of the woman’s children, aged five and 11, watched as the man allegedly killed their mother. Her two other children are adults.
Passers-by tried to stop the attacker by hurling a shopping trolley at him.
After his arrest, the man claimed he had acted out of frustration about his looming deportation as a rejected asylum seeker.
He was initially held in a psychiatric ward for about three months and then transferred to standard pre-trial detention….