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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CAIR says that mercy has not been abrogated

The Hanbali fatwa:

When there is a difference of opinion among eminent scholars, the more merciful, i.e. the best, opinion should be chosen. Severity should be avoided, as should the idea that severity is the measure of piety. God [s.] says: ‘And follow the best of what has been revealed to you from your Lord ...’ (Al-Zumar, 39: 55); and: ‘Indulge [people] with forgiveness, and enjoin kindness, and turn away from the ignorant.’ (Al-A’raf, 7: 199). God [s.] also says: ‘[Those] who listen to the words [of God] and follow the best [sense] of it. Those, they are the ones whom God has guided; and those, they are the people of pith.’ (Al-Zumar, 39: 18). In an authentic Hadith, it is related that the Lady Aisha said: ‘Whenever faced by more than once choice, the Prophet  always chose the easiest one.’

But... most exegetes understand that the Verse of the Sayf in sura 9 has abrogated almost all the Qur'an's mercy prior to that. The whole sura is - famously! - not introduced "in the name of God the Merciful". And sura 9 depends on, so postdates, sura 19 and all before it - like sura 7 mentioned above. (I've never been sure about sura 39 though.)

I am, personally, an infidel. So it is to be expected that I'd say that sura 9 was a forgery of the Marwani era. (Scholars like Shoemaker have been quietly saying the same about its predecessor sura 19 since before I even looked into these.) But are the Muslims going to say it?

posted by Zimri on 20:26 | link | 0 comments

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