Toward Removing the Punishment of Apostasy in Islam

‘Freedom of religion’ is a strong principle in Islam. The Qur’an neither mentions nor prescribes any temporal punishment for apostasy. No one during the time of the Prophet was killed solely for apostasy. Abolishing all types of temporal punishments for apostasy: Acknowledgement of the alteration of the subject and context; the invalidity of akhbār al-haād in matters of critical importance such as the life of a human being; the invalidity of hadiths that run counter to Qur’anic dictates; and the abrogation of the punishments for apostasy because of ‘impairing’ Islam.

An Introduction to Apostasy, Blasphemy, & Religious Freedom in Islam

Islam and Human Rights Series (No. 2) Apostasy, Blasphemy, & Religious Freedom in Islam A Critique Based on Demonstrative Jurisprudence (Eslam wa Hoqouq-e Bashar -2) Mujazat-e Ertedad wa Azadi-ye Mazhab: Naqd-e Mujazat-e Ertedad wa Sabb al-Nabi ba Mawazin-e Feqh-e Estedlali Web-Book: July 2014, 406 Pages, Publisher: Official Website of Mohsen Kadivar Introduction This book, as the second volume of “Islam and Human Rights Series,” undertakes to affirm certain positions and to negate others under the rubric of its major themes: apostasy, blasphemy, and religious freedom. As for the former, it…