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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.

The RELIGION of JUDAISM

The RELIGION of JUDAISM and the JEWS A study of holy books, historical proofs, and the works that survived to our day will show that the religion which orders people to believe in one Allah, that is, Islam, has existed since the time of Adam (’alaihi ’s-salâm). After men appeared on the earth, although many Prophets (’alaihimussalawâtu wattaslîmât) were sent to them during the time between Hadrat Adam (’alaihi ’ssalâm) and Hadrat Ibraham (Ibrahim ’alaihi ’s-salâm), they were not sent a large book. Allâhu ta’âlâ sent them small-sized booklets called “suhuf.” There were one hundred suhuf, ten of which were sent to Ibraham (Ibrahim, ’alaihi ’s-salâm). According to historians, Hadrat Ibrahim (alaihissalâtuwassalâm) was born 2122 years before Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ in a town situated between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. As it has been told, he died after he lived for 175 years in a town called “Halîlurrahmân” (Hebron) near Jerusalem. According to the book La Bible a Dit Vrai (The Holy Bible Tells The Truth) published by an author named Marston, many possessions which belong to Hadrat Ibrahim were recently found in those places. Hence, the fact that he lived in the above-mentionead time can be easily understood. His stepfather’s name was “Azer.” His own father was “Taruh” who died when he was a child. Azer was an artist who made idols. When Hadrat Ibrahim (alaihi ’s-salam) was a child yet, he knew that idols should not be worshipped. He broke into pieces the idols made by his step-father and began arguing on religious matters with the sovereign of their country, that is, with Nimrod, the King of Babel (Babylon). Nimrod was a cruel and merciless ruler. As it is told, Nimrod was not his real name, it was a nickname [like Paraoh]. When Nimrod was a small child, a young serpent entered through his nostril, and caused him to become extremely ugly. He was so ugly that even his own father could not stand seeing his ugly face. Consequently, he decided to kill him. But upon his mother’s request, he was not killed. Instead he was delivered to a shepherd. Since the shepherd could not tolerate looking at his ugly face either, he left Nimrod alone somewhere on a mountain. A female tiger named Nimrod prevented the child from dying by suckling him. The name Nimrod comes from the tiger. After his father’s death, Nimrod succeeded to his position, and deemed – 264 –

himself to be God and wanted people to worship him. This wild, tough man was invited to the true religion by Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’ssalâm). He also strove to keep his people away from worshipping idols and Nimrod. But they would not give up this practice. All the people of the Chaldean nation used to gather in a place once a year to have a festival. Then, they used to go to the house of idols to prostrate themselves before the idols. After that, they would return to their homes. Once, during the time of the festival, Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’s-salam) went into the house of idols and broke all the small idols with an axe. He then ran away leaving the axe hanging from the neck of the biggest idol. When the people of Chaldean entered the house of idols, they saw all the idols broken. They wanted to catch the man who broke them and to punish him. They brought Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’s-salâm) and asked him if he had done it. Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’s-salam) answered, “I think the biggest idol with the axe must have done it because it did not want the others to be worshipped. But, why don’t you ask the biggest idol?” They responded, “How is it you want us to talk to an idol when you know that an idol is not able to talk?” Upon this, he answeared, “Why do you worship idols which cannot speak or prevent themselves from being broken, then? Shame on you and your idols!” So, he wanted them to give up worshipping idols. But his attempt was in vain. This fact is stated in the fiftysecond verse and onward. They reported this event to Nimrod. Nimrod wanted to see Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’s-salam). When he was in the presence of Nimrod, he did not prostrate before him. When Nimrod asked why he did not prostrate, he answered, “I prostrate before no one except Allâhu ta’âlâ, who created me.” Nimrod was unable to refute the proofs given by Ibrâhîm (’alaihi ’s-salâm). When Hadrat Ibrâhîm told him that Allah was One, All-superior and Ever-lasting and that Nimrod was no more than a human being, Nimrod became very angry with him. After being encouraged by his men, he decided to throw Hadrat Ibrahim into a fire in order to burn him alive. This fact is written in the Qur’an al-kerîm (Sûra Baqara 258): “Have you heard what the man, granted sovereignity by Allah, told Ibrahim about the Lord? Ibrahim had said, ‘My Lord gives death and life.’ He responded, ‘I can kill and revive, too.’ When Ibrahim said, ‘Allâhu ta’âlâ brings the sun from the east, if you are God bring it from the west,’ the denier was confused. Allâhu ta’âlâ does not let those who act cruelly attain the right way.’ Sûra as-Sâffât, 97: “The – 265 –

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