Monday, 27 August 2007

Death penalty for apostates passes unopposed in Pakistan

7.Punishment for apostasy:- (1) If a male person makes the commission of apostasy offence, he shall be awarded death sentence.

An Apostasy Act has been sent by Pakistan's National Assembly to a Standing Committee for approval. Proposed by Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (the MMA is a coalition of Islamist groups, including the Jamaat-e-Islami, whose representatives serve on the Muslim Council of Britain via the Islamic Mission and the Islamic Foundation). The Apostasy Act 2006 proposes the death penalty for apostates, who may be offered up to the gallows by observant Muslims: "The saying of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.) is that he who leaves Islam and converts into another must be killed." See full text of
Apostasy Act 2006.

Pakistan's penal code already imposes the death penalty for defiling "the sacred name of the holy Prophet Mohammed" - ordinary christians and muslims have already been murdered by the state for petty thought crimes.


DoctorCopeland said...

The MCB links are interesting. When are they going to stop passing themselves off as moderate representatives of ordinary Muslims?

radius said...

Sir Iqbal described himself as "inspired" by Maududi, and Inayat Bunglawala said it was Maududi that brought him to practice Islam (although born Muslim, he had to be born again to be a proper Muslim). Maududi, BTW, was also keen on declaring spiritual Muslims (rather than ultra-right political-opportunist 'Muslims') like the Ahmadis as kafir and apostates.