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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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are honey-tongued, generous and when other people are asleep, meditate over Allâhu ta’âlâ’s existence and greatness and invoke Him.’ I have quoted the hadiths written above from the hadîth book entitled Terghîb wa Terhîb, which is one of the most valuable hadîth books. Abdul’azîm Munzîrî (rahmatullâhi ’alaih), the author of the book, is one of the greatest scholars of hadîth. He was born in 581 (1185) and died in Egypt in 656 (1258). May Allâhu ta’âlâ give us the lot of living compatibly with the hadiths written above. Check yourself! If you are in accordance with them, give thanks to Allâhu ta’âlâ! If you have any manners incompatible with them, you should entreat Allâhu ta’âlâ to correct you! If a person’s actions and deeds are not compatible with them, it is still a great blessing for him to know his own faults and to entreat Allâhu ta’âlâ for their correction. A person who is neither in conformity with them nor sorry for being at odds with them has a very weak attachment to Islam. We should take refuge with Allâhu ta’âlâ to protect ourselves against such a squalid state! A couplet: Congratulations to those who attained, Shame upon the poor, who missed! This translation from Maktûbât-› Ma’thûmiyya has come to an end. The hadiths written above command Muslims to treat one another mildly, kindly and to live brotherly. A non-Mulim is called kâfir (disbeliever). The fact that Muslims have to be mild mannered with disbelievers also and avoid hurting them has been written on page thirty-three. Thus they (disbelievers) will have been shown that Islam commands being good-tempered, living brotherly and working hard. And thus sincere people will become Muslims willingly. It is fard to make jihâd (holy war). The state performs jihâd not only by cannons and swords, but also by means of cold war tactics, propaganda and publications. And every individual Muslim makes jihâd by exhibiting his good habits and by acting in a good manner. To make “jihâd” means to invite people to Islam. As it is understood, it is jihâd also to be kind to disbelievers and not to offend them. It is, therefore, fard for every Muslim.” Hadrat Muhammad Ma’thûm [1] Fârûqî (rahmatullâhi ’alaih), [1] Muhammad Ma’thûm passed away in Serhend in 1079 (1668 A.D.). – 76 –

the author of the long letter above, is one of the greatest Islamic scholars and one of the highest Awliyâ. He was born in the city of Serhend, India, in the year 1007 after the Hegira, and passed away there in 1079 (1668). He is in a large tomb which is a few hundred metres away from his blessed father’s grave. Through his innumerable letters, he gave advice to thousands of Muslims, to state authorities, to the time’s ruler, Sultan Âlamgir [1] Evrengzîb (rahima-hullâhu ta’âlâ), and caused them to attain the feelings of brotherhood, a good temper, mutual help, comfort and ease for this worldly life, and felicity in the Hereafter. Over a hundred and forty thousand people attended his conferences and lectures. They thereby attained the highest grades of tasawwuf and they each became a Walî. Besides these chosen disciples of his, the number of those who corrected their faith and morals by listening to him reaches beyond hundreds of thousands. More than four hundred of the Awliyâ educated and trained by him reached the grade termed irshâd. And each of them saved thousands of people from perdition, ignorance and aberration in the cities they were sent to. Each of his five sons was a great scholar and Walî. And their descendants have all been the same. They left many precious books which have been enlightening people. A true Muslim does not believe in superstitions. He only laughs at such things as magic, ill-omen, fortune-telling, incantation and amulets that contain writings other than those from the Qur’ân. He also laughs at blue beads; putting candles, wires and threads on tombstones; and at anyone who claims to perform miracles. In fact, most of such things have been conveyed to us from other religions. The great Islamic scholar Imâm Rabbânî (rahmatullâhi ’alaih) answers in this way to those who expect “miracles” from men of religion: “People expect men of religion to manifest miracles. Some of them may not perform miracles, but are still closer to Allâhu ta’âlâ than the others.” The greatest miracle is to learn Islam and to lead a life compatible with Islam. Recent research, carried out at the University of Stanford, in America, shows that some people have a “sixth sense,” which enables them to do such things as counting the items in a closed box, reading what is written in a closed envelope, contacting a person who is far away, or reading a person’s thoughts. People [1] Sultan Alamgir passed away in 1118 (1707 A.D.). – 77 –

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