Friday, March 30, 2007

100+ Signatories to the Statement about Islam and Apostasy

100+ Signatories to the Statement

We the undersigned Muslims from diverse backgrounds affirm:
The freedom of faith and the freedom of changing one's faith.
In light of the Qur'anic guidance and the Prophetic legacy,
the principle of freedom of faith does not lend itself
to impose in this world any punishment or retribution solely for apostasy;
thus there ought not to be any punishment
in the name of Islam or fatwa calling for the same.

The endorsement of the signatories listed here does not
necessarily represent the institution they are affiliated with.
  1. Dr. Omar Afzal
    [retired from South Asian Collection, Cornell University; USA]
  2. Dr. Ahrar Ahmad
    [Professor of Political Science, Black Hills State University; USA]
  3. Dr. Mohammad Fadel
    [Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Canada]
  4. Dr. Mohammad Omar Farooq
    [Associate Professor of Economics and Finance, Upper Iowa University; USA]
  5. Dr. Layla al-Marayati
    [Muslim Women's League; USA]
  6. Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina
    [Professor, University of Virginia; USA]
  7. Mike Mohamed Ghouse
    [President, World Muslim Congress; USA]
  8. Dawn Ross
    [New Product Launch Planning Manager in the Orthopedic Industry; USA]
  9. Dr. Mohammed Fahmy
    [Professor, University of Northern Iowa; and Islamic Center, Waterloo, Iowa; USA]
  10. Dr. Khaleel Mohammed
    [Professor, Religious Studies, San Diego State University; USA]
  11. Dr. Badrul Haque
    [Economist, and Chair, Board of Trustees The Bangladeshi-American Foundation; USA]
  12. Dr. Salim Rashid
    [Professor of Economics, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign; USA]
  13. Nurjahan Ruby Amatulla
    [CEO, GNL-USA]
  14. Syed Abdul Hamid
    [Head Of Information Technology, an Islamic Bank; Pakistan]
  15. Ris Rizqullah[Indonesian Society for Islamic Economy; Indonesia]
  16. Mirza A. Beg
    [Geologist and columnist; USA]
  17. M. Basheer Ahmed
    [M.D., Former Professor of Psychiatry, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas; USA]
  18. Haseeb Muhammad
    [Operations Officer (CAD) at a local Bank and graduate Student at International Islamic University, Islamabad; PAKISTAN]
  19. Ghulam Yusuf
    [Retired Director General of Govt. of Pakistan; CANADA]
  20. Dr. Fahim Quadir
    [Associate Professor of the Division of Social Science and Graduate Program Director in Development Studies, York University, Toronto; CANADA]
  21. Dr. Thomas Hamza Mohammed Haidon
    [International Qur'anic Center, Free Muslim Coalition, Jurisdoctorate, International Law; NEW ZEALAND]
  22. Dr. Najah Kadhim
    [Executive Director, International Forum for Islam Dialogue (IFID), London, and a Senior Lecturer-University of Hertfordshire; UK]
  23. Walid Zafar
    [Student, International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound; USA]
  24. Sheila Musaji
    [Editor, The American Muslim; USA]
  25. Omar Ali, M.D.
    [Assistant Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology, Medical College of Wisconsin; USA]
  26. Dr. Radwan Masmoudi
    [Founder, member of the Board, and President of the Center of the Study of Islam & Democracy (CSID)]
  27. Dr. Fatima Zohra
    [Obstetrician/Gynaecologist; AUSTRALIA]
  28. Dr. M. A. Muqtedar Khan
    [Assistant Professor, University of Delaware; Senior Nonresident Fellow, Brookings Institution; Fellow, Alwaleed center, Georgetown University; http://www.ijtihad.orgl/ USA]
  29. Kamal Yassin, M.D.
    [Physician; Islamic foundation of Greater St. Louis; USA]
  30. Bahar Bastani, M.D.
    [Professor of Medicine - Nephrology, Saint Louis University; USA]
  31. Maqsud Sobhani
    [Manager, Customer Service, Paxar; BANGLADESH]
  32. Levent Akbarut
    [Aerospace Software Engineering Manager; Islamic Congregation of La CaƱada Flintridge, Los Angeles County, California; USA]
  33. Dr. Miah Muhammad Adel
    [Professor, Space Physics, Environmental Physics, Water Sciences, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff; USA]
  34. Dr. A. Rashied Omar
    [Research Scholar of Islamic Ethics and Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; USA]
  35. Na'eem Jeenah
    [Coordinator, Masjidul Islam, Johannesburg, South Africa; Ex-President, Muslim Youth Movement of South Africa; MA (Religious Studies); University of the Witwatersrand; SOUTH AFRICA]
  36. Dr. Stephen N. Connolly
    [Lecturer in organic chemistry, School of Science & Technology, University of Teesside; UK]
  37. Dr. Mohammad Yusuf Siddiq
    [Professor, Dept. of History & Islamic Civilization, Sharjah University; UAE]
  38. Hesham A. Hassaballa, M.D.
    [Physician, Author, and Columnist, God, Faith, and a Pen; USA]
  39. Dr. Javed Jamil
    [Executive Chairman, International Centre for Applied Islamics, Saharanpur; INDIA]
  40. Dr. Abusaleh Shariff
