As per- usual it takes a Muslim voice to point out the deafening silence from the Left and Islamic community here and in Europe, note Ayaan Hirst Ali and Salman Rushdie as prime examples..Medi Islam’s short riposte against the Iranian decision to execute Youcef Nadarkhani in Iran, for simply being a Christian, is highlighted not only for its sheer brutality but its decision lacking of any Islamic authority. http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/sep/30/this-brutality-is-not-islam
Medi talks about the left’s silence as
“Pleas for clemency from the archbishop of Canterbury, the UK’s foreign secretary and Amnesty International, among others, have fallen on deaf ears in Tehran. Meanwhile the silence from the world’s Muslims – especially the UK’s usually voluble Muslim organisations and self-appointed “community leaders” – has been shameful. The irony is that I have yet to come across an ordinary Muslim who agrees that a fellow believer who loses, changes or abandons his or her faith should be hanged. Yet frustratingly few Muslims are willing to speak out against such medieval barbarism. We mumble excuses, avert our eyes.”
and on Islamic justice
“There is a misguided assumption among many Muslims that such an abhorrent punishment is divinely mandated. It isn’t. Classical Muslim jurists wrongly conflated apostasy with treason. The historical fact is that the prophet Muhammad never had anyone executed for apostasy alone. In one well-documented case, when a Bedouin man disowned his decision to convert to Islam and left the city of Medina, the prophet took no action against him, remarking only that, “Medina is like a pair of bellows: it expels its impurities and brightens and clears its good”.
Where are the vigils, the outrage and marches in support of this poor man?