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Friday, December 7, 2007

Muslims: Kill apostates; forbidding polygamy makes you an infidel

In a television debate on apostasy in Islam, which aired on Al-Risala TV on November 5, 2007, Kuwaiti TV host Sheikh Tareq Al-Sweidan, Egyptian cleric Gamal 'Allam, and Egyptian scholar Gamal Al-Bana, and audience members discussed whether a Muslim is free to convert to another religion, the consequences of such a conversion, and who falls into the category of "infidel." Despite moderate statements by Amal al Bana, the audience held to some alarming and interesting ideas. Some excerpts:
Al-Sweidan: "If a person converted out of conviction, should he be declared an infidel?" 
Al-Sweidan: "And afterwards, he should be pronounced an infidel?"
Abir: "I believe he should be."
Al-Sweidan: "Thank you, Abir. Let's move to Fatima. What's your opinion?"    

"He Should be Declared an Infidel"
Fatima, Woman in Audience: "In my opinion, he should be declared an infidel. Why is there a problem with declaring people to be infidels?"
Al-Sweidan: "I'm not saying there is, I'm just asking a question."
Fatima: "He should be declared an infidel. The Koran divided people into Muslims, infidels, and the People of the Book. So there is a group of people who should be declared infidels."

Al-Sweidan: "For example, some Muslim countries forbid polygamy."   

Gamal 'Allam: "Someone who forbids polygamy is an infidel who should be excommunicated, because he is defying Allah in his right to forbid and permit."
Al-Sweidan: "Before the break, I asked our audience for their views on this important issue. Does a Muslim have the liberty or the right to change his religion? The results are as follows: 24% said: 'Yes, he has the right to change his religion.' 76% of the people said: 'No.' Let's hear some opinions and then I will return to our guests."
Young man in audience: "Sir, if you become an apostate, your punishment is death.

Gamal 'Allam: "Islam is the only religion that begins with the imperative 'Read.' It is the only reasonable and convincing religion."
Al-Sweidan: "But what if a person is not convinced?"
Gamal 'Allam: "Then there is something wrong in his head."
Al-Sweidan: "That's what you think, but isn't he entitled to have something wrong in his head?"
Gamal 'Allam: "Anybody who is insane should go to a mental asylum, or else if he is insane, his head should be removed so that it does not contaminate the heads of others."

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