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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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cut off the hand or foot of those who commit a grave sin. Medicine given by a doctor may be found bitter by an unhealthy person. He may think that it is of no use and may even believe that it is dangerous for him to use it. But, when he trusts the understanding of his doctor and thus uses the medicine, he gets well. Allâhu ta’âlâ, the Almighty, being a specialist on all kinds of diseases of the heart, soul and body, commands handmutilation as a cure for the disease of stealing. When every Muslim knows this commandment, and when it is heard that some hand-mutilations have been executed on a couple of thieves, there won’t be any further habits of stealing due to the fear of its punishment. The disease of stealing will disappear. Thus, people will no longer experience the sorrow of having their property stolen, and none will suffer from hand-mutilation. 4- “Islam takes ‘will-power’ away from man, attributes everything to ‘fate’ and thus renders men lethargic, supine and inactive,” they say. This assertion is completely wrong, too. On the contrary, Islam commands people to work incessantly, to use their minds well, to learn every kind of novelty, to have recourse to every sort of lawful means for success, and never to get tired or bored. Allâhu ta’âlâ expects His slaves to decide on and perform their own actions to the best of their ability. The meaning of the word “fate” is totally different. Only in case a Muslim cannot attain success after using his mind, having recourse to all means and working with his utmost energy to perform some action, should he then not feel sorry but be contented with his fate, admitting that the result is something which Allâhu ta’âlâ deemed to his advantage. Otherwise, it is a grave sin to wait for one’s “luck” by taking one’s ease and opening one’s mouth without working, learning or striving. Allâhu ta’âlâ declares in the thirty-ninth verse of Chapter Najm: “Man can have nothing [in the hereafter], but what he strives for [in the name of Allâhu ta’âlâ].” In the following discourse on knowledge and science in Islam, we shall see how highly Muslims esteem learning and working. Sometimes men cannot attain exactly what they want howsoever hard they work and have recourse to every means. This is the time for them to admit that some power above their own plays a major part in their work, affects men’s life and success, and guides them. That is what we call “fate.” Fate is at – 46 –

the same time a great source of consolation. A Muslim who says, “I have done my duty, but this is my luck, which I cannot change,” does not give up hope even if he fails at some task, but continues to work with his heart being completely free from anxiety. The meaning of a verse in Chapter Inshirah of the Qur’an al-kerîm is: “Yet hardship will bring ease. Indeed, hardship must bring ease! So whenever you have finished, still toil on! Towards your Lord direct your longing!” It means that it is necessary to continue to work despite the frustrations felt upon failure. On the other hand, a non-Muslim whose only interest is in the material aspects of something or a heathen who does not believe in any religion, loses his hope, courage and determination to work when he meets with failure, so much so that he cannot work any more. People all over the world began to believe in “fate” after the Second World War. It was stated in many European and American publications: “What Muslims have termed ‘fate’ certainly is true. No matter how much we work, it has been impossible to change events.” A person who is involved in some misfortune, such as bereavement or the loss of property can find consolation only in his belief in fate and by putting his trust (tawakkul) in Allâhu ta’âlâ, and then resuming his daily life. However, it must be kept in mind that before having tawakkul it is a must to look for a remedy for every problem by using the mind and by having recourse to all means. 5- They say: “By prohibiting interest, the Islamic religion stands against the present economic system of the world.” This assertion is wholly untrue too. Islam does not prohibit earning or borrowing, but usury and exploiting borrowers. Earning which is done honestly and merely for commercial purposes is not prohibited, but, on the contrary, it is especially appreciated and encouraged by Islam. Hadrat Muhammad (sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) stated, “Allâhu ta’âlâ loves the tradesman; the tradesman is his beloved,” and he himself traded, too. It has an important place in Islam’s trade rules for a person who cannot trade by himself to invest his money in his friend’s stock or in a business company and get his share from the profit his friend makes. The share which a person gets from a bank earning money only by commercial business, without interest, is completely halâl (legal in Islam). A bank, earning money without interest and its advantages have been written in detail in our (Ilm-ul-hâl) book Seâdet-i ebediyye (Endless Bliss). Chapter Mâida of the Qur’ân al-kerîm informs us that interest, which is – 47 –

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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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    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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    cover their heads after they get ma

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    prostrated himself before Allâhu t

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    efore him. Sulaymân said: “My lo

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    The RELIGION of CHRISTIANITY Îsâ

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    French into Arabic, this fact is su

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    Satan deceived Eve. And she, in her

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    entered that room except Zacharias

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    letters of the disciples called apo

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    This is revealed in the Qur’ân a

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    of Israel! I am the Prophet of Alla

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    ‘Religion founded by the devil’

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    lessons of humanism and hospitality

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    observed a cloud, which was gliding

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    in the most logical and reliable wa

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    scholars (rahimahumullâhu ta’âl

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    nuisance for the “Ahl-i Sunnat”

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    worship in one’s spare time.” P

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    Arûs” (the nuptial night). There

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    proofs. One of these great Islamic

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    (rahima humullâhu ta’âlâ) ment

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    But the provision of thy Lord is be

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    Sûra Mujâdila 9-10: “Ye who bel

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    not have any thought or faith simil

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    Prophet, and whatever he reported i

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    imagine when, where, how and who he

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    have come from Asia and to be relat

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    It is an obligation for us to obey

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    SYMPTOMS OF A TRUE MUSLIM The first

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    GLOSSARY Entries related to Tasawwu

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    endeavouring to understand the hidd

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    omitted and disbelief if disliked.

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