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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.

prophethood. Actually,

prophethood. Actually, these miracles took place only with the command and permission and creation of Allâhu ta’âlâ. Yet they were recorded as “the miracles of Mûsâ and Îsâ ‘alaihim-as-salâm’ ” by historians. In reality, Prophets ‘alaihimussalawâtu wattaslîmât’, who are merely human beings like us, cannot perform miracles on their own. Miracles are created only by Allâhu ta’âlâ. And Prophets can display only the miracles created by Allâhu ta’âlâ. As the greatest miracle of Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’, Allâhu ta’âlâ revealed the Qur’ân al-kerîm to him. The Qur’ân al-kerîm is the greatest book, and it is definitely a miracle. Despite this fact, the Arabs demanded Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ that a Book be sent down from heaven or he change a mountain into gold. The Qur’ân al-kerîm explains this subject in an exquisite style. The fiftieth and fifty-first âyats of ’Ankabût Sûra purport, “Yet they (polytheists) say: ‘Why are not Signs, [which will denote Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salâm’ prophethood, like the meal table of Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ and the rod of Mûsâ ‘alaihissalâm’,] sent down to him from his Lord (Allâhu ta’âlâ)?’ [O My Messenger!] Tell them that the Signs are indeed with Allâhu ta’âlâ. [They depend on His Will. He creates them whenever He wishes and in whatever manner He chooses. These things are not within my capacity.] And I am indeed a clear Warner of His torment.” “And is it not enough for them [as a miracle] that we sent down to thee the Book which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in it is Mercy and a Reminder to those who believe.” (29-50, 51) Then, the Qur’ân al-kerîm is the greatest miracle of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’. As for those who may assert that “it is not a Book of Allah; it was written by Muhammad;” Allâhu ta’âlâ gives them their answer in the forty-eighth âyat of ’Ankabût Sûra, which we have quoted and explained above. Thereby He dispels any possible doubts in this respect beforehand. Allâhu ta’âlâ emphasizes that Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ does not have the capacity to write a book in that level and that He Himself revealed the Qur’ân al-kerîm. As a matter of fact, He purposely chose an illiterate person, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, as the Prophet, so that people, seeing that he had not learned how to read and write, would incontestably realize that the Qur’ân alkerîm could have been revealed only by Allâhu ta’âlâ. The tafsîr (explanation) of this âyat-i-kerîma contains detailed information on this subject. The greatest personal signs testifying to the prophethood of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ are his – 138 –

EXTRAORDINARY QUALITIES such as HONESTY, INTEGRITY, FAITHFULNESS, VALOUR, PATIENCE, and EFFICIENCY, as well as his high knowledge. Allâhu ta’âlâ declares, as is purported in the eighty-second âyat of Nisâ Sûra, “Do they not consider the meanings in the Qur’an al-kerîm (with care)? Had it been from other than Allâhu ta’âlâ, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.” (4-82) How true it is! Today’s Holy Bible, which we have already realized is not the Word of Allah, contains so many discrepancies, which proves that it is man-made. Now let us perform an extremely patient and thoroughly impartial observation to see whether the Qur’ân al-kerîm is really a great miracle. A book’s being a miracle requires its having been written in a very eloquent language, its divulging such facts and prodigies as nobody else knows or has heard of yet, and its having been arranged in such an order as no human being could imitate. We have given many examples about the eloquence of the Qur’ân al-kerîm. Indeed, this fact is admitted by the entire world. No one so far has denied the eloquence of the Qur’ân al-kerîm. Did the Qur’ân al-kerîm mention facts that no one else knew as of that time? Let us see. Today’s major encyclopaedias and books written by scientists contain the following information concerning the formation of our earth: “Billions of years ago the entire universe consisted of a single piece. Suddenly, a big explosion took place in the middle of that piece. Consequently, the big piece broke into a number of smaller pieces, and each of the smaller pieces began to move in a different direction. Finally, some of the pieces united with one another, forming the so many various planets, galaxies [milky ways], suns, and satellites [moons]. Because there was no resistance left against the initial ‘big bang’ in space, the planets, the satellites, and the galaxies they were in continued to float in space, revolving in their orbits. The world is in a galaxy which contains the sun, too. There are innumerable galaxies in the universe. The universe is an ever-enlarging system. Other galaxies are gradually becoming farther and farther away from the world, because the universe is enlarging continuously. If their speed become equal with the speed of light, we will no longer see the galaxies. We have to begin making more powerful telescopes. For we fear that – 139 –

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