My Thoughts on Why God is Saeed Abedini’s Only Hope

20131106-142337.jpgThis most likely will not be a popular idea and I clearly understand and sympathize with the passions it may further ignite. Here is why I believe that God and only God can free Saeed Abedini if he chooses. There is no question that the treatment of Saeed is beyond any adjective we may come up with. Horrendous, atrocious, tragic and unacceptable according to everything that is honorable, Christian and right.

The problem is the definition of these terms in the mind of the Muslim. Because of the fundamental difference in our way of thinking, we embark on a rescue mission that ignores completely the mind if the radicle Muslim. Even the term “radicle” Muslim is as redundant as “radicle” Christian. At the root of the meaning, those who are truly Muslim or Christian can only be so in the most radicle way. These religions offer no other option. This misunderstanding has led to an extremely dangerous approach to the Saeed problem.

Personally, I believe that exerting international pressure and persuading intervention at the presidential level is accelerating the possibility of his continued imprisonment and likely death in the name of Allah. President Rouhani, who despite his “moderate” rhetoric, is a Muslim radicle who is compelled to solidify his credibility as a pure proponent, practitioner and leader of Islam.
The more public the case for Saeed becomes, the more pressure there will be placed upon Rouhani to do what his Muslim followers expect him to do…execute a Muslim defector and Christian proselyte. The Quran forbids any other option.
(See references and explanation from Qur’an and Hadith listed at the end of this blog article)
Had the process been downplayed and kept out if the international public eye, the probability of immanent execution may have been drastically reduced.
I imagine that the thinking behind the actions of Sekulow et al, is that if enough pressure is exerted by the US public and ultimately the government, that public opinion and political pressure could actually influence President Rouhani to release Saeed for the sake of international approval. Well, so much for that! As well intentioned as these actions are, historically Muslim leaders have proven time and again that they have absolutely no regard for public opinion or international pressure. The truth is, given the universal stage now provided for Iran, there is an excellent opportunity to make an example of Saeed in the name of Islam. The louder the outcry becomes, the more we will play into the hands of the radicles. Have you ever tried to argue reason into a volatile environment? The outcome is inevitably violent and most often tragic. This is a dangerous crapshoot that may have the desired result in securing Saeeds freedom, or on the other hand force President Rouhani take advantage if this opportunity to gain further support from and prove his muscle as a worthy leader of Islam. Should we be taking that risk?
I would go as far as to say that many of these actions have been without earnest consideration of the consequences for the Abedini family. No matter how much love and compassion we have for the victims and their families there is always the need to temper our passion and emotion with wisdom and extreme caution, being as gentle as doves and wise as serpents.
Perhaps it’s not too late. If public outcry and media frenzy were suddenly to cease, and all efforts were confined and concentrated around private prayer gatherings and grass root activism infiltrating conduits of influence in Iran, there may be a chance for God to then do as He chooses. If He chooses to allow Saeed to be martyred for His glory (Father, not my will but thine) and His agenda, it would not be the first time, and Saeed would be elevated to Faith’s Hall of Fame along with many thousands who have gone before him. My prayer is, that given the same circumstances in my life that I would have the same courage in the face if execution as our brother in Christ.
Obviously in the name of Christian compassion and for the love of our brothers and sisters and for freedoms sake I pray believing that Father would choose to cause a miraculous release for our Saeed for His Glory and His names sake.

Here are several explanations and references from the Qur’an and Hadith that will give further insight and understanding of why I take this position.

From early times it has been taught that the penalty for the apostasy of any individual from Islam is death.
Those who turn their back on Islam are to be executed. This is confirmed by the words and deeds of Muhammad. The only freedom of belief in Islam is the freedom to become Muslim.
The Qur’an:
Qur’an (4:89) – “They wish that you should disbelieve as they disbelieve, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper.”
Qur’an (9:11-12) – “But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then are they your brethren in religion. We detail Our revelations for a people who have knowledge. And if they break their pledges after their treaty (hath been made with you) and assail your religion, then fight the heads of disbelief – Lo! they have no binding oaths – in order that they may desist.”
Other verses that seem to support the many Hadith demanding death for apostates are Qur’an verses 2:217, 9:73-74, 88:21, 5:54, and 9:66.

