Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Muhammad Sadeq al-Sadr answers: What is the ruling in declaring someone an apostate?

Fatwa, posted 4.22.2010, from Jordan, in:
Religious Authority: 
Muhammad Muhammad Sadeq al-Sadr
Fatwa Question or Essay Title: 
What is the ruling in declaring someone who follows the Sunni schools (Maliki, Hanafi, Shafi and Hanbali) or the Shia schools (Zaydi, Ibadhya and Jafari) an apostate? [See glossary for an explication of terms.]
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Amman Message, (Jordan)

We would like to ensure that any body who believes that there is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet and does not deny any obligation from the Islam obligation is a Muslim. We should look to the diversity of schools in Islam with all the respect and appreciation.

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