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Obama cannot be considered an apostate

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Submitted by G. Kananga (United States), Jan 29, 2008 at 13:27

Obama cannot be considered an apostate in Islam because, as a child who was raised Christian, he never could renounce Islam. Here is a quote from the hadith which disproves Pipes's claim that Obama is a muslim according to Islamic law:

Reaching 15 years of age: When the person reaches 15, he or she is a man or a woman, and anything that is obligatory on a man or woman is obligatory on him or her from that time on. In a hadith reported by Abdullah Bin Umar (RAA), he said: "My parents brought me to the Messenger of Allah on the eve of the Battle of Uhud and I was fourteen years old, so the Prophet (PBUH) did not enlist me in fighting." But a year later in the Battle of Al-Khandaqq (Trench), I was fifteen, so this time the Prophet (PBUH) enlisted me in the combat. (Muslim)

This hadith indicates the age of 15 is the legal age for a Muslim boy or girl to be responsible for his or her religion as well as worldly responsibilities. :

http://www.contactpakistan.com/Communitylibrary/Islam/Ramadan/mandatory.htm

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Daniel Pipes replies:

This is irrelevant to the subject, which is whether Obama left Islam or not. By all accounts, he became a Christian as an adult.

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