Egyptian editor stands up for Baha’is

Mohammad Shebl recently wrote in ‘Al Qahirah’, defending the Baha’is against the charge of apostacy. Saying that, “What I see in the Qur’an is the glorious verse: “Let there be no compulsion in religion” [Qur’an 2:256].  What is clearly evident from this verse and from the entire Holy Qur’an is that neither entering Islam nor exiting from it, nor even following or not following its commandments is compulsory.  However, there are ignorant clergy who believe that the freedom to choose is limited to entering Islam, while exiting is prohibited and punishable by the death penalty. “,  Shebl goes on to argue that, “based on the Qur’an, apostasy is conversion from the belief in God and of the Unity of God to disbelief. Only a person who changes his belief in God to denial and negation of God, and to disbelief in the continuation of life in the next world, can be labeled an apostate.” and that as Baha’is, “believe in God and believe in the next world.”

Indeed, this is obvious to anyone who has had the least contact with Baha’is.

Shebl goes on to point out that, even if a prejudiced person was to believe the Baha’is were apostate, the Qur’an does not allow them any right “tyranny and oppression should be inflicted on them in this world. We can only say: “Ye have your religion and I my religion” [Qur’an 109:06].

So, as is often the case over history, it is not the religious person who forge violence against others but those who pretend to be religious and are, in reality do not understand their own religion and are, in fact ‘unreligious’. As Christ warned, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” (King James Bible, Matthew 7:15)

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