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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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were seen; and those which are inferred mentally. All these miracles are so many that it has never been possible to tally them. Miracles in the second category are estimated to be around three thousand. We shall relate eighty-six of them in the following paragraphs. 1– The greatest miracle of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ is the Qur’ân al-kerîm. All the poets and men of literature that have come up to today have acknowledged their shortcoming and admiration about the poetic and semantic superiority of the Qur’ân al-kerîm. They have not been able to rehearse a literary piece approximating to the sublime standard of any one of its âyats. With respect to eloquence and rhetoric, it is quite dissimilar to the human language. A single verbal addition or excision spoils the beauty in its phraseology and purport. Efforts to substitute even one of its words have proven futile. Its poetic style is unlike any one of those of Arabian poets. It informs about many a past and present event. The more you read it or hear it, the more enthusiasm will you feel to read or hear it. Tired as you normally may be, you never feel bored. It is a fact established with innumerable events experienced that reading it or listening to someone reading it cures melancholy. Awe-strickenness or sudden feelings of fear upon hearing it being read or recited are not rare events, and some people have even died with its effect. Many implacably inimical hearts became mollified when they heard the Qur’ân al-kerîm being read or recited, and their owners became Believers. Some enemies of Islam, particularly those insidious heretics disguised in Muslim names, i.e. the groups called Muattalâ, Melâhida and Qarâmita, attempted to change, to defile, and to substitute the Qur’ân al-kerîm, yet their attempts ended in disillusionment. The Torah and the Bible, on the other hand, have been changed continuously, and they are still being changed, by people. The Qur’ân al-kerîm contains information about all scientific facts, including those that cannot be obtained by way of experimentation, beautiful ethical principles and methods that will equip a person with superior merits, goodnesses that will bring happiness in this world and the next, the earliest creatures as well as the last ones, and things from which man can reap benefits as well as those which will cause harm, and all these things are stated expressly or symbolically. And there are people who can understand the symbolical statements. The Qur’ân alkerîm is an embodiment of all the open and hidden facts – 158 –

contained in the Torah, in the Bible, and in the Zebûr. [1] Allâhu ta’âlâ, alone, knows all the information contained in the Qur’ân al-kerîm. He has intimated most of it to His beloved Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’. Alî and Huseyn ‘radiy- Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhumâ’ stated that they knew a major part of that knowledge. It is a grand blessing to read the Qur’ân al-kerîm. Allâhu ta’âlâ has bestowed this blessing on the Ummat (People) of His Habîb (beloved one, darling, i.e. Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’), (that is, on Muslims). Angels are deprived of this blessing. For this reason, they gather together at places where people are reading the Qur’ân al-kerîm and listen to it. All the books of tafsîr explain only a tiny part of the information contained in the Qur’ân al-kerîm. On the Day of Judgement, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ shall mount the minbar and recite the Qur’ân al-kerîm. People who listen to him will understand it in its entirety. 2– One of the greatest and universally known miracles of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ is his dividing the moon into two. No other Prophet was blessed with this miracle. Muhammad ‘alaihissalâm’ was fifty-two years old. One day, in Mekka, the chieftains of Qoureishi unbelievers came to him and challenged, “If you are the Prophet, divide the moon into two.” Feeling a strong yearning that everybody, especially his kith and kin should join the Believers, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ raised his hands and invoked. Allâhu ta’âlâ accepted his invocation and divided the moon into two. One half of the moon was on a mountain, while the other half appeared on another. The unbelievers said, “Muhammad performs magic,” and they persisted on their denial. A stanza reads as follows: When dogs look at the moon, they bark. Why should we blame the moon? Hark! You know, a dog will always bark! And a distich: Loss of taste is symptomatic of loss of health, Delicious drinks taste bitter to one with bad health. [1] The Holy Book which Allâhu ta’âlâ sent down to Dâwûd ‘alaihissalâm’ (David). That Holy Book was in the Hebrew language. Christians call it ‘The Psalms’. – 159 –

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