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TABLE OF CONTENTS

2 Part One: 25 The FIVe Pillars


Just the np of the Iceberg
38 Part Three:

• Essential Definitions The Beauty and Purity of


the GlOrious Qur'an?
8 Part Two:
Answering Humanity's '0 Beautiful QUr'anic Verses
Critical Questions
<0 Forgiveness and salvation

• What is the Truth?


., Justice
16 Who is the True God?

18 Have You Discovered


" Equality

These Secrets? 50 Universality and Unity

,. How to Attain Peace of Mind.


Tranquility and Contentment? 52
of Message

Other Beautiful Verses


to Think AbOut
22 The Six Articles
PARTONE
PART ONE

Justthe
Just theTip
Tipof
ofthe
theIceberg
lceberg
Thisbook
This presentsjust
bookpresents just some
someexamples
examplesof
of its
its real
real
beautyand
beauty greatness.
andgreatness.
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~ Itlt inspires
inspiresus
usto
to have goodintentions,
havegood intentions,positiveattitudes,
positive attitudes,
andkind
and kindfeelings
feelings towardsothers.
towards others.
O
~ Itlt teaches
teachesus
usto forgive,and
to forgive, andlove
lovefor
forothers
otherswhat
whatwe
welove
love
for ourselves.
for ourselves.
O
~ lt urges
It urgesus
usto
to smile
smilesincerely
sincerelyandbe
and be kind
kindto
to others.
others.
O
~ lt instructs
It instructsus
us to
to act
act courteously.
courteously.
O
~ lt commands
It commands usto
us to have goodconduct
havegood conductand
andbehave
behavewith
with
respect.
respect.
O
~ ltteachesus
Itteaches usto begentle
to be to humans,
gentle to humans, animals, birds,and
animals, birds, and
our
our environment.
environment.
O lt instructs
~ It instructs us
us to respect
respect andand care
care for our parents
for our parents and
and
the
the elderly;
elderly; and
and to bebe good
good to our
our families,
families, spouses,
spouses,
and
and children.
children.
~ lt
O It encourages
encourages us us to help,
help, feed,
feed, and
and support
support the
the weak,
weak,
the poor,
the poor, thethe needy,
needy, and
and the
the disabled.
disabled.
~ lt
O It urges think, ponder,
urges us to think, ponder, reason,
reason, and
and base
base our
our
judgments
judgments on on proof.
proof.

HAVE YOU DISCOVERED WHAT "IT" IS?


let me point
Before I reveal the secret, let out that
point out that
additionally "it"...
additionally

'"1teaches
teaches us all humans
that all
us that humans are regardless of
equal regardless
are equal of their
their
race, color,or
race, color, or nationality.
nationality.
*l instructs
instructsus not to
us not to hurt, transgress
hate,transgress
hurt,hate, against,put
against, put
down,
down,oror despise others.
desPiseothers.
.l clearly
clearlytells
tellsus whywe
us why we are
arehere, whobrought
here,who us,where
broughtus, where
we
we are heading,
areheading, whatour
andwhat
and finaldestination
ourfinal destination is.
is.
A instructs
instructsusus to live in
to live peaceand
in peace and good
Eoodrelations with
relationswith
God, sell and
God,self, others.
andothers.
J clearly
clearlyanswers oursignificant
answersour andcritical
siglnificant
and questions.
criticalquestions.

Indeed, success'
Indeed, it leads to ultimate truth and success,
peace of mind,
true peace real happiness,
mind, real salvationr and
happiness, salvation,
eternal life.

youbelieve
Canyou
Can believe that this
thatthis
wonderful
wonderful discovery
discovery is...
is...
@e*KsRam?

Perhapsyou
Perhaps youhave preconceived,
havepreconceived, negative
negative notionsabout
notions about
lslam.Perhaps
Islam. youhave
Perhapsyou haveonly
onlyseen
seenitit as portrayed
as portrayed by
bythe
the
mediawhen
media whenreporting
reportingabout terrorists-- those
aboutterrorists thosefew
few who
who
wouldbe
would be terrorists
terroristsregardless
regardlessof their
of their religion. perhaps
religion.Perhaps
youhave
you haveread
reador
or heard
heardabout
aboutIslam
lslamfrom
from unauthentic
unauthentic or
or
biasedsources.
biased sources.
So, I invite
So, youto
inviteyou to objectively
objectively and open-mindedly
and open-mindedly read
read
this book
this bookdemonstrating
demonstratingthe beauty,
the beauty,Clarity,
clarity,and
andsimplicity
simplicity
of Islam.
of lslam.

As examples of
As of its
its clarity
clarity and beauty,
beautlr, Islam
lslam
features:
features:
- H a v e you,Discovered its Real'Beauty?

O about the
Clarity about
Clarity the creation the universe.
creation of the universe.
* Clarity our creation.
about our
Clarity about creation.
* Clarity our sPiritualitY'
about our
Clarity about spirituality.
O and purity
Clarity and
Clarity purity in
in the concept of
the concept of God.
God.
0 Clarity in the
Clarity in conceptof worship.
the concept worship.
O Clarity aboutthe
Clarityabout purposeof life.
the purpose life.
~
O Clarity the next
aboutthe
Clarityabout life.
nextlife.
* Clarity
Clarityabout
aboutour lastdestination
our last destination (Paradise
(Paradise or Hell).
or Hell).
O Clarity
Clarityabout way to
the way
about the gain true
to gain happinessand
true happiness and
pleasure.
ultimatepleasure.
ultimate

ffi
Before we
Before we take
take off,
off, let's
let's remember
remernber these
ftese essential
essental
lslamic definitions:
Islamic definftions:

ALLAH:
ALLAH:
InArabic,
In Arabic,Allahis
Allah is the
the name
nameof
of the
the one
one
true God,
true God,the
the Creator.
Creator.Islam
lslamteaches
teaches
thatAllah
that Allahis
isthe
thetrue
trueGod
Godof
ofall
allmankind.
mankind.
Jewishand
Jewish and Christian
ChristianArabs
Arabs also use The
also use TheName
NameofAllah
ofAllahin
in
thisname
this (Allah)to
name(Allah) referto
to refer to God.
God. Arablc Calligraphy
Arabic Calhgraphy

MUHAMMAD:
MUHAMMAD:
ls the
Is last Prophet
the last Prophetof
of the
the one
one true
true God
God
(Allah);
(Allah); sentto
sent to all
all mankind (mayAllah's
mankind(may Allah's
blessings
blessings and peacebe
and peace be upon
uponhim).
him).

ISLAM:
ISLAM: The
The Name
Name of
of
Meanssubmission
Means submission to
to the
the Will
Will of the
the one
one Mubammad
Muhammad in Arabic
Arabic
true God (Allah).
true God (Allah).

MUSLIM:
MUSLIM:
ls
Is one
one who
who submits
submits to the
the Will
Will of the
the one
one true God (Allah).
true God (Allah).

THE
THE GLORTOUS
GLORIOUS QUR'AN:
QUR'AN:
ls
Is the final
final Word
Word of the one
one true God (Allah)
true God (Allah) reveated
revealed to
Prophet
Prophet Muhammad.
Muhammad.
PARTTWO
PART TWO

Answering
Answering Humanity's
Humanity's
Gritical
Critical Questions
Questions
lslamanswers
Islam answershumanity's
humanity's mostcritical
most criticaland
andsignificant
significant
ouestions
questions like:
like:
'$
<"II) Whatis
What is the Truth?
the Truth?
4 Who
4!') Whocreated
createdus?
us?
4 Who
~ Whois
is our
ourtrue
trueGod?
God?
4
~ Whois
Who is God's
God'sfinal
finalProphet?
Prophet?
I
~ Whomshould
Whom shouldwe
we worship?
worship?
O Whoare
Who arewe?
we?
I
~ Whyare
Why arewe
we here?
here?
S
~ Whatcomes
What comesafter
afterdeath?
death?
4
<"') Whatis
What is the
the next
nextlife
lifelike?
like?
4
~ Whatis
What is our
our last
lastdestination
destination(Paradise
(Paradise or HellFire)?
or Hell Fire)?
4
~ Howcan
How canwe attaintrue
we attain peaceof
truepeace mind,success,
of mind, success, real
and real
and
happiness?
happiness?
4 Howcan
~ How we gain
can we gain eternal life?
eternal life?
WHAT
WHAT IS IS THE
THE TRUTH?
TRUTH?
In
In Islam,
lslam,the one true
the one God (Allah)
true God (Allah) has the entire
created the
has created entire
creation. lt
creation. It is
is only this great
only this God (Allah)
great God (Allah) who
who made
made all
all
humans and
humans the earth
animals, the
and animals, and its
earth and its mountains,
mountains, oceans
oceans
and rivers,
and plantsand
rivers,plants and forests,
forests, the
the
sun and
sun the moon,
and the galaxies
moon,galaxies and
and
orbits, daysand
orbits,days nishts.All
and nights. other
All other
objects, whichwe
objects,which we mayor
may or maymay
not know,
not know,or or which havenot
whichhave yet
notyet
beendiscovered,
been discovered,are all
are aspects
all aspects
Hisinfinite
of His
of infinitecreation.
creation.

Examples of God's
ExamphsofGod 5 wondeiful creation
wonderfulcreation
Examples ofGod~'
Lxamples of wonderful creariott
God'i u,onderful creation
Al l a hma
Allah maded eaalll l llife
i feoonn e a rthand
earth the whole
and the whole univer
universe,se,
time, space,
including time,
including space, energy, energy, and matter. Allah
and matter. Allah also
also
sustains the
sustains universe and
the universe everything in
and everything in it,
it, and
and controls
controls
what happens
what happens in the universe
in the universe and everything in
and everything in it.
it.
However,some
However, some people people might
might refer
refer their
their existence
existence
"by
"bychance" merelyto
chance"merely to "nature"! Scientifically
"nature"!Scientifically speaking,
speaking,
let'sdefine
let's whatthey
definewhat theyare talkingabout:
are talking NATURE!
about:NATURE! What
What
i s "nature"?
is "n a tu re " ?
youagree
Don'tyou
Don't agreewith withme me that
that nature includes:plants
natureincludes: plants
and p l an e ts,
a n dplanets, o rb i tsand
orbits g a l a xi e s,
a n dgalaxies, valleys
valleys and mountains,
andmountains,
oceans
oceansand rivers,earth,
and rivers, earth,sun, moon,stars,
sun, moon, stars,andand other
other
objects.
objects.HaveHave these
these things things created themselvesor
created themselves or
humanbeings?!
createdhuman
created beings?!

,At
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v
T h eGlorious
The G l o r i o u Qur'an
sQ u r ' a nbeautifully
b e a u t i f u l ltells
tye l l sus:
us:
oO mankind!
mankind! Worship your Lord,
Worshipyour Lord,who
who created you and
createdyou
those who
those who came
came before you that
before you you may
that you may become
become
(2:27)
riglhteous. (2:21)
righteous.

He (God) created
He (God) created the
the Heavens
Heavensand the
the Earth
Earth for
for
Truth. (39:5)
Truth.

is He
It is He who
who created
created the
the night
nif,ht and the
the day,
day, and
the sun
the sun and
and the (2!:33)
moon. (21:33)
the moon.

