Per your post,http://forum.themostreadbook.org/viewtopic.php?f=130&t=2516&p=3860#p3860
should we finalize the definition? I still think that it needs to be defined further by adding the phrase, "containing a ruling" because a true declarative statement cannot be abrogated, because as Ibn Al-Jawzi put it, it would be tantamount to saying the first statement was a lie or uninformed, God forbid.
There are a number of points here so let me address them one at a time.
1. Verse 2:106 is what introduced the notion of abrogation, and according to it what would be abrogated is a verse. Therefore, the only relevant definition of abrogation is abrogation of a verse. Anything else is an expansion of this definition that helps confuse the issues.
2. Indeed statements of fact cannot be abrogated, but we don't have to worry about that in the definition
of abrogation. It will follow from the correct definition of abrogation and from the truth of the statements in the Quran that none of the verses that are statements of fact can possibly be abrogated.
3. I suggest the simple definition of abrogation to be the "annulment of a verse" so we no longer have a mandate to follow it. In 2:106, God promises that whenever this happens, He will bring another verse that is better or equal.
4. The key question is
Are there verses
in the text
of the Quran (at the time of the death of the Prophet PBUH) that are abrogated verses?
since this has decisive ramifications on the validity of rulings included in the text of the Quran. The question if other verses had been abrogated and removed during the life of the Prophet PBUH has no impact on the validity of rulings in the Quran, since if there were such verses they are gone anyway and are not part of the text.
5. If there are abrogated verses in the text of the Quran, it has been established that they were not designated as such by the Prophet PBUH. Therefore, even if there are abrogated verses, which ones they are is a matter of opinion. Whatever criteria the scholars have put forward as requirements to declare a verse abrogated is also a matter of opinion.
6. If there are no abrogated verses in the text of the Quran, the abrogation issue will no longer be actionable, and the subject will become an 'academic' question similar to what was the fasting mandate on the Jews at the time of Moses?