The Apostasy of Hatun Tash

Last Saturday a young woman named Hatun Tash was attacked with a knife and slashed in the face by an as yet unidentified assailant at Speakers’ Corner in London. Ms. Tash is a former Muslim and convert to Christianity who regularly preaches the gospel to Muslims in Hyde Park. She was wearing a Charlie Hebdo t-shirt at the time of the attack.

As of this writing, her attacker has not been named, so there is as yet no Mohammed Coefficient for the incident, nor can we be certain that the assailant was a Muslim.

However, the knifeman was clearly attempting to cut her in the neck, and one may assume that he intended to slit her throat in the same manner as a beast is slaughtered at the festival of Eid Al-Adha. That act would have been followed by full beheading, if he were allowed to complete the task, because such is the punishment for kufr, or unbelief.

See this Breitbart article for a general account of what happened at Speakers’ Corner.

In the following video, David Wood of Acts 17 Apologetics shows several clips with footage of the attack on Ms. Tash, and then explains its scriptural justification as found in the Koran, the Hadith, and the Sira:

Hatun Tash actually committed at least two “crimes” that carry the death penalty under Islamic law: apostasy and insulting the prophet.

The book ’Umdat al-salik wa ’uddat al-nasik, or The reliance of the traveller and tools of the worshipper is commonly referred to as Reliance of the Traveller when cited in English. This is an authoritative source on Sunni Islamic law, because it is certified as such by Al-Azhar University in Cairo. There is no higher authority on Sunni Islamic doctrine than Al-Azhar; it is the closest equivalent to the Vatican that can be found in Islam.

From Book O, “Justice”, we learn that:

Leaving Islam is the ugliest form of unbelief and the worst. [o8.0]

Whoever voluntarily leaves Islam is killed.


When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed. [o8.1]

The second capital count against Hatun Tash was defamation against Islam, also know as Islamic slander, or ghiba. It is considered an act of apostasy.

Consulting Book O, “Justice”, in Reliance of the Traveller, we learn that the following acts constitute leaving Islam (§o8.7):

Among the things that entail apostasy from Islam… are: …

(4)   to revile Allah or his messenger…
(5)   to deny the existence of Allah…
(6)   to be sarcastic about Allah’s name…
(15)   to hold that any of Allah’s messengers or prophets are liars, or to deny their being sent…
(16)   to revile the religion of Islam…
(19)   to be sarcastic about any ruling of the sacred law…
(20)   or to deny that Allah intended the prophet’s message… to be the religion followed by the entire world…

Thus, even if Ms. Tash hadn’t overtly left the Islamic faith, her t-shirt would have been enough to convict her of apostasy.

Hat tip: dhans, in the comments.

19 thoughts on “The Apostasy of Hatun Tash

  1. She certainly has a lot of guts to have been doing what she was doing. Guts and a good measure of fatalism because I am sure she was not too stupid to realize what the likely outcome would be for her apostasy.

    Hopefully the orc that did it can be found; preferably not by the authorities, so an informal get-together can be arranged between Mr Would-be Beheader and Mr Morbark Whole Tree Chipper.

    • Nothing some wild feral hogs that weight about 500 can’t fix. Just leave the orc and the pigs in the same pen and let nature take it’s course.

    • See the section of David Woods’ video starting at 8:45 “If you’re one of the people…”

  2. Islam has got to be the most horrible and terrifying “religion” in the world. I put it in quotes because it doesn’t seem to me to be a religion but rather a way of conquering the world.

    It is cruel and deadly, which to me disqualifies itself as a religion. To my knowledge, which is not vast, it seems to me that religion is meant to help us be better, kinder, holier. This religion seems to glorify killing and beheading.

    What would Jesus say?

    • Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! Luke 17:1

  3. “or to deny that Allah intended the prophet’s message… to be the religion followed by the entire world…”

    Yet the Koran says each language gets their own prophey and thus it was revealed in pure Arabic for the Arabs. Ergo, not for the whole world.

    • I was treated to a very nice conversation with an owner of a ceramic tile store who was arabic and a rather devout muslim. We got to talking and I told him that I was a Christian and my faith was based upon the accuracy of scripture in general and prophecy in particular and how even 2,000 – 3,000 manuscripts could be read and understood while the copies of the Qur’an that we have have been continually edited so that we don’t know what was originally said or written. He replied by saying the arabic, or midian is a verbal language because most of the people were semi-literate traveling merchants. The alphabet that the present Qur’an was written in is the best effort to make arabic understood to the reader.