Moreover,
Moreover, those who believe
thosewho in nature
believein natureargue
arguethat
that they
they
do not believe
do not believein
in God
God because
becausethey
they simply
simply can't
can't see,
see,
t o u c h ,or
touch, o r conduct
c o n d u c an
ta n experiment
e x p e r i m e non
ot n Him!
Him!
couple of
A couple years ago,
of years ago, my my neighbor
neighborin in Oregon,
Oregon,USA
USA
visitedme
visited me at my
my home.
home. We
We talked
talkedabout
about several
severalthings
things
among which we
among which we discussed
discussedthe
the concept
concept of God.
God. MyMy
neighbor,a very
neighbor, very old man, denying
old man, denyingthe
the existence
existenceof God,
God,
emotionallyknocked
emotionally knockedthethe tea
tea table,
table, saying: "l believe
saying:"I in
believein
this table
this table since
sinceI can
can touch it...I can
touch it... feel it!"
can feel it!"
Reasoning
Reasoning with him,
with pointedto
him, I pointed to
th
thee lamp
l a moini n the
th e room
ro o mand
andasked
askedhim:
him :
"Do you
"Do you believe
believe in the power
in the power of
of
electricity?"
electricity?" He He replied: "Sure."
replied: "Sure."
asked: "Can
I asked: "Can youyou see the power
see the power or
or
energy generating
energy generating the light?" "No."
the light?" "No."
was
was hishis answer.
answer.
I further asked him
further asked these questionsr
him these questions:
O Have you
~ Have you ever seen -- with your
ever seen your bare eyes -- the air
bare eyes air we
breathe?
breathe?
~ Do
Q Do you
you have feelings? What
have feelings? What areare their colots,
colors, shapes,
shapes,
and
and sizes?
sizes?
~ What is sleep?
Q What What is its color
sleep?What color or
or weight?
weight?
~ So,how
Q So, how many
manythings
things do do we
we believe
believein without seeing
in without seeing
them?
them?
On another
On anotheroccasion,
occasion, I met youngman
met a young mancalled
calledChris
Chris
hiswife
and his
and wifeat hotelin
at a hotel in Oslo, Norway.
Oslo,Norway. During friendly
Duringa friendly
discussion
discussion with them,
with them, I askedaskedChris: "So,what
Chris:"So, what is is the
the
purposeof
purpose life?"Getting
of life?" Gettingsurprised,
surprised, he answered:
he answered: "Thisis
"This is
firsttime
thefirst
the heardsuch
time I heard question!"
sucha question!" Headded:
He added:"I "lthink
think
thereis
there is no purposeof
no purpose my life."
of my life."He
He concluded:
concluded: "l do
"I not
do not
believe
believe in any
in god."I asked
anygod." askedChris: "Why?"He
Chris:"Why?" Heanswered:
answered:
"l have
"I havenotnotseen yet."
seenitit yet."
Commenting
Commenting hisreply,
on his
on reply,I asked
askedhim (witha smile):
him(with smile):
+)
~ Do you love
Do you your wife?
loveyour wife?
~ Ganyou
Q' Can physicallysee
you physically seethisthis love?
love?
~
Q What
What is is the
the color yourlove?
color of your love?
~
Q How
Howmuchmuchdoes doesthis
this love weigh?
loveweigh?
What was
What was the reactionof
the reaction Chrisand
of Chris his wife?
and his wife? TryTry
imagineit!
to imagine
to it! Thus,
Thus,not not being
beingable
able to
to tangibly
tangiblysee see oror
measurethis
measure this abstract
abstractlovelovedoes not lead
doesnot leadtoto denying
denyingthe the
truthand
truth andexistence
existence of this
of love.
thislove.
By the
By the same
same analogy,
analogy,ifif we
we can't
can't see
see God in this
God in this
lif e because
life b e c a u s eof
o f our l i mi te dfaculties
o u r limited fa cu l ti esand
and senses
senses
whichcan't
which can't comprehend
comprehend His greatness;
His greatness; this must
this must not
not
makeus
make usdeny
denyHis
Hisexistence.
existence.
God'sexistence
God's existenceis clearly
is clearly evidentand
evident andeasily
easilytraceable
traceable
inunlimited
in unlimitedsignsand
signs proofsmanifested
andproofs manifestedinthe
in thecreation
creation of
of
numberless
numberless atoms,cells,
atoms, cells,tissues,
tissues, muscles,and
muscles, andeveryone
everyone
and everything
and evefihingcreated.
created.
This is the
This Islam. There
truth in lslam.
the truth only one
There is only one God,
God,
Sustainer of the universe
Creator and Sustainer
the Creator universe.. WeWe
must not
must anyone or anything
consider anyone
not consider above or equal
anything above equal
Him. The
to Him. The one true God
one true (Allah)
God (Allah) has created us
has created us to
know worship Him
and worship
know and alone. Those
Him alone. Those who correctly worship
who correctly worship
H i ma
Him ndco
and yfo l l oH
mp l e te lfollow
completely wi s comm
His andments
commandments will
will be
be
admitted to Paradise,
admitted eternal life.
Paradise, eternal life.
On the
On other hand,
the other those who
hand, those disobey God
who disobey and follow
God and follow
sinful lusts
their sinful
their lusts and desires will
and desires will bebe taken to... Where
taken to... Where dodo
you
you expect?
expect?
WHOIS
WHO IS THE
THETRUE
TRUEGOD?
GOD?
lslamclearly
Islam clearlyand
and beautifully
beautifully answers
answers this
thiscritical
criticaland
and
significant
significant question.
question. Itlt reveals
revealsto
to us
us more
moredetails
detailsabout
about
t h e one
the o n etrue
t r u eGod
G o dand H i sunique
a n d His u n i q u enature
n a tu reand qualities.
andqualities.
TheGlorious
The GloriousQur'an states:
Qur'anstates:

Say: He
Say: He is
is God (Allah), the
God (Allah), the One;
One;God (Allah), the
God (Allah), the
Eternal,Absolute;
Eternal, Absolute;He
He begets
begetsnot,
not,nor
nor is
is He
He begotten;
beglotten;
and there
and there is
rbnone
nonelike
like unto
untoHim. (772:7-4)
Him. (112:1-4)

This
This is
is a complete
complete chapter
chapter of the
the Glorious
Glorious Qur'an.
Qur'an.
This
This wonderful
wonderful chapter
chapter briefly
briefly and
and concisely
concisely tells
tells us
us the
the
ultimate
ultimate truth
truth about
about the
the one God (Allah)
one God (Allah) and
and His
His true
true
nature.
nature. lt
It clearly
clearly answers
answers critical
critical and significant questions
and significant questions
that puzzle
that millions of people.
puzzle millions people.
the qualities
Some of the
Some qualities that distinguish this
that distinguish true God
this true God
(Allah)from others who
(Allah) from others be God
claim to be
who claim God are:
are:

~ This
O This true God Creator, not created.
God is Greator, created.
a|
~ This true God
This true more! He
ONE, not more!
only ONE,
God is only has no
He has no
partners
partners nor nor equals.
equals.
~ This
Q This oneone true
true God invisible; no
God is invisible; one can
no one can see
see
this life.
Him in this
Him He is not physically
life. He physically manifested
manifested or
incarnated in
incarnated other forms.
in other forms.
~ This
4 This one true God
one true God isis eternah
eternal; He does not
He does die or
not die
change.
change.
a) This
~ This one true God
one true God is not in
is not in need
need of anyone like a
anyonelike
mother,a wife,
mother, wife, oror a son;
son;or or anything food,drink,
like food,
anythinglike drink,
or
or help.
help.ButBut others
othersare in need
are in needof Him.
of Him.
*' This
~ Thistrue
true GodGodIs is unique
uniquein in His
His attributes;
attributes;nono one is
one is
like Him.
like Him.No No human
humandescriptions
descriptionscancan be attributed
be attributed
1
to H i m.1
t o Him.

d ed
HAVEYOU
HAVE DISCOVERED
YOU DISCOVERED THESESECRETS?
THESE SECRETS?
Indeed,Islam
Indeed, lslamrealizes
realizesand
and speaks
speaksto
to our
our
Innatenatures.
innate natures.Itlt speaks
speaksto
to our
our souls,
souls,
our spiritual
our spiritualand
and intellectual
intellectual needs,and
needs, and
tendencies.
tendencies. Allah, who knows
Allah, who knowssouls,
souls,
minds,and
minds, and hearts,
hearts.reveals
revealsto
to us
us
the keys of
the keys of tranquility
tranquility and
and
contentment
contentment for
for them.
them.
HOW TO ATTAIN
HOW TO PEACE OF
ATTAIN PEACE MIND, TRANQUILITY
OF MIND, TRANQUILITY
AND CONTENTMENT?
AND CONTENTMENT?

1:
Key 1:
Key Know your
Know your one true God.
one true God.
Key 2:
Key 2: Believe in
Believe Him alone.
in Him alone.
Key 3:
Key 3: Follow His will.
Follow His will.
Key 4:
Key4: Believein
Believe in God's prophets
God'sprophets
(includingProphet
(including Muhammad).
ProphetMuhammad).
Key 5: Remember
Key5: Remember God.
God.
Key 6: Seek
Key6: SeekGod's forgiveness.
God'sforgiveness.
Key 7: Worship
Key 7: WorshipHim alone.
Him alone.
Key
Key8:
8: Love for others
Lovefor otherswhat you love
what you for
lovefor
yourself.
yourself.
Key
Key9:
9: Be generousto others
Be generous othersand make
try to make
andtry
happy.
them happy.
them
Key 10: Have
Key10: Havesincerity
sincerityand piety.
and piety.

Briefly, these top


Briefly, these 10
top 10
secret keysthrough
secretkeys which
throughwhich
we
we can
can achieve tranquility
achievetranquility
and
and contentment
contentmentas well
as well
as
as spiritual,
spiritual,social, and
social, and
global peace are
global peace among
are among
the
the magnificent treasures
magnificenttreasures
of the Glorious
of the Glorious Qur'an and
Qur'anand
the Prophetic
the Prophetic sayings.
sayings.
To sum
To sum up,
up, Islam
lslamteaches
teachesus
us through
throughits
its two
two main
main
authentic
authentic sources:
sources: TheGlorious
The GloriousQur'an andthe
Qur'anand theProphetic
Prophetic
sayingsthat
sayings that we
we can
can attain peaceof
attainpeace of mind,
mind,happiness,
happiness,
andsalvation,
and salvation,by knowing
byknowing and believing
and believing in the
in the one
onetrue
true
God (Allah)willingly
God(Allah) willingly and wholeheartedly.
and wholeheartedly. We
We must
mustalso
also
believein
believe in all
all God's
God'strue prophets(including
true prophets prophet
(includin6!Prophet
Muhammad) and
Muhammad) and follow
follow their
their true guidanceand
true guidance and
teachings.
teachings.
Thus,the
Thus, glatewayto aa happy,
tre gateway happn content, and eternal
isthrough
life is throughbelieving
believing in and
in anduttering
utteringthis
thistestimony:
testimony:

However,
However, lslamtells
Islam tellsus
usthat
thatbelief
beliefalone
alonein
in God
Godand
andHis
His
prophets
prophets is
is not
not enough have peace
enough to have peace of mind,
mind, happiness,
happiness,
and
and salvation!
salvation!
We
We have
have to do
do the
the will
will of Allah
Allah through
through worshipping
worshipping
Him
Him ALONE
ALONE and
and keeping
keeping His
His commandments.
commandments.
Submission
Submission to the the will
will of God
God isis the
the essence
essence of
the
the message
message of Allah.
Allah. Confirming
Confirming thethe true
true meaning
meaning of
submission
submission to Him
Him and
and the reward prepared
the reward prepared for
for those
those
who
who believe
believe and do good
and do good deeds, Allah points
deeds, Allah points out
out in
in
tthe
heQQur'an:
ur'an:
those who
lndeed, those
Indeed, have believed
who have and done
helievedand ilSlhteous
done righteous
deeds -- they
deeds have the
they will have Gardensof
the Gardens Paradiseas a
of Paradise
lodSing. (78:7O7)
lodging. (18:107)

