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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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it will soon be impossible for us to see them.” We talked with some scientists and asked them when they had reached that conclusion. Their answer was, “For the recent fifty or sixty years, scientists the world-over have been unanimously sharing this theory.” A period of fifty or sixty years is a rather short time within the context of worldly life. Now let us presently turn our attention to the Qur’ân al-kerîm and see what Allâhu ta’âlâ declares: The thirtieth âyat of Enbiyâ Sûra purports, “Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together (as one unit of creation), before We clove them asunder?...” (21-30) The thirty-seventh and thirty-eighth âyats of Yasîn Sûra purport, “And a Sign for them, (for the unbelievers,) is the night: We withdraw therefrom the day, and behold they are plunged in darkness;” “And the sun runs his course [in its orbit]... .” (36-37, 38) That means to say that it was fourteen hundred years ago when Allâhu ta’âlâ intimated to us the creation of the earth, which scientists have been aware of only for the recent five or six decades. Now let us go back to scientists. Biologists explain the earliest life on the earth as follows: “The first earthly atmosphere contained ammonia, oxygen, and carbonic acid gas. With the effect of thunderbolts, amino-acids came into being from these substances. Billions of years ago protoplasms came into existence in water. These substances developed into the earliest amoebas, whereby the earliest life began in water. Later the living beings that came out to land from water absorbed amino-acids from water, giving birth to beings containing proteins in their constructions. As is seen, water is the origin of all living beings, and the earliest living being came into being in water.” It was fourteen hundred years earlier when the Qur’ân alkerîm announced that life was first created in the sea. The thirtieth âyat of Enbiyâ Sûra purports, “(Do not they know that) We made from water every living being? ...” (21-30) The fifty-fourth âyat of Furqân Sûra purports, “It is He (Allâhu ta’âlâ) Who has created man from water; then has He established relationships of lineage and marriage: ...” (25-54) The thirty-sixth âyat of Yâsîn Sûra purports, “Allâhu ta’âlâ is far from all sorts of fault or deficiency: He created in pairs all things that the earth produces, as well as their own (human) kind AND (OTHER) – 140 –

THINGS OF WHICH THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE.” (36- 36) In this âyat-i-kerîma, the expression “and other things of which they have no knowledge,” makes references both to botanists and zoologists and to those scientists who will be doing research for new sources, e.g. atomic energy, which humanity will discover gradually in the course of time. As a matter of fact, the twenty-second âyat of Rûm Sûra purports, “And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations of your languages and your colours: verily in that are Signs for those who know.” (30-22) That means to say that variations of languages and colours embody some very subtle ultimate divine causes that we do not know yet. They will be discovered in process of time. Now let us study our knowledge about the end of the world. Scientists argue that “There will certainly be an end of the world. As a matter of fact, sometimes a planet breaks into pieces and disappears in space. According to our observations, there will be a time, which we cannot calculate beforehand, when our earth will lose its balance and break into pieces.” The Qur’ân al-kerîm, on the other hand, announced this fact fourteen hundred years before now. The first and second âyats of Zilzâl Sûra purport, “When the earth is shaken to her (utmost) convulsion,” “And the earth throws up her burden [treasures and corpses] (from within),” (99- 1, 2) The thirteenth âyat-i-kerîma of Mu’min Sûra purports, “He it is who showeth you His Signs, [which signify His existence and unity], and SENDETH DOWN SUSTENANCE for you FROM THE SKY: but only those receive admonition who turn to Allah.” (40-13) Some scholars conjecture that the expression, “who sendeth down sustenance for you from the sky,” may refer to the sugary substance which descended from heaven to Mûsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ and his people whenever they lost their way in the desert, and which still appears in waterless areas. The books of tafsîr explain the expression that purports, “who sendeth down sustenance for you from the sky,” as “It is Allâhu ta’âlâ who sends you from heaven the causes of your sustenance, such as rain and others, [snow, moisture].” Indeed, Allâhu ta’âlâ sends our food from heaven. Let us explicate this fact. Today’s most eminent scientists explain the formation of albumens and proteins as follows: “On rainy days, the oxygen and the nitrogen in air combine with each other with the effect of thunderbolts and lightnings, and produce – 141 –

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