Are All Apostates to be killed

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Which type of apostates should be killed? 1) apostate whose apostasy is only known to his family 2) apostate who publicly doesn’t perform Islamic obligations (no body knows about these guy’s apostasy) 3) whose apostasy is known by neighbours but he doesn’t cause fitnah 4) whose is a apostate but acts like a Muslim 5) whose apostasy is known by family and neighbours. He doesn’t perform Islamic obligations too. 6) whose reasons for leaving Islam is known but that doesn’t cause considerable fitnah.


Wa ʿAlaykum Salām Wa Raḥmatullāh wa barakātuhu,

The rules of an apostate being killed apply under an Islāmic caliphate or governance. This is because, in countries ruled by other than Islāmic Law, the Muslims do not hold the mandate to take the life of an apostate.

An apostate is one who holds the potential to fuel widespread disorder and confusion and to prompt others to question their beliefs whilst being the seed of imbalance in society.

We ask Allāh to grant us life under true Islāmic governance wherein all His laws can be implemented.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best


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