The Misinterpretation of the word 'nansakh' in 2:106
The misinterpretation of this word in 2:106 has played a major role in the introduction of the false concept of 'Quranic Abrogation'. For the full details of this subject please see: The Lie of Quranic Abrogation
The traditional Muslim interpreters interpret the word 'nasakha' to mean abrogate. However, by means of studying the Quranic verses were this word is used, we would be able ascertain that this meaning is quite inaccurate and inconsistent with the Quranic use of the word.
The word 'nasakha' and its derivatives has been used in four Quranic verses, they are: 2:106, 22:52, 45:29 and 7:154.
This is Our Book uttering the truth about you. We have been 'nastansikh' what you have been doing. 45:29
Now let us substitute the word "nastansikh" with the word abrogate (as they claim), here 45:29 would read:
This is our Book uttering the truth about you. We have been abrogating what you have been doing.
It is quite clear that the word (abrogate) is totally out of context. First, God records what people do and not abrogate it! Second, the words "this is our Book" confirm that the word "nastansikh" here means "We have been recording", in the Book.
When Moses' anger subsided, he took the tablets, and in 'nuskhatiha' (its record/inscription) was guidance and mercy for those who are in awe of their Lord. 7:154
Once again, if we substitute the word "nuskhatiha" with the word (its abrogation) the verse would have no meaning, for how can the abrogation of the words of the tablets have guidance? However, if we substitute the word "nuskhatiha" with the word (its record) then the verse would make perfect sense. Consequently, the correct meaning of 7:154 is:
Almost all translations fall for this specific use of the word "yansakh" and translate it as to abrogate, however the correct meaning can be attained by reading 22:52 and 22:53.
In 22:52 God tells us that he "yansakh" what the devil has done, then God follows that by telling us in 22:53 that He sets what the devil schemed as a test for the ones who harbour doubt in their hearts. Now let us pose a while here and contemplate on this meaning. If the word "yansakh" means (we abrogate) or nullify, then how can the devil's scheme be set up as a test? How can any human be tested by something that has already been nullified?
This, once again, confirms that God in actual fact allows the devil's scheme to stand so as to serve a test for the ones who harbour doubt in their heart. This once again confimrs the correct meaning of the word "yansakh" so as to mean: to record.
When we return to 2:106, we are able to confirm the correct meaning of the word "nansakh" in this glorious verse, the correct meaning would be:
Whichever miracle We instate or cause to be forgotten, We replace it with that which is better than it or similar to it. Did you not know that God is Capable of all things? 2:106