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Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Koranic/Islamic Abrogation [by Peter Pedant]

- by Peter Pedant

Al Baqara (2:106)*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?

An Nahl. (16:101) *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.

Ar Rad (13:39) God abrogates or confirms whatsoever he will, for he has with him the Book of the Books.

Al Isra. (17:86) 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.

Rather than explain away inconsistencies in passages regulating the Muslim community, many jurists acknowledge the differences but accept that latter verses trump earlier verses.

Most scholars divide the Qur'an into verses revealed by Muhammad in Mecca when his community of followers was weak and more inclined to compromise, and those revealed in Medina, where Muhammad's strength grew.

Either that or Muslims have to admit that their omnipotent/omniscient Allah could not make his mind up and the perfect book sent as final guidance to mankind contains contradictions.

btw sura 9 was second to last.

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