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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.

Baihakî [1] ] [The

Baihakî [1] ] [The symptom of fearing Allâhu ta’âlâ is to refrain from His prohibitions.] 13. The man with the strongest îmân (belief) among you is the one who has the best moral character and who is the mildest with his wife! [Tirmuzî, and Hâkim] 14. Because of man’s beautiful moral character, he will attain the highest grades in Paradise. [Supererogatory] worships will not enable him to attain these grades. A bad temper will drag a man down to the lowest depths of Hell. [Tabarânî] 15. The easiest and the lightest of worships is to talk only a little and to have a good temper. Pay attention to this word I’m saying! [Ibn-Abid-Dunyâ] 16. A person asked our Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam): ‘Which is the best of deeds?’ ‘To have a good temper,’ answered the Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam). The man stood up and left him. Then, a few minutes later he came again and approached our Prophet’s right side and asked the same question. He, again, said ‘To have a good temper.’ The man went away and soon turned back. He came near our Prophet from his left side and asked: ‘Which deed is it that Allâhu ta’âlâ loves best?’ The answer was the same: ‘To have a good temper.’ Then the person asked, approaching the Prophet from behind, ‘What is the best and most valuable act?’ The Prophet turned to him and said, ‘Can you not understand what it means to have a good temper? Do your best not to get angry with anyone.’ 17. I promise you that a Muslim who does not quarrel with anyone and who does not hurt anyone with his words, though he may be right, will go to Paradise. I promise you that a person who does not lie even to make jokes or to amuse others will go to Paradise. I promise you that he who has a good temper will attain high grades in Paradise. [Abû Dâvûd, Ibn Mâja, and Tirmuzî] 18. In a hadîth-i qudsî, Allâhu ta’âlâ declares: ‘I like the Islamic religion that I have sent you.’ [That is, I like those who accept this religion and who adapt themselves to its commandments. I love them.] Being in this religion is completed only by being generous and by having a good temper. Everyday make it known that you have perfected your religion with these two.’ [Tabarânî] [2] – 74 – [1] Ahmad Baihakî passed away in Nishapur, in 458 (1066 A.D.). [2] Tabarânî Sulaymân, passed away in Damascus in 360 (971 A.D.).

19. As hot water melts ice, so a good temper melts and annihilates one’s sins. As vinegar decomposes honey and makes it inedible, so a bad temper spoils and annihilates one’s worships. [Tabarânî] 20. Allâhu ta’âlâ loves and helps the soft-tempered. He doesn’t help the harsh and the hot-headed. [Tabarânî] 21. Who is the person for whom it is harâm to enter Hell and it is forbidden for the Hell-fire to burn? I’m telling you. Listen carefully! All of those who are mild and who do not get angry! [Tirmuzî. This hadîth-i sherîf is written also in the 99th letter mentioned above.] 22. It is a great endowment from Allâhu ta’âlâ for His slave to act calmly and gently. Being impatient and rash is the devil’s way. Being patient and serious is what Allâhu ta’âlâ loves. [Abu Ya’lâ] 23. Owing to his mildness and soft words, a person can attain the grades of those who fast during the day and perform namâz (prayer) at night. [Ibn Hebbân] 24. Allâhu ta’âlâ loves the person who, when he is angry, behaves mildly, overcoming his anger. [Isfahânî] 25. Pay attention, please! I’m informing you! A person who wants to attain high grades in Paradise should be mild to a man who behaves impolitely! He should forgive a man who acts unjustly! He should be generous to a man who is stingy! He should take care of his friends or relatives who never come or give a kind word to him! [Tabarânî] 26. It is not real strength to overcome someone else. To be strong or to be a hero means to overcome one’s anger. [Bukhârî, and Muslim] 27. A man greeting with a smiling face is given the blessings attained by those who give alms. [Ibn Abid-Dunyâ] 28. Smiling at your Muslim brother; teaching him good things; preventing him from doing evil things; helping strangers asking for directions; cleaning the streets of stones, thorns, bones and the like, which are disgusting, dirty and harmful; and giving drinking water to others are all forms of charity. [Tirmuzî] 29. There are such villas in Paradise that a person who is in one of them can see any place he wants to and can appear in any place he chooses. When Abû Mâlik al-Esh’arî (rahmatullâhi ’alaih) asked who would be given such villas, the Prophet (sall- Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) said, ‘They will be given to those who – 75 –

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