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Islam and Christianity

ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY This book is written in the nature of a “key” for those Muslim brothers of ours who have just a smattering of knowledge on how the Islamic religion has developed, and it has been written for those non-Muslims willing to know the fundamentals of Islam. Islam, the most up-to-date and the most immaculate of the world’s existing religions, is based upon very humane and very logical principles. Without going into details, this book touches upon the fundamentals of Islam and makes a comparison of Islam with other religions. It answers criticisms raised against Islam by its adversaries and explains as compendiously as possible the qualifications essential for being a good Muslim. For those who would like to read valuable books on Islam written by Islamic scholars (rahimahumullâhu ta’âlâ) after learning the facts contained in this book, we advise that they read books published in different languages by the Hakîkat Kitabevi (Bookstore) in Istanbul. The names of these books are appended to our books. Read this book slowly and with reflection! Encourage others to read it, too! An ignorant person cannot be a good Muslim. Indeed, it is impossible for a person not to attach all his heart to Islam after learning its fundamentals. After reading this book, you will also realize what a lofty, sacred, logical, and perfect religion Islam is, and you will attach all your heart and soul to it in order to attain salvation and repose in this world and in the hereafter. Islam that abrogated celestial religions of Judaism and Christianity along with their validity is explained first. That Qur’an-ı Karîm is word of Allah; miracles of Muhammad ׳alayhissalâm, his virtues, moral practices and habits; how to be a true Muslim; a comparison of Islam and Christianity; that Muslims are scientifically powerful; are explained next.

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showed him the magazine Awake, and said, ‘This magazine is issued in America. It is written in this magazine that there are fifty thousand errors in the Bible. If the person who had written the article in this magazine were a Muslim, you would be free to believe him or not. Wouldn’t you rather admit the statements written in a magazine issued by your co-religionists?’ Poor man, he was so badly caught unawares, so bewildered. ‘Will you please give me that magazine? I want to read it,’ he requested. He read it, and then read it once again, and again. He blushed with embarrassment. I saw it and tried to suppress my smile. He must have sensed it, so he blushed the more. At last he came up with an answer: ‘Look,’ he said. ‘This magazine was printed in 1957. We are in 1980 now. Twenty-three years’ time is quite a long period. The errors should have been found and put to right by now.’ I pressed the argument seriously, ‘Let’s suppose you’re right. But how many thousands of the fifty thousand errors do you think were corrected? What were the errors corrected? How were they corrected? Could you enlighten me in this respect?’ His head fell down, and admitted, ‘Unfortunately, no. I can’t.’ I added, ‘My dear guest! How could I believe that a book that contains fifty thousand errors and which is changed and corrected every now and then is the Book of Allâhu ta’âlâ? Not a single letter has been added to or excised from the Qur’ân al-kerîm which we believe is the Book of Allâhu ta’âlâ. It does not contain a single mistake. I appreciate your effort to guide me to the right path, yet your guide, the Old and New Testaments, is erroneous, and the path you have chosen is doubtful. How will you explain this paradoxical state?’ The poor man was thoroughly disillusioned and fuddled. He said, ‘Let me go and consult my priestly superiors. I will be back with the answers in a couple of days,’ and disappeared. He never showed up again. I have been waiting ever since. There is no one in sight so far!” Now let us enlarge on the profusion of the errors, inconsistencies and contradictory statements in the Torah and the Bible: One point we should like to stress at the outset is that the people who have searched and found the erroneous passages in the Torah and the Bible are mostly the ecclesiastical people. These people have been looking for ways to get out of the contradictory situations they have fallen into. Philips, who published the book entitled ‘The Modern English Version of the – 102 –

Bible’ in London in 1970, makes the following observation about the Gospel of Matthew: “There are people who argue that the Gospel attributed to Matthew was not really written by him. Today many ecclesiastical people hold that the so-called Gospel was written by a person shrouded in mystery. That mysterious person took the Gospel of Matthew, changed it as he wished, and added many other statements into it. His style is extremely clear and smooth. In contrast, the style in the original Matthew was more ponderous and its statements contained more reasoning. Matthew passed all the statements he had seen and heard through the sieve of his mind and reason, and wrote them down only after being fully convinced that they were the Word of Allah. The text that we now have in the name of the Gospel of Matthew does not reflect the same circumspection.” Since the Word of Allah could not be changed continuously, the statements quoted above would suffice to prove that today’s Gospel of Matthew was written by human hands. The Gospel of Matthew was lost, and a new Gospel was written by an undistinguished person. No one knows who that person was. The four Gospels contained in the New Testament part of the Bible, Matthew excluded, were written by John, by Luke, and by Mark. Of these people, it is only John, [the son of Îsâ’s ‘alaihissalâm’ maternal aunt], who had seen Îsâ (Jesus) ‘alaihis-salâm’. Yet he wrote his Gospel in Samos after Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ was raised to heaven. Luke and Mark, on the other hand, had never seen Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. Mark was Peter’s translator. Not only the Gospel of Matthew, but also the Gospel of John was written and changed by someone else. This thesis will be proved on the pages ahead. In short, there are various different narrations concerning the four Gospels. One fact, however, is agreed on by the entire world: that these four Gospels consist of man-made stories wherein discordant accounts are given about the same events, (as you will see further ahead). They are not the Word of Allah. Before embarking on a discourse about the errors in the Holy Bible, i.e. in the Old and New Testaments, we would like to touch upon another aspect of the Torah and the Bible. The following story was told by a person who had held many debates with Christians and who had confuted them: “One day I requested of my Christian neighbours: ‘Nowadays I have concerned myself with the Holy Bible. I want to read you a – 103 –

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