Monday, February 11, 2008

Abrogation in the Quran?

A friend of mine recently queried:

According to muslim scholars, the Qu'ran includes many abrogated verses:

Four verses in the Qu'ran acknowledge or justify abrogation:

* When we cancel a message, or throw it into oblivion, we replace it with one better or one similar. Do you not know that God has power over all things? Qur. 2:106.

* When we replace a message with another, and God knows best what he reveals, they say: You have made it up. Yet, most of them do not know. Qur. 16:101.

* God abrogates or confirms whatsoever he will, for he has with him the Book of the Books. Qur. 13:39.

* If we pleased, we could take away what we have revealed to you. Then you will not find anyone to plead for it with us. Qur. 17:86.

How does one know, when two verses are contradictory, which is abrogated and which is abrogating?


to which I responded:

There is absolutely NO abrogation in the Quran.

This idea is rooted in a misunderstanding of certain verses of the Quran which reveal an apparent contradiction, but only to the limited minds of the deteriorating "scholars" of the ummah... Then after the assumption is made that there is abrogation, evidence is sought after in the Quran to justify the idea that abrogation within it exists...

First of all those translations contain extra words that don't appear in the arabic, apparently..

Also this refers to the prior scriptures which WERE abrogated and/or forgotten because they were not the final law.

For instance, the 1st verse you quoted is speaking of the evolution of the scripture of the Quran which contains anything relevant from ALL previous scriptures which God chose in his SUPREME Wisdom for the final law for ALL humanity.

In the 3rd verse it's talkin about punishment whether God forgives or not, it's up to him because he is the source of the commandment, that has nothing to do with abrogation, IE cancellation of a commandment, but rather that he simply can forgive or punish according to His own wishes because He made the commandment.

The last verse is a response to the constant questions on the prophet regarding the soul... It is saying the Quran or knowledge of the Quran can be taken away from you (IE prophet, or muslims) and then questions like the ones that meccans were putting to the prophet about the soul would confound him without the special mercy of Allah...

This is also prophetic because knowledge of the Quran has practically disappeared from the Ummah which is why they entertain ideas such as this erroneous 'abrogation' theory.

But in the next verse Allah refers to his mercy which indicates that someone appointed by him would correct the errors which have crept into the minds of the so-called 'scholars' and re-establish the eternal, pristine and perfect wholly dominant TRUTH of every single letter in the Quran. (imam mahdi, who we've accepted)

check this out

Quran, subject to disclaimer of a change over time?

and

Chronology of the Quran

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