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To Syed Mohammad Ali, my goodness, are there contradictions in the Quran?

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Submitted by Jan (Austria), Oct 23, 2006 at 05:54

Dear Syed Mohammad Ali,

You are probably aware of the existence of the following ayahs that call for killing of the polytheists if they do not become muslim and to fight against the christians and the Jews until they either become muslims or pay the jizya and submit to the shariah and keep a low profile (in arabic saghiruna which means that they are "small").

But when the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.

9.29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

So far for the freedom of thought that Islam ask for itself but denies to believers in other religions. Those 2 ayahs are confirmed by numerous hadith as indicated in Sahih Muslim under the book IMAN, Chapter 9: COMMAND FOR FIGHTING AGAINST THE PEOPLE SO LONG AS THEY DO NOT PROFESS THAT THERE IS NO GOD BUT ALLAH AND MUHAMMAD IS HIS MESSENGER . Can you back up your ayahs with Hadith as well?

How do you explain the verses that you quoted and the ones that I quoted. I think that there are only 2 possibilities (maybe you see a third?):

- there is a serious contradiction in the Quran so the Quran is not the book of Allah because Allah does not contradict himself. In arabic they say Allahu 'Alam or in persian khuda midunad. Allah knows. If Allah knows, he will not contradict himself.

- either ayahs 10:99/24:54 or ayahs 9:5/9:29 have been cancelled. And this according to ayah


None of Our revelations do We abrogate or cause to be forgotten, but We substitute something better or similar: Knowest thou not that Allah Hath power over all things?

Can you tell me which ones have been cancelled so I can update my Quran? Please also indicate other parts of the Quran that are not valid anymore so I can "strikethrough" those parts as well. I do not want to stick to a version of the Quran that is not valid anymore.

Peace be with you Syed Mohammad Ali.


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