Hat tip Holger Awakens and MEMRI-TV
As reported, I was told recently by the director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, Salam Marayati, that there was no death penalty in Islamic law for apostates. He pointed out there was nothing in the Koran about the death penalty for apostates. (He didn't say anything about the hadith.) No matter. Mr Marayati, meet Egyptian cleric Mazen Sirsawi, who has a slightly different take. The below video with English sub-titles comes to us from MEMRI-TV via Holger Awakens. This is a speech given by Sirsawi in September 2011.
"In Islam, an apostate is punished by death. There is no dispute about this."
"Let none of those blabbermouths say to you, 'There is no punishment for an apostate in Islam. I've never seen such a thing'".
"It is in all the books of jurisprudence."
I'm confused. This is not what Mr Marayati told me. This is not what Imam Muzammil Siddiqi of the Islamic Center of Orange County has told me. Whom should I believe?