We all know that Islam is a highly regimented religion , totally undemocratic. And yes, not being very intellectual and analytical/logical based, it forces its obscurantist laws upon others. Intolerance is fundamental to Islam. It talks nothing but violence and death. Being very insecure about their faith, Muslims rave and rant at others, shouting at the top of their voices that theirs is the true faith and all that nonsense
They want to convince themselves of their beliefs in fact.The shrill voice of their assertion itself indicates that they are a very insecure bunch of people. Muslims suffer from a huge inferiority complex making them a violent lot. The entire world is insecure now because of them only No wonder they don't want any one to leave Islam.They want to feel secure in numbers.In the past, in India, they used all possible means to force people to become Muslims. Political power,death threat and every kind of coercive methods were employed for conversion .
So my friend, your neighbor has taken the right decision. But he must be very careful, because his threat perception is very real. He should take all possible precautions, including legal and police help.And tell him to be aware of the mad mullahs declaring a fatwa against him . Who knows , if a fatwa comes, any of their madcap lunatics may even carry out the threat to gain some financial rewards.
They pronounce the death sentence on the slightest pretext. Destruction and killing are inherent in Islam. They haven't been able to grow out of their 6th century tribal mindset of the Arabs. Their life style is testimony to that.