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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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salâm’. If this were not the case, all these admirers would necessarily have become Muslims by now. See what even Lamartin has to say: “Muhammad is not a lying Prophet. For he believed that he had been chosen by God to spread a new religion.” This shows: Western men of knowledge argue that “Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ was not a liar, but he thought that the Qur’ân al-kerîm, which was actually his brainchild, was a revelation of Allâhu ta’âlâ to him.” According to them, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ was not lying. He really considered himself a Prophet and believed that his utterances were inspired by Allâhu ta’âlâ. The Qur’ân al-kerîm is a peerless miracle. As we shall exemplify down below, it contains the most profound pieces of knowledge and scientific information, essentials of law and jurisprudence that would provide a basis for all the forms of civil law that have ever been established up to now, a number of unknown facts about ancient history, the most comprehensive ethical principles that could be given to humanity, valuable pieces of advice, the most logical explanatory rudiments about this world and the next, and many other similar facts, which no one knew, or could ever know, or even imagine until the time of its advent. And all these facts are expressed in such a high style as could not be within anyone’s capacity. Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ was ummî (illiterate). That is, he had not studied with anyone, learned from anyone, or written anything. The forty-eighth âyat of ’Ankabût Sûra purports, “[O Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’! Before this Qur’ân al-kerîm was brought down to you,] thou wast not (able) to recite a Book before this (Book came), nor art thou (able) to transcribe it with thy right hand: In that case, indeed, would the talkers of vanities (polytheists) have doubted [and said that you had learned the Qur’ân al-kerîm from someone else or copied it from other heavenly books. And the Jews would have doubted, saying, ‘It is written in the Torah that the new prophet will be illiterate. Yet this person is not illiterate.’]” (29-48) Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ was forty years old when Jebrâîl (Gabriel) ‘alaihis-salâm’ brought him the first piece of wahy (revelation of the Qur’ân al-kerîm) on the mount of Hira, where he had secluded himself for worship. He was so overwhelmingly bewildered and stricken with awe that he ran home with fright, asked his blessed wife Hadîja ‘radiy- – 136 –

Allâhu ’anhâ’ to make him lie on his bed and to cover him tightly with something thick, and did not recover for a long time. Is this the way that a person who assumed exceptional spirituality and great superiority and who wished to prepare a new religious book for the humanity would be? First of all, would not he have acquired knowledge ample enough to write such a tremendous work of art, reading volumes of books and making the long preliminary studies? As a matter of fact, Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ was taken along in two different business expeditions to Damascus as he was a child, was charged only with the protection and security of the commercial goods and the management of the caravans in these expeditions, and accomplished these duties owing only to HIS EXCEEDINGLY LOFTY MORAL QUALITY AND INTEGRITY and unbelievably high intellectual merits. This sudden, unexpected revelation, which he had not even imagined, frightened, rather than pleased him. However, as the events of revelation recurred, he gradually realized that Allâhu ta’âlâ had decreed to assign him a considerably important and heavy task, committed all his existence to obeying the commandments of Allâhu ta’âlâ, and began to publicize the Islamic religion, which He had communicated to him and which was based on the ‘Unity of Allah’. Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salâm’ spreading Islam provided him no worldly benefits, but on the contrary all the Meccans became his enemies. He is known to have stated, “No other Prophet suffered so much as I have, nor did any one of them experience the same distresses as I have.” This hadîth-i-sherîf is recorded in books. These facts show that Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ did not seek any worldly advantages or any personal aspirations in spreading a new religion. In fact, as we have already pointed out, his educational background and the social environment he had found himself living in would hardly promise him any success in the realization of so great a dream. Then, it would be impossible to quite out of the question to believe that Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ might have arranged the Qur’ân al-kerîm by himself. So let us now reason on the conjecture that the Qur’ân al-kerîm may be a stupendous masterpiece revealed by Allâhu ta’âlâ. When a new Prophet appears, people around him anticipate miracles from him. Both Mûsâ (Moses) ‘alaihis-salâm’ and Îsâ (Jesus) ‘alaihis-salâm’ had to display miracles to prove their – 137 –

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