Similarly, the
Similarly, Bible reports
Holy Bible
the Holy reports the words of Jesus'
the words Jesus'
brother, James, saying:
brother, James, saying:

For as the body without the spirit spirit is dead, so faith


faith
without deeds is dead also. (James (James 2=261
2:26)
Interestingly,
Interestingly,James (4:7)
James also referred
(4:7) also the meaning
referred to the meaning
of Islam
lslamthat was previously
that was previously discussed.
discussed.
yourselves therefore to
Submit yourselves (James 4:7)
God.(James
to God.
Therefore,
Therefore, aretrue
Muslimsare
Muslims followers
truefollowers of Jesus
of andthe
Jesusand the
prophets.
prophets. Muslimmeans
A Muslim personwho
meansa person whosubmits his or
submitshis or
her
herwill
willto the one
to the onetrue God.
trueGod.
Muslims havefaith
Muslimshave in Allah
faithin (theone
Allah(the trueGod)
onetrue God)and do
anddo
gooddeeds.
good Theyobey
deeds.They followthe
and follow
obeyand commandments
the commandments
that
thatJesus
Jesusand
andthe prophets
theprophets taught likebelieving
did,like
anddid,
taughtand believing
in
in one
one true
true God,
God,praying, prostrating,
praying,prostrating, kneelingdown
kneeling in
downin
worship,
worship, fasting, givingalms
fasting,giving almsand charity,
andcharity, saying"if God
saying"ifGod
wills" (lnsha Allah),
wills" (Insha Allah), and usingthe
and using greetingof
the greeting of Jesus
Jesus
and
and the prophets:
the prophets: "Peace
"Peace be (Asalamu
upon you" (Asalamu
be upon
Alaikum).
Alaikum).
are just
These are
These just some
some examples and pieces
examples and pieces of evidence
evidence
clearly indicate
which clearly
which indicate the truth, unity,
the truth, unity, and universality of
and universality of
this great
this beautiful religion
and beautiful
great and religion of all prophets:
of all prophets: lslam.
Islam.
Practically
Practically speaking, a person
speaking, who is
person who Muslimor
is a Muslim or
would like
would like to
to be Muslimmust
be a Muslim believe in
must believe in six
six articles
articles
faith.
of faith.

THE SIX ARTICLES


THESIX ARTICLES
God) -- in
1. Belief in Allah (the one true God)
1. Hisexistence,
in His existence,
His
His Oneness (Tawheed),
Oneness(Tawheed), His Lordship,
His Lordship,and His unique
and His unique
names
namesand
andattributes;
attributes; andthat
and thatHe isthe
Heis the only onedeserving
onlyone deserving
to beworshipped.
to be worshipped.

The
TheName
NameofAllah
ofAllah
Arabic
in Arabic
in
2. Belief in Allah's angels,
2. angfels,who
whowere
werecreated
createdby Allah
by Allah
to praiseHim,
to praise Him,obey Hiscommandments,
obeyHis commandments, and
and carry
carryout
out
Hisorders.
His orders.

3.BeliefinAllah'srevelations
3. includingthe
Belief in Allah's revelations including the original
original
Wordof
Word Allah revealed
of Allah revealedtoto Moses
Mosesandand Jesus (not the
Jesus(not the
human writings
human writings and
and stories narrated according
stories narrated accordingtoto
variousauthors
various authorsas found in
as found in the
the Bible).
Bible).The
The Glorious
Glorious
Qur'an isthe
Qur'anis thefinal, pure,and
final,pure, andauthentic
authentic Wordof
Word of God,
God,sent
sent
to Prophet
to ProphetMuhammad.
Muhammad.

4. Belief in Allah's messengers


4. messenElers and prophets
including
including Adam, Noah,Abraham,
Adam, Noah, Abraham,Moses,
Moses, John
Johnthe
theBaptist,
Baptist,
Jesus,
Jesus, andMuhammad.
and Muhammad. So,a Muslim
So, Muslimis
is not
nota true
truebeliever
believer
he or
if he or she
she does
does not
not believe
believeinin Moses
Mosesandand Jesus
Jesusasas
prophetssent
prophets fromthe
sent from the one
one true
true God (Allah),
God(Allah), the
the Creator.
Creator.

5. Belief in the Last Day, Day, the Day of Judgment


the Day Judgment and
and
accountability.
accountability. All
All mankind
mankind will be judged
will be judged byAllah
by Allah according
according
to their
their faith
faith and
and their
their deeds
deeds and
and actions.
actions. At
At the
the end
end of
judgment,
judgment, whowho will
will be
be admitted
admitted to a happy,
happy, eternal
eternal life
life
(Paradise)and
(Paradise) and who
who will
will be
be thrown
thrown into
into Hell
Hell Fire?
Fire?

6. Belief in the destiny decreed


decreed byby Allah
Allah and
and His
His
ultimate
ultimate knowledge
knowledge of all
all things.
things. This
This makes
makes believers
believers
trust in
trust in Allah.
Allah. They
They are
are satisfied,
satisfied, content,
content, and
and confident
confident
inwhatever
in whatever Allahdecrees
Allah decrees forthem
for themwhether
whether goodor
good orbad.
bad.
Theytry
They trynot
notto
to despair,
despair, notto
not getdepressed,
to get depressed,hopeless,
hopeless,
or despondent
or despondent whencrises
when crisesor
or difficulties
difficulties strike.They
strike. They
turnto
turn to Allah
Allahfor
forhelp,
help,support,
support,andreward.
and reward.

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The six arricles
articles oJfaith
offtith utrittett
written in Artbic
Arabic calligraphl
w!!igraphy

This
This beautiful
beautiful faith
faith in
in Allah
Allah and
and His
His decree
decree makes
makes
Muslims feel peace
Muslims feel peace of mind
mind andand contentment
contentment in in spite
spite of
all
all the
the aggression,
aggression, invasion,
invasion, occupation,
occupation, and
and exploitation
exploitation
of their
their land,
land, oil,
oil, and
and wealth,
wealth, inin spite
spite of the
the injustice,
injustice,
bias,
bias, discrimination,
discrimination, and
and defamation
defamation they
they suffer
suffer from.
from.
These
These are
are briefly
briefly the
the articles
articles of
of faith
faith in
in lslam
Islam that
that aa
true
true believer
believer must
must believe
believe in.
in.
THE FIVE PILLARS
THE FIVE PILLARS

In addition to
In addition to the faith (the
articles of faith
the articles (the theoretical
theoretical
aspect), Islam
aspect), us to put
teaches us
lslamteaches into practice.
faith into
this faith
put this practice.
A Muslim
Muslim must practice
mustpractice five
five basic pillarsof Islam
basic pillars lslamasas well
well
as
as doing gooddeeds
doinggood generally.
deedsgenerally. Simplyand
Simply briefly
and briefly these
these
are
arethe pillarsof
fivepillars
the five practicein
of practice in Islam.
lslam.

P h o r obr.\l.
PhOlO b r V . AI \riirr
A l Najjar
Shahadah (the testimony):
1. Shahadah testimony[
II testify
tetify that
that there
there is
b no
no6pd but Allah
god but NIah and
andII testify
tetlfy that
that
Muhammad
Muhammad is is the
the messenger
messenglerof Allah.
Allah,

InArabic,
In Arabic,itit sounds
soundslike
likethis:
this:
Ash-hadu Alia
Ash-hadu Alla llaha
Ilaha Ilia
llh Allah
AAah Wa
Wa Ash-hadu
Ash-hadu Anna
Anna
M uhommadonRasulullah.
Muhammadan Rasal ulloh.
.f6(

Thisis
This is the
the testimony
testimonythat
that one
one must pronounce
must pronounce when
when
embracingIslam.
embracing lslam. It
lt reflects
reflectsthe
the beauty
beautyand
and simplicity
simplicity
lslam.
of Islam.
of

2. Salat (prayer}
(prayer):
Performingthe five
Performing five daily, mandatory prayers
daily, mandatory prayers (prayer
(prayer
includes
includes standing, bowing, prostrating,
standing, bowing, partsof
recitingparts
prostrating, reciting
the Qur'an, praising,
the Qur'an, and remembering
praising, and remembering Allah,
Allah, and
and asking
asking
for
for His
His mercy,
mercy, forgiveness and Paradise).
forgiveness and Paradise).
Talking
Talking about
about the
the beauty and power
beauty and power of prayers:
prayers: they
they
provide
provide us
us with spiritual growth,
with spiritual growth, psychological
psychological comfort,
comfort,
support,
support, relief,
relief, tranquility,
tranquility, and
and contentment
contentment for our our
souls,
souls, minds,
minds, and
and hearts.
hearts.
• •• t

Whatadds
What to the
addsto the beauty prayeris
of prayer
beautyof isthe
thetruth thatGod's
truththat God's
prophets,
prophets, like Adam,Noah,
likeAdam, Abraham,
Noah,Abraham, Moses,Jesus,
Moses, and
Jesus,and
Muhammad
Muhammad prayln$
werepraying
were prostrating
andprostrating
and to theone
to the onetrue
true
Allah.So,
God,Allah.
God, Muslimsare
So, Muslims followingthe
are following footstepsof
the footsteps of
thosegreat
those prophetsand
greatprophets messengers
and messengers God.
of God.
of
Furthermore,
Furthermore, many other
many beautifulconcepts,
other beautiful such
concepts,such
of God,
love of
as love
as God, submission and surrender
submissionand surrenderto Him,
to Him,
supplication,
supplication, unity,equality,
unity, equality,sincerity,
sincerity, patience,
patience, humility,
humility,
meekness
and meekness
and areevidently
are evidentlymanifested
manifested in and
in learned
and learned
prayer.
fromprayer.
from
I n d e e dsincere
Indeed, s, i n c ereand
a n dhumble
h u mb l e (re membr ance
" d h i kr"
"dhikr" (remembrance of
of
Allah)"du'a"
Allah) (supplication),
"du'a"(supplication), "istighfar"
"istighfar" (seekingforgive-
(seeking forgive-
ness),and
ness), and"salat"
"salat" (prayer)
(prayer) -- to
to Allah alone-- are
Allahalone greatand
aregreat and
wonderfulkeys
wonderful keys to peace of
to peace of mind,
mind, tranquility,
tranquility,and
and
blessings.
blessings.

Ihose who
Those who have
have believed
believedand
and whose
whosehearts
heartshave
have rest
rest
[tranquility] in the
[tranquility] in the remembrance
remembranceof Allah.
Allah. Verily
Verilyin
in the
the
remembranceof Allah
remembrance Allahdo
do hearts
hearb find
find rest
rest [tranquility]!
[tranquility]!
(73:28)
(13:28)
And (AIIah) says,
Lord (Allah)
And your Lord says, call
call upon respond
upon Me; I will respond
to you (40:60)
(4O:6O)

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lvasjidSuleyman in Istanbul,
Suleymanin lstanbul,Turkey
Turkey
Zakat:
3. Zakat:
3.

