Let Me Rephrase That!
One Abrogating Many
More Brides For Believers
For most men, one of the more seductive features of Islam is the right to be married to four females simultaneously. Displeased with any of your marital choices, simply say I divorce you twice to the one you now despise, wait a few months to ensure your soon to be destitute former wife is not pregnant with your child and you're free to marry again and begin the cycle over …
With a ratio of approximately 101 pubescent boys to 100 pubescent girls, a ratio which would have been even higher in favour of males during the Prophet's time, where were the believers expected to find those extra wives without leaving other deserving believers without? This problem could be why Allah partially abrogated the verse about marrying only believing females and making the women of People of the Book, Christians and Jews halal i.e. permissible.
There was, of course, no quid pro quo.
Their women were okay for you, but your women were still too good for them.
Of all the gods I have studied, none is as strategic a long-term thinker as Allah. Not only did the four wives per believer bring men flocking to His Messenger's banner, but by making the wives of unbelievers eligible for matrimony, He increased the progeny of believers at the expense of that of the unbelievers.
In addition, a child born in a Muslim household is a Muslim for life, to even think of leaving the perfect religion is a death sentence. The first person God's Messenger had killed after entering Mecca as its conqueror was an apostate by the name of Khatal.
The late Muammar Gaddafi boasted that the Muslim birthrate (and death for those who would abandon Islam, I would add), will, without the need for swords or guns or military conquests, in a matter of a few decades overwhelm the European kuffars (pejorative term for non-Muslims). The fact that second and especially third-generation immigrants' birthrates are much closer to the national norm may moderate his prediction.
Mercy for Adulterers!
Abrogating revelation 25:70 may allow an adulterer to repent, "Except for him who repents" and be welcomed in Paradise, but the adulteress is still out of luck.
From: Alice visits a Mosque to learn about Judgement Day - A play about what to expect, Boreal Books, 2012
Imam: Allah's Mercy is for unwavering believers who have committed offenses such as stealing, killing another without just cause and so on, repented and made amends and remained steadfast in their belief in Allah’s Mercy.
Alice: Am I to understand that a steadfast believer will be forgiven his transgressions if he believes he will be forgiven his transgressions?
Imam: Despairing of Allah's Mercy is not only the second greatest sin in Islam, but it is a sin against God, just like believing in other gods, and he who commits an unforgivable act, like women who commit adultery, will burn in Hell for an eternity.
Alice: Adultery is not a sin against Allah or His Messenger, so why is an adulteress not deserving of Allah’s Mercy?
Imam: Because there is no way for a woman to make amends for having had sex with someone other than her husband. How would you undo that? How could she undo the dishonour that she has brought on herself, her family and her husband? It is not enough that the adulteress will roast in Hell for eternity, but steps must be taken in the here-and-now to eradicate the reminder of this dishonour and to discourage such destructive behavior.
Alice: Such as stoning the adulteress to death.
The Bedouins learn their lesson
Early on the Bedouins joined Allah's Cause strictly for the plunder. This made them unreliable allies. For example, after the successful defence of Medina, the Prophet decided to attempt a pilgrimage to Mecca with only lightly-armed volunteers, which the Meccans could have easily have annihilated, if they were so inclined.
With no promise of plunder, the Bedouins refused to accompany God's Messenger, making up transparent excuses which Allah saw right through.
48:11 The Bedouins who stayed behind will say to you (Muhammad): “Our possessions and our families preoccupied us; so ask forgiveness for us.” They say with their tongues what is not in their hearts. Say: “Who can avail you anything against Allah, if He wishes to harm you or He wishes to profit you? No, Allah is fully aware of what you do.
48:12 “Rather, you thought that the Messenger and the believers will never return to their families; and that was embellished in your hearts and you entertained evil thoughts and were a useless people.”
The Prophet and the men who went with him did not get to do the Pilgrimage but God's Messenger did return with a ten year non-aggression treaty with the Meccans, the Treaty of Hudaibiyah. With Medina secured from attacks from Mecca, the Prophet and his army of holy warriors could now move against the vulnerable and prosperous Jewish settlement of Khaybar.
This would be an easy victory with plenty for a holy warrior to plunder. Needless to say, the Bedouins were now more than eager to join the attack. God's Messenger would deny the Bedouins Khaybar, and all further plunder unless they demonstrated a genuine commitment to Allah's Cause by doing what was asked of them without hesitation.
The "desert Arabs", as Allah referred to them, had learned their lesson; and from that point on, showed a devotion to Islam and God's Messenger which prompted Allah to revise his assessment of their character.
