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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.


RASÛLULLAH’S ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’ BEAUTIFUL MORAL QUALITIES and HABITS Down below are fifty of the beautiful moral qualities and habits of the Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’: 1– Resûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ was superior to all the other Prophets in knowledge, in irfân (enlightenment, culture), in fehm (comprehension, intellect, understanding), in yaqîn (certitude, positive knowledge), in wisdom, in mental capacity, in generosity, in modesty, in hilm (tenderness, mildness, moderation), in compassionateness, in patience, in enthusiasm, in patriotism, in faithfulness, in trustworthiness, in courage, in grandeur, in bravery, in eloquence, in rhetoric, in intrepidity, in beauty, in vara’ (avoiding worldly pleasures about which one is doubtful whether they are permitted by Islam), in chastity, in kindness, in fairness, in hayâ (bashfulness, sense of shame), in zuhd (the highest degree of avoiding worldly pleasures), and in taqwâ (avoiding acts that are forbidden). He would forgive other people for their malevolent behaviours against him, friend and foe alike. He would never retaliate against them. When they caused his blessed cheek to bleed and broke his blessed tooth during the Holy War of Uhud, he pronounced the following benediction about the people who gave thim those harms: “Yâ Rabbî! Forgive them! Pardon them for their ignorance.” 2– He was extremely compassionate. He would water the animals. He would hold the water container with his hand until the animals became satiated. He would wipe the dirt off the horse he rode. 3– When people called him, whosoever they were, he would reply, “Labbayk (Yes, sir).” He would never stretch his legs when in company. He would sit on his knees. Whenever he saw a pedestrian as he was riding an animal, he would let that person sit behind him on the animal. 4– He would not look down on anybody. During an expedition, one of his companions undertook the killing of the sheep they were going to eat, another one took the skinning on himself, and another one said he would do the cooking. When – 196 –

Rasûlullah said he would supply the firewood, they said, “O The Messenger of Allah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’! Please do sit and rest! We’ll get the firewood, too.” Upon this the blessed Prophet stated, “Yes, you will! I know that you will do all the work. But I would not like to keep myself apart and sit while others are working. Allâhu ta’âlâ dislikes a person who sits aloof from his companions.” He stood up and walked away to find firewood. 5– Whenever he joined a group of his Sahâba ‘radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’anhum ajma’în’ sitting together, he would never occupy the most striking seat. He would seat himself on the first unoccupied place he noticed. One day he went out with his walking stick in his hand. People who saw him stood up. He warned them, “Do not stand up for me like some people who stand at attention for one another! I am human, like you. I eat, like any other person. And I sit when I am tired.” 6– He would mostly sit on his knees. He is also reported to have been seen to squat with his arms around his knees. He would not exclude his servants from his daily activities such as eating, attirement, etc. He would help them with the work. He was never seen to beat anyone or to swear at anyone. Enes bin Mâlik, who was continuously in his service, states, “I served the Messenger of Allah for fourteen years. The service he did to me was more than the service I did to him. I never saw him cross with me or rebuke me.” 7– He would patch and mend his clothes, milk his sheep, and feed his animals. He would carry his shopping home. When on a voyage, he would feed his animals. Sometimes he would even curry them. Sometimes he would do these services by himself, and sometimes he would help his servants do them. 8– When some people sent their servants for him, he would go with the servants, walking hand in hand, as it was customary in Medina. 9– He would pay visits to people taken ill and attend at funerals. In order to appease disbelievers and hypocrites, he would visit their bedstricken relatives, too. 10– After conducting the morning prayer (in the mosque), he would ask, “Do we have any brothers ill at home? (If there are any,) let us visit them.” When there was no one ill, he would ask, “Is there any family (who need help) with their funeral? Let us go – 197 –

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    himself to be God and wanted people

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    who would be born in that year woul

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    1. Genesis 2. Exodus 3. Leviticus 4

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    cover their heads after they get ma

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    prostrated himself before Allâhu t

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    Satan deceived Eve. And she, in her

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    entered that room except Zacharias

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    This is revealed in the Qur’ân a

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    of Israel! I am the Prophet of Alla

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    ‘Religion founded by the devil’

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    lessons of humanism and hospitality

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    observed a cloud, which was gliding

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    in the most logical and reliable wa

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    scholars (rahimahumullâhu ta’âl

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    nuisance for the “Ahl-i Sunnat”

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    worship in one’s spare time.” P

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    Arûs” (the nuptial night). There

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    (rahima humullâhu ta’âlâ) ment

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    But the provision of thy Lord is be

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    Sûra Mujâdila 9-10: “Ye who bel

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    Prophet, and whatever he reported i

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    imagine when, where, how and who he

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    have come from Asia and to be relat

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    GLOSSARY Entries related to Tasawwu

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    endeavouring to understand the hidd

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    omitted and disbelief if disliked.

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