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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.

commandments pertaining to jihâd has become null and void. If anyone does not call us ‘kâfir,’ we will not call him a kâfir.” We are not allowed to let our daughters marry non-Qâdiânîs. But we may marry their daughters.” They stigmatize those Muslims who will not believe them as ‘disbelievers without a holy book’. ’Allâma Husain Muhammad (rahmatullâhi ’alaih), a mudarris in the madrasa of Dîr-i zûr, writes in detail the words of the Qâdiânîs which cause kufr in his book Ar-raddu ’Alal-qâdiâniyya. Disbelievers disguising themselves under certain names introduce themselves as Muslims. They confute Christians and Jews and prove the fact that Islam is the sole true religion and the only guide to happiness. Seeing this, other people immediately become Muslims. Yet Bahâîs, Qadiânîs, Shî’îs and Wahhabîs misguide these poor people to their corrupt groups. The Physics scholar Abdussalam, who won the Nobel prize, is a Qâdiânî. Ahmad Deedat, who attracted Christians to Islam in 1980 by debating with them, is not a Sunnî Muslim, either. Such people prevent new converts to Islam from attaining the true path of the Ahl-i Sunnat and eternal happiness. Sûfîs are a group of the true Muslims who are called the Ahl as-sunnat. These people did not stoop to philosophy. According to them, a perfect understanding of the Qur’ân al-kerîm, and thereby becoming a true Muslim, requires an absolute homage to our Prophet ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ alaihi wa sallam’, not only in observing his commands and prohibitions, but also in adapting ourselves perfectly to his behavioural and moral conduct. The qualified men of Tasawwuf: Some people called Sûfî appeared among the true Muslims, in other words “Ahl-as- Sunna” Muslims. A sûfi is never involved in philosophy. They said that in order to be a real Muslim and in order to understand the Qur’ân al-kerîm, it is necessary to carry out not only the orders and the prohibitions of our Prophet (sall-Allahu ’alaihi wa sallam), but also all of his manners as well as his moral principles. The fundamentals of Sûfîsm are as follows: 1) Faqr, which means, “To be conscious that you always need Allâhu ta’âlâ.’ According to them, “no one but Allâhu ta’âlâ can create anything. But, different things can become a means by which Allâhu ta’âlâ creates various things. Allâhu ta’âlâ is the Creator of all.” 2) Zuhd and taqwâ: “To adapt yourself to Islam; to observe all the principles of Islam in your daily life; to be helpful and to – 306 –

worship in one’s spare time.” Presently, the word “sofu” is used instead of “sûfî” in reference to people who are pious. 3) Tafakkur, silence and dhikr: “To think continuously about Allâhu ta’âlâ and His blessings; not to talk unnecessarily; not to argue with anybody; to talk as little as possible, to continuously repeat to yourself the name of Allâhu ta’âlâ.” 4) Hâl and maqâm: “to understand, by way of the light (knowledge) coming to you, to what degree your heart and spirit have been purified.” “To be aware of your limitations.” The first and the most famous “sûfi” was Hasan al-Basrî (radiy-Allâhu ta’âlâ anh) 21-100 (624-727). Hasan al-Basrî was so great an Islamic scholar that he has been accepted as an imâm (mujtahîd) by all Muslims. He is famous for his excellent character as well as his unattainable knowledge. He tried to put the fear of Allah into the hearts of his listeners while preaching. He was a great scholar of hadîths through whom many hadîths were transmitted. Wâsil bin Atâ, the founder of the Mu’tazila philosophy; was a disciple of Hasan-i Basrî. But, he left al-Basri’s teachings. Mu’tazil means separated. Another name used for Mu’tazila is Qadariyya. It is used becasue they deny qadar (fate). They claim: “Man is the creator of what he does. Allah never creates evil. Man has the ability of will and creation. Thus, if he commits an evil deed he will be completely responsible for it. It is impossible to avoid this responsibility with the words fate or Allah’s Will.” This thought, which is called “qadariyya,” was suggested by Wâsil bin Atâ, who was the disciple of Hasan al- Basrî and who continuously attended his lessons. For this reason Hasan al-Basrî, who believed in fate, did not accept him as his disciple. According to “the people of Tasawwuf,” that is, the Sûfîs, real existence is only Allâhu ta’âlâ. Allâhu ta’âlâ is absolute existence, absolute goodness, absolute beauty. While He was a secret treasure He wanted to let Himself be known. This is why He created this world and everything on it. But Allâhu ta’âlâ never penetrated into any of His creatures. (That is, He is not in any of them.) No one can attain Allâhu ta’âlâ’s position. He created the attributes of man similar to His own attributes. But, this similarity is so small that if we suppose His attributes to be the sea, the attributes of man can be compared only to a bubble on its surface. The purpose of Tasawwuf is to attain “Ma’rifat-i ilâhiyya.” – 307 –

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    BELIEF IN ALLAH’S EXISTENCE The y

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    PROPHETS, RELIGIONS, and BOOKS When

