This is a Fatwa from the University of Al-Azhar in Cairo, Egypt, the most important institution of Islamic Law in the Sunni world.
Legal opinion on apostasy by a Fatwa committee concerning the case of a man who converted to Christianity: "Since he left the Islam, he will be invited to express his regret. If he does not regret, he will be killed pertaining to rights and obligations of the Islamic law." Popis Source: Orientalist Author: al-Azhr, the Egyptian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs This Fatawa describes how an Egyptian man turned apostate and the subsequent punishment prescribed for him by the Al-Azhr Fatawa council. The following translation is a rough guide:From: Rifqa Bary Death Threat: Exhibit A, The Document: FATWA (Death Penalty) for Apostasy - Atlas Shrugs
In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficient the Most Merciful.
Council of Fatawa.
This question was presented by Mr. Ahmed Darwish and brought forward by [name obscured] who is of German nationality.
A man whose religion was Islam and his nationality is Egyptian married a German Christian and the couple agreed that the husband would join the Christian faith and doctrine.
1) What is the Islamic ruling in relation to this man? What are the punishments prescribed for this act?
2) Are his children considered Muslim or Christian?
All praise is to Allah, the Lord of the Universe and salutations on the leader of the righteous, our master Muhammed, his family and all of his companions.
This man has committed apostasy; he must be given a chance to repent and if he does not then he must be killed according to Shariah.
As far as his children are concerned, as long as they are children they are considered Muslim, but after they reach the age of puberty, then if they remain with Islam they are Muslim, but if they leave Islam and they do not repent they must be killed and Allah knows best.
Seal of Al-Azhr
Head of the Fatawa Council of Al-Azhr.
23rd September 1978.
From the above fatwa, translated in English is the proof to the existence of death penalty for apostates. What more do we need to prove otherwise?
I have studied in a religious school and I do know Arabic, even though I’m not fluent in speaking or understanding Arabic, I however am able to understand a few words and sentences at a time (mainly because I forgot most of what I learnt after losing touch of it for 6 years).
From my reading, both Arabic and English, I did find the similarity of them both, which means that it has not been wrongly translated or any such as one can claim, since one doesn’t know Arabic.
Rifqa Bary says: ‘If they(Muslims) love God more than me, they have to do this(kill her).”
Since the penalty for the apostates is death as already stated in the Shariah Law and proved with the Fatwa released by the famous Sunni institute, University of Al-Azhar, then what Rifqa Bary has said is true, as proved also in the Qur’an:
“Those who believe, they love Allah more than anything else.” (2:165)And as well as the Hadith:
“Say: If you do love Allah, follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you, your sins; for Allah is oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” (3:31)
‘Narated Anas: The Prophet said: “None of you will have Faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all-mankind.” ‘(Hadith No.14, Vol1, Bukhari)It’s obvious as narrated in the Hadith and from the verses of the Qur’an that a Muslim must love Allah more than anyone else and must follow his Shariah Law due to the immense love.
Death Penalty upon Apostates, by Non-Ahmadiyyah Mullah:
Need any more proofs? Please do your own research until you are satisfied.