When you watch the clip below, bear in mind that the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Ikhwan al-Muslimeen, is now officially considered an ally of the United States of America. We gave F-16s to their government in Egypt, we have shoveled untold millions of dollars of aid into their coffers, and we are bankrolling the Syrian franchise of the Brotherhood (not to mention Syrian Al Qaeda) in its violent attempts to overthrow the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Yusuf al-Qaradawi is an Egyptian-born fundamentalist cleric and a prominent leader of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Ikhwan was suppressed by the Egyptian establishment for decades, so Sheikh Qaradawi lived in exile in Qatar for almost fifty years, until February 2011, when the Arab Spring enabled him to return to Egypt in triumph.
In the interview below, Mr. al-Qaradawi not only acknowledges that Islam prescribes the death penalty for apostasy, but that if it weren’t for this little nicety of Islamic law, Islam could not have survived as an ideology. Unfortunately, since the interview was conducted in Arabic, you won’t be seeing this issue raised in the American MSM anytime soon.
Many thanks to Russkiy for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:00||If they left apostasy (rida) alone, there wouldn’t have been any Islam.|
|00:05||Islam would have been finished right after the death of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him),|
|00:10||therefore by confronting apostasy Islam was preserved.|
|00:15||The Quranic ayat in Sura Maeda, ‘The reward of those who make war against God and His Apostle,|
|00:20||and strive after violence on the earth, is only that they shall be slaughtered or crucified’ had been explained by Abu Qulaba and others|
|00:25||in that these ayats are about those who live Islam,|
|00:30||and there are not just one, two or three hadiths;|
|00:35||there are many hadiths from a number of companions.|
|00:40||I mean that an apostate is to be killed|
|00:45||Hadith from Ibn Abas: he who changes his religion — kill him,|
|00:50||Hadith from Ibn Masud: It is permissible to take the life of a Muslim|
|00:55||only in one of the three cases:|
|01:00||the married adulterer, a life for life,|
|01:05||and the deserter of his Din (Islam), abandoning the community. And there is a hadith of Abu Musa al Ash’ari|
|01:10||and Mu’Dh ibn Jabal and Abu Huraira|
|01:15||and number of the companions on the subject of …|