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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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live in accordance with their knowledge. [Our Prophet’s (sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) sacred words are called hadîth.] Read the following hadîths carefully! Try to observe them in your every word and deed! 1. Muslims are brothers. They do not hurt one another or treat one another roughly. If a person helps a Muslim brother of his, Allâhu ta’âlâ, in turn, will facilitate his work. If a person saves a Muslim from trouble and thus makes him happy, Allah will save him from trouble at the most troublesome time on the Day of Resurrection. If a person conceals a Muslim’s defect or fault, on the Day of Resurrection, Allâhu ta’âlâ will conceal his defects and faults. [Bukharî, Muslim] 2. As long as a person helps his Muslim brother, Allâhu ta’âlâ will help him. [Muslim] 3. Allâhu ta’âlâ has created some of His slaves so that they will meet others’ needs and help them. Those who are in need will resort to these (slaves). There will be no fear of torment in the next world for these (slaves). [Taberânî] 4. Allâhu ta’âlâ has given many worldly blessings to some of His slaves. He has created them so that they will be useful to His (other) slaves. If these slaves distribute the blessings to Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves, there will be no decrease in their wealth. If they do not convey these blessings to Allâhu ta’âlâ’s slaves, Allâhu ta’âlâ will take His blessings away from them and give them to others. [Tabarânî, and Ibn Abid-dunyâ] [1] 5. Meeting the needs of a Muslim brother is more profitable than doing i’tiqâf [2] for ten years. And one day of i’tiqâf for Allâhu ta’âlâ’s sake will place a man a very great distance away from Hell’s fire. [Tabarânî, and Hâkim] 6. If a person does some work for his Muslim brother, thousands of angels will pray for him. On his way to do that work, one of his sins will be forgiven for every step, and he will be given blessings on the Day of Resurrection. [Ibn Mâja] 7. If a person goes to help a Muslim with a business, for each step, he will be given seventy thawâbs and seventy of his sins will [1] Ibni Abid-dunyâ Abdullah passed away in Baghdâd in 281 (984 A.D.) [2] I’tiqâf means to stay in a mosque and pray day and night during the last ten days of the month of Ramadân. – 72 –

e forgiven. This will go on until the work is finished. When the work is done all of his sins will be forgiven. If he dies during the work, he will go into Paradise without any questioning. [Ibn Abid-dunyâ] 8. If a person goes to the state authorities and struggles with them so that his Muslim brother will be freed from trouble and attain comfort, on the Day of Resurrection when all others will slip on the bridge of Sirat, Allâhu ta’âlâ will help him pass over it quickly. [Tabarânî] 9. The act which Allâhu ta’âlâ loves best is to please a Muslim by giving him clothes or food or by meeting any other need. [Tabarânî] 10. The act which Allâhu ta’âlâ loves best after His farâid is to please a Muslim. [Tabarânî] Allah’s commands are called fard. Hence, from this hadîth-i sherif, it is understood that those who perform the worships that are fard are loved more by Allâhu ta’âlâ. The things which are harmful and evil and prohibited for people to do by Allâhu ta’âlâ are called harâm. Allâhu ta’âlâ loves those who refrain from the harâms better than those who do the farâid (pl. of fard). It is fard to have a good temperament. And it is harâm to have a bad temperament. It is more valuable and more thawâb to refrain from doing evil than to do good. 11. When a person does a good service for a Muslim, Allâhu ta’âlâ will create an angel from this good deed. This angel will worship all the time. The thawâb for his worship will be given to that person. When the person dies and is put into his grave, the angel will come to his grave, with a luminous and friendly face. Upon seeing the angel he will feel relieved and become cheerful. ‘Who are you?’ he will ask. The answer will be, ‘I’m the good which you did to so-and-so and the joy which you caused in his heart. Allâhu ta’âlâ has sent me to please you today and to intercede for you on the Day of Resurrection and to escort you to your place in Paradise.’ 12. The exalted Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) was asked: ‘What are the more important things which will cause one to enter Paradise?’ ‘To fear Allâhu ta’âlâ and to have a good temperament,’ he answered. And when he was asked the main reasons for us going to Hell, he said, ‘To be sorry when you lose your worldly blessings, to be happy when you attain these blessings, and to exceed the limits.’ [Tirmuzî, Ibn Hebbân, and – 73 –

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