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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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passage from it.’ They were very much pleased about my being interested in the Holy Bible, and rejoiced with the hope that I would ‘attain the right path.’ They rushed to make a circle around me. I gave them a copy of the Holy Bible each and asked them to open the page whereon the thirty-seventh chapter of Isaiah began. I said to them, ‘Now I shall read you this chapter of the Holy Bible. Please follow me and see if I am reading correctly.’ They all began to listen to me with attention, checking my reading the chapter from the Holy Bibles in their hands. The chapter I chose read as follows: ‘And it came to pass, when king Hez-e-ki’ah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.’ (Is: 37-1) ‘And he sent E-li’a-kim, who was over the household, and Sheb’na the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.’ (ibid: 2) ‘And they said unto him, Thus saith Hez-e-ki’ah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.’ (ibid: 3) I read on for a short while. “As I read, I stopped from time to time, to ask them whether my reading was exactly correct. They answered, ‘Yes. Each word you’ve read is exactly correct.’ Then, all of a sudden, I stopped, and said to them, ‘Now I will tell you something: The passage that you read with me in the books in your hands is the thirty-seventh chapter of Isaiah of the Old Testament [Torah]. On the other hand, the passage I read in this book is the nineteenth chapter of II Kings of the Old Testament. In other words, the two different chapters from the two different books are exactly the same, which means to say that one of them has been plagiarized from the other. I do not know which has been plagiarized from which one. Yet these books, which you look on as holy books, have been stolen from one another. Here is the proof!’ My words raised a commotion. Loud shouts rose: ‘It’s impossible!’ They presently took the Holy Book off my hand, and examined it with attention. When they saw that the nineteenth chapter of the II Kings, which I had read, really was the same as the thirty-seventh chapter of Isaiah, they were agape with astonishment. I said to them, ‘Please do not take exception to what I am going to tell you now: Is plagiarism possible in a book of God? How could I be expected to believe in such books?’ Their heads fell down. Willy-nilly, they – 104 –

had to admit, though tacitly.” Now let us quote some vague passages from the Torah and the Bible: “And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.” (Matt: 9-9) Now, let us think well: Supposing the person who wrote these statements were Matthew himself, why did he relate the incident through a bystander’s mouth instead of speaking for himself? If Matthew himself were the author of the Gospel concerned, he would have said, for instance, “As I was sitting at the receipt of custom, Jesus passed by. He saw me and told me to follow him. So I followed him.” This shows that Matthew is not the author of the Gospel of Matthew. “FORASMUCH as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,” “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;” “It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent The-oph’i-lus,” (Luke: 1-1, 2, 3) This wording indicates that: Luke wrote this Gospel at a time when many other people wrote Gospels. Luke points out that there are no Gospels written by the Apostles themselves. By saying, “Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;” Luke observes a distinction between the Gospel-writers and the eyewitnesses, i.e. the Apostles. He does not profess to be a disciple of one of the Apostles. For he does not hope that a document of that sort, i.e. claiming to be an Apostle’s disciple, will win others’ confidence in his book, especially in his time when the country is awash in compositions, writings and booklets ascribed to each of the Apostles. Perhaps he prefers to say that he in person examined the facts from the original source because he thinks this kind of documentation would sound more authentical. “And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.” (John: 19-35) If John himself had written this verse, he would not have said, “... he – 105 –

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