    • I am convinced that Islam will dominate the World, because God doesn’t destroy Soddom and Gomorrah untill the last “good” guy gets out of there, and consequently – the Apocalypse plagues are also meant to hit a world controlled by “enemy religion” that actively seeks out God’s servants to kill them.

      Islam is what comes after Christianity. Let us not forget that where every Muslim country today had been a “christian” country first.

      • Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia were Buddhist or Hindu. Central Asia was Buddhist, Zoroastrian, and Manichaean as well as Christian. Iran and Azerbaijan were Zoroastrian.

        I think it’ll take a one-two battering by Islamic renewal and China’s last, best hope for 20th century totalitarianism before the West gets the sense to excise Marx and all his illegitimate brood, revive, and fight back–or, a victorious China will find itself Christianized from bottom up, along with Subsaharan Africa.

        Or, it could be that two hundred years of the West’s D-double Dare Ya at God may be the last straw with God’s patience with us. I pray it is not so, and there is room for repentance, but the Almighty had his own purposes.

        For the record, I don’t believe in any secret rapture of the saints. I Thes. 4, the loudest and noisiest passage in the Bible, makes it clear that being caught up to meet the Lord in the air is what’s done with those believers alive when he comes to raise and judge the dead.

  4. Nobody is surprised anymore , certainly not Merkel&CO, she imported them in millions saying: Islam belongs to Germany “, what a wonderful leader , they are taking over slowly but surely..

  5. Good to see the rapid and effective response on the part of the Police.

    There goes a Police car after the offended Muslim in order to collect his perception of the hate incident represented by the wearing of the Charlie Hebdo T shirt.

    See the Metropolitan Police’s guide on Hate Crimes and Hate Incidents:

    “A hate incident is any incident which the victim, or anyone else, thinks is based on someone’s prejudice towards them because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or because they are transgender.”

    And eventually a Police van turns up to take the offender to be quizzed about her extremist views and have her name added to the Hate Incidents database.

    Order restored.

  6. @ Mariadee

    Re: “It is cruel and deadly, which to me disqualifies itself as a religion. To my knowledge, which is not vast, it seems to me that religion is meant to help us be better, kinder, holier. This religion seems to glorify killing and beheading.”

    It is not inaccurate to call Islam a creed of conquerors – which is perhaps one reason that none other than Adolf Hitler was a admirer of it. The German dictator, writing in his magnum opus “Mein Kampf” (“My Struggle”) averred that he wished that Islam had triumphed at the Battle of Tours in 732, where the Christian forces of Charles “The Hammer” Martel beat the Islamic Moors who had invaded and pushed northward into what is now France. Hitler viewed Christianity as corrupt and weak, and viewed Islam as the proper religion of the Aryan races.

    Indeed, we see that the one of the most-prominent Pan-Arabists and vicious anti-Semites of that time, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al-Husseini, was a wartime guest of the Nazi Party and the German regime during the war years, as he had been on the run for his part in fomenting the 1936-1939 Arab Revolt in British Palestine. Husseini was involved in the creation of the so-called “Final Solution” which saw the extermination of some six million European Jews, gypsies, political dissidents and other enemies of the Reich, during the years 1939-1945.

    Husseini – who was notorious for his vehemence and frequent entreaties to the SS-Gestapo to ‘kill Jews faster’ – hosted an Arab language radio telecast directed at propagandizing the Arab world against the western allies, and while there in Berlin, he was treated as a sort of celebrity and given a large home, a private chauffeured car, a small staff and a generous living stipend.

    The problem for those who perceive the violent aspects of Islam in a clear-eyed and rationale manner is that Islam is already viewed as one of the ‘world’s great monotheistic religions’ by the educational, cultural and ecumenical establishment, despite the evidence to the contrary that it is vastly different and apart from other faiths.

    Muslims have gotten away with this down the centuries because of the shape-shifting, two-faced nature of Islam. This dualism, according to scholars such as Dr. Bill Warner, is what really sets Islam apart. Even the Koran, the holy book of Islam, is dualistic in that it divides into two sections or halves – namely, before Mohammed and his followers migrated via the “hajj” to Medina (then called Yathrib), and afterwards.

