Pakistani-born British actress Saira Khan, a 50-year-old former ‘Loose Women’ star revealed she “pretended to be someone I’m not” to make her family happy and said she was worried about publicly renouncing Islam due to fears of death threats, writes Robert Spencer
Saira Khan has good reason to have hesitated, even in Britain. The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. It’s based on the Qur’an: “They wish you would disbelieve as they disbelieved so you would be alike. So do not take from among them allies until they emigrate for the cause of Allah. But if they turn away, then seize them and kill them wherever you find them and take not from among them any ally or helper.” (Qur’an 4:89)
A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him” (Bukhari 9.84.57). The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law according to all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence.
This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi’ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: “The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-‘ashriyyah, Al-Ja’fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed.”
Qaradawi also once famously said: “If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn’t exist today.”
According to The List, February 7, 2021 issue:
Saira Khan is no longer a practicing Muslim.
The 50-year-old former ‘Loose Women’ star – who is of Pakistani heritage – revealed she “pretended to be someone I’m not” to make her family happy and said she was worried about publicly renouncing Islam due to fears of death threats.
Saira wrote in her column for The Sunday Mirror: “People assume that because we have Muslim parents we are practicing Muslims, that we have read the Quran, that we fast every Ramadan, that we don’t drink, that we don’t have sex before marriage.
“Saying I’m Muslim and then having a boyfriend behind closed doors, wearing clothes that go against the Muslim dress code, having a cheeky drink and living a non-Muslim life only brings guilt, self-loathing, loneliness and a feeling of being caged.”…
“I’ve not dared to share these feelings before because the very few Muslim women who have already made the admission are called sinful and some have even been targeted with death threats.
“But as a 50-year-old educated, independent woman with my own family and life experiences, I now have the courage to say that I’m not practicing.”