I really wish I didn’t have to do this. Honestly, I don’t want to do this. But there is an abundance of ignorance and – frankly – out-right lies from the willfully ignorant among us. Their deceit and disinformation must be corrected so that those who are truly looking for the truth can better determine it for themselves. This is why I had to write this post.
The Qur’an is not like most books of scripture. It is NOT arranged chronologically. It is arranged from the longest to the shortest chapter, not from the oldest to newest revelation. Within this different arrangement of the verses in the Qur’an (Surahs), there is the principle of ‘Abrogation.” If you do not know about and understand how Abrogation works, then you can twist the Qur’an into most anything you want it to say (mostly because it is full of self-contradictions). Basically, Abrogation means that the later verses supersede the older ones. They replace them, thus erasing the older verses – yet the older verses remain in the Qur’an. This is one of the principle sources of the confusion among many Westerners and even many Muslims. This is why people can find verses (Surahs) talking about peace and forgiveness and the like and use them to claim Islam is about peace. But these verses are among the very earliest, before Muhammad was kicked out of Mecca.
These early verses of peace and forgiveness date from when Muhammad had only gathered some 150 followers after several years of “revelation.” It was not until Muhammad started raiding his neighbors and giving 80% of what a man could take to his warriors that his followers grew. Then, when Muhammad had the “revelation” that anyone who died in these raids for booty would go to paradise, his following grew even more. When you add an understanding of the culture in which Muhammad lived to this mix, you start to understand why his new religion had such an appeal. The Arabian desert was a harsh environment, and an honest living was hard to earn. But here, if you follow Muhammad, you could become wealthy and, if you died, you became even wealthier in paradise. It is not difficult to see how Muhammad could easily use this to his advantage, just as the Muslims clerics continue to do today: drawing their suicide bombers from among the impoverished poor who are without hope aside from their faith. Nothing has changed in this regard.
Now, many in Islam and out will try to tell you that my take on Abrogation is incorrect, but this is either ignorance or deception. In fact, those who make such arguments actually violate Muhammad’s command not to disobey or alter Muhammad’s commands. According to Muhammad, this makes these people what he called hypocrites, or apostates, and Muhammad commanded they be killed by the true believers. I have posted all of this in my last four posts on Islam. You can find the supporting verses from the Qur’an there.
Now, let’s address what Muhammad said about Abrogation:
When we cancel a Verse or throw it into oblivion, We replace it with a better one. Or: Whatever Revelation We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, We substitute something better.
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.
God abrogates or confirms whatsoever he will, for he has with him the Book of the Books.
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.
With that, an honest reader and a true follower of Muhammad’s Islam must accept that the later verses of the Qur’an — in time, not in the book — replace those that came before. This means that war is now mandated for Muslims (as I have posted many times before). What’s more, none of this is open to change, which is why Islam can never undergo a “reformation” such as the one the Christian church underwent. Again, this is not my “opinion,” it is what Muhammad commanded:
Believers! Do not ask questions about things which if made plain and declared to you, may vex you, causing you trouble.
Some people before you did ask such questions, and on that account they lost their faith and became disbelievers.
Once again, I remind you, Muhammad said those who do question or try to change his dictates are hypocrites and apostates and must be killed by the true believers.
Look, I honestly o not care what others think of me. If I did, I wouldn’t be spending so much time writing for the RNL. What drives me is an honest search for understanding – wisdom — and that starts with a search for the truth as best I can understand it. And because the truth is seldom found in hearsay, whenever possible, I go to the original source to find my information. Then I do my best to understand that original source – especially if it is speaking directly to me as the Bible and Qur’an speak to their readers. Then I make my determinations from there.
In the case of this issue, I have spent a great deal of time learning Islam as Muhammad defined it – not as others have tried to change it. This is how I know where to find the passages I need to support my posts. And all my posts are is a fair and honest witness of what Muhammad taught his followers. So, if you read my posts, all I ask is that you go to the original sources and learn for yourself. If you do that, if you actually go to Muhammad’s words, then I am sure you will come to see I have never knowingly lied to you about anything I have said about Islam. All I have been trying to do is teach those who will listen the truth about what I found, so we can better face and deal with the threat I found – the same threat Jefferson found and tried to warn us against.