The complete argument is below:
"Is any part of the Quran
abrogated? If the answer is yes, then the question arises why does the
abrogated part find a place in the Quran? Logically speaking, when is it
necessary to consider whether any verse is abrogated or not? The answer is,
when one verse of the Quran contradicts another. Are there verses that
contradict other verses? The answer is no. Logically speaking therefore, there
is no need even to consider any verse as abrogated. If the Quran were to
contain abrogated verses, then its claim that it is a Book without crookedness
is a false claim, because the presence of an abrogated verse could mislead
many. So either we reject the theory of abrogated verses being present in the
Quran or accept that the Quran is a Book of crookedness and misguidance."
The crookedness is in the scholars and
not in the Book. By treating certain verses as abrogated, they change the
Message to suit their agenda and we have seen enough proof of it.
We have also seen that when scholars do
not want to take the clear meaning, they have even invented a new rule of
grammar to take the meaning they are comfortable with and even though they
cannot cite another example where this new rule of grammar applies! So, the very strange rule of grammar that they have
invented applies to a solitary verse of the Quran and to no other verse with
identical construction! This has nothing to do with their intellectual capacity
but their integrity. They show great inventiveness in distorting the meaning to
suit the conclusions their theology or political philosophy has arrived at. Generally,
the misinterpretations are to force fit the ahadith on the subject and may not
be because of lack of personal integrity.
"So, either we reject the theory
of abrogated verses being present in the Quran or accept that the Quran is a
Book of crookedness and misguidance."
In view of this argument, it would
appear as if Islamic scholars through the last 14 centuries have considered
Quran "a Book of crookedness and misguidance." They have certainly
not considered it a Clear Book. Thousands of tafseers (books of exegesis) have
been written, yet no one understands even the meaning of a simple word like
kafir, or for that matter mushrik, etc, etc. This, to my mind, is natural, for
a book that claims to be eternal in its guidance. People
of different intellectual levels in different ages, are bound to read
their varying perspectives and understand its message differently. There should
be no problem with that and neither should Quran be considered a non-Clear book
nor “a Book of crookedness and misguidance.”
range of behaviour for the believers ranges from Satan who is both
the perfect believer and also the perfect kafir to those who are both
perfect believers and perfect Muslims and in between there are
perfect Muslims who may not be perfect believers and perfect
believers who are imperfect Muslims and those who are both imperfect
believers and imperfect Muslims. This is proof that there is
absolutely no external compulsion and man is self-driven by the
choices that he makes.
about yourself and tell us in what way do you feel compelled to
behave like a Muslim because of the warnings in the Quran and if you are acting out of such compulsion, then who am I to argue that you are not compelled? You know best what is true for you.
Meaning of Islam and Muslim
(2:256) Let there be
no compulsion in religion: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects
evil and believes in Allah hath grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that
never breaks. And Allah heareth and knoweth all things.
(257) Allah is the
Protector of those who have faith: from the depths of darkness He will lead
them forth into light. Of those who reject faith (kafaru) the patrons are the
evil ones: from light they will lead them forth into the depths of darkness.
They will be companions of the fire, to dwell therein (For ever).
It is clear from the verses above, that neither man is
allowed to compel another in religion nor is Allah compelling anyone. Man is
given full autonomy and choice in matters of religion. Allah however warns man
about the choices he makes and their consequences. Is this compulsion? No, it
isn’t compulsion. A warning is not compulsion even if the warning is about a
certain consequence to follow if the warning is ignored. Compulsion means lack
of choice and lack of freedom to go against what is being compelled (Allah’s
religion in this verse). If there was compulsion by Allah, then to reject faith would
have been outside the power of man and every one would have believed in the
Quran. The very fact that people freely reject faith is proof of
We have a statutory warning printed on cigarette packs that
smoking kills. Is the warning compelling a smoker not to smoke? No, not as we
understand the meaning of compulsion.
When GM Sb does not understand the meaning of even common words such as “compulsion”, it is not surprising that he has difficulty understanding almost anything.