A Pakistani court has ordered the citizen database to hand over a list of an estimated 10,000 people believed to have requested a change of religion. The petition is the latest move by mainstream Muslims to criminalize Qadianism.
On Monday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ordered Pakistan’s Citizen Authority (NADRA) provide information on residents who reportedly changed their religion from Islam to Qadianism. Qadiani, or Ahmadi Muslims are believers of a minority Islamic sect considered heretical by other, mainstream, Muslims.
A Christian mother of five in eastern Uganda was pleasantly surprised when two Muslim neighbors visited her on Christmas morning with gifts of sugar, salt, soap, matchboxes, groundnuts and cooking oil.
A 23-year-old man from Afghanistan was attacked near a train station in the German suburb of Neukölln allegedly because his attackers saw his Christian cross and were angry he had converted from Islam.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia is investigating an international atheist organization, a minister said on Monday, after a picture of the group’s local chapter went viral, sparking claims that Muslim apostates were involved.
Apostasy is not a federal crime in Malaysia, a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. But critics say deepening fundamentalism within the Muslim majority is threatening religious freedoms.
Malaysian states, which have their own laws governing Islamic affairs, do not allow Muslims to formally renounce Islam, preferring instead to send them for counseling, or fining or jailing them.
The Kuala Lumpur chapter of Atheist Republic, a Canada-based organization, posted a picture of the group’s members attending a gathering last week, sparking uproar among some Muslims and leading to threats of death and violence against the group on social media.
Editor’s Note: The author marched in London’s Gay Pride parade as part of the ex-Muslim contingent. Predictably, their participation in the march received a strong backlash from conservative Muslim figures. This is her account of what happened.
The Islamic State (ISIS), al-Qaeda, and other terrorist groups always claim that Muslim leaders who do not rule by Islamic sharia law — and those who obey them — are not Muslims. The terrorists consider them “hypocrites” (the Saudis), “rejectionists,” or “outsiders” (Iranians and Shias). Terrorists always use the concept of takfir to authorize and endorse violence against their enemies.
The leader of an Islamist group campaigning for sharia law threatened to call the police after a television reporter asked him about his call for ex-Muslims to be killed.
Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar has gone to ground since Daily Mail Australia caught him on camera on Saturday night confirming his view that people born into Islam deserved the death penalty if they left the faith.
‘The ruling for apostates as such in Islam is clear, that apostates attract capital punishment and we don’t shy away from that,’ Badar said in the presence of children. An apostate is someone who decides to leave Islam.
“I was 15 years old and my mum told me, ‘you cannot tell anyone about this or I fear you will be killed’. I didn’t speak of it again until my brother killed himself and then I just said, I don’t practice, I’m never going to practice. It’s all a pack of lies.”
I love this guy. I know some people strongly dislike atheists. I have no particular problem with them: if you disagree, disagree, big deal, no one’s stopping you. He analyzes Islam consistently and very well.
“Questioning the fairness of the courts is to question the justice of the Kingdom and its judicial system based on Islamic law, which guarantees rights and ensures human dignity”, the source seemingly told the pro-government newspaper.