India: ex-Muslim man who left Islam attacked, police file case, Left-liberals silent on freedom of religion
The Indian Express dated 4 May 2022 reported that the police of Kollam place in Kerala State of India (India’s most literate state, with 26.56% Muslim population, and 18.38% Christian population, and only 54.72% Hindu population, as per the 2011 census) have registered an attempt to murder case against a group of men after a 24-year-old man who renounced Islam filed a complaint saying that he was attacked and was facing threats from within the community for doing so.
The Kollam police on Sunday [1 May 2022] registered the case after a complaint from Askar Ali, who hails from Malappuram. Ali, who has completed a 12-year Hudawi religious programme from a prominent religious academy in Malappuram, was in Kollam on Sunday to deliver a talk on his experience as a student of Islamic studies. He was to speak at an event organised by Essense Global, an organisation promoting “scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform in society”.
According to Ali’s complaint, a group of people from Malappuram tried to abduct him to ensure that he did not address the event. “They took me to Kollam beach, where I was manhandled. They destroyed my mobile phone and tore my clothes. They forcibly took me to a vehicle and tried to lock me inside. When locals raised an alarm, the police saved me,” he said.
According to Essense Global, Ali then delivered his address in the presence of police. In a video, Ali spoke about his experience as a student of Islamic studies, alleged sexual harassment during his studies and his journey towards “the path of humanism”.
Meanwhile, on April 30, Ali’s family filed a missing complaint in Malappuram. On Monday [2 May 2022] night, the Malappuram police produced Ali before a local magistrate’s court, which allowed him to live as per his wish. According to Ali, his decision to renounce his faith has not gone down well with his family. “Ali did not want to go with his family and the court allowed him to live as per his wish. He has not sought any protection,” a police official said.
Number of ex-Muslims of Kerala is rising. There is a Council of ex-Muslims of Kerala. This is an IANS report. https://keralakaumudi.com/en/news/mobile/news.php?id=725045&u=
The Indian Express dated 10 January 2022 reported on the establishment of the Council of ex-Muslims of Kerala.
The outfit’s president, Liyakkathali C M, said this is the first of its kind organisation in India. “We have formed a 10-member executive committee and membership campaign is on. Initially, we have identified 300 Muslims, who have abandoned their religion over the years, who openly come out in support of the organisation,” he said.
He said the organisation aims to provide moral support to those who quit Islam. “There are many Muslims who have abandoned their religion but are reluctant to declare it openly as they fear repercussions from society. Many are forced to live hiding their identity after abandoning religion. They fail to get support from even family and are targeted in their places of work. We want to give support and courage to people who are willing to come out of the religion. Those who abandon religion should be allowed to live fearlessly,” he said.
Jazar Mohamed- founding member of ex-Muslims of Kerala, with real name, and real face (despite the death penalty given to apostates, anyone leaving Islam) in live discussion with ex-Muslim Sahil on YouTube. Link is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLuQMPZ0fV0
In this context, we must tell the world what Islamists did and continue to do to former Muslims, those who leave Islam. In May 2014 in Sudan, a heavily pregnant woman was given death penalty for converting to Christianity from Islam, marrying a Christian man. Her only ‘crime’ was leaving Islam. A BBC report said on this incident:
“A court ruling in Sudan sentencing a heavily pregnant woman to death has reignited debate about punishment for apostasy.
Dr Meriam Yahya Ibrahim was condemned to hang for allegedly leaving Islam and marrying a Christian man.
The court said that by doing so, she had abandoned her religious faith and was guilty of apostasy, which carries the ultimate penalty under Islamic law in the country…
…Other more conservative Muslims refer to the words of the Prophet Muhammad in the Hadith saying: “It is not permissible to spill the blood of a Muslim except in three [instances]: A life for a life; a married person who commits adultery; and one who forsakes his religion and separates from the community.”…
The late Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s religious and political leader, famously denounced the author Salman Rushdie as an apostate for his novel The Satanic Verses – and said he should be killed.
Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Afghanistan also uphold strict interpretations.
…In 2006, an Afghan, Abdul Rahman, who announced his conversion to Christianity escaped a death sentence and was offered asylum in Italy.
Another Afghan citizen was granted asylum in the UK earlier this year after persuading the courts he faced the death penalty at home because he was an atheist.
Meanwhile, non-Muslims such as the Bahai community have faced difficulties in countries including Egypt…
…When she was convicted on Sunday, Dr Ibrahim – who is said to be eight months pregnant – was given three days by the court to return to Islam. But she again affirmed her Christian faith, and her lawyer says she will appeal against the sentence…”
In June 2020 there were trends on Twitter saying #BlackLivesMatter, #WhiteLivesMatter #HinduLivesMatter #MuslimLivesMatter #AllLivesMatter What needs to be trended is #ExMuslimLivesMatter since ex-Muslims are to be given death penalty in Islamic and Shariah Law, anywhere in the world. Everywhere a former Muslim is under threat, USA, Europe, Canada, Australia, or anywhere. Death penalty to anyone leaving Islam is the law today in 8 nations in the world, Afghanistan, Brunei, Mauritania, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Most, or all other Islamic nations have laws against apostasy, giving various punishments.
