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Apostasy and Blasphemy in Islam

2013 Vol. 1: Jan/Feb

The Quran is fierce in its condemnation of apostasy (ridda) and of the apostate (murtadd). Theirs, according to the Quran, will be a dreadful penalty (adhbun azmun). This sentiment, which occurs in Sura 16:106, is expressed again in other ways in other suras (chapters of the Quran). The interesting point to note is that the various threats of judgment and punishment seem to relate to the next world or to life after this

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