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    “Allah’s slave.” Therefore, d

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    expected the true Messiah (Mesîh)

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    liveth, I am not able to forgive si

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    conversion of sinners. He turned to

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    to the truth. He will not utter his

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    After Christianity had become the o

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    of England, Richard the Lion-Hearte

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    Circle: “In the Second World War

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    these iterations will bore us, but

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    To learn the details of these worsh

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    me a desire to throw myself into th

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    marrying four women is wâjib (a st

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    disobedience or opposition, these o

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    passed away in 1332 [1914]. His boo

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    The first requirement is to break t

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    written by Rahmatullah Effendi, [1]

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    the same time a great source of con

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    Allâhu ’alaihi wa-sallam) comman

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    to Bâb-i Âli with a coffin with t

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    the harm of an average ignorant cit

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    scientists. The writings fabricated

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    As for today, foreigners who travel

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    cruelty, and various diseases were

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    try to annoy them, they respond wit

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    12. In this world and in the Hereaf

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    efore the part entitled ‘Ihtiqâr

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    Allâhu teâlâ and beg Him. This r

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    As it is communicated in a hadith a

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    Abû Muhammad Jerîrî’s statemen

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    e forgiven. This will go on until t

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    19. As hot water melts ice, so a go

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    the author of the long letter above

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    ta’âlâ’s individuality, His a

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    We should not regard people of othe

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    PART TWO QUR’ÂN AL-KERÎM and TO

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    Istanbul, proves with sound documen

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    All worldly existence is transient,

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    Qur’ân al-kerîm, is the true Bo

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    some people, some of them are narra

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    sallam’, will come after me, and

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    had a say in the various branches o

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    which was changed from, “For God

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    interpolations today’s books of t

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    e the ‘Word of Allah’ from 1020

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    Bible’ in London in 1970, makes t

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    had to admit, though tacitly.” No

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    the latter. The forty thousand hors

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    esurrection, and went into the holy

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    such as Âdam, Nûh, and Ibrâhîm

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    As is pointed out on the five hundr

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    words. According to the Bible, when

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    miracle. Jesus did not answer. He l

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    The advent of Muhammad ‘alaihis-s

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    9) The discourse of the Holy Bible

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    For Muslims are strongly adherent t

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    an educational system, Muslims perf

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    the decorated cart on which it rode

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    learned from the Qur’ân al-kerî

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    THE QUR’ÂN AL-KERÎM It is writt

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    part of our book. On the other hand

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    something wrong.” This hadîth-i-

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    Allâhu ’anhâ’ to make him lie

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    EXTRAORDINARY QUALITIES such as HON

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    THINGS OF WHICH THEY HAVE NO KNOWLE

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    And doing all those experimentation

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    “Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salâm

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    “The Islamic religion allows men

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    People of the Book and the Believer

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    themselves first. Then they relieve

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    called Hawâriyyûn (Apostles, or d

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    Qur’ân [which is the Guidance] a

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    MIRACLES of MUHAMMAD ‘alaihis-sal

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    contained in the Torah, in the Bibl

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    8- There was a date stump in the Ma

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    16- Someone inadvertently stepped o

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    children ate the honey for months.

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    father ’Umar ‘radiy-Allâhu ’

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    ’anh’, (who was the Khalîfa at

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    knowledge of the Qur’ân al-kerim

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    unfortunate man had recourse to lyi

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    clouds and Erbed and his camel ware

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    caught the devil with his blessed h

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    seventy thousand angels attended th

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    VIRTUES of MUHAMMAD ‘alaihis-sal

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    said) at times of trouble or melanc

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    49- Instead of demanding position o

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    other words, it is one of the basic

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    Rising Day.” The two blessed citi

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    79- Angels hear the people reciting

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    shall enter Paradise. Sixth, he sha

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    Rasûlullah said he would supply th

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    easily go in and talk with him. 21-

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    sheep without keeping a single head

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    ig nor too small; it was three and

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    handful long. And it is wâjib to d

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    PART THREE ISLAM and OTHER RELIGION

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    Turkish liras according to today’

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    protects him against the fire of He

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    ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF SAVAGERY

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    conquered Iran, Syria, a part of An

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    not to do after all their abominati

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    efore thee, and bring thee in unto

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    Gratianus, after a consultation wit

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    their co-religionists, the Byzantin

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    Târiq bin Ziyâd ‘rahima-hullâh

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    all of them were lit in the nights

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    cruelty. The name of the mosque in

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    Allâma Fadl-i-Haqq was martyred in

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    [Misguiding Muslims’ children wit

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    preserve their debts on sea or land

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    saw the justice and mercy in Muslim

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    nothing to do with civilization.

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    explanation of the Qur’ân but in

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    men’s feet so that they should re

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    people. People who flout these comm

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    Revolution in 1917, all over the wo

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    MUSLIMS ARE NOT IGNORANT One point

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    forfeit the industry and the trade

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    first experience with figures was i

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