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Asalamu Alaykom, 

Such matters should be for a legitimate Islamic government who can implement such hudud, or under an infallible as some scholars would state.  

One cannot take matters into their own hands. Even some ulema who may allude to doing so would forbid it if this caused a Muslim to go into harm or trouble which most likely occur. 

May Allah grant you success 

Allah forgives those who sincerely repent and return to Him. He knows the intention of every one.


This is a good question, and one that has received a lot of attention in the contemporary era.

Classically, many Muslims held that death is generally the punishment for apostasy (with some exceptions and conditions). Some Muslims today see this more in line with a modern treason law. That is, today, while killing someone for apostasy is considered a violation of human rights, killing someone for treason against their own nation is considered acceptable. This is because, in the past, religion was a primary marker of public identity and deliniation of the state; whereas, in the modern world, religion is considered a private matter and a matter of personal belief, and national identity is considered primary. 

Also, this law is based on hadith. Some people have challenged the authenticity of hadith that say this, because it seems to go against the Qur'anic view that there should be no compulsion in religion; it also seems unusually harsh, since the Prophet had a merciful and lenient character. Other people hold that it may have been appropriate in the time of the Prophet (where leaving the Muslim community would generally mean militarily aiding the enemy) but it is no longer valid today.

So, basically, one can say that, yes, this is a classical view; but it is still a subject of much discussion.

Also, note that even if the classical law is correct, it is not acceptable for a person to go around killing people because he or she thinks they are apostates. 

There are a number of pieces on this on, which you can read by going to Google and typing "apostasy". 

Islam does not force faith on any one. Allah, The Glorious says in the Holy
Qur’an : There is no compulsion in religion. (2:256). Allah SWT also says in
the Holy Qur’an : Say, the Truth is from your Lord. So whosoever wants
to believe or disbelieve, it is up to him. (18:29).

The faith is a matter between man and his Creator. But if he starts destroying the faith of others, he will be entitled to punishment. Even the punishment is not
emotional but it has got many conditions to be fulfilled before it can be
due. In our time, the conditions of such punishment is not available
because it includes among other conditions, the availability of a fully practicing Muslim ruler who provides justice to the people and implements the rules of
Allah (SWT).