By: Brent Parrish
A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day (Feb. 19, 2015) of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism.” No other faiths were represented at the CVE summit.
As is often the case, many Imams and Islamic leaders are fond of reciting verse (sura) 5:32 from the Koran to Western audiences.
What was not included in the Muslim prayer at the CVE summit was the verse that follows.
For those who are unfamiliar with the Koran and the Hadith (the traditions of Muhammad), the so-called “peaceful verses” found in Islamic scriptures are subject to what is called abrogation. The Law of Abrogation is codified into Islamic Law.
Some Islamic scholars point that there are really two separate “Korans” within the Koran—sometimes referred to as the Meccan and Medinan Korans.
When Muhammad’s ministry first started in Mecca during the early 7th Century, his preaching was fairly tame. Yet, at the time, Muhammad only manged to convert a handful of people to Islam. This period during Muhammad’s ministry produced the so-called “peaceful verses.”
But in the year 622 A.D. (an important date for Muslims), Muhammad and his followers migrated from Mecca to Medina (formerly Yathrib) and established the first Islamic community. At this point, Muhammad’s preaching started to take on a much more militant and violent tone.
What has to be understood by those who are unfamiliar with Islam and Islamic law is the early “peaceful verses” are abrogated by Muhammad’s later verses. This means any Koranic verse that contradicts any other verse in the Koran, the later verse abrogates (trumps) the earlier verse.
Another important thing to understand about the Koran is that it is not laid out in chronological order, unlike Judeo-Christian Scripture. The Koran is assembled according to the length of the chapters.
Dr. Bill Warner writes:
The standard Koran is arranged by length of chapter. The longest chapter is at the beginning and the shortest chapters are at the end. This makes it confusing and hard to understand….
If you want more information on this topic, I have posted an excellent series of videos by counter-terrorism expert Maj. Stephen Coughlin (see here) that covers the connections between Islamic Law, terrorism and the global jihadist movement.
Additionally, I also posted a series of videos with Dr. Bill Warner and Al Fadi (see here) that covers the background on Islam, Jihad, the Koran, the Hadith and Sharia Law.