Classical Muslim Theologian Refutes Claim About Peaceful Verses Being “Abrogated”

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Interesting quotation I came across today. In the following quotation scholar Ibn Taymiyyah who lived in the latter part of the 13th century refutes the claim being made that the verses of peaceful preaching and good argumentation are abrogated by the verses of fighting“.

Ibn Taymiyyah (1263 – 1328 CE) states:

“The eigth angle [in refuting the claim of abrogation] is that many of the People of the Book claim that Muhammad and his nation established their religion with the sword and not through guidance, knowledge and signs (evidences). Thereafter, when they request knowledge and debate [about Islam] and it is said to them in response: ‘There is no answer to you except the sword’, then this is what corroborates [in their minds] this is FALSE PRESUMPTION [they have to begin with]. And this is from the greatest of what they use as proof amongst themselves for the corruption of Islam, that it is not a religion of a Messenger sent by Allah, but a religion of a King who established it with the sword.” (Al-Jawab al-Sahih, by Ibn Taymiyyah, volume 1, page 244)

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