Myths About “The Verse of the Sword”

The so-called “the verse of the sword” is said to have abrogated numerous Qur’anic verses that call on the Muslims to be tolerant, forgiving, and patient, and to display such positive attributes toward non-Muslims that allowed Muslims to live peacefully with various religious groups for 1,400 years. This claim has become very popular among Muslim terrorist groups and individuals who use it to justify their atrocities. I shall review here a number of fundamental problems with this claim. Continue reading

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The Christmas Tree in the Qur’an?

The Christian tradition of the Christmas tree can be traced back to no later than the 14th century. The Gospels do not contain anything that may explain associating the festive tree tradition with Jesus’ birth in particular. However, the Qur’an suggests that the Christmas tree can be linked to a specific tree that featured prominently in Jesus’ birth. Continue reading

The Realization of the Foreknowledge of God in the Visible World

The Qur’an describes Allah as having full and perfect knowledge of the past, present, and future. There are also verses that seem to suggest that Allah comes to know about certain things as they happen. The latter talk about the realization in the visible world of God’s foreknowledge, so both sets of verses are totally consistent. Continue reading

An Overview of “Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law: A Critical Study of the Concept of ‘Naskh’ and its Impact”

This is a detailed chapter-by-chapter summary of the book “Abrogation in the Qur’an and Islamic Law: A Critical Study of the Concept of ‘Naskh’ and its Impact.” The summary explains the subject of each chapter and how the different chapters are linked to form a comprehensive study of abrogation. Continue reading

An Interpretation of Verse 109 of the Chapter of Joseph (Sura 12)

Allah says that all the messengers that He sent before Prophet Muhammad, such as prophet Joseph, were men from various towns, to whom He revealed the Message. In describing the “men to whom We gave revelations” as being “from the people of the towns,” Allah emphasizes that those messengers were human beings who were known to their people. Continue reading

Abrogation from Muslim and Non-Muslim Perspectives

The overwhelming majority of Muslim scholars, past and modern, have accepted abrogation in both the Qur’an and the Sunna as an indisputable fact. Only a very small minority has rejected Qur’anic abrogation. We know this opposition existed because it is condemned and vilified in the earliest works on abrogation. But this ostensible consensus of the majority conceals enormous differences in the way abrogation is understood. Continue reading