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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.

There, in the desert,

There, in the desert, Allâhu ta’âlâ fed them manna [1] and the meat of quail (selvâ). Hadrat Mûsâ could only come as far as a hill called Nebo next to the city of Ariha from which Arz-i mev’ûd could be seen. He died there when he was, as it is told, 120 years old. His brother Hârûn (’alaihi ’s-salam) had died three years before him. Entering the city of “Arîha” in the land called Arz-i mev’ûd was granted to his successor, the Prophet Yûshâ. [In his book “Qisâs-i Anbiyâ, the great historian and jurist, Ahmad Jawdat Pasha, states [2] : “The son of Hadrat Ishaq (Isaac), who was the son of Hadrat Abraham (Ibrâhîm), was Hadrat Ya’qûb (Jacob). His real name was “Isrâel.” The people who came from his lineage are called “Banû Isrâel,” which means “the sons of Isrâel.” Yusuf (Joseph [’alaihi’s-salâm]) was one of Hadrat Ya’qub’s (Jacob) twelve sons, and he was also a prophet. After Hadrat Joseph, the Banû Isrâel followed the Sharia (divine laws of the religion) of Jacob and Joseph (’alaihima ’s-salâm), and they lived in Egypt. The nation called “Kibt” was the early inhabitants of Egypt. They worshipped stars and statues, in other words, idols. They considered the Israelites natural slaves. Banû Isrâel always desired to immigrate back to a place called “Canaan” (Ken’ân), which was their ancestors’ country. But the pharaohs would not allow them to go. For, they made the Israelites do heavy work, such as build new cities and buildings. They always dreamed of getting away from the cruelty of the pharaohs. Moses (Mûsâ), the son of Imrân, was put into a wooden coffer and dropped into the Nile river by his own mother. “Âsiya,” the wife of pharaoh took him out and adopted him. After Mûsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) had accidently killed a kibt, he immigrated from Egypt to the city of “Madian.” He lived there for ten years. He returned to Egypt together with the daughter of Shu’ayb (’alaihi ’s-salâm). On his way to Egypt, he was beckoned to Mount Tur. There, he was honored with talking to Allâhu ta’âlâ. Prophethood was also given to him. He was ordered to invite Pharaoh into the religion. Pharaoh did not accept. Mûsâ (’alaihi ’s-salam) gathered all the Israelites, and they left Egypt altogether. Passing through the Red Sea, they approached a place called “Arîha,” but the Israelites said, “We can not go there. We do not want to fight against those people called the [1] Manna: food provided by Allâhu ta’âlâ for the Israelites during their forty years in the desert. [2] Jawdad Pasha, of Lophja, passed away in Istanbul in 1312 (1894). – 270 –

‘Amâlika.’ That is why they were cursed. Mûsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) went to Mount Sinai after leaving the Jews under the leadership of his older brother, Hârûn (’alaihi ’s-salâm). He talked with Allâhu ta’âlâ again. He was given the “Torah.” His nation repented and moved to a place south of the Dead Sea. They settled opposite the city of Arîha, in other words, on the eastern side of the Shari’a river. He appointed Yûshâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) for his place and passed away. The book Mir’at-i-Kâinât says: “Moses (Mûsâ ‘’alaihi’ssalâm]) went up to Mount Tur three times. The first time, he was given risâlat (prophethood). The second time the holy book “Torah” (Tawrât-i sherîf) and “the ten commandments” (Awâmir-i ashara) were revealed to him. The Torah was in forty parts. There were one thousand chapters in each part. There were one thousand verses in every chapter. There are not so many verses in the Torahs of today. This is because, as the Qur’ân alkerîm states, the “Torah” and “Bible” were changed and falsified by man over the course of time. The “Torah,” which was conveyed by the angel Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) to Mûsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm), was memorized by Mûsâ, Hârûn, Yusha, Uzair and Jesus (Îsâ) (’alaihi ’s-salâm). The book Kamûs-ul A’lâm says: “When the sovereign of Assyria, Buhtunnasâr, seized Jerusalem and pulled down Masjid-i Aqsa, he burned all the copies of the Torah. Furthermore, he captured seventy thousand Jewish scholars, including Daniel and ’Uzair (’alaihi ’s-salâm), and sent them to Babylonia. [The fact that ’Uzair (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was called Ezrâ by the Jews is written in the book “Munjîd.” However, the book of Ezrâ, and some other books, which are included in the Old Testament of today’s Holy Bible, are not ’Uzair’s (’alaihi ’s-salâm). The man named Ezrâ was a Hebrew Rabbi, a man of religion.] Jews neglected the holy “Torah” and became immoral. They did not believe in the Prophets who were sent to warn them. They martyred most of these Prophets. Bahman Kayhusrav, the Shah of Iran, defeated the Assyrians, and let all his Jewish captives free, including Daniel (alaihi ’s-salam). The number of people worshipping in Masjid-i Aqsa increased. When Alexander the Great seized Jerusalem, a Jewish man from Jerusalem named “Herodas” was assigned governor of Jerusalem. This vile governor martyred Yahyâ (John the Baptist (’alaihi-s-salâm). He tyrannized the people to a great extent. Later, Jerusalem was seized by the Romans. In the 135th year of the Christian era, after the Jews – 271 –

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