    [Ph. D., Development Economics and Demography, National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, INDIA]
  41. Dr. Syed Nawab Haider Naqvi
    [M.A. (Yale); PhD (Princeton); HEC Distinguished National Professor and Director General, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Islamabad, PAKASITAN]
  42. Dr. Ashraf M. Abbasi
    [Chairman, Pakistani American Congress-Council of Presidents; Houston, USA]
  43. Dr. Shafique Pathan
    [MBBS, FRSH (England), DCCP; Obesity, Diet Consultant; Bandar West, Mumbai; INDIA]
  44. Zaid Shakur
    [Staff Writer, InFocus News; USA]
  45. Dr. Hasan Zillur Rahim
    [Freelance writer on Islamic issues, blog:; former Editor of IQRA, magazine of South Bay Islamic Association of San Jose, California; USA]
  46. Faroque Khan, M.B., M.A.C.P
    [Chair, Board of Trustees. Islamic Cenmter of Long Island, New York; ex-President, Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA): 1986-1988; USA]
  47. T. O. Shanavas, MD
    [Pediatrician; Author, "Creation And/Or Evolution: An Islamic Perspective", Xlibris Corporation; USA]
  48. Shahed Amanullah
    [MBA, Technology Consulting; Editor-in-chief,; USA]
  49. Dr. Mohammed Nazrul Islam Khan
    [Chemist; Vice-President and Director, FRC Chemical Technology, Inc.; Islamic Society of Cerro Gordo, Mason City, Iowa; USA]
  50. Dr. Asma Afsaruddin
    [Associate Professor, Arabic & Islamic Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana; USA]
  51. Dr. Aslam Abdullah
    [Ph.D, Islamic Studies and Communiations; Director, Islamic Society of Nevada and Editor, Muslim Observer; USA]
  52. Imam Kamara AbdilHaqq Muhammad
    [Islamic Teacher and Associate Imam at ADAMS Center of Northern Va.; USA]
  53. Nayyer Zaman Ali, MD
    [also, Columnist, Pakistan Link Newspaper; USA]
  54. Dr. Sulayman Nyang
    [Professor, African Studies Department, Howard University; USA]
  55. Mrs. Sarwat Husain
    [Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Al-Ittihaad News, San Antonio, Texas; USA]
  56. Dr. Samer Kantakji
    PhD in Islamic Accountancy;; SYRIA]
  57. Dr. Anisa Abd el Fattah
    [Founder and Chairwoman, National Association of Muslim American Women (NAMAW)]
  58. Shaheryar Azhar
    [M.B.A; Retired banker (Senior Vice President) from a major bank in New York; Moderator, The Forum, an e-discussion forum; USA]
  59. Aijaz Husain
    [Retired civil servant (Specialized field: Economics & social welfare); M.A. (Economics); M.S.W. (McGill); CANADA]
  60. Shah Abdul Hannan
    [Chairman, Islamic Economic Research Bureau; former Chairman, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd., former deputy governor, Bangladesh Bank; Author/Scholar; BANGLADESH]
  61. Aderemi Taofiq Adeseun
    [Nasfat (Nasrullahi faith society); Pharmacist, Retired Country Manager of Janssen-Cilag in Nigeria; NIGERIA]
  62. Farzana Hassan
    [President: Muslim Canadian Congress; Author of "Islam, women and the challenges of Today"; Master from the University of Massachusetts; Currently enrolled in a doctoral program in Educational Leadership; CANADA]
  63. Dr. Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad
    [President/Director, Minaret of Freedom Institute, Bethesda, Maryland; USA]
  64. M. Saiful Islam
    [Senior Programmer Analyst, DST Systems; MBA; Kansas City; USA]
  65. Robert Salaam
    [Government Contractor; Host, The American Muslim Blog Radio Show; USA]
  66. Dr. Farid Islam
    [Associate Professor, Department of Finance & Economics, Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah; USA]
  67. Ahmed M. Rehab
    [Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago); M.S. Software Engineering; USA]
  68. Dr. Fawzia Afzal-Khan
    [Dept of English, Montclair State University, Upper Montclair, NJ; Phd. English Literature, Tufts University, Medford, Mass; USA]
  69. Dr. Jeffrey Lang
    [Mathematics Department, University of Kansas; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Purdue University; USA]
  70. Ahmed Bedier
    [Executive Director, Tampa Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and President of the Tampa/Hillsborough Human Rights Council; USA]
  71. Dr. Mohammad A. Auwal
    [Professor, Dept. of Communication Studies, California State University, Los Angeles; USA]
  72. Dr. A. F. M. Anwar
    [Dean, School of Engineering, University of Connecticut; Electrical Engineering; USA]
  73. Mohammed Abdul Aleem
    [CEO,; MBA/Management Information Systems; Culver City, CA; USA]
  74. Dr. Amir Hussain
    [Department of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles; PhD in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto; Los Angeles, California, USA]
  75. Dr. Laury Silvers
    [Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Skidmore College, USA]
  76. Dr. M. Kabir Hassan
    [Professor of Finance, University of New Orleans; USA]
  77. Dr. Mahdi Tourage
    [Book Review Editor, American Journal of Islamic Social Scinces (AJISS); Visiting Assistant Prof. of Islam, Department of Religion, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY; USA]
