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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.

kindly. The Qur’ân

kindly. The Qur’ân al-kerîm commands to struggle against those non-Muslim governments that perpetrate cruelty. Its basic essential is to worship one Allah. It prohibits religious images and icons. It forbids wine and pork. It accepts Mûsâ (Moses) and Îsâ (Jesus) ‘alaihimassalâm’ as Prophets. Yet it holds these two Prophets inferior to the final Prophet Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’. [It is a definite fact. For the qualities and superiorities of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ are written in the Torah and in the Injîl (Bible), which were revealed to Mûsâ and Îsâ ‘alaihimassalâm’, respectively. Mûsâ and Îsâ ‘alaihimassalâm’ were aware of this fact and they therefore begged and prayed very earnestly that they be joined into his Ummat (Muslims). Îsâ’s ‘alaihis-salâm’ prayers were accepted, and Allâhu ta’âlâ raised him up to heaven, alive. Towards the end of the world he will come back down to earth, follow, and spread, the Sharî’at of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’.] It gives the good news that those who accept the Islamic religion and lead a life in conformity with its commandments will go into Paradise, wherein are worldly pleasures, rivers, fruits, and sofas covered with silk, and will be given young and beautiful houris (maidens of Paradise). “Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ was extremely beautifultempered, friendly, well-mannered, and utterly honest. He always avoided anger and vehemence, and was never oppressive. He asked Muslims to be always good tempered and friendly, and stated that the way to Paradise went through mildness and patience. He said that veracity, mercy, charity to the poor, hospitality, and compassion were the permanent essentials of Islam. He always lived in contentment, and avoided luxury and ostentation. He rejected all sorts of discrimination among Muslims, and showed the same respect to every Muslim. He never had recourse to coercion, unless it was inevitable, tried to settle all sorts of problems in a peaceful, placatory, admonitory and explanatory way, in which he was mostly successful. [Throughout his lifetime, he did not hurt or offend anyone. He was never angry with anyone in a matter where his own person was involved. He was never heard to say, “No,” to a request. If he had what was asked of him, he would give it; if he did not have it, the sweetness of his silence would satisfy well beyond appeasement. He was the darling of Allâhu ta’âlâ. He was the sayyid, the master of all people, past, present, and future.] In 630 he returned to Mecca, conquered the city easily, and in quite a short time transformed the semi-wild Arabs into the most civilized people of the world. – 146 –

“The Islamic religion allows men to practise polygamy with the proviso that each wife shall enjoy equal rights. Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ passed away in 632, on the eighth of June.” This is the end of our translation from the encyclopaedia Kurschner. The following conclusion can be drawn from this passage in the encyclopaedia: Although the historian who wrote this passage does not seem to believe in the full sense that Islam is the religion of Allâhu ta’âlâ, he admits that it is a perfect religion, that it enjoined belief in one Allah, and that it made a civilized nation from the savage Arabs, and he specially praises and lauds our Prophet. In fact, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, who the entire world acknowledges is the most perfect human being, was called ‘Muhammad-ul-emîn = Muhammad the Trustworthy’ by his arch enemies, the most implacable unbelievers, owing to his superlative honesty and faithfulness. He carried on this sacred task despite all sorts of unfavourable conditions. After a short while Jebrâîl ‘alaihis-salâm’ (the Archangel) brought him the remaining fourteen âyats of ’Alaq Sûra. Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ began to recite to the Meccans the âyats of the Qur’ân al-kerîm that were being revealed to him, and to invite them to the true religion, despite their cruel reactions. The Meccans would laugh at him and scoff at him. Whenever they saw him performing (the prayer called) namâz, they would eye him with the same consternation you would feel when you saw someone worshipping an invisible idol, and they would exclaim, “You must have gone crazy!” Then Allâhu ta’âlâ revealed to him the first four âyats of Qalam Sûra, which purported, “Nûn. By the Pen and by the (Record) which (men) write,–” “Thou art not, by the Grace of thy Lord (Allah), mad or possessed.” “Nay, verily for thee is a Reward unfailing;” “And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character.” (68-1, 2, 3, 4) Then âyat-i-kerîmas were revealed to refute those who argued that the Qur’ân al-kerîm was not the Word of Allah but it had been prepared by Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’. The eighty-eighth âyat of Isrâ Sûra, for one, purported, “Say: If the whole of mankind and Jinns were to gather together to produce the like of this Qur’ân [in rhetoric, in beautiful poesy, and in the perfection of its semantic completeness], they could not produce the like thereof, even if they backed each other with help and support.” (17-88) The third and fourth âyats of Najm Sûra purported, “Nor does – 147 –

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