Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut (r.a.) on Apostasy

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Shaykh Mahmud Shaltut (r.a.), the Shaykh of al-Azhar Mosque, previously held the opinion that the execution of apostates was not a corporal punishment, hadd, saying, “The perspective from which this issue is looked at may change if it is considered that many scholars hold that corporal punishments cannot be affirmed by a hadits narrated by one person, that disbelief alone does not make the shedding of one’s blood permissible, rather it is fighting against the Muslims, attacking them, and attempting to separate them from their religion, and the apparent meaning of the Qur’an in many verses rejects compulsion in religion.”


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