T h emandatory
The giving
m a n d a t o r ygiving
of aa certain
of certainamount
amountof
of one's
one's
wealthto
wealth to the poorand
the poor andneedy.
needy.
Zakator
Zakat or alms givingpurifies
almsgiving purifies us
us
from greedand
fromgreed miserliness.
andmiserliness. purifies
lt purifies
It
our properties and
our properties money and
and money and teaches
teaches caring
caring and
and
sharing which build
sharingwhich build strong
strong bridges mutual love
bridgesof mutual love and
and
respectbetween
respect betweenthe
the rich
rich and
and the poor.Indeed,
the poor. Indeed,it fosters
fosters
s u p p o r t ,help,
support, h e l p ,cooperation,
c o o p e r a t i o nand
a,n d solidarity
s o l i d a r i t in
yi n society
s o c i e t yas
as a
whole.
whole.

4. Sawm:
4. Sawm:
Sawm (fasting) is
Sawm (fasting) is refraining
refrainingfrom
from all
all intake
intake of
food and
food and liquid,
liquid, and
and from from having
having sex sex with
with one's
one's
s p o u s eduring
spouse d u r i n ga certain p e r i o
c e r t a i nperiod of do f time ( f r o mdawn
t i m e (from d a w n until
until

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ia
Someof
sunset).Some
sunset). of the
the beautiful benefitsand
beautifulbenefits lessonsof
and lessons of
include:
fastinginclude:
fasting
r) Spiritual
~ Spiritualbenefits
benefits
It develops
It develops"taqwa" (piety)and
"taqwa"(piety) and sincerity.
sincerity.The fasting
The fasting
monthof
month of Ramadan
Ramadanis greatoppurtunity
is a great oppurtunity for attaining
for attaining
mercyand
God'smercy
God's forgiveness,
andforgiveness, beingsaved
being fromthe
savedfrom the Hell
Hell
Fire,and
Fire, andobtaining
obtaining lifein
eternallife
eternal in Paradise.
Paradise.
,) Moral
<f'I) Moral and
and emotional benefits
emotionalbenefits
In the
In the school of Ramadan
school of (fasting),we
Ramadan(fasting), we learn
learn and
and
experiencethe
experience the hunger that millions
hunger that millionsof people in
of people in
partsof
differentparts
different of the worldsuffer
the world from.Itlt inspires
sufferfrom. inspiresus to
us to
share,to
share, feel,to
to feel, be humble,
to be generous
humble,generous kind.
andkind.
and
O Educational
<f'I) Educationalbenefits
benefits
Fastingteaches
Fasting teachesus manylessons.
us many Forexample,
lessons.For we can
example,we can
learn
learn that changing or
that changing or quitting habits, like
bad habits,
quitting bad like excessive
excessive
is possible.
eating is
eating Also, it disciplines
possible. Also, disciplines our behavior and
our behavior and
trains be patient
us to be
trains us patient and self-restrained. Furthermore,
and self-restrained. Furthermore,
it reminds
reminds us us that God's prophets,
that God's prophets, like
like Muhammad,
Muhammad,
Moses,and
Moses, and Jesus, used to fast,
Jesus, used fast, too.
too.
.)
~ Health
Health beneflts
benefits
the process
Through the
Through process ofof fasting,
fasting, the body gets
the body gets rid
rid of toxins
toxins
and
and extra fats. Doctors
extra fats. Doctorsandand nutritionists recommend
nutritionistsrecommend
fastingand
fasting and describe
describeit as as a "rubbish-burner"
"rubbish-burner" and as
and as a
"curative Fastingis
therapy".Fasting
"curativetherapy". goodremedy
is a good remedyfor for several
several
diseases.
diseases.
Theseare
These just some
are just someof the the beauties
beautiesandand benefits
benefitsof of
fasting the month
fastingthe monthofof Ramadan.
Ramadan.

Hajj:
5. Hajj:
5.
Hajj is the
Hajjis pilgrimage
the pilgrimage to Makkah
to that every
Makkahthat Muslim
everyMuslim
must performonce
mustperform in his
oncein hisor herlifetime,
or her lifetime,provided
provided he or
he or
she physically,
is physically,
sheis mentally,
mentally, financially
andfinancially
and able to do
ableto do so.
so.
Like the
Like the other pillars and
other pillars and tenets
tenets of lslam, the
of Islam, the
beauties, lessons,and
beauties,lessons, and benefits
benefitsof Hajj are
of Hajj many.
are many.
Millionsof
Millions of believers
believers (ofdifferent
(of colorsand
differentcolors racesand
and races and
from
from different parts of
differentparts world)answer
the world)
of the the call
answerthe call of
of
principles
Wonderfulprinciples
Abraham.Wonderful
Abraham. and concepts
and conceptscan be
can be
seen i n action
s e e nin H a j j ,including:
d u ri n gHajj,
a c t i o nduring subm
i n cl u d i n gsubmission
: and
ission
and
obedience
obedienceto Allah,brotherhood
to Allah, brotherhoodand sisterhood
and in
sisterhoodin
lslam, unity,
Islam, patience,sacrifice,
unity,patience, sacrifice,
prayer,charity,
prayer, charity,and fasting.The
and fasting. The
pilgrimage (Hajj)
lslamic pilgrimage
Islamic (Hajj) wit-
wit-
nessesand
nesses and features
featuresthe
the largest
largest
and most
and mostunique
uniquereligious
religious confer-
confer-
ence or
ence gatheringof
or gathering its kind
of its kind in
in FI
sl
humanhistory.
human history.
At such
At greatconvergence
sucha great convergenceof
of
all races
all racesand
and colors
colorsserving just
servingjust
o n e God
one G od and
a n d following jgu st one
fo l l o w i n just o ne
message,Malcolm
message, MalcolmX and
and others
others
havelearned
have learnedthe lessonand
the lesson and the
the
t
beautyof
beauty of true faith,Islamic
truefaith, lslamicbroth-
broth-
erhood,and
erhood, equality-- when
and equality whenthey
they
wentto
went to Makkah
Makkahto performHajj.
to perform Hajj.

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PARTTHREE
PART THREE

Ihe Beauty
The Beauty and Purityof
andPurity ofthe
the
Glorious
Glorious Qur'an
Qur'an
TheGlorious
The GloriousQur'an isthe
Qur'anis theconstitution
constitutionrevealed
revealed byGod
by God
(Allah)
(Allah) to regulate
to regulate governhuman
andgovern
and humanlife.
life.Itlt speaks with
speakswith
the pefect knowledge
the perfect knowledgeofthe
of the Creator
Creatorabout Hiscreation.
aboutHis creation.Itlt
exposes
exposes thetruth
the truthand invitesmankind
andinvites mankindto
to the wayof
the way of truth.
truth.
It contains
It contains important
important information
information abouthuman
about humandestiny.
destiny.
It educates
It educatesand
and raises peopleto
raisespeople the highest
to the highestspiritual,
spiritual,
moral,intellectual,
moral, intellectual,and social
and sociallevel
levelwhen
whenthey
theystrive
striveto
to
comprehend
comprehend it and
it andapply
applyits itsteachings.
teachings.
The Qur'an
The Qur'anis is an
an eternal
eternalmiracle miraclegiven given to the the final
final
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fourteen
centuriesago,
centuries ago, it remains
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today completely intact
completely intact
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unaltered in
in its
its original
original
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sharewith yousome
withyou somebeautiful
beautifulverses from
versesfrom
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the infinite
the of God's
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and Wisdom, was
verydifficult
very difficultfor
for me
me to choose
choosewhat presentand
whatto present notto
and not
presenthere,
present here,because
becauseof the limitedspace
the limited spaceof this
this book.
book.
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discovermore aboutthese
these beautiful
beautifuland pure
and pure
treasuresof the
treasures the Word the one
Wordof the one true
true God,
God,I invite youto
inviteyou
readthe
read the Qur'an personally.
Qur'anpersonally. Try get an
Tryto get an authentic
authenticcopy
copy
GloriousQur'an,
the Glorious
of the you may
or you
Qur'an,or get an
mayget e-copyof the
an e-copy the
Qur'an from reliable
Qur'anfrom reliableIslamic
lslamicwebsites (e.g.,
websites(e.g., www.sultan.org).
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BEAUTTFULQUR'ANIC
BEAUTIFUL QUR'ANtC VERSES
VERSES
All Qur'anic
All versesare
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God'sWord. Let us
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us read and
enjoysome
enjoy magnificent
somemagnificent textsof
texts of the
the Glorious
Glorious Qur'an that
Qur'anthat
revealthe
reveal lslamicview
the Islamic view concerning
concerning some critical
some and
criticaland
significant
significant concepts.
concepts.

and Salvation
Forgivenessand
Forgiveness Salvation

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Say, O
Say, 0 My servants
servantswho have committed excess
who have excess a$ainst
against
themselves,do
themselves, despairof Allah's
do not despair Allah'smercy.lndeed, Allah
mercy. Indeed, Allah
forgives all sins,
forglives He who is the Ever-for$ivingl,
sins, for it is He Ever-forgiving,
Merciful. (39;53)
Merciful. (39:53)
· ;

When
When a soul
soul repents and returns
repents and returns to Allah, Heturns
Allah, He turns back
back
to Hisservant
to His servant in
in acceptance and forgiveness.3
acceptance and forgiveness. 3

Yes,
Yes, Allah
Allah forgives
forgives all sins when
all sins we go
when we go sincerely
sincerely back
back to
Him. What a great
Him.What great deal!
deal!

lndeed, Allah
Indeed, Allah loves
lovesthose who repent,
those who repent,and He loyes
and He loves
those who purify
those who (2:222)
themselyes. (2:
purify themselves. 222)

Certainly,
Certainly, Allah, in Islam,
Allah, in lslam,is
isthe
thesource
sourceof peace,mercy,
of peace, mercy,
and forgiveness;
and forgiveness; not the
not the source
sourceof
of hate,
hate,bloodshed,
bloodshed,or
or
terrorism.
terrorism.
So, in
So, in Islam,
lslam,to get salvation
to get salvationand
and eternal
eternallife you can
life you can
simply go back
simplygo backto
to Allah, believein
Allah, believe in Him
Him alone,
alone,and
and do
do
gooddeeds.
good deeds.No
Noneed
needfor
for an innocent,
an innocent, goodperson
good personto
to be
be
crucifiedor
crucified or killed
killedfor
for the
the sins
sinscommitted
committedby
byothers.
others.Islam
lslam
alsocommands
also commandsits
itsfollowers (Muslims)to
followers(Muslims) forgiveothers.
to forgive others.
Thisis
This is briefly
brieflythe
the beautiful
beautifulconcept
conceptof
of salvation
salvationand
and
forgiveness
forgiveness in Islam.
in lslam.Indeed,
Indeed,lslamis
Islam is a religion
religion of mercy
of mercy
forgiveness.
andforgiveness.
and
Justice
Justice

oO you
you who believe!
who believel Stand
Stand outout firmly for Allah as just
Allah as
witnesses; and let
witnesses; let not
not the
the hatred people make
hatred of a people you
make you
avoid justice. just; that is
avoid justice. Be just; lb next piety,and
next to piety, and fear
fear Allah
Allah
Allah is
for Allah is well-acquainted
well-acquaintedwith
with all that you do.
that you (5:S)
do. (5:8)

lslam teaches
Islam teachesusus to be just with
to be with all people,whether
all people, whether
with friends
with friendsor foes;
foes;and
and at all
all times,
times,in peaceor in
in peace in war.
war.

