Apostasy (ridda)

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The noun ridda denotes “the annulment of [one’s own] Islam by intention, speech, or deed” (al-Nawawī, Taḥrīr p. 338) and constitutes disbelief (q.v.), while its synonym irtidād also means “retracing one’s steps” in the general sense (Rāghib, Mufradāt, sub r-d-d) and connotes going back on one’s declaration of faith….

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