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Apostasy Law

Ex-Muslim Tsunami - Secular Conference

"I am asking you to face the Islamic tsunami that is coming to you, and to encourage our Ex-Muslim tsunami." - Mohammad AlKhadra, Jordanian Ex-Muslim 



Al-Azhar: to leave Islam is ‘treason’

Al-Azhar is a major ideological force behind the propagation of Islam in non-Muslim countries. To convert away from Islam is "treason" that should carry the death penalty, according to Sunni Islam’s topmost religious authority. "The penalty for an open apostate, departing from the community, is well stipulated in Sharia," Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayyib declared on Egypt television last week. "An apostate must be pressed upon to repent within a variable period of time or be killed," el-Tayyib stated, reiterating Islam’s traditional position.  More +


Ayaan Hirsi Ali with Maajid Nawa - Alan Howard Foundation / JW3

Addressing a sold out audience at JW3 cultural centre in London on 23 February 2016, renowned women's rights advocate and Islam reformist Ayaan Hirsi Ali discusses topics including gender equality, free speech, and Brexit, with Maajid Nawaz, author and Founding Chairman of Quiliam.


Apostasy Law - Oxford Interview

Kamal Fahmi, Founder and International Executive Director, Set My People Free
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Al-Aqsa Mosque Address

Al-Aqsa Mosque Address: We Should Fight Polytheists who Refuse to Convert to Islam or Pay Jizya



Does Freedom of Speech Give the Right to Offend?

Douglas Murray and Maajid Nawaz - Charlie Hebdo [Big Questions]


Heiner Bielefeldt

Addressing Assembly, UN expert Heiner Bielefeldt urges States to do more to protect the right of religious conversion - UN General Assembly

A United Nations independent expert Heiner Bielefeldt urged the international community to consistently respect, protect and promote the human right to freedom of religion or belief in the area of conversion."The right of conversion and the right not to be forced to convert or reconvert belong to the internal dimension of a person's religious or belief-related conviction, which is unconditionally protected under international human rights law," the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, said in a news release, issued as he presented a report on his work to the UN General Assembly.  More +


"If They [Muslims] Had Gotten Rid of the Apostasy Punishment Islam Wouldn't Exist Today"

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most influential Sunni leader in the Middle East, has just admitted what many of us who grew up as Muslims in the Middle East have always known: that Islam could not exist today without the killing of apostates. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the most respected leaders of the Sunni world, recently said on Egyptian television, "If they [Muslims] had gotten rid of the punishment [often death] for apostasy, Islam would not exist today." Al-Qaradawi has published more than 80 books, including The Lawful and the Prohibited in Islam and Islam: The Future Civilization. He has received eight international prizes for his contributions to Islamic scholarship.  More +


Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs - Georgetown University

What is the effect of blasphemy and apostasy laws on basic religious and political freedoms of Muslim-majority countries? What happens when Western governments and bodies like the United Nations begin passing similarly motivated restrictions on speech? These and other questions were addressed by Paul Marshall and Nina Shea as they discussed their new book, Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes Are Choking Freedom Worldwide.


Blasphemy and Free Speech

Paul Marshall, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, speaks at Hillsdale College


Biblical Response to Persecution

Non-Muslims Living Under
Islamic Law and Call To Prayer

Persecuted Christians: Affliction or Privilege? The Impact of Islam in the East & West

Dr. Mark Durie speaks at The Moody Church where an all-day conference was hosted to increase awareness regarding the persecution of fellow Christians, specifically in Muslim countries. Durie is a theologian, human rights activist, Anglican pastor, a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum, and Adjunct Research Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Islam and Other Faiths at Melbourne School of Theology.


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