I
!
I

i I
teaches its followers
It teaches followers to
to conduct themselves with
conduct themselves with
unconditional justice
unconditional and morality
justice and free from
morality free from individual
individual
whims, social and
whims, social and cultural circumstances, or temporal
cultural circumstances, temporal
relativism.
relativism.44

Allah does command


AIIah does you that you
command you you restore deposits to
restoredeposits
their owners,and,
thefuowners, if you
and, if jud$e between
you judge betweenmankind,
mankind, that
you judflewith
you judge justice. (4:58)
with justice. (4:58)

As a practical
As manifestation of its
practical manifestation beauty, eternal
its beauty, eternal
values, mercy,
values, and justice,
mercy, and lslamcommands
justice, Islam commands usus to protect
protect
what Muslimscholars
whatMuslim scholarscall: TheFive
call:The Necessities.
FiveNecessities.

The Five Necessities


The Five
instructsMuslims
lslaminstructs
Islam protecttheir
to protect
Muslimsto ownand
theirown andothers':
others':
1.
1. Religion.
Religion.
2.
2. Soul.
Soul.
3.
3 . Mind.
Mind.
4.
4. Honor (dignity).
Honor(dignity).
5. (andwhatever
Money(and
5. Money whateverweown).
we own).

Beautifully,
Beautifully, Glorious
the Glorious
the Qur'an pointsout
Qur'anpoints that whoever
outthat whoever
kills
killsan innocentsoul
an innocent 'ft is
soul "it as ifif he
b as hadkilled
he had mankind
killedmankind
whoeversaves
Andwhoever
entirely.And
entirely. one-- itrt is
sav6 one as ifif he
is as he had
hadsaved
saved
mankindentirely."
mankind (5:32)
entire$."(5:32)

43
Concerning
Concerning the freedomand
the freedom protectionof
and protection faith,the
of faith, the
GloriousQur'an
Glorious states:
Qur'anstates:
There is no
Thereis no compulsion
compulsionin
in religion... (2:256)
religion... (2:256)

Thus,Islam
Thus, lslamhonors
honorsmankind
mankindand
and does
does not
not compel
compel
anyoneto
anyone to embrace its faith
embraceits faith by force.This
by force. This is
is the
the truth,
truth,
beauty, justice,kindness,
beauty,justice, kindness,and
and tolerance
toleranceof
of Islam
lslamwhen
when
withnon-Muslims.
dealingwith
dealing non-Muslims.55

So, we
So, we have
have to be
be
honest, objective,
honest, objective,and
and
fairwhen
fair jud$in€others.
whenjudging others.
And
And let's
let's remember
remember
whatAllah
what Allahtells
tellsus in the
us in the
Glorious
Glorious Qur'an:
Qur'an:
...and let
...and let not
not the
the
hatred peoplemake
hatredof aa people you avoid
makeyou justice.Be
avoidjustice. just; that is
Be just; b
nextto
next piety...
to piety...

Nonetheless,
Nonetheless, concerning
concerning those unfair
those politicaland
unfair political and
religiousleaders,
religious writers,historians,
leaders,writers, historians,and media
and people
mediapeople
who unjustly
who unjustlyaccuse lslamand
accuseIslam and all Muslimsof
all Muslims of terrorism
terrorism
andclaim
and claimthat lslamwas
that Islam wasspread
spreadby forceand
byforce andsword,
sword,and
and
thosesick-minded
those sick-minded ill-hearted
and ill-hearted
and folk who
folk whodepict Allah,
depictAllah,
the one
the trueGod
onetrue Godand
andHis
Hislast prophetMuhammad
lastprophet Muhammadin the
in the
worstand
worst and ugliest
ugliestimages
imagesand
and cartoons, wonder:
cartoons,I wonder:
A ls this
• Is this what
what isis meant
meant by by freedom,
freedom, and and freedom
freedom of of
speech -- is
speech there not
is there not a double standard being
double standard being used
used
when dealing with
when dealing lslamand
with Islam Muslims? (For
and Muslims? (For example,
example,
why
why are terms "Christian
the terms
are the "Christian terrorists"
terrorists" oror 'Jewish
"Jewish
terrorists"
terrorists" never
never heard,
heard, although
although therethere is
is no
no shortage
shortage of
of
atrocitiesbeing
atrocities beingcommitted
committedby peopleof those
by people faiths?)
thosefaiths?)
ls anyone
•I Is anyonefree freetoto insult,
insult,curse,
curse,andanddespise
despiseothers
othersand
and
theirbeliefs,
their beliefs,or
or accuse
accusethemthemall all of
of terrorism?
terrorism?
ls this
•A Is how civilization,
this how civilization, democracy,
democracy, freedomare
and freedom
and are
taughtto
taught to the
the younger generation
youngergeneration in schools,
in schools,colleges,
colleges,
andin
and in society
societyin general?
in general?
ls itit really
•a Is reallythe
the sword
swordof lslam
of Islam
that makes
that makes thousands
thousands of of
wise, objective,
wise, objective,sincere,
sincere,and and
open-minded
open-minded menand
men women
andwomen
around the
around world embrace
the world embrace
l s l a m nowadays?
Islam n o w a d a ys? (Many(Ma n y
books,articles,
books, articles,and websites
and websites
discusswhy
discuss why and how these
and how these
brothersand
brothers and sisters reverted
sisters reverted
lslam.For
to Islam.
to Forexample,
example, would
I would
recommend:
recommend: lslamOur
Islam OurChoice:
Choice:
Portraits
Portraits ModernAmerican
of Modern
of American Muslim Women-- edited
MuslimWomen edited
by DebraL.
byDebra L. Dirks
DirksandandStephanie
Stephanie Parlove.Available
Parlove. Available on
on
Internet).
the Internet).
the

45
Furthermore,
Furthermore, accordingto
according recent American
to recent Am er icanand
and
Westernreports,
Western l sl a mis
reports,Islam i s the w o rl d 'sfastest-
th e world's growing
fastest-growing
reli g i o6n . 6
religion.

Discovering the beauty


Discouering beauty of
ofIslam and its great ciuilization
Iskm and civilization
Equality
Equality

o mankind, indeed
O have created you from male and
indeed We have
female and made you peoples
and made peoples and tribes that
that you may
know one
one another.
another. Indeed noble of you in the
lndeed the most noble
sight of
sight of God (Allah) is the most
God (Allah) most righteous of you.
righteous of lndeed
you. Indeed
God (Allah) is Knowing
God(Allah) Knowint and Acquainted. (49:73)
Acquainted. (49:13)

&
Confirming
Confirmingthis wonderfulconcept
this wonderful conceptof equality in Islam,
equalityin lslam,
ProphetMuhammad,
Prophet Muhammad,in
in his
his last
lastsermon,
sermon,said:
said:

oO people,
people, your God is
God is one
one and
and your father
father is
is one.
one. You
You
are all
are all from
from Adam
Adam and Adam
Adam is
is from
from dust. An Arab
dust. An is not
Arab is not
superiot to aa non-Arab,
superior non-Arab,and a non-Arab superiorto
rb not superior
non-Arabis
Arab.A
an Arab. Awhite hasno superiority
white has superiorityover
overa black,
black,nor does
does
a black have superiority
black have superiority over white. You
over a white. You are all equal.
equal.
Nobody has superiority
Nobodyhas except through
superiority over others except piety
throu{h piety
and good
and action.
flood action.
I n Islam,
In l sl a m,b l a cksa
blacks nd
and
whites are just brothers
whites are brothers
and sisters in
and sisters in the
the same
same
human
human race.
race. They
They are
are all
all
from
from thethe same
same father,
father,
Adam,who
Adam, was created
who was created
from dust.
from Thus.we
dust.Thus, we are
are
all from earth
all from earth and
and wewe Twin
Tbin Sisters
Sisters
willgo
will backto earth
fo back earthandand
turnto
turn to dust
dustagain.
again.
This is
This is an important
an important
lesson that
lesson that we we cancan
derive from the
derive from the above
above
quotesfrom
quotes from the
the Qura'n
Qura'n
and the
and the Prophets'
Prophets'lastlast
sermon. And
sermon. And this
this was
was
the lesson
the lessonthat
that Malcolm
Malcolm
learnedwhen
X learned whenhe he went
went
Makkah to
to Makkah
to perform
to perform
Hajj (pilgrimage).7
Halj(pilgrimage). 7

So, why
So, why do do some
some
peoplefeelfeel or
or act
act with
with
people
arroganceor
arrogance or false pride
falsepride Malcolm
towardsothers?
towards others?
Ihe Search

.ffi
...

Unlversallty and
Universality and Unity
Unity of
of Message
MessagJe

Say: We
Say: We believe
believein
in God (Allah),and
God(Allah), and the
the revelation gllven
revelafiongiven
to us,
to us, and
and that
that given to Abraham,
liven to Abraham,Ishmael,
lshmael,Isaac,
lsaac,Jacob
Jacob
and the tribes, and that gliven
and the tribes, and that given to Moses and
to Moses andJesus,
Jesus,and
and
that gliven to all
that given prophets from
all prophets from the;r
their Lord:
Lord: We
We make
make no
no
difference between
difference between one
one and
and another
another ofof them
them and
and we
we
submit to God
submit (2:736).
God (2:136).

Muslimslove
Muslims loveand
andbelieve
believein
inall
allGod's prophetsincluding
God's prophets including
Adam, Noah,
Adam, Noah, Abraham,
Abraham,Ishmael,
lshmael,Isaac,
lsaac,Jacob,
Jacob,Moses,
Moses,
Jesus,and
Jesus, and Muhammad (mayAllah's
Muhammad(may Allah'sblessings
blessingsand peace
and peace
be upon
be uponthem
them all).
all).

Prophet Muhammad
Prophet Muhammad said, "l am the nearest
said, "I nearest of all
people
the people to Jesus,
Jesus, the son of
of Mary.
Mary. For there
there was
was
prophet between
no prophet between me and himhim [Jesus]. The prophets
[Jesus). The prophets
just brothers;
are just brothers; the;r
thelr mothers
mothers are
are different,
dlfferent, but
but their
thetr
religlionis one."
religion
What is this universal and one true
religion of all God's prophets?

.1

51
OTHERBEAUTIFUL
OTHER BEAUTIFULVERSES
VERSESTO
TOTHINK
THINKABOUT
ABOUT
The beauty,
The beauty, sweetness,
sweetness,and purity of
and purity of the
the Glorious
Glorious
Qur'an
Qur'anare limitless;so
are limitless; let me
so let just cite
me just cite some
some Qur'anic
eur'anic
verseswithout
verses withoutany
anycomment
commentor or explanation.
explanation. II would
wouldlove
love
youto
you to think
think and ponderover
and ponder overthem.
them.Try
Tryto
to discover
discovermore
more
of the
of the treasures
treasuresof
of the
the Final
FinalTestament,
Testament,the
the Qur'an.
Qur'an.

