Is there somewhere in the Quran that prescribed punishment in an Islamic state for someone who converts from Islam to a different religion.
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Is there somewhere in the Quran that prescribed punishment in an Islamic state for someone who converts from Islam to a different religion. Also in the Bible and Tora are there similar punishments.
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Punishment for apostate
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Your Question: Is there somewhere in the Quran that prescribed punishment in an Islamic state for someone who converts from Islam to a different religion.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale-Imraan verses 90-91:
90 But those who reject faith after they accepted it, and then go on adding to their defiance of faith; never will their repentance be accepted; for they are those who have gone (far) astray.
91 As to those who reject faith and die rejecting, never would be accepted from any such as much gold as the earth contains though they should offer it for ransom. For such is (in store) a Penalty Grievous (in the Hereafter) and they will find no helpers.
Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisaa verses 137-138:
137 Those who believe then reject faith, then believe (again) and (again) reject faith, and go on increasing in unbelief; Allah will not forgive them nor guide them on the Way.
138 To the hypocrites give the glad tidings that there is for them (but) a Grievous Penalty.
Beloved brother in Islam, the prescribed punishment of those who reject faith after declaring belief listed in the Glorious Quran are all concerning the Hereafter. The Glorious Quran does not prescribe a specific punishment for such people in the life of this transitory and short world.
The Messenger of Allah (saws) has prescribed capital punishment for those who verbally declare their apostasy after having accepted Islam as their way of life.
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 9.17 Narrated by Abdullah
Allah's Messenger (saws) said, "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that I (Mohamed (saws)) am His Messenger, cannot be shed except in three cases:
- In Qisas (retaliation) for murder,
- a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse,
- and the one who converts from Islam to another religion (apostate) and leaves the Muslims."
Your Question: Also in the Bible and Tora are there similar punishments.
Beloved brother, we are neither learned nor are aware of the exact rulings of the existing Bible and the Torah; thus this question would be best answered by one who is an expert in the knowledge of the existing Bible and Torah.
Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.
Your brother and well wisher in Islam,