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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.

Then he began asking his

Then he began asking his questions, “My first question is this: You say on the one hand that God is one and on the other hand that He is three. This is as nonsensical as saying that two and two make five. Explain this theory to me.” The priests could not answer. They said, “This is a secret that belongs exclusively to God. It is beyond the human comprehension.” The Faghfûr (Emperor) said, “My second question is this: God is the almighty creator of the earth, heaven, and all the universe, and yet, on account of a sin committed by one person, He ascribes the blame on all his progeny, who are completely unaware of the (sinful) deed (committed by their forefather); is this possible? And why is it that He did not find any other way than sacrificing His own son as an atonement for them? Is it worthy of His Majesty? How will you answer this?” The priests, once again, could not answer. “This, too, is a secret peculiar to God,” they said. The Faghfûr said, “And my third question: Jesus asked the fig tree to give fruit prematurely, and then withered it because it would not give fruit. It is impossible for a tree to give fruit out of season. Despite this fact, would it not be cruelty for Jesus to get angry with the tree and wither it? Could a Prophet be cruel?” The priests could not answer this, either. Instead, they said, “These things are spiritual. They are God’s secrets. The human mind cannot comprehend them.” Upon this, the Chinese Emperor said, “I give you the permission (you want). Go and preach in any part of China.” When they withdrew from the Emperor’s presence, the Emperor turned to those who were present, and said, “I do not presume that anyone in China would be so stupid as to believe in such absurdities. I therefore find nothing wrong in allowing these men to preach these superstitions. I feel certain that, after listening to them, our compatriots will see that there are such idiotic tribes over the world and think even more favourably of their own faith.” What the Fagfûr said was so true. Even though 2000 years have passed since those days, and in spite of the great efforts made by Christian missionaries, they have not been able to convert the Chinese nation to Christianity. [1] As far as it is understood through the books we have read in different languages, Hadrat Maryam (Mary) lived alone in one of the rooms of Bayt-ul Muqaddas (Masjîd-i Aqsâ). Nobody [1] See our English book Could Not answer. In that book, there are many important questions which could not be answered by priests. – 286 –

entered that room except Zacharias (Zakariyya [’alaihi’s-salâm]). The angel Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) revealed to Hadrat Maryam (Mary) that she would have a son who would be a prophet, though she was a virgin. One of the legends in the book Mir’ât-i kâinât states: “While Hadrat Mary (Maryam) was having a bath in her aunt’s and Zacharias’ (âlaihi ’s-salâm) house, Gabriel (’alaihi ’s-salâm) appeared as a human and breathed on her. As a result, she became pregnant. She went to the “Bayt-ul-lahm” together with her uncle’s son, Joseph (Yusuf) Najjâr. Îsâ (Jesus [’alaihi’s-salâm]) was born there. Then, they went to Egypt. They lived there for twelve years. They eventually moved to Nazareth and settled there. When Îsâ (Jesus) was thirty he became a prophet. For this reason, the people who believed in Îsâ (Jesus [’alaihi’s-salâm]) were called “Nasrânî” and all the Nasrânî people were called “Nasâra.” According to the Bible, when Îsâ was born, a new and bright star appeared in the sky. But, according to some philosophers and communists this entire story is a myth. No one was ever named Îsâ (Jesus). According to Ernest Renan, a professor at the University of Paris, Mary married Yusuf (Joseph). Îsâ (Jesus [’alaihi’s-salâm]) was born normally. He even had brothers and sisters as well. This assertion by Renan caused him to be excommunicated by the Pope. But, his ideas were immediately accepted by atheists. The Qur’ân al-kerîm clearly reveals that Îsâ (Jesus [’alaihi’ssalâm] is the son of Hadrat Mary (Maryam), the virgin. As we said above, Allâhu ta’âlâ honoured her with Rûh-ul-qudus (the Holy Spirit). This fact is revealed in the 87 th and 253 rd ayats of Sûra Baqara. The holy meaning of these âyats are: “We gave ’Îsâ (Jesus) the son of Mary clear signs and strengthened him with the Holy Spirit.” [This blessed âyat al-kerîma reveals that obvious miracles were given to him. And it is clearly revealed in the 48th verse of Sûra Âl-i Imran, and in the 46th and 110th verses of Sûra Mâ’ida, and in the 27th verse of Sûra Hadîd that the Injîl (Bible) was revealed to him]. That he was born from the virgin Mary (Maryam) is purported in the 45th and the following verses of Sûra Al-Imrân: The angels said: “O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from Him: his name will be Îsâ (Jesus) Messiah, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the hereafter, and of those nearest to Allah, and he will preach to men in his cradle.” Hadrat Mary asked: “O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man hath touched me?” The angel said: “Even so: Allah createth what He willeth. When He decrees a thing, He – 287 –

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