    Prior to his migration to and eventual conquest of Medina, Mohammed preached a tolerant and accepting version of Islam, in what is today known as the Meccan portion of the Koran, after where he lived at the time. He had few followers and wasn’t all that powerful or influential. However, after adopting a harsher, more-aggressive stance and becoming what amounts to a successful warlord, the prophet rapidly gained followers and eventually conquered the Arabian peninsula, and from there, Islam spread out into the Middle East and eventually much of the rest of the world.

    There are mostly-peaceful Muslims who follow chiefly the Meccan portion of the text, just as there are ones who favor the latter passages from the middle of Mohammed’s life onward, which contain most of the verses hostile to the infidels – the so-called “verses of the sword.” However, what most people do not know is that the more-recent violent portions of the Koran supersede/overrule the earlier peaceful ones via what Muslim scholars call “abrogation.” Which means that the latter half of the Koran contains Mohammed’s final and most-authoritative revelations. Therefore, they lie closest to the heart of Islam. Which means that it is no “religion of peace” as its supporters like to claim. Not at least if you are a non-Muslim/infidel, or an apostate who leaves Islam.

    The five pillars of Islam are those practices that a devout Muslim must follow to be considered a good Muslim. These are (1) Saying the shahada, or profession of faith – and being a Muslim in daily life (2) Giving of alms to the poor (zakat) (3) Daily prayer toward Mecca (4) Fasting (sawm) and (5) making the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once if physically able.

    Mohammed said that jihad was so important to Islam that it ought to have been the “sixth pillar” of Islam, and that any believer and good soldier of Allah would ascend to paradise upon his death on the battlefield fighting in Islam’s name.

    We see then, contrary to the deceivers, Islamic apologists and propagandists in the West, Islam is inseparable from the act of waging holy war (jihad) against the unbelievers wherever and whenever they may be found. It is literally a creed or faith founded and based upon warfare against all who do not profess the faith.

    This can also be seen in how Muslim doctrine describes the world: Dar al-Islam – which in Arabic means “The House of Peace” or “The House of Islam,” and Dar al-Harb – which means in Arabic “The House of War” … the former being the worldwide community of Muslims, wherever they are found, and the latter being all of the non-Muslims of the world, wherever they may be found.

    And the Koran, Hadiths and Sura speak of dozens of means of deception, the telling of lies and half-truths, and other forms of dissimulation and deception of the infidel when necessary to protect Muslims, or when it serves the interests of Islam. It is a grave sin to lie to a fellow believer, but it is celebrated to deceive a non-Muslim on behalf of furthering the cause of the faith.

    It doesn’t get much clearer than that, does it?

    The great dilemma for non-Muslims is that there is no reliable means of assessing the trust-worthiness of Muslims when dealing with non-Muslims.

    • There are religions and religions. The old Canaanite religion called on its devotees to sacrifice their firstborn sons to Ba’al by burning alive. The ritual survived down to the Roman conquest of Carthage (a Canaanite colony). Islam is another evil and bloody-minded religion, but not quite as evil and bloody-minded as Western feminism, with the tens of millions it has killed by abortion, or Western scientism, which ends in pretending that a eunuch in drag, a wig, and fake teats is actually a “woman”.

      • @ Kepha

        Re: ” Islam is another evil and bloody-minded religion, but not quite as evil and bloody-minded as Western feminism, with the tens of millions it has killed by abortion, or Western scientism, which ends in pretending that a eunuch in drag, a wig, and fake teats is actually a “woman”.

        Just the sort of red-herring I would expect out of an apologist for Islam, perhaps even an actual believer defending the creed from criticism. No matter. Your misdirection and changing of the subject doesn’t matter. The bloodstained truth about Islam is there for all of the world to see. All 230 million dead and all 1,400 years of it.

  7. Most of the comments here seem to be of those who are “shocked”, “not surprised” or have had such things “revealed” to them previously.

    This is not a position except of weakness.

    When cutting these pieces of scum apart, then there is a position and a line drawn.

    All else is chaff and countermeasures. That is, all else is submission.

    Once you weak [epithets] learn where the line is, wake me up. Until then, I need not defend you as you will not defend me. Yet, it is only me who can defend us.

    Learn you [epithets].

  8. You’re welcome, Barron.

    Hatun has continued to do her public speaking despite physical attacks and threats against her life. She does such things fearlessly, without physical protection, and even refuses to request monetary support for such things. She is a member of DCCI ministries. If you wish to support her work, you may do so indirectly through this organization.

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