There are many Muslims who apostatize from Islam and become Atheist, or, Christian, or Hindu, or Buddhist. And they think that they caused heavy harm to Islam by renouncing their faith, but in reality they harmed themselves by denying Allah as their Lord and Prophet Muhammad ﷺ as their Prophet. Allah doesn’t need them. We Muslims started from ONE and now Reached BILLIONS. So if few apostatize, it neither harms Muslims and Islam even a least. I got two verses from Qur’an which is addressed particularly to the Apostates. As we read in Qur’an:
If you disbelieve – indeed, Allah is Free from need of you. And He does not approve for His servants disbelief. And if you are grateful, He approves it for you; and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return, and He will inform you about what you used to do. Indeed, He is Knowing of that within the breasts.[Qur’an 39:7]
“…..If you disbelieve, you and whoever is on the earth entirely – indeed, Allah is Free of need and Praiseworthy.” [Qur’an 14:8]
So, your disbelief cannot cause any decrease or deficiency in His Kingdom. He will be God if you believe in Him, and He will still be God if you deny Him. He is ruling over His Kingdom by His own power; your believing or denying Him does not affect His Sovereignty in any way. Allah does not need the gratitude of His servants, and He is worthy of all praise even if the disbelievers disbelieve in Him.
Also in Sahih Muslim recorded that Abu Dharr said that the Messenger of Allah said that Allah, the Exalted and Glorious, said, (O My servants. If the first and the last among you, mankind and Jinns among you, had the heart of the most pious and righteous man among you, that will not increase my kingdom in the least. O My servants! If the first and the last among you, mankind and the Jinns among you, had the heart of the most wicked man among you, that will not decrease My kingdom in the least. O My servants! If the first and the last among you, the mankind and Jinns among you, stood in one flat area and each asked me (what they wish), and I gave each one of them what they asked, that will not decrease My kingdom except by that which the needle carries (of water) when inserted in the ocean.”) Verily, all praise and glory are due to Allah, the Rich ﴿free of need﴾, the Worthy of all praise).
[Sahih Muslim 2577 a]
And, a quick note for Ex-Muslims :
O you who have believed, Whoever from among you turns back from his religion – soon will Allah bring forth [in place of them] a people He will love and who will love Him [who are] humble toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers; they strive in the cause of Allah and do not fear the blame of a critic. That is the favor of Allah ; He bestows it upon whom He wills. And Allah is all-Encompassing and Knowing. [Qur’an 5:54]
“…..And if you turn away, He will replace you with another people; then they will not be the likes of you.” [Quran 47:38]
and, this has been corroborated also in a hadees which says
Abu ‘Inabah Al-Khawlani said that:The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Allah will continue to plant new people in this religion and use them in His obedience.” [ Ibn Majah Vol. 1, Book 1, Hadith 8]
So Muslims who renounced Islam don’t you ever think you are special and Allah needs you. And you are the sole contributor to Allah’s cause and nobody else can be,and that you are irreplaceable. No you are not. Please don’t think you were some kind of asset to Islam. You have been chosen out of billions to be born in a Muslim home. You are just lucky. If you leave Islam you only harm yourself. As Allah said in the Quranic verses and also in a hadees that if you leave Islam Allah will bring new people to Islam and they will not be like you. They will obey and worship Allah.
So, Muslims don’t worry and take stress if few Muslims disbelieve after believing. Allah emphasizes His mighty ability and states that whoever reverts from supporting His religion and establishing His Law, then Allah will replace them with whomever is better, mightier and more righteous in Allah’s religion and Law. Do not doubt Islam. They disbelieved just because they followed their Lust and Desires. They want material comfort and are craving after this World. That is the main reason of their apostasy.So, Never doubt Islam and Qur’an because this is the truth. As we read in Qur’an:
The truth is from your Lord, so never be among the doubters.[Qur’an 2:147]
And your god is one God. There is no deity [worthy of worship] except Him, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.[Qur’an 2:163]
So do not listen to the disbelievers and follow their way. Because they will deviate you from straight path. As we read in Qur’an:
O you who have believed, if you obey those who disbelieve, they will turn you back on your heels, and you will [then] become losers.[Qur’an 3:149]
And if you obey most of those upon the earth, they will mislead you from the way of Allah. They follow not except assumption, and they are not but falsifying.[Qur’an 6:116]
So that’s it folks!!Preserve your Islam while you are well and safe, so that you die as a Muslim. The Most Generous Allah has made it His decision that whatever state one lives in, that is what he dies upon and is resurrected upon. We seek refuge from dying on other than Islam.
Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower.[Qur’an 3:8]
“…..Our Lord, pour upon us patience and let us die as Muslims. [Qur’an 7:126]