Allah and His Messenger


Messenger

ft is
It is He
He {Allah} who has
[Allah] who hassent HisHis messenger
messenge/ {Muhammad}
{Muhammad}
with gluidanceand
with guidance andthe
the religion
religlionof truth... (4828)
truth... (48:28)

Muhammad is
Muhammad is not the
the father
father of any your men,
any of your men,but (he
but (he
rs) the Messenger
is) Messenser of Allah,
Allah, and
and the Seal
Seaf of the Prophets:
Propheb:
Allah has
and Allah has full knowledge
knowledge of all things. p3:ao)
thinfs. (33:40)
• ~ _ t

Tranquility and Paradlse


Tranqulllty Paradise

Is He
It ls He [AllahJ tranquillty into the
{Allah} who sent down tranquility
hearts
hearb ofof the believers
bellevers that they would increase in faith
would increase
alon6! with
along wlth their (presentJ
{present} faith... He may admit
falth... That He admit
the
the believing
bellevin(, men
men and the believing women to gardens
believin!, women Slardens
beneath
beneath which rivers flow to abide
whlch rivers eternally and
thereln eternally
abide therein
remove
rcmove from them their misdeeds -- and ever is that, in
thefu misdeeds
st$ht of Allah,
the sight Allah, a great
Sreatsuccess. (48:tI-5)
success. (48:4-5)

oO reassured retutn to
soul, return
content soul,
reassured content to your Lord,
your well'
Lord, well-
pleasedand
pleased well-pleasln(,
andwell-pleasing [to
[to Him], and enter
Hlm],and enteramong My
amon$My
[righteous] andenter
servantsand
[rlghteous]servants enter My Paradise. (89:27-30)
Paradlse' (89:27-30)

-w
53
lslam)
Men and Women (in Islam)

lndeed, the
Indeed, Muslim men
the Muslim men and Muslim
Muslim women,
women, the
the
believinglmen
believing believinglwomen,
men and believing the obedient
women, the obedlentmen
menand
and
obedient women, the
obedient women, the truthful men
men and truthful women,
women,
the patient men
the patient patient women,
men and patient women, the
the humble
humble men
men
humble women,
and humble women. the
the charitable
charitable men
men and charitable
chailtable
women, the
women, the fasting
fastin(, men
men and fasting
fastint women,
women, the
the men
men
who guard
who private parts
{uard their private parts and the women
women who
who do
do so,
so,
men who
the men
and the who remember
rememberAllah
Allah much
much and the
the women
women
who do
who -
do so - for them Allah has
them Allah preparedforgiveness
has prepared forglivenessand
glreat reward.
aa great reward. (33:35)

And whoever
And whoever does
does righteous
riglhteous deeds, whether male
deeds, whether male
female, while being
or female, believer -- those will enter
bein(, a believer enter
Paraclise...(4:124)
Paradise... @:!24)
• • t I - • ~ ~.

Brilliant Teachings
Brilliant

And hasten forgiveness from your Lord and a


hasten to forgiveness
garden [i.e.,
[i.e., Paradisel heavens and
Paradise] as wide as the heavens
earth, prepared for the righteous, who spend
earth, spend during
restrain anger and who
ease and hardship and who restrain
ease
people -- and Allah loves
pardon the people loves the doers
doers ofof
who, if
those who,
good; and those if they commit an immorality or
themselves, remember Allah and seek
wrong themselves, seek forgive-
sins -- and who can forgive sins
ness for their sins srns except
excepf
Allah? -- and [who]
[who] do not persisf
persist in what they have
when they come to know.
done when Ihose -- their reward is
know. Those
beneath
forgiveness from their Lord and gardens beneath
forgiveness
[in paradise], wherein they will abide
which rivers flow [in
eternally. Excellent is the
eternally. the reward of the [righteous]
[righteous]
(3:133-136)
workers. (3:133-136)
workers.
Do's and
Do's and Don'ts
Don'ts

Do not
not worship
worship other
other than Allah, to parents do
and to
Allah, and
and to relatives,
good and
good orphans, and
relatives, orphans, needy, and
and the needy, and
speak kindly to mankind. (2:83)
speak kindly (2:83)

Remembrance and
Remembrance and Rest
Rest

Those
Ihose who
who have
have believed
believedand
and
whose
whose hearts
hearb have
have rest
res;tin the
remembrance of Allah.
remembrance Allah. Verily
VerilY
in the
the remembrance
rememhranceof Allah
Allah
do
do hearts find rest
hearbfind (73:28)
rest (13:28) "Verilyin the remembrance
tlteremembrance
"Verily of
Aliah heartsfind
do hearts
Allah do fnd rest."
rest. "
.Written
in beautifUL
Written in beautiful
In
In concluding
concludingthis
this section,
section,
calligraphy.
Arabic caliigraphy.
Arabic
believe
believeme,
me,the
the truths,
truths,beauties,
beauties,
and
and wonders
wondersof
of the Glorious
the Glorious Qur'an
Qur'anhave no end.
haveno The
end'The
more
morewe
weread
readit,
it,the morediscoveries
the more discoverieswe make
we makeand the
andthe
more
morewe
wefeel
feelthat
thatwe
weare readingitit for
arereading forthe firsttime.
thefirst time'
Moreover,
Moreover, there
there are
are many areasof
other areas
manyother interest,
of interest,
such
suchas
asthe
theauthentic,
authentic, linguistic,
linguistic, scientific,
scientific, remedial
remedial and
and
miraculous
miraculousnature
natureof the Qur'an,
of the which II have
Qur'an,which not
have not
included
includedhere
herebecause
becauseofthe
of sizeof
thesize thisbook.
ofthis book.
-
· :.

PARTFOUR
PART FOUR
.:f

AnInterlude
An Interlude
ABeautiful
ABeautiful Contribution
Contribution
T H E RELIGION
THE R E L I G I O NOF
O F ADAM
A D A M AND
A N D EVE
EVE
ByLinda
By LindaBarto* (USA)
Barto*(USA)

Oneof
One of the
the beauties
beautiesof
of Islam
lslamis
is the
the discovery
discovery that
that God
God
did not
did not create
create humanity
humanityas as spiritual
spiritualbeings,
beings,and
and then
then
abandon us
abandon us to
to figure
figure out
out for
for ourselves
ourselvesthe the value
value and
and
purpose of our spiritualselves.
purpose of our spiritual selves. HeHe endowed
endowedus us with
with
questioning minds that
questioning minds that search
search for
for truth.
truth. He provided
He provided
each persona cup
each person guidancethat
cup of guidance that never
never empties
empties as
as
long
long as
as he
he or she
she continues
continues to drink
drink from
from it.
it. Through the
Throughthe
prism God's perfection,
prism of God's His light
perfection, His light casts
casts a rainbow
rainbow of
mercy,
mercy, grace, and justice;
grace, and justice; and
and our
our souls
souls are
are colored
colored with
with
perfect
the perfect faith
faith God
God created
created for us.
us.
God
God created
created the world
world and
and evefihing
everything in
in it for the
the
benefit humanity, so it just
benefit of humanity, just makes
makes sense
sense that His
His
creation
creation included
included a true and perfect
true and perfect relision.
religion. What What waswas
the religlon
the religion that
that GodGod ordained
ordained for for Adam
Adam andand Eve?
Eve?
According
According to to the Qur'an, the
the Qur'an, the religion
religion chosen
chosen for for usus was
was
ssimply
i m p l yccomplete
o m p l e t essubmission
u b m i s s i o ntto
o GGod,
od,w which,
h i c h , iinn A
Arabic,
rabic.
·,

is called
is Islam. The
called lslam. The Qur'an describes itit as
Qur'an describes the religion
as the religion
Abraham, who
of Abraham,
of who was was called friend; he
God's friend;
called God's he simply
simply
submitted himself
submitted himself toto God.
God.
Islamic perspective
The lslamic
The perspective is every person
that every
is that person is is born
born
with aa soul
with soul in submission to
in submission to God, that he
but that
God, but he or she is
or she is
free to make
free conform to or divert
choices that conform
make choices from the
divert from
life righteousness for which
life of righteousness which he he or sheshe was
was created.
created.
At some point
Atsome in life,
point in each person
life, each person must make a personal
must make personal
decision whether
decision whether to stay the course
stay the submission to God
course of submission God
indulge in
or to indulge
or in a corrupt lifestyle of self-centeredness,
corrupt lifestyle self-centeredness,
materialism, and
materialism, impious gratification.
and impious gratification. Of course, many
Of course, many
peopleare
people are led awayfrom
led away the true
from the true and good path
and good path by by
unbelieving
unbelieving parentsor
parents byabusive
or by abusiveor or tragic circumstances
tragiccircumstances
void of
void of spiritual nurturin$.The
spiritualnurturing. perspective
lslamicperspective
The Islamic of
of
God
God is is One
Onewho judgesaccording
whojUdges according to individual's
eachindividual's
to each
comprehension
comprehension and tendencies;
innatetendencies;
and innate we can
we can be sure
be sure
that
thatHis Hisdecisions
decisions onthe
on Dayof
the Day of Judgment
Judg;ment willbe
will fair.
befair.
When
Whenaa personpersonsubmits
submitshis hisoror her selfto
wholeself
herwhole God,
to God,
every
everyaspectaspectof person'sbeing
of aa person's - mind,body,
being- mind, body,and soul-
andsoul-
must
must be be devoted
devotedto to God. Keepingone's
God.Keeping one'ssoul pristine
soul pristine
through
throughprayer prayerand worshipisis of
and worship importance,
vitalimportance,
of vital but
but
itit isis also
alsoimportant
importantto exposethe
to expose mindto
the mind wholesome
to wholesome
knowledge
knowledge and
andto engage
to engage the bodyininaa healthy
thebody lifestyle.
healthylifestyle.
Islam
lslamoffers
offersthe opportunity
theopportunity to discover
to discover yourtotal
your being
totalbeing
as you were
as you werecreated
createdto
to be.
be. By
By becoming
becominga Muslim, you
Muslim,you
become yourtrue
becomeyour true self
selfas you leave
as you leaveall
all arduous
arduousbaggage
baggage
behindand
behind and travel
travelthe
the road yourfeet
roadyour feet were placedupon
wereplaced upon
when youentered
whenyou enteredthis life.
thislife.
Thedynamic
The dynamictruths
truthsof
of Islam
lslamcan
can amplify
amplifyand
and clarify
clarify
truths of all
truths of all religions
religions whilehelping
while helpingbelievers
believers discern
discernand
and
discardfalsehood.
discard falsehood.Theembrace
The embraceof
of Islam
lslamis
is universal.
universal. 88

** Linda
LindaBarto
Bartois
is an
an American
Americanwriter, poet,and
writer,poet, andartist.
aftist.

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PARTFIVE
PART FIVE

IheTroth
The TruthAbout
About
IheFinal
The FinalProphet
Prophet
Muhammad(may
Muhammad (mayAllah's
Allah'sblessings
blessingsand peacebe
and peace be
uponhim)
upon him)the
the son
son of
of Abdullah,
Abdullah, was born
was bornin
in Makkah
Makkah
aroundthe
around year570
theyear 570C.E.
C.E.He
Hewas
wasknown
knownby peopleas
hispeople
byhis as
Al-Amin(the
AI-Amin (the trustworthy one).
one).
WhenMuhammad
When Muhammadreachedthe
reached the age
ageof
of 40,
40,the
the angel
angel
Gabrielcame
Gabriel cameto
to him
him with
with revelation.
revelation. Muhammadwas
Muhammad was
first ordered
first orderedto
to instruct
instructhis
his immediate
immediatefamily
familyto
to Islam,
lslam,
including
including hiswife
his wifeKhadija,
Khadija, and eventually
and eventually it was
was revealed
revealed
to himthat
to him heshould
that he begindelivering
should begin delivering the message
the message to all
to all
mankind. In the next years
mankind. In the next years of his his life,
life, he
he communicated
communicated
the message Allah (God)
the message of Allah (God) to others,
others, set anan excellent
excellent
example
example and was a perfect
and was perfect role
role model
model forfor humanity.
humanity. In
In
the year
the year 632,
632, Prophet
Prophet Muhammad
Muhammad departed
departed from
from this
this
world
world at the
the age
age of
of sixty-three.
sixty-three.