Civil Wars Also Change Gods
The business of civil wars tends to be a nasty business. In civil wars kin will kill or injure kin, and the Arab civil war was no different, except that a god, a vengeful pitiless god took a personal interest in the conflict.
This was to be expected, after all, the war was about Him. What was not expected, even by God's Messenger, was that the almighty God, for whom the Prophet spoke, would also be changed by the civil war he instigated and pursued on Allah's behalf.
Before the onset of the war between the so-called pagans of Mecca and the believers of Medina, Allah expected the believers to unconditionally honour their parents. With the onset of hostilities, Allah's intolerant nature exploded into a hatred of all generations who had not submitted to His Will. The revealed truth about honouring your parents unconditionally was replaced by another immutable truth which came with strings attached.
Allah would make an exception for His Messenger's parents. He would bring both Abdullah and Amina back to life temporarily so that they could become Muslim and enter Paradise, but that was it.
Hell Is for Those Who Love Life
There was a time when wanting to stay in the here-and-now for as long as possible was not a guarantee of spending an eternity in Hell.
Allah will sometime send a verse to replace another to clear up a misunderstanding or for emphasis. In the verse abrogating revelation 42:20 there is no longer any mention of tillage – it may have been a metaphor for preferring a longer life in the here-and-now to an early departure for the Hereafter.
The Koran does mention houses and palaces will be made available depending on your rank in heaven but not necessarily cultivatable land, which the original revelation may have led some to believe.
In any event, as the abrogating verse makes clear, preferring the here-and-now and all it has to offer, including cultivatable land, to what Allah has to offer in the Hereafter, is a one-way ticket to Hell.
Not All Poets Are Perverts
A thorn in the Prophet's side until his victory over the Meccans were the poets who mocked him in verse. In victory, God's Messenger exhibited the same unforgiving pitilessness as his Mentor; he had them all killed, as he did most of his critics when the opportunity presented itself. With His vengeful Messenger having gotten rid of the troublesome wordsmiths it may have been time to turn the page, less Allah's own attempt at poetry be accused of attracting the perverts.
First, Kill All the Unbelievers
A Christian reading abrogating revelation 2:286 will be reminded of the Lord's Prayer; that is, until they get to the last sentence.
Like all of Allah’s seemingly universal declarations, there is a catch. Those who do not believe in the Koran can do all the good they can, and live an exemplary life, it won’t matter a whit.
22:50 Those who believe and do the righteous deeds will receive forgiveness and a bountiful provision,
22:51 But who strive against our Revelations defying Us – those are the people of Hell.
Myth of the Month of Revelations
Both the Koran and the hadiths are clear on the concept; the revelations were communicated to the Prophet during a period of twenty-three years; some while he was awake, others while he was sleeping.
In response to an unbeliever who would believe only if Allah would send down the Koran all at once, Allah explains why He sent it in stages, and that whoever asked that He deliver it all at once will probably be dragged faced down into Hell.
25:32 The unbelievers say: “If only this Qur’an had been sent down on him all at once.” That is how We wanted to strengthen your heart with it and We have revealed it in stages.
25:33 They never bring you any simile but We bring the truth and a better exposition.
25:34 Those who are mustered on their faces in Hell; those are in a worse position and are more wayward.
Yet, the idea persist that the entire Koran was delivered during the month of Ramadan which the abrogating revelation which follows does nothing to dispel.
Revelation 2:185 is not unlike other revealed truths where the idea seems to come to God to be more specific about one of His many requirements; in this instance about when to fast and for how long.
Evidence of a Master Copy of the Koran in Paradise
85:21 Yet, it is a glorious Qur’an,
85:22 In a Well-Preserved Tablet.
43:4 And, indeed, it is in the Mother of the Book, with Us, lofty and wise.
Revelation 42:43 abrogates two revelations from the same period, the Meccan, which are almost, and for all intents and purposes identical. These transient reveal truths are only separated by one short verse, the one in italic, meaning that the angel Gabriel could have communicated them to God's Messenger in one breath.
This may be proof that there is indeed a tablet in Heaven which contains the master copy of the Koran and once anything is carved on that tablet it cannot be erased and must be communicated as is, with no alterations, if the copy on earth is to be an exact replica of the copy in Heaven.
Revelation 42:43 is one of those sacred truths which are a tribute to revealed truths. If only there were more like it, and if only it was a sacred truth that was reveal later during the Prophet's Call, when sacred truths took on a brutal unforgiving persona.