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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 is no doubt that

There is no doubt that Jews believed in the final Prophet and waited for him to appear. Furthermore, it is said in some interpretations that during wars, Jews used to invoke, saying: “O, My Lord! For the sake of your final Prophet (aleyhissalawâtu wattaslimât) that you promised to send, help us, please.” And they used to experience victory in those battles. Hadrat Dâwûd and Hadrat Sulaymân, who are among the Prophets (aleyhimussalawâtu wattaslimât) sent to the Hebrews after Hadrat Mûsâ, did their best to spread the true religion. We can briefly express the main points of the religion of Judaism as follows: Faith: There is one God. He is self-existent, that is, His existence is from Himself. He sees and knows everything. He was not born and He does not bear children. Forgiving and punishing are under His power. Morals: The fundamentals of their morality are the ten commandments, that is, Awâmir-i ashara. People have to adapt themselves to those ten commandments, exactly. The soul and body of human beings are different from each other. The soul does not die until Doomsday. It is necessary to believe in the spiritual life of the second world. Religious fundamental: Non-Jews are deemed to be idolaters. It is necessary to stay away from them. As far as possible, it is necessary to be disconnected from them. It is necessary to sacrifice with or without blood. [Jews used to sacrifice every animal, including pigeons, but mostly sheep, goats and cattle. In time, the buns made of saltless dough and flat bread called “unleavened bread” were judged to be sacrificial too. It has been categorized as “the sacrifice without blood” to deliver them.] They punish according to the law of the talion (retribution). A man who does an evil act is subjected to the same thing, in the same manner. Boys are circumcised by a rabbî [a Jewish religious man]. The animals to be eaten must be slaughtered. The meat of an animal which is killed in any other way cannot be eaten. [Even today, in the United States and in Europe, in Jewish butcher shops there are labels stamped “kosher”, which signifies that the meat of the animals sold in those shops were slaughtered in a certain manner as prescribed by a rabbi. Jews can eat only meat prepared in this way. Muslims eat only the meat of animals slaughtered by repeating the name of Allâhu ta’âlâ. Muslims never eat pork.] Jewish women have to – 274 –

cover their heads after they get married. Today, Jewish women in Europe fulfill this obligation by wearing a wig. It is also prohibited for Jews to eat pork. There are different ceremonies for different Jewish acts of worship. Saturday is their holy day. They never work or even light a fire on that day. Saturdays are considered to be feast days (holy days), and they celebrate them. They call it “Sabbath.” In addition to this, they have some other holy days, namely, Passover, Shawwat, Rosh-ha-Shanah, Kepur, Sukkot, Purem, Hanuqa, and so on. Passover is considered a commemoration of their departure from Egypt. Shawwat is said to be the feast of roses, which is considered a celebration marking the revelation of the Torah and the Awâmir-i Ashara (ten commandments). Kipur is a great fasting day, which is considered a day signifying their being forgiven after their penitence. Succoth is the feast of tabernacles, which is considered a memorial of the life in the desert. In contrast to a priest, a rabbi has no authority to hear a confession. They only conduct the ritual ceremonies. In the sight of Allâhu ta’âlâ all Jews are equal, no difference is there between one or the other. After Hadrat Mûsâ, the number of their religious ceremonies and the way rabbis conduct them were enhanced, changed, or new principles were added to them by different Prophets (alayhimussalawâtu wattaslimât). After Hadrat Dâwûd, reciting the holy book of Psalms accompanied with musical instruments was added to their worships. Dâwûd (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was born about one thousand years before Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. (Although the era of Hadrat Dâwûd’s sovereignty is said to be 1015-975 B.C., by some European historians, it is not known with certainty.) Hadrat Dâwûd was formerly a shepherd. Since he had a very attractive voice, he was taken to Tâlut, [1] the head of state. Afterwards he became his zither player. First, they became good friends and Tâlut made him his own intimate. But, Hadrat Dâwûd ‘alaihis-salâm’ was becoming more well known day by day. At the age of thirty he killed Goliath, a very huge man, with a stone thrown from his sling; upon this, the people admired him even more. However, Tâlut was alarmed and kept Dâwûd ‘alaihis-salâm’ away from [1] Internationally, the name Saul is used instead of Tâlut. – 275 –

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