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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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importance to the orders and prohibitions of Allâhu ta’âlâ. We are very fond of pleasure and enjoyments. We become tired shortly after we begin a job. The Bulgarians say, “Begin working like a Turk, but complete the job like a Bulgarian.” We get tired too soon. We say, “Never mind! Do not bother about it! Take it easy!” We build a house, but we do not take the trouble to maintain it. So many enormous and artistic monuments in Turkey, which we have inherited from our ancestors, have been devastated because they have not been maintained or repaired. We want to work little, but earn much. As a result of this, workers are encouraged to strike, and worse, many of our youngsters are led astray. Our degenerated young people are instructed by treacherous foreigners to kill others and to sabotage. Many among us have fallen into their traps and are fed by them. These poor people, who easily get money, prefer killing to working. Other pestilences of discordance that undermine our country are the unreasonable vendettas and the lâ-madhhabî currents. By the way, let us write again that there are four true madhhabs in Islam. All these four madhhabs have the same belief and faith, which is called the “Ahl-i Sunnat” faith. There is no difference between them on following the things clearly ordered or prohibited by the Qur’ân al-kerîm or the hadîth-i-sherîfs. They are only different in interpreting the meaning of the verses of traditions which cannot be easily and clearly understood. These small differences among them are Allâhu ta’âlâ’s mercy for Muslims. A Muslim worships according to one of the four “fiqh” (canon) books of the four different madhhabs; he adopts one according to his health and living conditions. If there had been only one madhhab, every Muslim would have to follow it. This would have been very difficult for many Muslims, even impossible. A Muslim who follows one of the four madhhabs is called “Ahl-i sunnat.” They are deemed to be brothers with one another. They have never fought against each other in the history of Islam. There is no “sectarianism” among them. They never speak ill of the other (three) madhhabs. They believe that any one of them is a way to Paradise. First of all, the most important point is that all the Ahl-i sunnat people are brothers. The differences of madhhab do not prevent them from being brothers. The differences between the Ahl as-Sunna and non-Ahl as-Sunna can be settled by scientific means through a discussion in a scientific way, but not by the power of a gun. – 326 –

It is an obligation for us to obey the laws of our country and to respect the elders among the people. It would be the worst folly to try to abolish the laws. A country where the laws are not dominant will be in a state of terrorism and will soon disappear. To be a member of the communist world is the worst calamity. Today, communist countries themselves have already realized how harmful communism is. Consequently, they are trying to gradually free themselves from this ideology and return to freer conditions. Today’s Russian people are demanding back the rights of inheritance, private home ownership, and even a summer house, and so on. Polish people were given the right to strike. Moreover, fanatical communist China has at last been returning to the life styles of the free countries. So much so that they brought experts from France to learn new art methods. They have also been returning to a “mixed economy” as practised in democratic countries. The mosques, razed by communists before, are now being restored. As it is known, some establishments are run by the state, but others by the private sector in a mixed economy. Support from the state is necessary for some heavy and expensive industries, such as iron and coal. This method is being used in Turkey, too. Nowadays, the communist countries are trying to return to this method gradually, and they have already opened some parts of the industry to the people. Surely they will get their freedom of belief and thought in the near future. Human rights will be acknowleged all over the world. Contrary to some foolish thoughts, social justice does not mean to distribute the properties of those who work to those who do not work and thereby make them rich. Nobody gives even a penny to a lazy person who does not work day and night. Even though the people in communist countries work continuously, they hardly get enough food. Most of their earnings are taken away from them by a happy minority. Risking their lives, they are struggling for their freedom. As we have written above, this administration based on exploitation and torture, and this irreligious style of life, will end by itself. On the one hand, communist states spread propaganda to keep the people irreligious, which is a fundamental of communism. On the other hand, those who have deviated from the true path of the Ahl as-Sunna are trying to lead true Muslims astray. Khomeini of Iran is a graring example to caution against the harms that such heretical and bigoted Muslims may cause to their country. In addition to these, Wahhâbîs are trying to practise their faith, – 327 –

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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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    21- He saw in the dark as well as i

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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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    Shûrâ Sûra of the Qur’ân al-k

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    RELIGIONS, DOGMAS, AND THE DIFFEREN

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    In the religion of Brahma, killing

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    BUDDHISM Buddha was born approximat

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    eligion, it spread quickly among th

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    himself to be God and wanted people

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    who would be born in that year woul

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    3. Thou shalt not take the name of

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    ‘Amâlika.’ That is why they we

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    1. Genesis 2. Exodus 3. Leviticus 4

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