Allah in the Quran, Chapter 97
01 Jan 2015
ALLAH AND ABROGATION
001 To abrogate means to make one or more points in the Quran invalid, if it/they conflict(s) with or contradict(s) one or more other points in the book. A very easy way to be able to say that there are no contradictions in the Quran.
002 The texts which later became the Quran were told during 23 years. It happened new texts conflicted with older ones. Islam then made a rule saying that when such things happened, one of the text - normally the youngest one - was the correct one, whereas the other(s) was/were made invalid - were abrogated.
003 For a claimed omniscient god to need to abrogate things he has said, is a bit peculiar, as it normally means he either has to learn from trying and failing, or he changes his mind - rather often in the Quran. (There are Muslims denying that abrogations exists - it is too revealing for a claimed omniscient god that he needs to use such corrections - but as you see below, there is no doubt that Allah(?) uses abrogations.
004 The reason why Islam and Muslims to a degree - but far from completely - can say that "there are no contradictions in the Quran", simply is that the contradicting point is abrogated, and even if it still is written in the book, it is not valid, and thus does not contradict any more. Clever way of having "no contradictions".
005 Normally the younger point makes the older one(s) abrogated, but there are exceptions. A number of Muslims claims that abrogations do not exist, because such ones would prove that Allah had to try and fail to find the best rules, and/or that he now and then changed his mind. They are very right - it proves just that. All the same even the Quran itself confirms that abrogations are used (f.x. 2/106 and 16/101). Which means that even the Quran proves that Allah had to try and fail, and to search for the best(?) rules.
##### Another - and serious - point is that to "explain" that the Quran means something different from what it really says, is to corrupt it.
Also: What is sure, is that no god ever made a holy book as full of wrong facts, other errors, contradictions, unclear language, etc. like the Quran. #### Besides: Which one of the 20-30 known versions accepted by Islam of the Quran (see 15/9c) - if any (and there were even more versions through the times) - is in case the correct one?
Finally: Always when you read the Quran, Hadiths, and other Islamic books, you should remember that Muhammad accepted the use of and himself used dishonesty in many forms in words and deeds. Even if the names are younger, it was he who institutionalized dishonesty like al-Taqiyya (the lawful lie), Kitman (the lawful half-truth), Hilah (the lawful pretending/circumventing), the use of deceit ("war is deceit" - and "everything" is war), betrayal (f.x. the peace delegation from Khaybar), and even the disuse of oaths (2/225, 5/89, 16/91, 66/2 - and the star case 3/54 (if Allah could cheat, cheating is ok)), which also includes the disuse of words and promises, as they are weaker than oaths = when oaths can be disused, so can words and promises. On top of this it is very clear from the Quran and all other central Islamic books, that Muhammad also liked respect and power and women. Combine these lusts with his acceptance of and personal use of dishonesty - even the gravest kinds: How reliable are that kind of men normally? - and how true and reliable are their never proved claims and tales?
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006 2/106: “None of our revelations do We (Allah*) abrogate or cause to be forgotten, But We substitute something better or similar”. Words can be changed.
###007 16/101a: “When We (Allah*) substitute one revelation for another - - -“. (“Substitute” is an English word that here has exactly the same meaning as the other word derived from Latin; “abrogate” (actually it is likely also "substitute" originally is from Latin)). Allah tells he is changing his instructions now and then. But:(Abrogation)
- 6/115: “- - - none can change His (Allah’s) Words - - -“. Well, he is contradicting himself, as he clearly changes it himself when something forces him to – try and fail?
- 10/64: “Hereafter, no change can there be in the Words of Allah.” (This surah was from 621 AD. Very, very much was changed in the religion after 621 AD - actually the whole religion; from rather peaceful, to a full war and suppression religion.
Also read 10/64 above.
Surah 16 came in 622, surahs 6 and 10 both came in 621. Allah thus abrogates himself, 6/115 and 10/64 with 16/101.
#####But the real importance of this verse, is that it is one of the foundations and alibis for Islam's rule of abrogation (= making some - or actually many - Quranic verses invalid) - f.x. the famous 2/256: "Let there be no compulsion in religion" is thoroughly abrogated and invalid, a fact no Muslims ever mention.
######008 16/101ba: "When We (Allah*) substitute one revelation for another - - -". Many Muslims claim that abrogation (making points or verses invalid by introducing others with different contents) does not exist in the Quran/Islam (because it proves that Allah was/is not omniscient - he has to try and fail and/or he changes his mind some times, and thus changes his unchangeable Plan). Among others this verse proves they are wrong.
009 16/101bb: “When We (Allah*) substitute one revelation for another – and Allah knows best what He reveals - - -“. No doubt that he can change his own words, at least – when he did not do things right at once. (These two verses – 2/106 and 16/101 – are the main fundamentals under Islam’s rules for abrogation – making verses invalid when there are contradictions.)
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