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‘Kill Him Who Changes His Religion’
As everyone knows, Islam is not based solely on the Qur’an. There are also hadiths [verified sayings of the Prophet Muhammad], which support the death penalty for apostasy.
Ibn Abbas, relates the Prophet said, "Kill him who changes his religion, or "behead him".
Narrated Anas: Some people from the tribe of Uki came to the Prophet and embraced Islam. The climate of Medina did not suit them, so the Prophet ordered them to go to the(heard of milch)camels of charity to drink their milk and urine(as medicine). They did so, and after they had reverted from their ailment they turned to renegades (they reverted from Islam)and killed the shepherd of the camels and took the camels away, The Prophet sent some people in pursuit and so they were caught and brought, and the Prophet ordered that their hands and legs should be cut off and their eyes should be branded with heated pieces of iron, and that their cut hands and legs should not be cauterized, till the die.
Reason For Concern
The Qur’an can be pretty scary all on its own.
But any culture that elevates belief, in the absence of evidence, to the highest place in the hierarchy of human virtues is a culture to be concerned about.
Can God Be Humiliated?
Although I am glad to know there are so many verses in the Qur’an that support free will in matters of religion, it seems, in practice, that more attention is paid to the verses that seem to say the opposite.
In the U.S., Muslims seem to talk about the moderate verses in the Qur’an a great deal, yet, it seems that Muslims in other countries are not consulting the same passages, or if they are, they are perhaps being taught that other verses do "abrogate" the more moderate verses.
I also take issue that God can be humiliated. Who are we to judge the mind or the emotions of God? That seems both anthropomorphic and arrogant.
Are They So Sure?
There is none so certain as the insecure.
‘No Crookedness in the Qur’an’
There is no crookedness in the Qur'an (18:1). No abrogated verses. No passages (such as 22:40) inserted by some mythical British spy who, according to his so-called confessions, managed to do so. There are merely those who knowingly or unknowingly propagate such misconceptions. Call it what you like. But when the security of the state is in question it seems that far lesser infractions tend to be labeled apostasy.