Translated from the original Arabic by GroundZeroMosque
Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi admits on a broadcast of Al-Jazeera’s regular “Shariah and Life” show what many former Muslims already suspect. His comment on Surah 5:33 also confirms what many Muslim apologists try to deny about the preceding verse. I.e. when read in context, there is absolutely nothing peaceful about Surah 5:32.
Qaradawi is the world's most quoted independent Islamic jurist, and Al-Jazeera’s “Shariah and Life” show has an estimated audience of 60 million viewers worldwide. Below is the video, followed by the English transcript.
If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment Islam wouldn't exist today; Islam would have ended since the death of the Prophet, peace be upon him. So, opposing apostasy is what kept Islam to this day. Surah al-Ma'idah (5:33) says: "The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His apostle is that they should be murdered or crucified." According to Abi Kulaba's narration this verse means the apostates. And many hadiths, not only one or two, but many, narrated by a number of Muhammad's companions state that any apostate should be killed. In 'Abbas' hadith: "Kill whomever changes his faith [from Islam]." In Mas'ud hadith: "Kill these three criminals: the adulterer, the murderer, and the apostate that leaves [our] community." That is in addition to a big number of other narrations, by other companions, about apostasy.