Abdul Rahman, believed to be 41, rejected Islam for Christianity some 16 years ago. Rahman evaded and survived the Taliban only to succumb to his loving family which finally turned him in to the authorities.
"Yes that's true, a man has converted to Christianity. He's being tried in one of our courts," Supreme Court judge Ansarullah Mawlavizada told the Middle East Times. "We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law," the judge told the Associated Press. "It is an attack on Islam. ... The prosecutor is asking for the death penalty."However, as Muslims tell us time and again, "The Koran is crystal clear in stating, 'There is no compulsion in religion.' The commandment is absolute; there are no exceptions. Coercion, compulsion, force - whatever one chooses to call it - is totally forbidden. No other holy book lays down such a clear directive to its adherents." Mohammed Al Masry writes in an opinion piece for the Middle East Times that "one of the most persistent lies repeated by its detractors is that Muslims spread their faith by the sword...So while it is true that Islam spread in some places with the speed of a bullet, no literal bullets have been involved."
Prosecutor Abdul Wasi says he offered to drop the charges if Rahman made the switch back to Islam, but the defendant is maintaining his Christian beliefs. The judge is expected to rule within two months. If he indeed is sentenced, Rahman would be the first person punished for leaving Islam since the Taliban was ousted by American-led forces in late 2001.
There is no literal sword involved in the case against Rahman, but the deal offered by the prosecution constitutes coercion, compulsion, or force. Threatening him with death unless he returns to his Islamic roots is a very big sword.
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