Can the sunnah of the prophet saws abrogate verses from the quraan as a local sheikh was giving an example about inheritence? I was not sure as I heard many scholars say this can not happen. please can you give an explanation with examples if applicable.
It is an issue of dispute among scholars. The most authentic opinion is that it is possible for the Sunnah to abrogate the Quran. It is noteworthy to say that specifying a general statement is considered to be a form of abrogation. For example, when Allah tells us that it is forbidden for us to consume dead meat, blood, swine meat etc, this is a general statement. The Prophet salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam has told us that there were two dead and two blood made permissible for us; the fish and the locust, and the liver and the spleen. Also when Allah mentioned the inheritance, the Prophet abrogated that when he said that a Muslim doesn’t inherit a kafir.
And Allah knows best