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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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answer, saying: ‘May Allah’s salâm (greeting) be upon you! I heard from Rasûlullah (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam). He said: “If a person seeks Allâhu ta’âlâ’s approval though it will make people angry, Allâhu ta’âlâ protects him against (harm) that will come from people. If a person seeks people’s approval though it will cause Allâhu ta’âlâ’s wrath, Allâhu ta’âlâ leaves his affair to people.” ’ May Allâhu ta’âlâ honour us and you with adapting ourselves to these hadîths uttered by him, who always told the truth! Try to act compatibly with them. Life in this world is very short. The torment in the next world is very bitter and it is endless. Far-sighted men of wisdom should make preparations in advance. We should not fall for the world’s beauty and flavour. If man’s honour and value were to be assessed with worldly things, those who have more worldly property would be more valuable and higher than others. It is stupidity, idiocy to fall for the world’s appearance. Deeming this short sojourn a great blessing, we should try to do what Allâhu ta’âlâ likes. We should do kind favours for Allâhu ta’âlâ’s human slaves. There are two major ways to avoid the torment of the Resurrection Day: To esteem and respect Allâhu ta’âlâ’s commandments is the first one, the other is to treat Allâhu ta’âlâ’s human slaves and creatures with compassion and goodness. Whatever the truthful Prophet (’alaihi ’s-salâm) has said is the very truth itself. None of his instructions is humorous, funny or delirious. How long will sleeping with open eyes like hares (rabbits) last? The end of this sleep is shame and disgrace, empty-handedness and privation. The exalted meaning of the 115th verse (ayât) of Chapter (surâ) Mu’minûn in the Qur’ân al-kerîm is: ‘Do you think I have created you without any purpose like toys? Do you say you shall not return to us?’ I know you are not in the mood to listen to such words. You are young. You are active and exuberant. You are in the lap of worldly blessings. You are obeyed by everyone around you. You can do whatever you like. All these have been written only because we feel pity for you and want to do something of value for you. You haven’t missed anything yet. It is time to repent and to invoke Allâhu ta’âlâ.” This is the end of the translation from the 98th letter. While describing “tasawwuf” in his book entitled Erriyâd-ut tasawwufiyya, Sayyid Abdulhakîm Arwasî stated: “Tasawwuf means to cast off human attributes and to be endowed with angel-like attributes and habits of divine morals.” And he quoted – 70 –

Abû Muhammad Jerîrî’s statement: “Tasawwuf is to be endowed with all the good habits and to be purged from all the bad habits.” [Abû Muhammad Jarîrî Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Husain passed away in 311 (923 A.D.). He was one of the great disciples of Junaid-i Baghdâdî.] Muhammad Ma’thûm (rahima-hullâhu ta’âlâ), the son of Imâm-i Ahmad Fârûqî (rahmatullâhi ’alaih), the great Islamic scholar and the mujaddid of the second thousand (Islamic) years, wrote in the 147th letter of his book Maktûbât to Mir Muhammed Hafî, one of the governors of India, the following material: May Allah, our sublime Creator, keep us from straying from the way of Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam), the most beloved by the Creator of all worlds and the most exalted one of all prophets. O my compassionate brother. Man’s life time is very short. The things which are going to happen to us in the eternal life of the next world depend upon the kind of life we lead in this world. A wise and far-sighted person, during his short life in this world, always does the things that will cause him to live well and comfortably in the next world. He prepares the things that are necessary for a traveller to the next world. Allah has given you a post to govern many people, which renders you a means for meeting their needs. Give plenty of thanks to Allâhu ta’âlâ for having blessed you with such a valuable and profitable responsibility. Strive to serve Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves. Have the understanding that by serving Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves you will attain blessings in this world and in the next. Know that the way leading to Allâhu ta’âlâ’s love is to be mild with Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves, to do good to them, to help them with a smiling, cheerful face, soft words and easiness. Do not doubt that this will cause salvation from torment in the next world and an increase in the blessings of Paradise. The exalted Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) has explained this very well in his following hadith: ‘Allâhu ta’âlâ creates and sends the things that His slaves need. Allâhu ta’âlâ’s most beloved slave is the person who serves as a means for His blessings reaching His slaves.’ Below, I’m writing a few hadîths that indicate the value of meeting Muslims’ needs, pleasing them, having a good temper, and that praise and encourage being mild, serious and patient. Understand them well. If you cannot understand some of them, learn them by asking those people who know their religion and – 71 –

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