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assalamualaikum,
In the Quran it states that there is no compulsion in religion (ie. you can`t/don`t need to force someone into believing the truth). how do you reconcile this with the hadith regarding the killing of apostates? ("he who changes his deen must be killed" - the book i read this in had no reference, so I am not sure about how authentic the hadeeth is). Please guide me? Are apostates really to be killed?
 
Another thing, many people say that wife beating is allowed in Islam. Meaning that men can beat their wives at anytime for any reason whenever they like. Please guide me?

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Killing of apostates is not allowed as this hadith is about political defectors that are charged for treason and not someone leaving the Deena as indeed Deen is a free will act.

Wife beating is haram and the Quran uses darb for romance as the Prophet never beat a woman.

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