Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, calls on British Muslim leaders to back the right to convert from Islam another to religion after a court in Sudan sentenced a woman to death for apostasy.
Independent The peer said it was “accepted doctrine” that Muslim converts should face the death penalty. He also said there were examples of ex-Muslims in Britain who had been forced to “almost go underground”.
“Isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with Islam at its core that it cannot allow people to change their religion?” he told The Sunday Times. “It is accepted doctrine in Islam [that] you don’t convert and if you do the penalty may be death.” He added: “I want to hear Muslim leaders say ‘we allow Muslims to become Christians if they wish to’.”
Lord Carey spoke out after Meriam Ibrahim, 27, was sentenced to death by a sharia court in Sudan after refusing to recant her Christian faith. The sentence has been postponed until after her baby is born. as she is pregnant.
A leading British Muslim thinker Dr Ghayasuddin Siddiqui told The Independent that the idea that former Muslims should be put to death was introduced later as part of “man-made sharia” law, he said, adding that the issue was being debated by Muslim scholars around the world.