I was checking out Al Masry Al youm's limnited English section when I found this article:
In his speech at the symposium organized by the cultural committee of
the Syndicate of Journalists the day before last, Dr Mohamed Kamal
Imam, Professor and Chairman of the Islamic Sharia Department at the
Faculty of Law of the University of Alexandria, said why do not we pass
a law expressly prohibiting marriage between followers of different
faiths, especially in Egypt, so that to eliminate the problems that
could occur because of this marriage and set off tension between
Muslims and Christians.
He stressed that there is no
contradiction between Allah's words: "Then whosoever will, let him
believe, and whosoever will, let him disbelieve" and "There is no
compulsion in religion" on the one hand and the punishment of apostasy
in Islam, because the first case – according to him – deals with the
belief and carrying out punishments.
Kamal pointed out that
Islam is a universal religion that realistically recognizes other
religions and allows Muslims to marry non-Muslims and that it is the
only religion that permits this, but enacting a law preventing
matrimony between Muslims and followers of other religions would
eliminate many problems
Ok, so they brought up two issues here, and they are wrong on both. First of all, preventing Interfaith marriage is not up to them. It was granted by Islam and it's not their place to claim that preventing them would prevent the problems that are usually caused by the secterian strife between Egypt's Muslims's and Christians. That's like trying to spite you wife so you chop off your dick. Interfaith Marriage isn't the problem, the problem is co-existance. And until we learn to co-exist, the problems won't go away.
The second Issue is the punishment of apostacy in Islam. There is NO SUCH THING. The Symposioum of Islamic Studies, the greatest, most distinguished and most Respected Islamic Studies Center in the World had issues a Statement that there is no such thing in Islam or in Sharia. The Idea of Punishment for Apostacy is based on the "Reddah" War that happend after Prophet Mohamed died, where many people who converted to Islam to stay out of Harm's way decided they didn;t need to do so anymore and tried to seperate themselves from the religion and its leaders. Facing this threat, Khalifa Abu Bakr made the decree that they and anyone who follows their example should be killed in order to to stop a massive drain of converts that he feared would take place. It was a political decision, pure and simple. Abu Bakr is not the Prophet, nor was he ever contacted by God about this, and therefore his decision is not part of the Sharia or the Sunnah and should therefore not be looked upon as such. And what drives me crazy is that this guy should know this. But upon reading the rest of the article I realized this might've been the meeting of crazies anyway. Check this out:
Dr. Nasr Farid Wasel, former Egypt Mufti, said that all scholars agree
that the punishment for rejecting Islam is punishable by death, because
Islam did not sanction apostasy, because it did not force or coerce any
one into embracing Islam, therefore a renegade must either repent or be
condemned to the punishment of apostasy, because it is the right of
Allah, the Almighty.
No mention of those who were just born in it. Note that!
Whoever embraces Islam out of his own volition has made a contract with
Allah and with the group, therefore he has no right to revoke it,
because he embraced Islam after becoming fully convinced and he should
bear the responsibility of his decision", said Wasel
That's some Punitive Clause right there. You should've read the fine Print Ahmed. Defaulting on this contract is punishable by death, babe!
And now for the coup de gras, I give you Dr. Mohamed Al Musayer.
Dr. Mohamed Sayed Ahmed al-Musayer, professor of religion and
philosophy at al-Azhar University, said that it is illogical for a
Muslim to give up his religion, because Islam is a religion of reason
and proof and its great miracle is the Holy Koran and that there is no
other religion in the world that harmonizes with the mind, as people
around us worship cows, stones, trees and humans.
those who have unstable ways of thinking believe that they are
defending Islam when they abolish some punishments, including the
punishment of apostasy. Those people have nothing to cry over, as they
deny the punishment of theft today and tomorrow they will deny the
punishment of adultery and after that the punishment of apostasy.
is a series to nullify Islam. Those who deny the punishment of apostasy
impugn the scholars and jurisprudents throughout the ages, since the
application of this punishment is clearly defined in the Holy Koran
before the Hadith (Prophet Mohamed's traditions). Allah says: 'Truly,
if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those
who stir up sedition in the City, desist not, We shall certainly stir
thee up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it as thy
neighbors for any length of time'", said al-Musayer.
punishment is unequivocally and indisputably mentioned in the Hadith:
'whoever changed his Islamic religion kill him'. These are
incontrovertible Islamic facts. We are not ashamed of what we have, but
those antagonizing Islam feel so ashamed, because they protect
homosexuality and same-sex marriage. We do not want rifts in the
community, because this is a Jewish scheme and all Islamic communities
are infiltrated by the Mossad", said al-Musayer.
Yeah. I don't think any zionist schemes are necessary Dr al Musayer, not with you around. You do a fantastic job yourself!