  78. Professor Mehnaz M. Afridi
    [ABD, Antioch University, specialty - Judaism and Islam; Interfaith Activist, Los Angeles, California; USA]
  79. Dr. Ahmet T. Karamustafa
    [Professor of History and Religious Studies, Washington University in St. Louis; PhD in Islamic Studies; USA]
  80. Prof. Seval Yildirim
    [Assistant Professor, Whittier Law School, California; USA]
  81. Dr. Vernon James Schubel
    [Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Kenyon College; Ph.D. History of Religions; USA]
  82. Aslam Rana
    [degree in Architecture; Director, Building Inspection Services, City of Dothan, Alabama; USA]
  83. Azhar Azeez
    [Member of ISNA executive council; MBA in Marketing; USA]
  84. Jean-Mathieu Potvin
    [Lawyer, Doctoral candidate, McGill Institute of Islamic Studies, Montreal; Master of Laws (Islamic Law), SOAS, University of London; CANADA]
  85. Asmaa Ibnouzahir
    [Member of Presence Musulmane Montreal; Masters in Nutrition; CANADA]
  86. Enamul Hoque
    [Engineer; Master of Science in Electrical Engineering; USA]
  87. Huma Dar
    [PhD Candidate, Department of South & South East Asian Studies, University of California at Berkeley; USA]
  88. Dr. Shifa Naeem
    [Psychiatrist; FCPS in Psychiatry; Karachi, PAKISTAN]
  89. Dr. Shahjahan Khan
    [University of Southern Queensland, PhD in Statistics from Canada; Chief Editor: Journal of Applied Probabiliy and Statistics (USA), and President: Islamic Countries Society of Statistical Sciences (ISOSS), AUSTRALIA]
  90. Dr. Amin U. Sarkar
    [Dean & Professor of Economics, College of Business & Technolgy, Black Hills State University, South Dakota, USA; Ph.D. Resource Economics; USA]
  91. Mohammed Ahsan Rial
    [CEO, Dishari Management International; BS Engineering, MBA; CANADA]
  92. Dr. Habib Siddiqui
    [PhD; Anti-war and peace activist; Columnist and author of books "Islamic Wisdom", "Book of Devotional Stories"; Chairman of the Board of Directors, Bangladesh Expatriate Council, USA]
  93. Dr. Abdullah al-Ahsan
    [Professor, Department of History and Civilization, International Islamic University Malaysia; Vice President, JUST; MALAYSIA]
  94. Dr. Mahmood Ahmed
    [Ph.D. in Economics; Senior Vice President, Research Planning and Development Division, Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited; BANGLADESH]
  95. Dr. Aslam H. Chowdhury
    [PhD in Physics; University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff; Muslim Association of Arkansas; USA]
  96. Garba I. Malumfashi
    [Research Student, LL.B., B.L. PhD (on-going), University of Dundee, Scotland, UK]
  97. Dr. Chandra Muzaffar
    [Professor of Global Studies, Universiti Sains Malaysia and President, International Movement for a Just World (JUST); PhD in Political Science; MALAYSIA]
  98. Dr. Muhammad Hashim Kamali
    [International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilisation, International Islamic University Malaysia; PhD in Islamic and Middle Eastern Law, currently Professorof Islamic law and jurisprudence at IIUM; MALAYSIA]
  99. Dr. Mustafa Kamal Sherwani
    [LL.M. (Alig.) LL.D. (Lucknow); Dean, Faculty of Law and Shariah, Zanzibar University,
  100. Mohamed M. Karim
    [Sales & Marketing, D.R. Components, an Independent Distributor for Electronic Components for BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Honeywell; BBA/Sales & Marketing; Florida, USA]
  101. Jibril Abdullah[Laborer/musician; USA]
  102. Lisa Newlin[DHom (UK), BA (USA - Indiana University), Diploma in Biochemic Therapy (Germany) Homeopath; United Arab Emirates]
  103. Dr. Mohja Kahf[Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas ; USA]
  104. Dr. Salahuddin Ayyub
    [PhD, Economics; Research Executive, New Concept Information System Pvt Ltd, Sarita Vihar, New Delhi]
  105. Dr. S.M. Ghazanfar
    [PhD, Economics (Washington State University), University of Idaho faculty, 1968-2002]
  106. Carl Julien
    [B.A. Graphic Designer, Muslim, USA]
  107. Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed
    [PhD, Sociolinguistics (Indiana University, Bloomington), National Director, Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances, Islamic Society of North America]
  108. Khaula Khan
    [Student, English Literature; Canada]
  109. Jamal Shariq
    [Entrepreneur, Masters in English Literature; India]
  110. Sumbul Ali-Karamali
    [J.D. (University of California-Davis), LLM in Islamic Law (SOAS), Author of "The Muslim Next Door: the Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing" and Bronze Medal Winner of the 2009 Independent Publisher's Awards; USA]
  111. Nuraini Nuzaihan Mohamed Arsad
    [MSc, Marine Environment; Environment Consultant; Malaysia]
  112. Mohammed Amin
    [LLB, Cambridge University; Islamic Finance Consultant, Previously UK Head of Islamic Finance with Pricewaterhouse; UK]
  113. Hussam Sultan
    [Senior Product Manager, HSBC Amanah; Malaysia]

