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Death for blasphemy, apostasy and adultery: Where did Muslims go wrong?

Date: Friday 14 September 2018

Time: 18:45 for a 19:00 start. Ending at 20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

Speaker: Dr Khalid Zaheer, Understanding Islam UK

Chair: Raza Ali, al-Mawrid UK

As anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders cancels his cartoon contest of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) over security concerns, we host a special lecture by renowned scholar Dr Khalid Zaheer on capital punishment and vigilante killings for blasphemy, apostasy and adultery.

Dr Khalid Zaheer will discuss if capital punishment for such "crimes" does in fact have a legitimate Islamic basis or if scholarly opinion over the centuries has been misused and is in need of revision. How should vigilante killings by Muslims for perceived crimes be treated by fellow Muslims? Are capital punishment and vigilante killings driving Muslims away from their religion and tearing the threads of Muslim societies apart?


Dr Khalid Zaheer is currently serving as Vice President of Al-Mawrid Institute of Islamic Sciences, a charity established to promote research and education on Islam. Dr Zaheer completed his PhD from University of Wales on the critique of Islamic Banking. He has been a disciple of eminent scholars from the sub-continent for over three decades. He has written on topics such as Islamic economics, religious extremism, human rights in Islam and inter-faith harmony. He has been the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of University of Central Punjab. He was an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Ethics at Lahore University of Management Sciences and has taught for 12 years at IBA, University of the Punjab. Dr Zaheer has appeared on many television programmes and has also given sermons at mosques, both in Pakistan and the UK. He has spoken at the House of Lords and organisations such as Council for Christian Muslim Relations in the UK..

Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser:

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