Sun 14 April 2019
Lesson 24: Apostasy
- On the authority of Ibn Masood (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The blood of a Muslim is not permissible (to spill) except by one of three [instances]: the married person who commits adultery, a soul for a soul, and the one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community” [Sahih Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
- Previous topics such as adultery and murder were discussed in lessons 22 to 23
- Recap of points on apostasy from Lesson 23
- These rulings are NOT for people to take into their own hands, rather they have rulings, requirements and conditions which must be met and can only be carried out by the authority in a Muslim country
- General Background:
- How do countries in the world today deal with threats to their national interest or safety/order?
- What was the approach of countries in the past?
- What is considered a risk to the government in a Muslim country?
- The value of life in Islamic Law
- Allah says:”And a party of the people of the Scripture say: “Believe in the morning in that which is revealed to the believers (Muslims), and reject it at the end of the day, so that they may turn back.” [Surah Āli-Imran (The Family of Imran) verse 72]
- What is the ruling on Apostasy? why is it in place? Is there an immediate threat to life?