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Anonymous said...

Assalamu Alaikum.

I am one of those persons who were consulted in drafting the Statement about Apostasy.

I was a member of the Editorial Board of Bidhiboddho Islami Ain (Codified Islamic Law) published by Islamic Foundation of Bangladesh. This book is an up-to-date compilation of Hanafi Fiqh. Since it is all too well-known that it is the traditional opinion, including of Hanafi Fiqh, that apostasy is punishable by death, this position is included in that book. Thus, those who are familiar with that book and are aware that I was a member of the editorial board, it might be thought that I also hold the same position on punishment of apostasy as it is stated there.

I want to take this opportunity to clarify that Bidhiboddho Islami Ain, produced and published by Islamic Foundation, Dhaka, is basically a codification of Hanafi views on fiqh. At places it has taken other fiqh views as well. It has also expanded the law where Hanafi or classical fiqh have not elaborated. One can say that it is a modern day Fatwae Alamgiri with a sort of modern system of chapter planning, arranging them section-wise or article-wise. It was not possible for the group of authors ( in fact compilers/editors ) to depart drastically from classical position on any issue. This book is useful as an easy reference of classical position and some new views where the authors agreed.

I have never written in any of my own writings that apostasy is punishable by death. On this issue of punisment of apostasy I hold the same view as that of Dr. Jamal Badawi, Dr. Hashim Kamali, Dr. AbdulHamid AbuSulayman and such scholars. Those who are familiar with my activities have seen how I have forwarded all the articles/interviews of scholars who hold that apostasy has no punishment unless in conjunction with rebellion or violence. This is my view.

Shah Abdul Hannan
Former Chairman, Islami Bank Bangladesh Ltd

jos said...

Islam is the monotheistic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a text considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God.

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