7he
The Prophet
Prophet's mosqueininMadinah
s motque Madinah
- H a v e you'Discovered its Real,Beauty?

Prophet Muhammad (may


Prophet Muhammad (may
God's blessings and
God's blessings peace be
and Peace be
him) is
upon him)
upon called "the
is called Seal of
"the Seal of
the Prophets". He
the ProphetS'. the final
was the
He was final
prophet
prophet and sent to
was sent
and was to confirm
confirm
all truth that
the truth
all the was revealed
that was revealed
before him,
before the origi-
including the
him, including origi-
nal Gospel of Jesus.
nal Gospel Jesus.

The Glorious
The Qur'an does testify
Glorious Qur'an testify that "Muhammad is
lhal "Muhammad is
the Messenger
Messen$erof Allah, Sealof the
AIIah,and Seal propheb" (33:40)'
the prophets" (33:40).

Confirming
Confirmingthe
the link betweenhim
link between and Jesus,
him and Prophet
Jesus,Prophet
Muhammad
Muhammad mentioned, "lf a man
mentioned,"If believesin
man believes in Jesus and
"lesusand
then
then believes in me
betievesin me [Muhammad],
[Muhammad], he will get
he will double
f,et a double
reward."
teward."

Also,
Also,Prophet
ProphetMuhammad
Muhammadstated,stated,"I"l am thenearest
am the of
nearestof
all
all the
thepeople
peopteto tfie son
Jesus, the
to.lesus, Mary;for
of Mary;
son of for there
there was no
wasno
prophet betweenme
prophetbetween and him
me and [Jesus].""
him[Jesus].

These
TheseProphetic
Propheticsayings
sayingsshow us how
show us Muhammad
how Muhammad
honored
honoredJesus (mayGod's
Jesus(may blessings
God'sblessings and peacebe
andpeace beupon
upon
them).
them).This
Thiswas prophecywhich
was aa prophecy Jesusmade
whichJesus the
madeinin the
Bible.
Bible.IIwill presentititafter
willpresent while'
afteraawhile.

63
PROPHET
PROPHET MUHAMMAD'SGREAT
MUHAMMAD'S GREATPERSONALITY
PERSONALITY
Muhammad,
Muhammad, fromhis
from hischildhood,
childhood, throughhis
through youth,
hisyouth,
throughhis
through prophethood
hisprophethood untilhis
until hisdeath,
death,has
hasbeen
beenseen
seen
byfair
by people,
fairpeople, throughout
throughout history,
history, asaaspecial
as specialand great
andgreat
personality
personality in his
in hisunique
uniquecharacter
character andmorals.
and morals.He
Hewas
was
merciful,
merciful, honest,
honest, sincere,
sincere, kind,and
kind, andhumble.
humble. Every
Every detail
detail
of his
of privatelife
his private life and publicutterances
and public utteranceshas
has been
been
accurately
accurately andauthentically
and authentically documented
documented and
andfaithfully
faithfully
preserved
preserved upto
up to the presentday.
the present day.
He was
He prophet,aa messenger,
was aa prophet, messenger, religious
aa religious teacher,
teacher,
a social
socialreformer,
reformer,a moral guide,a leader,
moralguide, leader,a statesman,
statesman,
a faithfulfriend,a wonderful
a faithful friend, wondedulcompanion,
companion,a devoted
devoted
husband,
husband, lovingfather.
a loving father.
In this
In this regard,
regard,Ramakrishna
Ramakrishna Rao,an
Rao, an Indian professor
IndianProfessor
of Philosophy,
of Philosophy, in
in his
his booklet,
booklet, Muhammad:
Muhammad: fhe The prophet
Prophet
of lslam,
of Islam, calls
calls him the "perfect
him the "perfect model
model for
for human
human life".
life".
Prof.
Prof. Rao
Rao clarifies:
clarifies:
The personality
The personality of Muhammad,
Muhammad, it ls is most
most difficutt to
difficult to
get into the
get into the whole
whole truth
truth of it.
it. Onty gtimpseof it tI can
Only a glimpse can
catch.
catch. What
What a dramatic
dramatic succession
succession of picturesque
of picturesque
scenes/
scenes! There
There is is Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the prophet.
Prophet. fhere
There is is
Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the Warrior;
Warrior; Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the Business-
Business-
man;
man; Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the States man; Muhammad,
Statesman; Muhammad, the the
Orator;
Orator; Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the Reformer;
Reformer; Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the
Refuge
Refuge ofof Orphans;
Orphans; Muhammad,
Muhammad, the the protector
Protector of
ofS/aves;
Slaves;
• I

Muhammad, the
Muhammad, Emancipator
the Emancipator Women;Muhammad'
of Women; Muhammad,
the Muhammad, the
Judge; Muhammacl,
theJudge; the Salnt. Allin
Saint. All in all thesemag-
all these mag-
nificent roles, in
nificentroies, all these
in alt departments of human
these clepartments human
activities, he
activities, he is alike a hero.
is alike hero.
Historically.
Historically, duringa short
during periodof
short period of about twenty
about twenty
three yearsof
threeyears Prophethood,
hisProphethood,
of his hechanged
he changedthe complete
the complete
p
n e n i n su...l a ...
A r a b i a peninsula
Arabian
rl
& From paganism
Frompaganism and idolatry
andidolatry to submission
to submission to One
to God"'
OneGod .
il
& From
Fromtribal quarrels
tribalquarrels and warsto
andwars solidarity
to solidarity and cohesion"'
andcohesion .
E
iU From
Fromdrunkenness
drunkennessand debauchery
anddebauchery to sobriety
to sobriety and piety"'
andpiety .
s
& From
Fromlawlessness
lawlessnessand anarchy
andanarchy to disciplined
to disciplined living"'
living...
E
& From
Fromutter
uttermoral bankruptcy
moralbankruptcy to the
to standards
higheststandards
the highest
of moral
of excellence.
moralexcellence.
Human
Humanhistory has never
historyhas knownsuch
neverknown complete
such aa complete
transformation
transformation of societyor
of aa society placebefore
or aa place since--
or since
beforeor
and
a n d imagine... a l l these
all
i ma g i n e ... wonder sin
u n b elievable
th e seunbelievable wonders just
in just
over
overtwo decades.
two decades.

65
PRO P H E MUHAMMAD
PROPHET T U H A MMA D
M
I N THE
IN T H EWORLD'S
W O R L D 'SSCRIPTURES
S C R IP T U R E S
Whileitit is
While is not
not the
the main
maintheme
themeof
of this
this book
bookto
to detail
detail
all the
all prophecies
the prophecies in other
in religious
otherreligious scriptures
scriptures foretelling
foretelling
the coming
the comingof Prophet
of Prophet Muhammad,
Muhammad, shouldmention
I should mentionthat
that
Muslimscholars
Muslim scholarshave
havenoted
notedsuch
such in
in the
the Parsi,
Parsi.Hindu,
Hindu.
Buddhist,
Buddhist, Jewish,
Jewish, andChristian
and Christianscriptures.
scriptures.
Indeed,Muhammad
Indeed, Muhammad in in other
other scriptures
scriptures is
is a very
very
interesting
interesting topic
topic which
which has
has been
been thoroughly
thoroughly discussed
discussed
in
in many
many books
books and
and articles,
articles, as
as well
well as
as on the internet.
on the internet.
(To get
(To get more
more information
information about
about this topic, you
this topic, may go
you may go
to Dr. Zakir Naik's
Dr. Zakir www.irf.net. or just
website, www.irf.net,
Naik's website, just search
search
the Internet
the Internet typing these words:
typing these "Prophet Muhammad",
words: "Prophet Muhammad",
"M u h amma id
"Muhammad thee H
inn th i n d uscri
Hindu scriptures", "M
ptur es", uhamm ad
"Muhammad in
in
the Bible", etc.).
the Bible", etc.).
Among the
Among books, for
the books, example, A.
for example, A. H.
H. Vidyarthi and U.
Vidyarthi and U.
Ali have
Ali have written book entitled
written a book Muhammad in Parsi'
entitled Muhammad Parsi,
Hindu, and Buddhist Scriptules.
Hindu, Scriptures.
In his
In his wonderful Muhammad in the Bible,
book, Muhammad
wonderful book, Bible,
ProfessorAbdul-Ahad
Professor Dawud (formerly
Abdul-Ahad Dawud (formerly the Reverend
the Reverend
David comments on
Benjamin) comments
DavidBenjamin) on the
the Bible foretelling the
Bibleforetelling the
advent prophetwho
advent of the prophet who
is
is "like
"likeunto
unto thee
thee Moses",
Moses",
explaining:
explaining:
We read
We read the followin$words
the following in the
words in the
Book
Bookof Deuteronomy,
Deuteronomy,chapter 78,
chaPter18,
verse 18: "I"l will
verse will raise them up
raise them uP a
Prophet
Prophetfrom
from among their brethren,
amongtheir brethren,
like
Iike unto
unto thee;
thee; and will put
and II will mY
Put my
words
wordsin in his mouth." If/f these
hismouth." words
thesewords
do
do not
not apply to Muhammad,
apply to they
Muhammad, they
still
stillremain
remainunfulfilled. Jesushimself
unfulfilled.Jesus neverclaimed
himselfnever to be
claimedto be the
the
Prophet
Prophetalluded
alludedto...
to...Jesus. is believed
as is
Jesus,as hisChurch,
by his
be/ievedby will
Church,will
appear as aa Judge
appearas Judgjeand notas
and not law-giver:but
as aa law-giver; but the promised
the promised
one
onehas to come
hasto withaa"fiery
comewith law"in"his
"fiery law" ri{ht hand':
in "his right Deut33:2
hand".Deul.332

&
· ....