How would the Left liberals and wokeists react if any Muslim was to be given death penalty by law for being a Muslim in any country? In reality, it is the law for ex-Muslims in 8 countries in the world today, and de-facto practiced in many other countries as well. Muslims and ex-Muslims are equal, but Muslims are more equal?
A known Indian ‘secularist’ and apologist of Islamists, Swaminathan Aiyar wrote against this on 2 April 2006 when he came to know of this law, giving death to apostates in Afghanistan, in a country supposedly rescued by liberals from the fanatical Taliban. He wrote in an article titled “The sad silence over Abdul Rehman”:
“…I am aghast at the virtual silence in India over the proposed execution of Abdul Rahman of Afghanistan for what his country’s legal system regards as the capital offence of having converted to Christianity. But I hear no outcry from moderate Muslims, or Hindu intellectuals who normally wave the secular flag. None of the major secular parties seems interested in deploring the horror. They would rather bury their heads in the sand and emerge only when Hindu communalism is the issue.
I always knew that Afghanistan’s new Constitution made it an Islamic state. But I had no idea that its laws called for the execution of any Muslim who converts to another religion. Needless to say, the law happily permits Christians or Hindus to convert to Islam.
This is not a case of some Islamic extremist saying crazy things. This is not a law in some state ruled by mad mullahs. It is the law in a country supposedly rescued by liberals from the religious extremism of the Taliban. It is the law in a country that India hails as secular, and as an old friend.
For that reason, intellectuals and political parties that never hesitated to condemn the excesses of the Taliban are silent today. To me, this reeks of hypocrisy.
…An alert prosecutor promptly charged Rahman with apostasy, punishable by death.
The prosecution had widespread public support. Rahman had to be kept in a high-security cell for fear that other prison inmates would kill him. Apparently his “crime” was enough to enrage even hardened criminals.
Most people would have quickly repudiated their conversion to escape death. But Rahman refused to budge. Go ahead and kill me, he said, but I will remain true to my faith…
…I say that a person willing to die for his religious beliefs, without threatening violence or retribution, is a hero.
My fellow secularists will argue: why raise a fuss about Abdul Rahman? He is going to be sent out of Afghanistan, and will not die. Indeed, sundry Christian associations will hail and support him wherever he goes.
To me, this is moral cowardice parading as pragmatism. Religious bigotry, whether of the Hindu or Islamic variety, is a curse, an evil. If it is not attacked wherever it exists, it will spread.
…A milder but still disturbing form of international communalism is the lack of protests in Muslim countries over Abdul Rahman’s prosecution. It bodes ill for the future.
We need to fight all religious bigotry—Muslim, Hindu or Christian. We must not gloss over the shocking Afghan law placing religious converts on par with murderers, worthy of execution. I use the word we, yet I do not how many people are with me on this issue. I hear mainly silence from Islamic countries. I hear mainly silence from supposed secularists in India. Hardly anybody wants to rock the boat for something as minor as principle.
All my life, I have sought a brotherhood of man. But if some fellow humans say I can be killed for my beliefs, will they ever be my brothers? Is there any future for this vision of brotherhood?”
Swaminathan Aiyar was shocked to know the Afghanistan law giving death to apostates. He would be more shocked to know that not just Afghanistan, but a total of 8 Islamic countries have this law giving death (and almost all other Muslim countries have laws giving various other punishments), which is in Islamic law & majority of Muslims support it.
Swaminathan Aiyar expected ‘protests’ in the Muslim world over this Afghanistan law giving death to apostates! This is because he was unaware of the theology of radical Islamists. Had he read it, he would have realized the dangers to human freedom from it, realized that the Hindu nationalists in India, who he castigated for a lifetime, are right, and that the truth is far more dangerous than what the Hindu nationalists dare to say in India.
This website said this while replying to a question by a non-Muslim asking about death to apostates in Islam! One would have thought it would misinterpret and say that it is not so, and that only God will decide after this life what to do to anyone who leaves Islam. But no, it was very honest and clear- death to any apostate.
Have you seen any ‘moderate’ Muslim condemn this? Camouflaged Islamic radicals and Leftists have never condemned the death penalty to apostates and demanded that every Muslim should have full freedom to leave Islam. Let us dare the Leftists, ‘liberals’, wokeists and others to condemn the apostasy law in Islam.
This is how they behave in this age of Internet, when they are in a minority in the world, openly justifying death penalty to apostates while talking to non-Muslims!