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Abrogated Rulings in the Qur'an: Discerning their Divine Wisdom

Authors: Parrott, Justin
Keywords: Islam, Qur'an, Abrogation, Naskh wa Mansukh, Critical Interpretation
Issue Date: 15-Nov-2018
Publisher: Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research
Abstract: Abrogation in the Qur’an refers to the phenomenon of a later verse changing or altering a ruling established by a verse revealed earlier, either in whole or in part. Later scholars developed diverging technical definitions of abrogation that differed slightly from the linguistic usage of earlier generations, leading to significant disagreements over the nature of abrogation, how many verses were abrogated, and even whether abrogation is a legitimate interpretive mechanism. This article seeks to clarify the meaning of abrogation as it was intended by the righteous predecessors, who often used the word ‘abrogation’ to refer to making exceptions to an earlier rule rather than completely repealing it. The wisdom of abrogation is explored in relation to the gradual prohibition of alcohol consumption, as further evidence of the divine nature of the Qur’an. Finally, the claim that the peaceful verses of the Qur’an were invalidated by the ‘verse of the sword’ is challenged.
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