This Saturday, King’s Church Manchester will be hosting Muhammad Musa Al-Shareef, a Saudi cleric who believes that Muslim converts to Christianity should be killed for abandoning Islam, and that human rights are an invention of “the Christians, the atheists and the fornicators“.
Here is an email I sent the church yesterday:
I spoke to a man from your church, earlier today.
Further to my phone call, I would like to briefly state my concerns, about the Palestinian Forum event scheduled at your church.
One of the invited speakers, Muhamad Musa al-Shareef, believes that people who become born-again believers in Christ, when they are from Muslim backgrounds, ought to be killed.
I think that hosting al-Shareef sends out the wrong message to a watching world, especially as you might have Muslim-background believers in your church.
Here is what al-Shareef says:
“For example, the issue of apostasy in Islam. One who apostatizes from Islam is to be killed. Some say Abu Hanifah said an apostate should be imprisoned but the majority of scholars are of the view that an apostate must be killed. So we should not be ashamed of this Islamic ruling. Man is free to adopt the religion he wants. But a Muslim is not free to be a disbeliever. Simply, this is a divine ruling that we should apply proudly.”
I think it would not be wise for King’s Church to host this event.
I have had no response to my email yet. King’s Church Manchester is not treating it as an urgent matter. They should.