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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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language. Later, it was translated into Latin and Greek. While translating the Hebrew Bible into Greek, a lot of mistakes were made. Furthermore, because of the fact that the Greek idolaters opposed the idea of “One Allah,” they tried to adapt the Bible itself to the philosophy of Plato. Consequently, the dogma of the Trinity (union of three), which is completely unreasonable, was introduced into the Bible. According to the philosophy of Plato, it is not good to worship many idols by making specific idols for specific gods. Plato’s Philosophy also claims that god is the union of three. The first one is the “Father.” This is the greatest creator and the father of the other two gods. He is the first hypothesis. The second is the visible creator who is the vizier of the Father who is invisible. This word means logos and perception. The fact that Îsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) is called “logos,” holy word, by Christians, and they believe in him as “god” is written at the beginning of the book of John. The third one is the universe (nature), the visible and the known. So, the Romans and the Greeks tried to make Christianity a philosophy. Îsâ (’alaihi ’ssalâm) said: “I am only a man, just like you.” In spite of this, they accepted him as the son of Allah. Going even further, they invented something called “the Holy Ghost.” They claimed that there were three divine persons —Father, Son and Holy Ghost— whose unity forms the Christian God. However, the word “Father” used in the Hebrew Bible meant that Allâhu ta’âlâ was almighty. And the word “son” used for Hadrat Îsâ meant that he was the “beloved slave of Allâhu ta’âlâ,” not something else. The Holy Ghost was the power of prophethood granted to Hadrat Îsâ by Allâhu ta’âlâ. This fact is told in the Qur’ân al-kerîm, in the twelfth verse of Chapter Tahrîm as follows: “And Mary the daughter of Imrân, who guarded her chastity. And we breathed into (her body) of Our spirit. And she testified to the truth of the words of her Lord and of His Revelations. And was one of the devout (slaves).” In early Christianity, there was no such thing as “Trinity.” The above-mentioned Islamic Scholar Dastân Mustafa (rahima hullah) says: “The idea of the ‘Trinity’ was suggested first by a priest named Sibelius, two hundred years after Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’. Until that time, people believed that Allah was one and that Hadrat Îsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was His Prophet. The concepts suggested by Sibelius were furiously rejected by many Christians. Fights broke out between churches and much blood was shed. In a history book, written during that time and translated from – 282 –

French into Arabic, this fact is substantiated. In the year 200 A.D., only the idea of ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ had been suggested. The idea of the ‘Holy Ghost’ was added 181 years later by a religious council held in 381 during the time of Theodosius, the Byzantium emperor. There were many popes, opposed to this decision.’ Pope Honorius never believed in the “Trinity.” Although Honorius was excommunicated, some years after his death, new sects were formed that were opposed to the idea of the “Trinity.” Even drawing invented pictures of Hadrat Îsâ, making his statue, putting them into churches, deeming the cross sacred, and the other matters like them caused much trouble, even bloody flights, but they were accepted by the church 700 years later. They have changed the fundamentals of Christianity: the Pope is believed to be infallible; the priests have been given the authority of confession; man is condemned to have been born a sinner. Although it was written in the Injil (Bible), they disbelieved the final Prophet, Muhammad (’alaihi ’s-salâm). Even today, they are continuously changing the so-called Bible. All these facts have provoked Allâhu ta’âlâ’s wrath. The holy meaning of the 171st ayât of Sûra Nisâ is: “Oh, people of the book! Do not exaggerate in your religion! Tell nothing except the truth about Allah. Isâ, the son of Maryam, was merely Allah’s messenger. And a creature created by His order “Be!” which He bestowed into Mary, and a spirit from Him. Believe in Allah and His Prophet. Do not say: “Three!” Stopping (it) will be better for you. Allah is only one Allah. He is beyond having any son. He created whatever is in Heaven and whatever is on Earth.” Using the word “Spirit” to mean “Îsâ” (’alaihi ’s-salâm) in that ayât (verse) has been interpreted with different meanings. It means that Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) cast him into Mary and after she had been breathed upon, she became pregnant. That breathing done by Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) is referred to as “spirit.” Or, the Spirit here means revelation from Allâhu ta’âlâ. Hadrat Mary was given good news by means of this word, and also Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was ordered to breathe upon her, and Îsâ (’alaihi ’s-salâm) was given the order “Be!” Or, it is the order “Be!” It is said that the relation between Allâhu ta’âlâ and the spirit is just like the relation between a man’s speech and his breath. It is declared to those who changed the Bible in the seventy- – 283 –

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