a reply to: Lyxdeslic
Could you expand upon "They (Islamic radicals) don't follow Islam. They follow their own skewed version of Islam" Lyxdeslic? As no matter the way I
slice it what radical Muslims are doing appears to be promoted by Islamic teachings, rather it's others who're not living up to their Muslim duties,
as the radicals (having studied radical teachings) are acting in radical a fashion, which makes sickening sense in truth. It seems that the peaceful,
loving and kind Muslims who greet and befriend me daily are incompetent, by which I don't mean incompetent in an offensive fashion, rather I mean not
competent when concerning their Islamic belief system. They're unequipped so that they don't understand how to interpret their Qur'an, for which they
merely read and remember the portions they like while ignoring notions as damaging as the doctrine of abrogation, Mohammed’s status of Al-Insān
al-Kāmil and many many more unattractive notions that radical Muslims accept without fail.
Muslims (even ones who've memorized their Qur'an front to back) often times are without any understanding when asked what certain passages mean, or
what they're leading to when followed to their logical conclusion, and that's not even beginning with secondary literature like Sahih Bukhari, Sahih
Muslim, Ibn Kathir and the biographies of Mohammed, many of which Muslims haven't even heard of! One of the ignored notions found in the Qur'an
happens to be the doctrine of abrogation, which rather than writing of myself I'll outline through another Muslim source so to have the most
sympathetic understanding possible.
"Naskh (abrogation) in Arabic means lifting and removing. In Islamic terminology it means lifting a ruling indicated by a shar‘i text, on the basis
of evidence from the Qur’an or Sunnah. The concept of abrogation is based on the Qur’an and Sunnah, and on the consensus (ijmaa‘) of Ahl
as-Sunnah, and there is great wisdom behind it. In most cases the abrogation was for the purpose of making things easier for the Muslims or increasing
the rewards." The writer continues: 'And He (Allah) tells us that whoever rejects abrogation has rejected His sovereignty and might, as He says:
“Know you not that Allah is able to do all things? Know you not that it is Allah to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth?”'
So according to Muslim sources whoever rejects abrogation isn't an actual Muslim, although there's another more practical reason that the orthodox are
in desperate need for abrogation to be sound and binding upon every page of the Qur'an, that's because incomprehensible is how most would describe the
best of the Qur'anic verses, true believers therefore (as well as everyone else) cannot understand the Qur'an without understanding abrogation, it's
utterly without sense to it. Hereafter you'll find where people draw the doctrine from, that being Qur'an 2:106: "We (Allah) do not abrogate a verse
or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things
We're told therefore that whenever two verses seemingly contradict one another we're to ignore whichever came earlier and settle upon following the
later revelation. It's the idea of abrogation that informs any Muslim worthy of the name, and if you're interested here's just what the doctrine of
abrogation destroyed over the course of time. Although I'm not hoping to overwhelm you or anyone with information, instead I'm curious if you can
fashion something peaceful out of Islam while preserving its teachings, since Islamic radicals appear to have preserved them in all their
Qur'an 2:190: "Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors." Abrogated thanks to
Qur'an Surah (chapter) 9, which is infamous for its violent content.
Qur'an 2:256: "There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves
in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing." Same as the
Qur'an 2:62: "Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and do
righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." Abrogated through Surah 3:85.
Qur'an 5:99: "The duty of the messenger is only to convey (the message). Allah knoweth what ye proclaim and what ye hide." Once again Qur'an Surah 9
Qur'an: 6:104: "Proofs have come unto you from your Lord, so whoso seeth, it is for his own good, and whoso is blind is blind to his own hurt. And I
am not a keeper over you." Qur'an Surah 9:5 does away with the above passage.
Qur'an 109:6: "To you be your religion, and to me mine." An awesome teaching again destroyed through Qur'an Surah 9:5.
After having taken abrogation into account what's left for the peaceful Muslim to believe and defend, here's what the Qur'an teaches Muslims who're
driven in their studies nowadays.
Qur'an 8:65: "O Prophet! Exhort the believers to fight. If there be of you twenty steadfast they shall overcome two hundred, and if there be of you a
hundred (steadfast) they shall overcome a thousand of those who disbelieve, because they (the disbelievers) are a folk without intelligence."
Qur'an 4:34: "Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for
the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion,
admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Lo! Allah is ever High, Exalted,
Qur'an 61:4: "Lo! Allah loveth them who battle for His cause in ranks, as if they were a solid structure."
With abrogation (abrogation as defined by orthodox Muslims) thoroughly understood, I'm tempted simply to leave Mohammed's final marching orders to
Muslims everywhere. “Expel the Jews of the Hijaaz and Najraan from the Arabian Peninsula, and know that the most evil of people are those who took
the graves of their Prophets as places of worship." Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4463; Muslim, 2444. Beneath you'll find some Muslim commentary from
islamqa.info regarding Mohammed’s viewpoint on the subject.
"Praise be to Allaah.
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) commanded that the Jews be expelled from the Arabian Peninsula, and said that no two religions
should co-exist in the Arabian Peninsula. This is a shar’i ruling. It is not permissible for any mushrik to remain there."
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