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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

4 Replies to “Stephen Coughlin explains abrogation in Islam at today’s stop-jihad conference in DC.”

  1. I can’t see the video in my region, but read the summary at Gates of Vienna. It cites the Introduction to The Reliance of the Traveller for the observation that 75% of Islamic law is common across all four schools of Sunni jurisprudence. That’s a good source for this information, as the Introduction is by the translator, Nuh Ha Nun Keller. Since Keller’s translation has the stamp of approval of both Al-Azhar and the IIIT, they can have no objection either to Keller’s Introduction, which is included between the same covers.

    That Introduction is worth a look, especially the first two pages. Among other things, it says:

    ‘…the authors of the present volume and their positions do represent the orthodox Muslim intellectual and spiritual heritage that has been the strength of the Community for over a thousand years, and the means through which Allah has preserved His religion, in its purest and fullest sense, to the present day.’

    When I have quoted from the The Reliance in arguments with Muslims in the past, a common retort has been that it is only one text from one school, despite Al-Azhar certifying that the ‘translation corresponds to the Arabic original and conforms to the practice and faith of the orthodox Sunni Community (Ahl al-Sunna wa al-Jama’a).’ But as well as the certifications, the Introduction makes the case for the authenticity and general applicability of The Reliance.

    Not that it matters really. Once he has well and truly lost the argument, a Muslim will typically just type ‘LOL’ and that’s the last of him.

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