Apostasy – a death sentence in Sudan

Sudan wedding apostasy

A Sudanese woman who was raised as a Christian by her mother, married a Christian man. A cause for celebration you’d think, but not under the Islamic law imposed by the Sudanese courts. [bbc.co.uk/news]

She was found guilty of apostasy (abandoning her faith) and sentenced to be hanged. Because she is pregnant the court will wait two years after she has given birth before they kill her. The court also found her guilty of adultery (they do not recognise her Christian marriage) and sentenced her to 100 lashes. This sentence is expected to be carried out shortly after the baby is born.

Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right. The Quran supports this view in several notable texts. Countries that impose Islamic law are divided on the issue of apostasy and there is no consensus on how the Quran should be applied legally.

According to the Prophet Muhammad, the messenger of Allah, it is not permissible to spill the blood of a Muslim except in three instances: , the married person who commits adultery, a life for a life, and the one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community (Hadeeth 14).

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