Apostasy, Blasphemy and Heresy

Book Review

62 The Review of Religions – May 2006 From the earliest days till now Islam and the world of Islam have not been harmed so severely by any external enemy as by some simple-minded Muslim ulema themselves. In fact, the enemies of Islam have utilised the unwise religious edicts of these naïve ulema as a basis to attack Islam. The wrong trend among the ulema took place when, under the influence of the changing socio-political environment, they preferred to adopt some politically coloured Islamic interpretations and ignored the clear teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the noble precedent set by the Holy Prophet(saw). The killing of an apostate is one such erroneous trend and baseless conviction. In fact, this menacing tenet is based neither on the Holy Qur’an nor on the practice of the Holy Prophet(saw). Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad(ru), the fourth successor to the Promised Messiah(as), in a lecture delivered at the Annual Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK on 27th July 1986, which has subse- quently been reproduced in the form of a book, analysed in depth all aspects of this heinous crime. He showed it to be an utterly false and unfounded belief and smashed once and for all the so- called arguments of the ulema in support of this claim. His arguments are based on the Holy Qur’an, the Sunnah and Ahadith of the Holy Prophet(saw) and the historical events that took place in the eras of the Righteous Caliphs. Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad(ru) BOOK REVIEW The Truth About the Alleged Punishment for Apostasy in Islam By Hadhrat Mirza Tahir Ahmad(ru) 63 BOOK REVIEW The Review of Religions – May 2006 deals with the subject extensively. It should help unbiased researchers to fully understand the true teachings of Islam on the subject. It should also go a long way to creating a new spirit in which Islamic teachings are appreciated in their real essence and true nature and prejudice against Islam is eradicated. (Islam International Publications Ltd) Advertise your business in The Review of Religions and see sales scale to new heights. Existing adverts can be placed and sponsorship on regular features is available in this longest running worldwide Muslim monthly magazine in the English language. Rates available on request from the Manager at: The Review of Religions 16 Gressenhall Road, London SW18 5QL We hope you have enjoyed reading this edition of the magazine. The Review of Religions will continue to provide discussion on a wide range of subjects and welcomes any comments or suggestions from its readers. To ensure that you regularly receive this monthly publication, please fill in your details below and we will put you on our mailing list. The cost of one year’s subscription is £15 Sterling or US $30 for overseas readers (Please do not send cash). Payments by US residents should be by check payable to “AMI” (US dollars 30) and sent direct to ‘The Review of Religions’, Baitul Zafar, 86-71 PALO ALTO ST, HOLLISWOOD. NY 11423-1203 (USA). All other subscription payments should be made payable to the London Mosque and sent to the address below: The Review of Religions The London Mosque 16 Gressenhall Road London SW18 5QL United Kingdom Please put me on the mailing list for the Review of Religions for 1 year. I enclose subscription payment of £15.00 or US $30.00 (please see instructions above for US residents). OR if you wish to receive a CD of all the articles published in 2004, please tick the white box above and enclose payment of £5.00, please also add an appropriate sum for postage. Name: ___________________________________________ Address: __________________________________________ __________________________________________________ __________________________________________________ Subscription The Review of Religions If you would like to order a copy of any issue published in 2004, please send £1.50 (or equivalent) providing us with your full name and address. Delivery will be on a first come, first served basis, and in the absence of a copy being available your money will be returned • Are you a subscriber to The Review of Religions? • Have you renewed your sub- scription for the next year? Why not sponsor a reader to The Review of Religions by subscribing for him/her and we will send the first edition on your behalf with your compliments Please tick in box if you wish to receive The Review of Religions 2004 CD