From the Hadith:
The reason why executing apostates has always been well-ensconced in Islamic law is that there is an indisputable record of Muhammad and his companions doing exactly that according to the reliable Hadith. According to verse 4:80 of the Quran: “Whoso obeyeth the Messenger obeyeth Allah.”
Bukhari (52:260) – “…The Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’ ” Note that there is no distinction as to how that Muslim came to be a Muslim.
Bukhari (83:37) – “Allah’s Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate.”
Bukhari (84:57) – [In the words of] “Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”
Bukhari (89:271) – A man who embraces Islam, then reverts to Judaism is to be killed according to “the verdict of Allah and his apostle.”
Bukhari (84:58) – “There was a fettered man beside Abu Muisa. Mu’adh asked, ‘Who is this (man)?’ Abu Muisa said, ‘He was a Jew and became a Muslim and then reverted back to Judaism.’ Then Abu Muisa requested Mu’adh to sit down but Mu’adh said, ‘I will not sit down till he has been killed. This is the judgment of Allah and His Apostle (for such cases) and repeated it thrice.’ Then Abu Musa ordered that the man be killed, and he was killed. Abu Musa added, ‘Then we discussed the night prayers'”
Bukhari (84:64-65) – “Allah’s Apostle: ‘During the last days there will appear some young foolish people who will say the best words but their faith will not go beyond their throats (i.e. they will have no faith) and will go out from (leave) their religion as an arrow goes out of the game. So, wherever you find them, kill them, for whoever kills them shall have reward on the Day of Resurrection.'”
Abu Dawud (4346) – “Was not there a wise man among you who would stand up to him when he saw that I had withheld my hand from accepting his allegiance, and kill him?” Muhammad is chastising his companions for allowing an apostate to “repent” under duress. (The person in question was Muhammad’s former scribe who left him after doubting the authenticity of divine “revelations” upon finding out that he could suggest grammatical changes. He was brought back to Muhammad after having been captured in Medina).
Reliance of the Traveller (Islamic Law) o8.1 – “When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, he deserves to be killed.” (o8.4 affirms that there is no penalty for killing an apostate).
There does not seem to be any Qur’anic authority for this extreme form of punishment, one which allows a Muslim no degree of freedom to discover the true revelation of God independently for himself. The Hadith, however, openly state that Muhammad demanded the death sentence for those who turn their backs on Islam, whether for another faith or not.
Zaid b. Aslam reported that the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) declared that the man who leaves the fold of Islam should be executed (Muwatta Imam Malik, p. 317).
Narrated Ikrima: Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event reached Ibn Abbas who said, “If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah’s Apostle forbade it, saying, ‘Do not punish anyone with Allah’s punishment (fire)’. I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him'”. (Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, p. 45).
Abu Musa said: Mu’adh came to me when I was in the Yemen. A man who was a Jew embraced Islam and then retreated from Islam. When Mu’adh came, he said: I will not come down from my mount until he is killed. He was then killed. (Sunan Abu Dawud, Vol. 3, p. 1213).
There are evidences in Islamic history showing that this penalty has often been enforced, occasionally by public authority but usually by relatives and others taking the law of Islam into their own hands. Many of the jurists of Islam have held that the murtadd (apostate) should be given three days or three public opportunities to return to Islam and is only to be put to death if he refuses to do so.
It is in agreement with the character of the Islamic state that apostasy by one who has been a believer should be regarded amongst the most heinous of crimes. The legists demand that the apostate be given three chances to repent, and he is not to be killed unless he has definitely refused. (Levy, The Social Structure of Islam, p. 351).
Freedom of religion is Islam has, all too often, only meant the freedom to become a Muslim. No one is free to leave Islam of his own free will and choice. Even though a swift martyrdom may be less likely today than it was in earlier times, the convert, especially in solidly Muslim lands, still faces a harrowing future. Zwemer quotes from a letter written by an Egyptian convert from Islam to Christianity, one which reflects the experiences of many Christians in Muslim lands:

“I am again a prisoner, unable to go out at all or even to step on the balcony, because they are so excited and watching me night and day, desiring to quench their thirst with my blood, the blood of the helpless young Christian. My brothers, according to their law, often assured me that if they murdered me they would be martyrs for doing so”. (Zwemer, The Law of Apostasy in Islam, p. 22).

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