This morning I went for a fixed menu breakfasts in the neaby coffee shop. As I was buttering my toast my ears pricked up to the conversation going at the next table. I glanced sideways to find three young men wearing kurtha shirts. One of them also had a Yasser Arafat type tea-cloth head dress. In a conversation thickly sprinkled with Allah, kaafaru, mushriku, jahoodhee, munaafigu and islaan deen, they were discussing what to do with the people who left Islam.I think they noticed my interest in their conversation and their volume rose slightly that everyone neaby could hear them well.
They were very convinced and adamant - those who turn their back on Islam are to be put to death. One thing I noticed was the young man with the tea-cloth headgear was well versed in the Koran and Hadees. He quoted the Sura (2:256) which states "Let there be no compulsion in religion, for truth stands out from error" and loudly pointed out to the benefit of those in the coffe shop that the verse had been replaced with other verses that clearly called for the killing of those who left Islam.
"Look at the actions of our beloved Muhammed rasoololla sollalloahu alahi wasallam" he said " By his own deeds he has shown us that we must kill the people who have left Islam. When the new constitution comes into effect, we shall kill them."
My mind began to wander. What has possessed these people? Here they were, coolly taking about taking human life in public and breakfast was not even done yet. Maybe the recent statements by their Sheihu Baaree had emboldened them. I nearly choked on my toast when the sudden thought occured to me that this could be the MV Muslims Breakfast Club! Then they started going into the details. No hanging, no firing squad. They wanted beheadings - that was the example, the sunnah of the prophet. And they wanted it done in public. The smaller of the three suggested the courtyard of Islamee Marukazu. That was not public enough for the other two. "No one is going to leave Islam after they see us behead twenty or so of these yahoodhee kaafarun in Jumhooree Park" the man in the tea-cloth headgear asserted.