Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi’s verdict: apostasy law has become insignificant. Younus AlGohar, representative of Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi, explains how.
- If the exoteric and esoteric aspects of the religion are not practised together, then for you to practise the religion is futile. The religion is meant to improve the characters of its practitioners. Regarding Namaz, Quran says that it performing Namaz is like subtly conversing with God. The other prominent feature of Namaz mentioned in the Quran is that it will stop you from committing bad deeds. Namaz is meant to act as a medicine and it will also connect you with God. It is impossible that Namaz will connect one to God and not improve his character at the same time.
- To adopt a Deen is to adopt a lifestyle. People who practise a religion today do not know why they follow the religion. People who were born in a Christian household became Christians; they never thought why they were Christians. The same is the case with Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. People do not know the purpose for which a religion must be followed.
- People talk about apostasy. Apostasy means that one leaves their religion. In this era, if a Muslim leaves Islam, should he be punished as a Muslim would have been punished 1400 years ago? Quran says that there is no compulsion in the religion. If someone wants to leave the religion, then he shouldn’t be forced to stay in the religion. The fact of the matter is, today if someone leaves a religion, they are doing so because they did not receive benevolence; they did not find God. People practising religion have not obtained anything today.
- Apostasy law is no longer important in this day and age. No one can be declared an apostate anymore. People would become apostates the religion could still connect people to God. If someone got connected to God through the religion and then decided to leave the religion, they were apostates. If they were to leave Islam for another religion, the other religions also were created by God. In the other religions, the purpose would be the same as Islam: to reach God. Therefore God would become upset with apostates seeking him through a new religion, because he had already accepted and blessed them while they were Muslims. Today, no religion can connect anyone to God anymore.
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