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"and what happened to Al-Ustaz ("revered teacher") Mahmud Muhammad Taha?

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in response to reader comment: Wasn't Muhammed Taha executed for sedition?

Submitted by Lactantius Jr (United Kingdom), May 1, 2008 at 07:49

To Monty,

Try and "modernise" Islam, as Al-Ustaz ("revered teacher") Mahmud Muhammad Taha did, by wanting 20th century Islam to be the "nice, peaceful, peaceloving, tolerant Meccan Islam" rather than the "harsh, violent, warlike, warmongering, flogging and stoning Medinian Islam," and see what happened.

In 1985 Sudanese President Ja'far Mohammed al-Nimeiri mis-used both the Sudanese legal system and Islamic Shariah, to have Muhammad Taha sentenced to death for apostasy, for which he was executed by public hanging on 18th.January 1985, despite the Sudanese penal code of 1983 having no mention such a "crime."

Around 3,000 people gathered to "enjoy" seeing his execution, many chanting that Taha's execution "was a victory for Islam. For a report of what happened to Muhammad Taha, see:- http://www.alfikra.org/index_e.php

With kind regards and best wishes Lactantius Jr.


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