The Arabic words irtidad and ridda apply to the occurrence of the aforementioned situation. In addition, ridda has been used in the term “war of the Ridda” by historians to denote the war in early Islam against the Arab tribes who withheld the remittance of the alms tax to the State and whom the State fought but without declaring them disbelievers.
The public dimension is essential for irtidad to take place. When one succeeds in keeping the matter to oneself, as in the spiritually disintegrated mass of Western societies, then irtidad has not been verified and one is not considered a murtadd although he has become an unbeliever — may Allah protect us.
Last Updated on October 21, 2023 by murtadd