September 28, 2016

Understanding Islam XXXVII: Islamic Naskh Is Contradiction, Part 1

Yes, the next three posts are extremely long but as you will find, they are predominately a list you can cut-n-paste. We must understand the idea of Islamic Naskh/Tasfir or abrogation. Once a reader understands the truth of Naskh/Tasfir abrogation they will better understand why Muslims call it abrogation. In actuality it is a form of dissimulation or dishonesty (perpetual al-Taqiyya). This is better than naming it for what it really is…illogical or contradictory.

Understanding the necessity for Naskh is crucial in understanding Islam and its theology. Quite simply it is a principle instituted by Islam to cover the contradictions in the Qur’an. How? This principle basically says that when two verse/ayah in the Qur’an clearly contradict one another, the later verse supersedes the former (as if a supposed omniscient being like Allah revealing himself in a book would allow a contradiction). Yeah, you heard that right, even though all of the Qur’an is the perfect word of Allah revealed to Muhammad, when a contradiction arises, the latter ayah trumps the previous (facepalm).

In an attempt to be as intellectually honest and unbiased as possible I have attempted to exegete these passages in their proper context as possible to assure that what you read are actually contradictions. I present to you 50 of the most prominent examples of textual contradiction, err, abrogation in the Qur’an in the next two posts:

1) If the words of Allah cannot be changed (Sura 6:34,115; 10:6), then how does Allah “substitute one revelation for another” (Sura 2:106, 16:101)?

2) Law of abrogation (Sura 2:106, 16:101) contradicts sweeping changes: in the Qibla (Sura 2:115,177,124-151), pilgrimage rites (Sura 2:158), dietary laws (Sura 2:168-174) law of talio (Sura 2:178-179), in bequests (Sura 2:180-182), the fast (Sura 2:182-187), and the pilgrimage again (Sura 2:196-203).

3) Does Allah's day equal to 1,000 human years (22:47, 32:5) or 50,000 human years (70:4)?

4) Where is Allah and his throne? Is he nearer than the jugular vein (50:16), or is he also on the throne (57:4) which is upon the water (11:7), while at the same time so far away, that it takes between 1,000 and 50,000 years to reach him (32:5, 70:4)?

5) Could Allah have a son? Sura 39:4 says he could if he wished it, yet (Sura 6:101) denies it.

6) Was the earth created in 6 days (7:54; 25:59) or 8 days (41:9-12)?

7) Muhammad will not forget the revelations which Allah gives him (Sura 87:6-7), is then changed to withdrawing that which Allah’s wills to withdraw (i.e. revelations) (17:86).

8) Does the angel Gabriel bring the revelation from Allah to Muhammad (2:97), or is it the Holy Spirit (16:102)?

9) If the Qur'an is in pure Arabic (12:2; 13:37; 16:103; 41:41,44) then why are there numerous foreign words in it (Egyptian, Acadian, Assyrian, Aramaic, Persian, Syriac, Hebrew, Greek, & Ethiopian)?

10) If the Qur'an is in "clear Arabic speech." (16:103) and "men of understanding do grasp it" (3:7), then why can "none knows its interpretation, save only Allah” (3:7)?

11) The infinite loop problem : Suras (26:192,195,196; 41:43-44) say the Arabic Qur’an is found in the earlier revelations (Torah and Injil), but they are written in Hebrew and Greek, and we know they don’t contain all that is found in the Qur’an (41:43). Hence these earlier writings have to be contained in yet other earlier writings and we are in an infinite loop, which is absurd.

12) Does the newer revelation confirm the old (2:97) or substitute it [16:101]?

13) If the Bible is considered authoritative (4:136; 5:47-52,68; 10:95; 21:7; 29:46), then why is so much of it contradicted by the Qur’an (5:73-75,116; 19:7; 28:9, etc...)?

14) Allah commits himself as law to act mercifully, which implies cause and effect (6:12), yet later in the same Sura it is he who decides everything (6:35 & 39).

15) In (30:2; 16:49-50) everything is devoutly obedient to Allah, yet what about the proud disobedience of Satan (7:11, 15:28-31, 17:61, 20:116, 38:71-74, 18:50)?

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