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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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during the era of Kushtusab, one of the Shahs of Persia called Chosroes, and it is unknown if he lived or not. They do not bury their dead. They keep them in specific towers and let vultures eat the corpses. The beard is deemed to be sacred among another group called “Sih.” They never cut their beards. Another group is called “Hinduist.” These people believe in all the myths of the lower classes. These beliefs are so primitive that they are completely off the right course. Brahmans encourage everybody “to listen to the monks of Brahmanism, to obey their monks, to follow the book Manu, not to associate with the people called pariah, and not to kill any living creature.” They never give any information concerning the soul or body. They believe that human beings are sacred creatures. The river Ganj in India is deemed to be sacred, too. It is a holy task for them to drink the water of this river, to have a bath in it, and to throw their corpses into it. The religion of Brahmanism needed to be renewed, purged, and updated. The religion of Brahmanism had almost become synonymous with idolatry; they even worshipped some idols. Unfortunately, a hundred years later, this religion was completely corrupted by a man named Buddha, who was born 600 years before Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. It is possible to compare Buddha with Luther, who abrogated a lot of the myths in the religion of Catholicism, but who also established a new heretical sect called Protestantism. – 260 –

BUDDHISM Buddha was born approximately 560 years before Îsâ ‘alaihissalâm’ in India, in a village called “Kapilovastu” (its other name is Lumpini), which is 160 kilometres north of the city of Benares. His original name is “Guatama” or “Gotama.” Buddha was his nickname and it meant “educated, brightened, divinized”. Buddha was a human being. His father was the ruler of a region. As it has been told, Buddha’s mother had some dreams and told them to her husband. His father kept Buddha in his palace because he did not want his son to be a sovereign or a man given over to divination. However, Buddha fled from the palace when he was twenty-nine. He lived alone in a forest under a selfimposed state of riyâdat (starvation). When he realized that starvation would not be enough, he left the forest and returned to a normal life. He again plunged into meditation. At last, when he reached the age of thirty-five, while sitting under a fig (bo) tree on the banks of a river named Naranjara, he plunged into contemplation and was englightened mentally, and thereby attained divination. So, Guatama became Buddha at last. He strove to spread his ideas until he died at the age of eighty. Buddha said that the faith of Brahminism was corrupt; it was wrong to worship idols, and ordered that idols be broken into pieces. The people listening to him admired his new ideas. They followed him. Hence a new religion named “Buddhism” was formed. Buddha said he himself was a human being, and he never claimed to be a god. But after his death, his disciples idolized him. They built temples in his name, and, after erecting statues of him, they began to worship him. In this way, they turned it into a false religion. There is no God in Buddhism. Buddha is considered to be God. That is why, until the end of the last century, they believed that Buddha was God and that he had not been born and never lived in this world. But when some authentic information was discovered concerning his place of birth and his places of habitation and other biographical facts, it was understood that he was a man. Buddhism is based on four fundamental principles: 1- Life is full of troubles. Pleasure and enjoyment is something like a phantom and a misleading dream. Birth, old age, illness and death are bitter facts. – 261 –

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