Message No : 120Sr.No : 173/724
Question By : M.Z.CHIDA.

Respected Sir,

Assalamu Alaikum,

Can sunna abrogate the Holy Quran? For example no where
in the Holy Quran is it mentioned that a adulterer or
adulteres should be stoned to death but in practise
they are following the sunnah and they are stoned to
death. I will appreciate a clarification on this.




Reply By : Mohd. Shihabuddin Qasmi
Designation : Mufti, ODI, MMERC, Mumbai 

In the name of Allah, All Gracious, All Merciful
Wa Alaikumossalam,
Dear Brother in Islam,
The answer to you question is as follows:

According to Hanfi School of thought, abrogation of Qur¡¯aan by Sunnah is permitted. (Nurool-Anwar Mabhsu Ahkaamil-Bayan 216)

There are several kinds of abrogation. One of them is abrogation of only Tilaawat (recitation) not Hukm (injunction). The recitation of the verse of Rajm (stoning to death) for instance, has been abrogated but the injunction (stoning) is existed. Hazrat Umar (RA) said, ¡°Verily, Allah sent Muhammad with truth and revealed the book to him. Out of the verses Allah Almighty revealed, there was the verse of the stoning to death. The Messenger of Allah stoned to death and after him we also stoned to death. And stoning to death in the book of Allah is a truth against one out of males and females who commits adultery in a married state, in case proof is established or if there occurs pregnancy or there is confession.¡± (Mishkaat Kitabul Hudood 309) Therefore, the Hukm of Rajm is stated in the Glorious Qur¡¯aan but the recitation of the verse, revealed concerning Rajm has been abrogated.

And Allah knows the best,

Mohd. Shihabuddin Qa

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