Saturday, March 5, 2016

Abrogation of Quran verses, the Nasikh Mansukh conspiracy theories


Mike Ghouse

First of all, let me state my position on the topic, Abrogation theory was floated by those who did not get the Quran right. Their deficient knowledge about Quran has generated their own concoctions.  What is needed is for Muslims to come together and jointly declare that they reject the Nasikh Mansukh theory, if not the confusion continues, it has to be stopped now.

Let me go to the opposite end of “Abrogation theory” and hope the discussion will yield sustainable principles.

Let me add my understanding of Islam, if it is not common sense, it is not Islam.  Islam is about building cohesive societies where all humanity can live in harmony without fear with a strong foundation of truth, justice, mercy and equitability.  This translates into the highest meaning;  peace (Islam), and peace comes from all of us subscribing (the word used is Submission to Allah) to a system that works for all.

Last Saturday, I attended one of the most painful conferences in San Antonio organized by a Pastor in conjunction with ACT for America.  I have learned to deal with the most extreme people among Muslims, Christians, Jews and others with utmost patience, which ran thin this time.  One of the items they were laughing at us, and rightfully so was about the Abrogation theory.  Misinformation about Allah, Islam, Quran and the Prophet was painful to sit through and listen, particularly coming from my brothers who were former Muslims. May God bless them, and give them the knowledge to see that God is God of all humanity despite how we perceive him, her or it is one and the same.  ( ).

In the 
Quran conference we held in 2010,   a statement was made something to this effect;

 A few Muslims have been misled into believing in the Abrogation theory, which is the most ridiculous thing propagated over centuries.  This is how it works; Allah delivers the message to Prophet Muhammad through Gabriel in the form of verses that eventually become the Quran.  The next day or the next week Allah comes back and says, look I goofed up, I did not mean to say what I said before, it was a mistake, here is the new and better verse.  Oh, by the way when you compile the book, don’t delete the mistakes I’ve made, so people know that I can change my mind too.”  - This is serious  

Quran is about common sense, easy to understand guidance book to build cohesive societies and it is not for Muslims exclusively, it is for all people.  By being possessive about Quran we are denying the book to others. ( )

For God’s sake, don’t subscribe to the Nasikh Mansukh theory for the following reasons:

1. Allah does not make mistakes
2. What he says is what he means
3. Don’t blame Hazrat Uthman for compiling the Quran without removing God’s words
5. Forgive the Ulema’s of past of even for suggesting to negate God’s words
6. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) would not have said “ I am leaving this book to you”
7. Any human with common sense should read and understand without the men in business confusing them.
8. It is time we come together and make declarations to make Quran easy for future generations

The origins for the mistakes is explained very well by Muhammad Asad, one of the best translators of Quran. It is referenced to Verse 2:106, “
Any message which, We annul or consign to oblivion We replace with a better or a similar one. [87] Dost thou not know that God has the power to will anything?”

 Asad, "The principle laid down in this passage - relating to the supersession of the Biblical dispensation by that of the Qur'an - has given rise to an erroneous interpretation by many Muslim theologians. The word ayah ("message") occurring in this, context is also used to denote a "verse;" of the Qur'an (because every one of these verses contains a message). Taking this restricted meaning of the term ayah, some scholars conclude from the above passage that certain verses of the Qur'an have been "abrogated" by God's command before the revelation of the Qur'an was completed.

Apart from the fancifulness of this assertion-which calls to mind the image of a human author correcting,  on second thought, the proofs of his manuscript  deleting one passage and replacing it with another-there does not exist a single reliable Tradition to the effect that the Prophet ever, declared a verse of the Qur'an to have been "abrogated". At the root of the so-called "doctrine of abrogation" may lie the inability of some of the early commentators to reconcile one Qur’anic passage with another: a difficulty which was overcome by declaring that one of the verses in question had been "abrogated".

This arbitrary procedure explains also why there is no unanimity whatsoever among the upholders of the "doctrine of abrogation" as to which, and how many, Qur'an-verses have been affected by it; and, furthermore, as to whether this alleged abrogation implies a total elimination of the verse in question from the context of the Qur'an, or only a cancellation of the specific ordinance or statement contained in it.

In short, the "doctrine of abrogation" has no basis whatever in historical fact, and must be rejected. On the other hand, the apparent difficulty in interpreting the above Qur'anic passage disappears -immediately if the temp ayah is understood, correctly, as "message", and if we read this verse in conjunction with the preceding one, which states that the Jews and the Christians refuse to accept any revelation which might supersede that of the Bible: for, if read in this way, the abrogation relates to the earlier divine messages and not to any part of the Qur'an itself.(Quran Ref: 2:106 )"

Criticism can fade away or rain on us depending on how we respond to it.  Lack of conviction in one's faith breeds intolerance towards criticism, whereas firmness in faith can lead us to learn from criticism, explore the infinite wisdom and realize the strength of our faith (Imaan); a worthy feeling to have, instead of living in doubt and shooing criticism away (Full article - Criticism of Islam, Quran and the Prophet).

Mike Ghouse chose to be a Muslim, after being fiercely critical of how God, Prophet, Quran and Islam were presented to Muslims. The more critical he got the stronger his faith was. He urges Muslims to welcome criticism of Islam and build a strong faith. He has a strong record of learning and presenting Islam as it was meant to be. More at  
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