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KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to death on a charge of converting from Islam to Christianity, a crime under this country's Islamic laws, a judge said Sunday.
The trial is believed to be the first of its kind in Afghanistan and highlights a struggle between religious conservatives and reformists over what shape Islam should take here four years after the ouster of the Islamic fundamentalist Taliban regime.
The defendant, 41-yer-old Abdul Rahman, was arrested last month after his family accused him of becoming a Christian, Judge Ansarullah Mawlavezada told The Associated Press in an interview. Rahman was charged with rejecting Islam and his trial started Thursday.
During the one-day hearing, the defendant confessed that he converted from Islam to Christianity 16 years ago while working as a medical aid worker for an international Christian group helping Afghan refugees in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, Mawlavezada said.
"We are not against any particular religion in the world. But in Afghanistan, this sort of thing is against the law," the judge said. "It is an attack on Islam."
Originally posted by Heartagram
Well, basically, that's how the Shari'a Law governs its people if it is being implemented. This are the extremes of the Shari'a Law and there's even a law to stone an unfaithful husband to death if he commits adultery. How brutal and merciless is that? It is harsh conditions such as this that makes the people fearful of committing a crime even the slightest bit. Well, to me at some point it is a good thing but paranoia sets in later which is bad.
Believe or not most Shari'a Laws have no clear basis from that of the Quran, the original text brought down from God. The Shari'a Law is a very ancient type of legal system which is created from ideas and ruling of respected scholars circa 19th century. Furthermore, Islam does not state that the Shari'a Law is mandatory in every country that has muslims.
Unfortunately, the Shari'a Law in Afghanistan is carried out to the fullest extreme. Afghanistan's legal system has adopted that of the Islamic Law and it is only normal for them to follow the punishments and rulings.
Just for your information, it is not a case of Christianity VS. Islam here. It's about how they govern their way of life.