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Naskh (نسخ), "abrogation"

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Submitted by Deirdre Cripps (United Kingdom), May 17, 2021 at 03:06

Does the principle of naskh (نسخ)/ "abrogation" not apply to Koranic verses and Hadiths regarding "the Holy Land"? As I understand (or misunderstand) it, the later and thus 'winning' verses of the Koran oblige the devout to seek world domination by Islam under the rule of shariah, at least in classic Sunni interpretation (which treats further enquiry on previously decided religious matters as heresy). Where this view prevails, it has seemed to me that only by pointing out the many errors in the Koran, Hadith and narratives about them ~ and thus undermining belief in a) the Koran as a 'divine' revelation and b) Muhammad as a prophet and example to be followed ~ in the manner of numerous David Woods, Masked Arabs (another YouTuber) and similar, and thereby causing a mass global 'exodus' from classical Sunni Islam, can one hope to undermine the baleful influence of Islamist views.

Bless Mohammad Tawhidi, but I think that he might be persecuted by Shias with opposing views. While Sunni Islam would punish those who attempt to rethink what their Islamic scholars have already decided, as I understand (or misunderstand) it, Shia Islam would allow the rethinking but (given that other Shias are also allowed to think) this might still result in your death by a devout opponent who concluded you were spreading "corruption in the land" or similar. Ah, sigh...

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Daniel Pipes replies:

So far as I know, the verses I alluded to have not been abrogated.

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