Renaissance Monthly Journal
Renaissance | June - 1991
A monthly journal promoting research and original thinking in the light of the original sources of Islam.
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The face was red with flushing blood as he tried to stop his breath for as long as he could; the eyes bulged out, though staring at nothing; small rivulets of perspiration shone on the forehead; and the voice coming through the foaming mouth was barely audible. He was not merely a fanatic: He was ma
In Islamic terminology, apostasy means the rejection and renunciation of faith by a Muslim. In our Fiqh, the punishment for apostasy is death. The tradition upon which the verdict is based is narrated by Ibn-i-'Abbaas in the following way:
"Execute the person who changes his faith."
Relationship with Preceding and Succeeding Surahs
In the previous pair of surahs---Feel and Quraish---it has been explained that the tribe of Quraish has been blessed with the favours of peace and sustenance because of Baitullaah (the House of God). These blessing entailed that they should hav
The Quranic directive `The affairs of state of the believers should be run by their mutual consultation' has a very important corollory: In an Islamic state the task of interpreting the Quran and Sunnah and legislating according to it should be a prerogrative of the elected representatives of the state only. An institution c