Monday, 7 June 2010

If anyone changes his [islamic] religion, kill him

The Qur'an commands your death for leaving Islam (4:89 calls for the murder of renegades from the faith), and Muhammad is explicit in a hadith: "If anyone changes his religion, kill him" (Bukhari).

the "official english translation by dr. rashad khalifa" says "only in war":
[4:89] They wish that you disbelieve as they have disbelieved, then you become equal. Do not consider them friends, unless they mobilize along with you in the cause of GOD. If they turn against you, you shall fight them, and you may kill them when you encounter them in war. You shall not accept them as friends, or allies.

but the yusuf ali, pickthall, palmer and rodwell translations say "kill them wherever you find them":
[4:89] ... But if they turn renegades, Seize them and slay them Wherever ye find them; ...

if they turn back (to enmity) then take them and kill them wherever ye find them

but if they turn their backs, then seize them and kill them wheresoever ye find them,

If they turn back, then seize them, and slay them wherever ye find them;

its not difficult to see why the khalifa version is the "official" version =)

Q. i wonder what the literal translation of the arabic actually says?
وَدُّواْ لَوْ تَكْفُرُونَ كَمَا كَفَرُواْ فَتَكُونُونَ سَوَاء فَلاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ مِنْهُمْ أَوْلِيَاء حَتَّىَ يُهَاجِرُواْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللّهِ فَإِن تَوَلَّوْاْ فَخُذُوهُمْ وَاقْتُلُوهُمْ حَيْثُ وَجَدتَّمُوهُمْ وَلاَ تَتَّخِذُواْ مِنْهُمْ وَلِيًّا وَلاَ نَصِيرًا

i went to what i would expect to be the official islamic website for the world:

i was redirected to

i clicked on quran search and searched for "slay them" and found 4:89:
and if they revert to [open] enmity, seize them and slay them wherever you may find them

ill take this M Asad version as the "official" version since it was the default search preferences.:
seize them and slay them wherever you may find them

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