THE ARABIC WORD NASIH
Nasih has more than one meaning: 1) an abolishing; abolition, abrogation; 2) an effacing; effacement; 3) transcribing, pertaining to copying. According to Prof. Hüseyin Atay (Investigations According to the Quran), the word should mean transcribing, copying, recording. He corroborates this with the verse: 45 The Kneeling, 29 which runs as follows:
29 – For we were recording (nasýh) everything you did.
45 The Kneeling, 29
The verse on which the sectarians have based themselves cannot justify their contention if this meaning is kept in mind as we have already shown. (We have demonstrated that the sectarians could not get the conclusion they wanted to arrive at if ‘abrogation’ were to be used in the sense that they chose.)
Assuming that there was an abrogation, how could one establish which verse had abrogated which, since there is no hint about the chronological reference to their revelation? Even though you may consult the hadith books reputed to be the most reliable, you will find almost no prescription of any date. Under the circumstances, the sole authority that decides on this issue remains the sectarian imams. Yet, such a conclusion cannot be reached, given the fact that the sole owner of the Quran is God Himself. The sectarian and traditionalist Islamists, having disregarded such paradoxes, tried to impose statements of their own choice. They even dared to state that hadiths could cancel the prescriptions of the Quran. These commentators, sectarian scholars played havoc with the Quran that contains six thousand verses. For instance, the hadith that said “No will for inheritors” (Abu Davud-Vesaya) was used to misinterpret the Quran, which corroborated the bequeathing of one’s assets to someone by will. Another instance is the rajm (stoning to death) of the adulterer/ess, a result of the attempt to nullify the Quranic verse by a so-called hadith. This issue is examined in the following Chapter 26.
6 – These are God’s signs that We recite to you truthfully. In which word (hadith) other than God and His signs do they believe?
45 Kneeling, 6