Let Me Rephrase That!

Your Layman's Guide to Abrogations

Paperback 204 pages

16:101 And if We replace a verse by another – and Allah knows best what He reveals – they say: “You [Muhammad] are only a forger.” Surely, most of them do not know.


A historical and motivational context, as I have been providing in my books on the Koran is important in understanding the Message. But, perhaps even more significant is knowing what revealed truths (immutable facts communicated to a mortal by a god), as inconceivable as it may seem, have been abrogated i.e. repealed or modified.

Of all the incongruities that devotees of a religion steeped in incongruities have to accept, the concept of abrogation has to be the most outlandish. Abrogation is common in the real world as better information replaces old information. In the world of revealed truths abrogation should not even be the exception, it defies logic! And there lies the incongruity, the weirdness.

For the rational mind it is inconceivable that a god, in a book He claims to have written, in Arabic no less (classical Arabic is assumed), at the beginning of time, if not earlier, and in which He lays claim to infallibility, has to retract, annul or amend what He said earlier.

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Cover art is a rendition of a picture of George Burns from a poster for the 1977 Warner Bros. film "Oh, God!". Like the movie, I hope you will consider Let Me Rephrase That! a mildly irreverent but never gratuitous treatment of a reverential figure.