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April 02, 2008



You have asked, Miss Kelly, who decides what passages of the Koran have relevance? There is the Doctrine of Naskh (Abrogation) whereby 'allah' says it sends a better message than a previous one and so the later one replaces, in importance, the earlier. This is why Moslems often employ 'taqiyya' (lies, dissimulation to present a false, positive image of Islam) by reciting to non-Moslems passages of the Koran which have been superceded, in relevance, by later ones. For example: quoting Sura 2:256 "Let there be no compulsion in religion" is a favorite to use because it implies religious toleration. That was not actually the case in the context of that verse but, more importantly, that verse, and hundreds of others in the Koran, were superceded by the Sword Verse (Ayat al-Sayf) and others in Sura 8 and 9 which call for the forced conversion, subjugation in a persecuted status (as dhimmis paying jizya) or death, of non-Moslems. (Saudi Sheikh Muhammad Saalih al-Munajid states: "The Ayat al-Sayf and similar verses abrogate those saying that there is no compulsion to become a Muslim."

For those interested in the subject of Abrogation, I recommend: http://www.meforum.org/pf.php?id=1754


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Sissy Willis

Great post. I'm wondering whether Irshad Manji is aware of the Doctrine of Naskh (Abrogation) commenter Shawmut brings up??? It would appear to make mincemeat of her argument.

I'm sorry she was bored. I myself was rather moved by it all. As I wrote in my own post on the subject:

"Tchaikovsky's haunting 'Arabian Dance' -- based upon a Georgian lullaby -- is woven in and out of the soundtrack, with its images of mayhem and carnage, to ironic effect.


Often Moslems, who recount to non-Moslems certain verses which appear to be tolerant and peaceful, are employing Taqiyya, because, apart from being aware of the Doctrine of Abrogation, the verses they employ would, if recited in full, present a negative view to a non-believer. For example, Manji quotes 2:62 which is abrogated by 3:85: "If anyone desires a religion OTHER THAN ISLAM ('submission to "allah"'), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter, he will be in the ranks of those who have lost". It is also the case that 2:62 is followed immediately by 2:63 which refers to Jews as "be as apes despicable". Also, Verse 109:6 quoted by Manji as a sign of tolerance is actually the final line of the following verses, starting with 109:1 (109:1-6): "Say of you who deny the truth (Islam), I do not worship that which you worship, neither do you worship that which I worship, And I will not worship that which you have (ever) worshipped, And neither will you ever worship that which I worship, Unto you your moral law (religion) and unto me, mine." In other words, those who do not worship Islam are forever separate from those who do and Islam is the only true worship. These are words addressed to the 'kaffir' (the non-believer, the non-moslem). There goes all that inter-faith 'dialogue'! (Or is a 'trialogue'?)

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