Islamic Republic of Iran sentences convert from Islam to prison for “acting against national security”

An interesting sidelight to this case is the fact that Islamic apologists in the West routinely try to downplay and dismiss Islam’s death penalty for apostasy by saying that in Muhammad’s time, when the Islamic community was one unit, and was a state as well as a religion, apostasy was tantamount to treason, but nowadays, apostates aren’t necessarily treasonous and so the death penalty doesn’t apply. But here is a 65-year-old woman who poses no threat to the Iranian Islamic state imprisoned for “acting against national security,” when her crime consists solely of leaving Islam and converting to Christianity.

Nonetheless, it could have been worse. Marokh Kanbari has not been sentenced to death, although the death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)

A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). Iran is Shi’ite, but the same hadith appears in Shi’ite hadith collections. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”

Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”

“Iran sentences Christian convert to 1 year in prison for ‘acting against national security,’” by Samuel Smith,

An Iranian Christian convert was sentenced to one year in prison on charges of “acting against national security” and engaging in “propaganda against the system” as crackdowns against Christians continue, the aid group International Christian Response reports.

The sentence was handed down to 65-year-old Mahrokh Kanbari on Monday, two days after she appeared before the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Karaj. Friends of Kanbari told the nonprofit group that the judge was rude to the defendant and tried to humiliate her when she disagreed with him.

Kanbari was arrested by three Iranian intelligence agents at her home last Christmas Eve. Authorities were said to have confiscated mobile phones, Bibles and other Christian-related materials.

After paying a bail equivalent to about $2,500, she was released. She was officially charged with acting against national security in January. According to International Christian Response, she was directed to go to a religious leader to be “instructed” to return to Islam….

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