......AL-AZHAR UNIVERSITY: “APOSTATES ARE TO BE KILLED”
“’The Bill of Legal Punishments’ published by the Azhar University in Cairo - the ‘Light of Islam’ accepted as the highest scholarly authority on Shaira - has been widely circulated in English among the Muslim diaspora. It deals with penalties imposed by Islamic law, such as amputation of the thief’s hand and the scourging of the wine drinker. On page 12 it states that:
“ ‘A PERSON GUILTY OF APOSTASY (MAN OR WOMAN) SHALL BE PUT TO DEATH if repentance is not made within the period allowed which shall not exceed sixty days. Repentance of a person who commits apostasy more than twice shall not be accepted. An apostate is that Muslim who has renounced the faith of Islam irrespective of his adoption of another creed. The crime of apostasy may be committed in the following ways: (1) making an explicit statement or committing and act definitely indicating renunciation of Islam; denial of essential tenets of the faith; and (3) bringing into ridicule through word or action the Gracious Kuran.’
“On page 30, we find an explanatory note: ‘The ordained penalty for apostasy is based on the Sunnahh. The prophet, peace be on him, said “ONE WHO CHANGES HIS FAITH IS TO BE KILLED” (Al-Bukahri). It is also narrated by Al Dar Qutni that WHEN A WOMAN CALLED UMM-MARWAN HAS RENOUNCED ISLAM, THE PROPHET ORDERED THAT IF SHE FAILED TO REPENT SHE SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH.’”
Serge Trifkovic, “The Sword of the Prophet” (Regina Orthodox Press, Boston: 2002), pp. 149-150.