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Radical Islamists have not only settled for censorship in their fight against intellectuals, but have issued fatwas, sentencing to death thinkers with whom they disagree. Intellectuals across the Muslim world have been attacked or assassinated in accordance with these fatwas.
The meaning of apostasy is not limited to renouncing Islam. A Muslim could be accused of apostasy if s/he suggests new thought that is contradictory to what has been set as rules ages ago. From this, the issue of freedom of belief is considered apostasy, which should be punished by execution.
Dr. Sufi Abu Taleb, the former president of the People’s Assembly, clarifies the realities and advantages of Islam. He said that Islam has nothing to do with religious dogmatism and discrimination because it recognizes the other religions as valid. He added that it is unfair for Western researchers...
In an interview with his Eminence Dr. Muhammad Al-Mokhtar Muhammad Al-Mahdy, Director General of Shariya [Shari’a-based] NGOs, and professor in Al-Azhar University, talked about many issues of concern to Muslims. Among these issue are the crisis of the Islamic world, the concept of jihad , the...
Dr. Youssef Al-Qaradawi objected to future Jewish participation in the Islamic-Christian Dialogue Conference that took place in Doha. “We have witnessed a lot of oppression from the Jews,” Al-Qaradawi said, “how could there be a meeting between us while the problem [of Palestine] is still ongoing?...
The term of “religious freedom” still triggers debate and disagreement. What about religious freedom concerning conversion from Islam and embracing another religion? How Islamic fiqh [jurisprudence] deals with rida [apostasy from Islam]? All these question and others are answered by the moderate...
The author argues that the punishment for apostasy is part of the terrorist political heritage in Islam. It is a result of political disputes that has nothing to do with religion. So it should be rejected and condemned.
The dilemma of Riddah [apostasy] occupied the Muslim society in the past and present. Some people believe that there is no punishment for apostasy at all. Others believe that the punishment for apostasy should be harsh, citing the single hadith in the Prophetic Sunna about apostasy [if anyone...
Renowned writer Usama Anwar Okasha, in an interview with an independent weekly newspaper, dwelt on the reasons why he declined to venture into historical figures in the scripts he wrote for TV series.
Neither Qur’anic verses nor hadiths [traditions of the Prophet Muhammad] have stipulated the period of time required for repentance or the methods needed for a man to acquire the spirit of repentance. In fact, the whole matter goes back to how grave a threat the ridda (apostasy from Islam) poses on...
The idea of a conflict between civilizations is not a Western invention, but almost an Islamic-Arabic one. Arabs believe the illusion that they are a threat to the West and that the West keeps conspiring against them. They always try to see others as responsible for their failures. Such feelings...
Members of the Islamic Research Institute demanded Sheikh Abdel-Met’aal Al-Sa’idi’s book "Religious freedom in Islam," be confiscated. Al-Saiidi wrote in his book that an apostate should not be killed. It was only Prof. Mohammed Ragab Al-Bayoumi who defended the book.
When the extremist secular Farag Foda killed himself [this is the formulation of the author. Foda was murdered. See the comments of the RNSAW in the text], Sheikh Al-Sharawi - may God rest his soul - shouted: "Allahu Akbar! If I was to kill anybody, I would have killed this man..."
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