Statement of Ayatollah Shaykh Muhammad Jawad Fazel Lankarani regarding the Implementation of the Apostasy Ruling on Rafiq Taqi

In the name of God, the Most High

«ألَمْ يَعْلَمُوا أَنَّهُ مَن يُحَادِدِ اللّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَأنَّ لَهُ نَارَ جَهَنَّمَ خَالِدًا فِيهَا ذَلِكَ الْخِزْيُ الْعَظِيمُ»

Are they not aware that the man who defies Allah and His Apostle shall abide forever in the fire of Hell? That surely is the supreme humiliation. (Al-Tawbah, 63)

Muslim and faithful people of Azerbaijan,

We are grateful to the Majestic and Revengeful Allah whose hand of vengeance thrust out of the sleeves of zealous men and smote the sinner and sent the apostate to hell, he who insulted Islam and the Holy Prophet (S).

Without doubt, he who carried out this divine ruling and made Muslims happy will be rewarded profusely in the Hereafter.

The enemies of Islam should know that the free-hearted Muslims and zealous youths of Islam shall not let the world's arrogant powers and international Zionism to carry out their evil conspiracies and plots in order to insult Islam. They will punish the religion-mongers and those who betray their religion for their shameful acts.

I extend my congratulations to all Muslims of the world especially the zealous people of Azerbaijan on the death of Rafiq Taqi, the apostate. Meanwhile, we honor the memory of the great religious authority, late grand Ayatollah Fazel Lankarani (may Allah bless him) who issued a decree on the lawfulness of spilling the blood of this atheist. May Allah raise his ranks.

Muhammad Jawad Fazel Lankarani