Here Muhammad is promising divine chastisement for the apostates
If you renounced the faith, you would surely do evil in the land, and violate the ties of blood. Such are those on whom God has laid His curse, leaving them deaf and sightless ... Those who return to unbelief after God's guidance has been revealed to them are seduced by Satan and inspired by him ... (Q.47:23-28
. He also prescribed punishment in this world. Bukhari has reported the following hadith:
Allâh's Apostle said, "The blood of a Muslim who confesses that none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh and that I am His Apostle, cannot be shed except in three cases: In Qisas for murder, a married person who commits illegal sexual intercourse and the one who reverts from Islam (apostate) and leaves the Muslims."307
Another hadith tells us that some apostates were brought to Ali and he burned When the news of this event reached Ibn 'Abbas, he said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt then, as Allâh's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allâh's punishment (fire).'
I would have killed them according to the statement of Allâh's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islmaic religion, then kill him.'
What attracted people to join Jones' church in the first place? Let us analyze this question and compare it to what attracts new converts to Islam.
Osherow credits Jones's charismatic personality to his oratory power, aided by his genius and manipulating people who were most vulnerable. With promises and carefully honing his presentation to appeal to each specific audience he would easily win their hearts and imagination. In the words of Cicero "Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable
Muhammad was fully aware of the power of oratory. He believed that "in eloquence there is magic"309
and used to say: "Some eloquent speech has the influence of magic (e.g., some people refuse to do something and then a good