The Abrogative and Abrogated Suras of the Qur’an

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The Abrogative and Abrogated Suras of the Qur’an

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The Abrogative and Abrogated Suras of the Qur’an:
Al-Nasikh wa al-Mansukh

Al-Baqarah 2:106

Nothing of our revelation (even a single verse) do we abrogate or cause be forgotten, but we bring (in place) one better or the like thereof. Knowest thou not that Allah is Able to do all things?

مَا نَنسَخْ مِنْ آيَةٍ أَوْ نُنسِهَا نَأْتِ بِخَيْرٍ مِّنْهَا أَوْ مِثْلِهَا أَلَمْ تَعْلَمْ أَنَّ اللّهَ عَلَىَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

Ayat mana saja yang Kami nasakhkan, atau Kami jadikan (manusia) lupa kepadanya, Kami datangkan yang lebih baik daripadanya atau yang sebanding dengannya. Tiadakah kamu mengetahui bahwa sesungguhnya Allah Maha Kuasa atas segala sesuatu?

Ma nansakh min ayatin aw nunsiha na/ti bikhayrin minha aw mithliha alam taAAlam anna Allaha AAala kulli shay-in qadeerun  Transliteration al-Baqarah 2:106

The Arabic words ‘nasikh‘ and ‘mansukh‘ are both derived from the same root word ‘nasakha‘ which carries meanings such as ‘to abolish, to replace, to withdraw, to abrogate’.

The word nasikh (an active participle) means ‘the abrogating’, while mansukh (passive) means ‘the abrogated’. In technical language these terms refer to certain parts of the Qur’anic revelation, which have been ‘abrogated’ by others. Naturally the abrogated passage is the one called ‘mansukh‘ while the abrogating one is called ‘nasikh‘.1

Sura

al-Mansukh

Sura

Al-Nasikh

Sura

Al-Nasikh and al-Mansukh

6

al-An’am

48

al-Fath

2

al-Baqarah 

7

al-A’raf

59

al-Hashr 

3

al-‘Imran 

10

Yunus

63

al-Munafiqun 

4

an-Nisa 

11

Hud

64

at-Taghabun 

5

al-Ma’idah 

13

ar-Ra’d

65

at-Talaq 

8

al-Anfal 

15

al-Hijr

87

al-A’la 

9

at-Taubah 

16

An-Nahl

Total 6 Suras

14

Ibrahim 

17

al-Isra’

 

 

18

al-Kahf 

18

al-Kahf

 

 

19

Maryam 

20

Ta Ha

 

 

21

al-Anbiya’ 

23

al-Mu’minum

 

 

22

al-Hajj 

27

an-Naml

 

 

24

an-Nur 

28

al-Qasas

 

 

25

al-Furqan 

29

al-‘Ankabut

 

 

26

ash-Shu’ara

30

ar-Rum

 

 

33

al-Ahzab 

31

Luqman

 

 

34

Saba 

32

as-Sajdah

 

 

40

al-Mu’min (Ghafir)40

35

Fatir

 

 

42

ash-Shura 

37

as-Saffat

 

 

51

az-Zariyat 

38

Sad

 

 

52

at-Tur 

39

az-Zumar

 

 

56

al-Waqi’ah 

43

az-Zukhruf

 

 

58

al-Mujadilah 

44

ad-Dukhan

 

 

73

al-Muzzammil 

45

al-Jathiya 

 

 

103

al-‘Asr 

46

al-Ahqaf 

 

 

108

al-Kauthar 

47

Muhammad

 

 

Total 25 Suras

50

Qaf

 

 

 

 

53

an-Najm

 

 

 

 

54

al-Qamar

 

 

 

 

60

al-Mumtahinah

 

 

 

 

68

al-Qalam 

 

 

 

 

70

al-Ma’arij 

 

 

 

 

74

al-Muddaththir 

 

 

 

 

75

al-Qiyamah 

 

 

 

 

76

al-Insan 

 

 

 

 

80

‘Abasa 

 

 

 

 

86

at-Tariq 

 

 

 

 

88

al-Ghashiyah

 

 

 

 

95

at-Tin 

 

 

 

 

109

al-Kafirun

 

 

 

 

Total 40 Suras

       

The Suras That have neither nasikh nor mansukh (“abrogative” nor abrogated”) are 43 in number.2

May 18, 2001

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