Epigraph: “Those who believe, then disbelieve, then again believe, then disbelieve, and then increase in disbelief, Allah will never forgive them nor will He guide them to the way.” (Al Quran 4:138)
The PEW Forum on Religion & Public Life has issued a very detailed poll of the Muslim countries
Chapter 1: Beliefs About Sharia
Navigate this page:
- Sharia as Divine Revelation
- Interpreting Sharia
- Sharia as the Official Law of the Land
- Should Sharia Apply to All Citizens?
- How Should Sharia Be Applied?
- Views on Current Laws and Their Relation to Sharia
Pakistan’s record in Islamomania and fundamentalism is the worst among the Muslim countries as regards the stoning of those guilty of adultery and second only to a few countries on the issue of killing the apostates.
I believe, Pakistan is in this sorry state, for refusing to learn from the Muhammadan Messiah, the Founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, who was sent by God to reform the sorry state of Islam, according to the predictions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, may peace be on him.
Let me quote from Pew Forum on the two issues of adultery and apostasy and then towards the end, I will link reading materials and a video from the perspective of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, to show the true teachings of Islam on these subjects.
Penalty for Adultery
In 10 of 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis, at least half of Muslims who favor making sharia the law of the land also favor stoning unfaithful spouses.18
Some of the highest support for stoning is found in South Asia and the Middle East-North Africa region. In Pakistan (89%) and Afghanistan (85%), more than eight-in-ten Muslims who want Islamic law as their country’s official law say adulterers should be stoned, while nearly as many say the same in the Palestinian territories (84%) and Egypt (81%). A majority also support stoning as a penalty for the unfaithful in Jordan (67%), Iraq (58%). However, support is significantly lower in Lebanon (46%) and Tunisia (44%), where less than half of those who support sharia as the official law of the land believe that adulterers should be stoned.
In Southeast Asia, six-in-ten Muslims in Malaysia consider stoning an appropriate penalty for adultery. About half hold this view in Thailand (51%) and Indonesia (48%).
Muslims in Central Asia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe are generally less likely to support stoning adulterers. Among those who favor Islamic law as the official law of the land, only in Tajikistan do about half (51%) support this form of punishment. Elsewhere in the two regions, fewer than four-in-ten favor this type of punishment, including roughly a quarter or fewer across the countries surveyed in Southern and Eastern Europe.
Penalty for Converting to Another Faith
Compared with attitudes toward applying sharia in the domestic or criminal spheres, Muslims in the countries surveyed are significantly less supportive of the death penalty for converts.19 Nevertheless, in six of the 20 countries where there are adequate samples for analysis, at least half of those who favor making Islamic law the official law also support executing apostates.
Taking the life of those who abandon Islam is most widely supported in Egypt (86%) and Jordan (82%). Roughly two-thirds who want sharia to be the law of the land also back this penalty in the Palestinian territories (66%). In the other countries surveyed in the Middle East-North Africa region, fewer than half take this view.
In the South Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan, strong majorities of those who favor making Islamic law the official law of the land also approve of executing apostates (79% and 76%, respectively). However, in Bangladesh far fewer (44%) share this view.
A majority of Malaysian Muslims (62%) who want to see sharia as their country’s official law also support taking the lives of those who convert to other faiths. But fewer take this position in neighboring Thailand (27%) and Indonesia (18%).
In Central Asia as well as Southern and Eastern Europe, only in Tajikistan (22%) do more than a fifth of Muslims who want sharia as the official law of the land also condone the execution of apostates. Support for killing converts to other faiths falls below one-in-ten in Albania (8%) and Kazakhstan (4%).
Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s understanding has always been that there is no worldly punishment of apostasy in Islam. It is a matter of basic human rights and religious freedoms. Read three small books on the subject of apostasy:
Q2 @ 09:45 Is there any punishment for blasphemy? Salman Taseer governor of Punjab province of Pakistan was killed for raising voice against blasphemy law.
Q3 @ 16:15 What is your comment on Pakistan’s Blasphemy law 295-C?
Q4 @ 23:40 What is the punishment for apostasy?
Q5 @ 28:45 Can Muslims (public) take law into their own hands to implement any punishments?
Q6 @ 34:05 What is the Islamic teachings regarding human rights of non-Muslims under an Islamic state?
Book Review @ 37:30 Murder in the name of Allah
Q7 @ 41:35 Was any Muslim punished by stoning to death according to law of Torah / Judaic law (before the Holy Quran)? What is Islamic punishment? Was any amputation of hands were carried out in the time of Holy Prophet(saw)?
Q8 @ 46:35 There are Ahadith (sayings of the Holy Prophet(saw)) to kill apostates and stone those who commit adultery?
Q9 @ 53:50 If Hadith says something that is against the teachings of the Holy Quran?