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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.

Then He brought the

Then He brought the Qur’ân to Habîbullah, [1] when required, Completing it in twenty-three years; then Revelation expired. I believe in that Prophets are innocent and sinless, Pure, trustworthy, loyal in conveying Allah’s commandments. From treason, sinning, idiocy, lying, giving up secrets Were free and far all Prophets, this is exceptionless. Some scholars said: it is wâjib [2] to know Prophets’ names, Allah, in Qur’ân, gives us twenty-eight of their names. Hadrat Âdam is the first of all Prophets; The last is Muhammad Rasûlullah, the highest of Prophets. Between the two, Prophets that came are some myriad; None but Allah knows how many in such a long period. The Messengers’ canons with their death will not expire; Compared with all the angels, the Prophets are higher. Our Prophet’s dispensation is valid forever; With his canon will Allah judge all in the Hereafter. Whatever communicated to us the Darling of Allah, I accept as such, in submission to Word of Allah. [1] The Beloved of Allah, i.e. Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wasallam’. [2] Open commandments in the Qur’ân al-kerîm are called farz (or fard). When it is not understood from the Qur’ân al-kerîm whether a certain thing is farz or not, it is termed wâjib. – 130 –

THE QUR’ÂN AL-KERÎM It is written in the Bible that a final Prophet ‘alaihis-salâtu was-salâm’ will come after Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. The sixteenth verse of the fourteenth chapter of the Gospel of John quotes Îsâ ‘alaihissalâm’ as having said: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (John: 14-16) The twenty-sixth verse reads as follows: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (ibid: 26) And it is written in the thirteenth verse of the sixteenth chapter: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (ibid: 16-13). [Christians insistently interpret the word ‘Comforter’ as ‘Ghost’.] Furthermore, it is written in the Old Testament part of the Holy Bible that a Prophet belonging to the Arabian race will come. The fifteenth verse of the eighteenth chapter of Deuteronomy quotes Mûsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ as having said to the Israelites: “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;” (Deut: 18-15) The word ‘brethren’ of the Israelites used in this text means ‘Ismâîlîs (Ismaelites)’, i.e. ‘the Arabs’. The last Prophet whose advent is given as good news in the Bible and the Torah is Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’. The religion he brought is Islam. Those who believe in this religion are termed Muslim. The Holy Book of Muslims is the Qur’ân alkerîm. The Qur’ân al-kerîm was revealed in the Arabic language to our Prophet Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ by Allâhu ta’âlâ. Despite the fourteen hundred years ever since, not a single word or a single letter in it has been changed. Anyone who reads it, no matter in what religion he is, admires its grandeur and sublime style. Even those who do not know Arabic acknowledge the power of its tremendous textuality when they read its translations in other languages. The book Mir’ât-i-kâinât, by Nişanc›zâde Muhammed – 131 –

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