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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.

touched the ground.

touched the ground. Stupefied, Rughâna said, “It was a mistake. Let us wrestle again.” So the match was repeated three times, and at each time Rughâna was flat on his back. The same event is related in the initial pages of the third chapter of Shawâhid-unnubuwwa. According to this narration, Rughâna said after the third match, “I did not intend to convert to Islam. Yet I never expected to lose. I see with surprise and admiration that you are stronger than I am.” So he gave half of his flock as a present to the Messenger of Allah, and left. The Messenger of Allah was herding the flock towards Mekka, when he came back, running. He said: – O Muhammad! What will you answer if the Meccans ask you where you have found the flock? – I will say, “Rughâna gave them to me as a present.” – And what will you say if they ask why. – I will say, “We made a wrestling-match. I beat him and made his back touch the ground. So he liked my strength and gave the flock to me.” – Please do not tell them so! I will fall into disesteem. Tell them that I gave them because I liked the way you spoke. – I have promised to my Rabb (Allah) never to lie. – Then I will take the flock back. – Well, take them back if you like! I would sacrifice a thousand flocks to please my Rabb. Falling in love with this strong belief and integrity of the Messenger of Allah, Rughâna uttered the (expression of confirmation called) Kalima-i-shahâdat, (which has been explained earlier in the text,) and became a Muslim. There was another wrestler, named Abul-Aswadil Jumahî. He would stand on a cattle hide, ten other strong people would tug at the hide until the hide tore to pieces, and they would fail to move the wrestler even a bit. One day that person promised to the Messenger of Allah that he would become a Muslim if he lost in a wrestling match against him. So they had a match, which ended with the wrestler lying flat on his back. However, he would not become a Believer. 26– Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ ’alaihi wa sallam’ was extremely generous. He would donate hundreds of camels and – 200 –

sheep without keeping a single head for himself. Many a hardhearted unbeliever observed his generous acts of charity with admiration and joined the Believers. 27– He was never heard to say, “No,” for something asked from him. If he had what was asked of him, he would give it. And his silence would signify that he did not have the thing needed. 28– Despite the divine offer wherein Allâhu ta’âlâ had promised, “Ask of Me, and I shall give thee,” he would not ask for worldly property. He never ate bread made from sifted wheatflour. He always ate bread made from unsifted barley-flour. He was never seen to eat till he was full. He would eat bread alone, and sometimes with dates, with vinegar, with fruit, with soup, or by dipping pieces of bread into olive-oil. He would eat chicken as well as flesh of rabbit, camel, or antelope, fish, dried meat, and cheese. He liked meat from the forelegs. He would hold the meat with his hands and eat it by taking bites. It is permissible as well to use knife (and fork). He would frequently have milk or eat dates. Sometimes they would not cook anything or make any bread for two or three months in his home, so he would eat only dates for months. There were times when he ate nothing for two or three days running. After he passed away, a Jew was found to be keeping his coat of mail as a pawn for thirty kilograms of barley which the blessed Prophet owed to him. 29– He was never heard to say that he did not like a certain kind of food. He would eat what he liked, and he would only not eat the food he did not like, yet he would say nothing. 30– He had one meal a day. Sometimes he had his daily meal in the morning, and sometimes he ate in the evening. When he went home, he would say, “Is there something to eat?” He would fast if the answer was in the negative. Instead of putting the food on something like a tablecloth, a tray or a table, he would place it on the floor, get down to his kneels, and eat without leaning against anything. He would say the Basmala [1] first and then start eating. He ate with his right hand. [1] To say the Basmala means to say the word ‘Bism-Illâh-ir-Rahmân-ir- Rahîm’, which means, “In the name of Allah, who is Merciful and Compassionate.” – 201 –

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