Morocco: the Apostate no Longer Faces Death

A recent step taken by the kingdom’s ulama represents a turning point. The attempt to curb extremism

Chiara Pellegrino | 02 March 2017

Moroccan ulama

Moroccan ulama

Free to leave Islam without facing death: this is the turning point of Morocco’s ulama, the religious scholars. Apostasy, in Arabic “ridda”, has always been a critical issue and a much debated one in the Muslim world. Indeed, Islamic law considers it a crime punishable by death penalty. The two most well-known cases in the West are that of Salmān Rushdie, author of the novel The Satanic Verses, which in 1989 earned him the fatwa with which ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini asked to sentence him to death, and the case of Nasr Hāmid Abū Zayd, Egyptian intellectual convicted in 1995 for having proposed an historical and rationalistic interpretation of the Qur’an. He then fled to Holland.


3 replies

  1. Thanks David. This is really heart warming for majority of Muslims in the world and a triumph of true Islam taught by Quran and the Holy Prophet of Islam.

  2. Hopefully other Islamic countries follow Marroco’s Ulama or clerics . Let us spread this good news to Islsmic countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia etc.

    It is very clear statement or verse in Al Quran that Islam is religion of liberty, no obligation, every Muslim can change his religion or belief. That is why we call Islam is a teligion of peace and happiness.
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