Muslim scholars assert


Muslim scholars assert that this prophecy
that this prophecy applies
applies toto
n o n eo
none h a n Mu
t h e rtthan
other h a mma dMo
Muhammad. . se sa
Moses nd Muhamm
and Muhammadad
are alike
are alike inin many
many ways.
ways. They both have
They both have the same first
the same first
letter
letter of their names.
of their names. They are alike
They are alike in their natural
in their natural
births, marriages,
births, missions,and
marriages, missions, and natural deaths.Both
natural deaths. Both
prophets,rulers,
were prophets,
were leaders,and
rulers,leaders, and statesmen.
statesmen.BothBoth
broughta "fiery
brought law".On
"fierylaw". Onthe
the other hand,Jesus
otherhand, Jesusisis unlike
unlike
Mosesin
Moses in several matters.His
severalmatters. His birth, mission,and
birth,mission, end
and end
areunlike
are thoseof
unlikethose Moses.Jesus
of Moses. Jesusdiddid not getmarried;
notget nor
married;nor
he;rule
did he;
did rulehis peopleor
hispeople or fight
fightin warslike
in wars likeMoses.
Moses.
It is
It is worth mentioning
worthmentioning that prophet from among
that "a prophet among
refersto
their brethren" refers prophetfrom
to a prophet from the
the brothers
brothersof
lsraelites
the Israelites
the (i.e.,the
(Le., lshmaelites).
the Ishmaelites).
In the
In New Testament
the New of the
Testamentof Bible,Jesus
the Bible, also
Jesus also
prophesiedthe
prophesied the coming
comingof anotherComforter.
of another Jesus
Comforter.Jesus
He shall give
declared,"and He
declared, you another Comforter"
$ive you Gomforter"
(John 14:16).
(John 14:16).
In addition,
In addition, said:
Jesussaid:
Jesus
Nevertheless
Nevertheless I/ tell you the
te//you truth;Itlt is
the truth; is for
for your goodthat
yourgood that I
go away:
go go not
for if II go
away:for not away, the Comforter
away,the willnot
Comforterwill not come
come
you; but
unto you;
unto depart,II will
but if II depart, will send him unto
sendhim you. And
unto you. And
he is
whenhe
when is come, he will
come,he willreprove
reprovethe worldof
the world sin,and
of sin, and of
riglhteousness,
righteousness, judg;ment...
of judgment.
and of
and .. II have yet many
haveyet manythings
things
to say
to sayunto you,but
untoyou, ye cannot
but ye cannotbear
bearthem now.How
themnow. Howbe
be itit
whenhe,
when he,the
theSpirit
Spiritof truth, is come,
truth,is he will
come,he guideyou
willguide youinto
into
all truth:
all truth:for
for he
he shall notspeak
shallnot speakof himself;
himself;but whatsoever
but whatsoever
he shall
he hear,[that]
shallhear, shallhe
[that]shall he speak:
speak:and
and he
he will
willshow you
showyou
thingsto
things to come. Heshall
come.He shallglorify (John16:7-14)
me...(John
Elorityme... 76:7-74)

Indeed, Muslim
Indeed, Muslim scholars
scholars state
state that
that itit is
is only
only
Muhammad
Muhammad whocompletely
who completelyfulfilledJesus'
fulfilled prophecy
Jesus'prophecy for
for
manyreasons.
many reasons.Tomention
To mentionsome:
some:

•a Jesus'
Jesus' reference
referenceto
to "another Comforter"
Gomforter" cannot
cannot
applyto
apply to the
the Holy
HolySpirit
Spiritsince
sincethe
the Holy
HolySpirit (partof
Spirit(part of the
the
Holy Trinity-- God
HolyTrinity Godthe Father,God
the Father, Godthe
the Son, and God
Son, and God
the HolySpirit,
the Holy Spirit, according
according to
to the
the Christians whobelieve
Christians who believe
in
in it)
it) was
was there
there before
before and
and during
during the
the mission
mission of Jesus,
Jesus,
according
according to the Bible,
to the Bible, while
while the Comforter was
the Gomforter was to
come
come after.
after.
Moreover,
Moreover, Muhammad
Muhammad cameto
came towarn peopleof
warnpeople ofsin
sinand
and
commandthem
command themto
to do
do righteousness.
righteousness.Hewas
He wasaa ruler
ruler
and judgewith
andaajudge withaa "law" in "his
"law" in right hand".
"his right hand',.

Muhammad guidedpeople
Muhammadguided peopleto
to the
the ultimate
ultimatetruth
truth
concerning
concerning the one
the one true
true God,
God,the
the truth
truth about
about the
the
purposeof
purpose of this
thislife,
life,the
the truth
truthabout
aboutthe Hereafter
the Hereafter and
and
eternallife,
eternal life,and
andmany
manyother
otherthings.
things.

Heshowed
He showedus
usthings
thingsto
to come
comethrough
throughmany prophecies
manyprophecies
and miracles
and given to
miraclesgiven to him
him by
by the
the one
one who
who sent
sent
h i m ,Allah.
him, Al l a h .

Muhammadwas
Muhammad prophetwho
was a prophet who did
did not
not "speak
"speak of
himself, but whatsoeyel
whatsoever he shall hear, [that]
tthatl
shall he speak".
speak". HeHe was
was the
the instrument
instrument through
through
whom
whom GodGod revealed
revealed His
His Word,
Word, the
the Glorious
Glorious Qur'an.
Qur'an.
And
And Muhammad
Muhammad recited
recited God's
God's Word
Word inin the
the Name
Name of
Allah.
Allah. The Bible prophesied
The Bible prophesied that
that "he shall speak in In
name..." (Deut.
My name..." (Deut. 18:19).
18:19). In
In fact,
fact, the chapters
chapters of
the
the Glorious are preceded
Qur'an are
Glorious Qur'an preceded byby the phrase, ,,ln
the phrase, "In
the Name
Nameof Allah".
Allah".
e.. M u h a mma ad
Muhammad and thee Gl
n dth Glorious s ' anindeed
o ri o uQur
Qur'an indeed $lor
glorified
ified
i g h l y.In
e s ushhighly.
JJesus In hhonor like to nam
Muslims slike
i m,Muslim
o n o rooff hhim, namee
their children Esa
their children Esa (Arabic
(Arabic for for Jesus).
Jesus).

when the
Furthermore, when
Furthermore, the Jews John the
asked John
Jews asked Baptist who
the Baptist who
was, he
he was,
he denied being
he denied Christ or ElUah
the Christ
being the that Prophet'
Elijah or that Prophet.
"...Who are you?
Who are
Ii••• Andhe
you? And he (John) confessed, I am
(John) confessed, am not
not the
the
Christ. And then
Christ.And then they
they asked him, What
askedhim, What then? Are you
then? Are you
Elijah? Andhe
Elijah? And he said, am not.
said,I am Areyou
not. Are you that Prophet? And
that Prophet? And
he answered,
he answered, No." (John1:19-21)
No." (John 7:79-27)
Again, Muslim
Again, Muslim scholars argue that
scholars argue Muhammad
that Muhammad is
is the
the
one to in
referredto
one referred in this
this Biblical text:
Biblicaltext:
"Are you that
"Areyou Prophet?And
thatProphet? Andhehe answered, No"' So,
answered,No", So,who is
who is
that Prophet?Clearly
that Prophet? Clearly"that
"thatProphet" not apply
does not
Prophet"does to
applyto
John
Johnthe
the Baptist norto
Baptistnor Jesusthe
to Jesus the Christ,
Christ,as testified
Johntestified
asJohn
himself.
himself.
Therefore,
Therefore, aa wise, andsincere
honest,and
wise,honest, of the
seekerof
sincereseeker the
truth
truthshould objectively
shouldobjectively ask:
ask:
•re Who is that
Whois Prophet?
that Prophet?
Who is
•o Who is the true Prophet
the true Prophetthat cameafter
that came after John and
Johnand
Jesus
Jesusconveying their original
conveyingtheir messageabout
ori$inal message the
about the
one
onetrue
trueGod alone?
Godalone?
Heis
He isMuhammad!
Muhammad!
EXCERPTS OF
EXCERPTS OF WHAT
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT
THEY SAID ABOUT
MUHAMMAD
PROPHETMUHAMMAD
PROPHET
A great deal has
great deal been written
has been about the
written about Prophet
the Prophet
Muhammad (may
Muhammad (may Allah's
Allah's blessings and peace
blessings and peace be
be upon
upon
him).
him). Below are just
Below are some statements
just some by well-known
said by
statements said well-known
figures:
figures:

(the famous
Lamartine(the
Lamartine famous historian)
historian)mentioned, "/f
mentioned,"If
greatness
greatness of purpose,smallness
ofpurpose, sma//ness meansand
of means andoutstanding
outstanding
resu/tsare
results the three
are the threecriteria
criteriaof human genius,who
humangenius, who could
could
to compare
dare to
dare compareany great man
any great man in
in modern
modernhistory with
historywith
Muhammad?"
Muhammad?"
He 'As regardsall the standards
all the standardsby which
by which
He concluded,
concluded,"As regards
HumanGreatness
Human Greatnessmaybe
may be measured, we may
measured,we maywell
wellask, Is
ask,Is
anyman
thereany
there greaterthan
mangreater he?"
thanhe?"
(Histoire
(Histoire LaTurqvie,
DeLa
De Turqvie, 1854-- Vol.
Paris1854
Paris ll,pp.
Vol.II, 276 -- 277)
pp.276 277)

his book,
In his
In lOO: A Ranking
Tlre 100:
book, The The Most
Rankin$ Of The
In History,
PersonsIn
Influential Persons
Influential History Michael
MichaelH. H.Hart
Hartstated:
stated:
My choice
My Muhammadto
choiceof Muhammad to lead
lead the listof the
the list world's
the world's
influential
mostinfluential
most personsmay
persons maysurprise
surprlsesome readersand
somereaders and
maybe
may questionedby
be questioned by others, he was
but he
others,but wasthe
the only man
onlyman
in history
in who was
historywho was supremely
supremelysuccessful
successfu/on both the
on both the
relisiousand
religious andsecular levels.
secularlevels.

73
... t •

Hart concluded
Hart concludedthat, "it is
that, "it is
this unparalleled
this unparalleledcombination
combination
secular and
of secular and religiious
religious
influence which
influence which I feel
feel entitles
entitles
Muhammad to
Muhammad to be
be considered
considered
the most
the mosf influential
influential single
sing/e
fisure in
figure in human
human history." 10
history." 10
, Midd U.Hnrt
TS?II'IG MATfi MARCONI.
roil y7n,+ c" r1or".4r-o.r.ru tiliri
In his
In his book, The Genuine
book,The Genuine
lslam, Sir
Islam, Sir George
GeorgeBernard
Bernard
S h a wsaid:
Shaw said:
I believe that if a man
believe that man like
like him were to
him were to assume
assume thethe
leadership of the
leadership the modern
modern world
world he
he would
would succeed
succeed inin
solving its problems
solvingits in a way
problems in way that would bring
that would to this
bringto this world
world
much neededpeace
much needed happiness.
and happiness.
peace and
Shaw added
Shaw added that, "He was
that. "He was
by far the
the most
most remarkable
remarkable
man that
man that ever
ever set foot on
set foot on this
this
He preached
earth. He
earth. preached a religion,
religiion,
founded
founded a state, built a nation,
state, built nation,
laid down a moralcode,
laid down moral code, initiated
initiated
numerous social and political
numerous socra/ political
reforms, established a powerful
reforms, estab/ished powerful
and dynamic society to practice
dynamic society practice
and represent his
and represent his teachings
teachings and completely revolutionized
and completely revolutionized
the worlds
the worlds of human
human thought
thought and behavior for
and behavior for all times
all times
to
to come."
come."
(The
(The Genuine lslam,Vol.
Genuine Islam, 1, 1936)
Vol. 1, 1936)

MahatmaGandhi
Mahatma pointedout:
Gandhipointed out:
morethan
becamemore
I became thanconvinced
convincedthat wasnot
thatitit was not the
the sword
sword
won a place
that won
that for Islam
place for lslam
in those
in thosedays in the
daysin the scheme
scheme
lt was
life. It
of life. was the riSid
the rigid
the utter self-
simplicity, the
simplicity, self-
effacement of the
effacement Prophet,
the Prophet,
the scrupulous
the regard for
scrupulous regard
his pledges, his
his pledges, his intense
intense
devotion to
devotion his friends
to his friends and
and
his intrepidity,
followers,his
followers, intrepidity,his
his
fearlessness,his
fearlessness, his absolute
absolute
trust in God
trustin Godand hisown
in his
and in own mission. (Young
mission.(Young IndiaNewspaper)
India Newspaper)

Wolfgang
WolfgangGoethe (the most
Goethe (the famous European
most famous poet)
Europeanpoet)
believed
believedthat:
that:
He is
He prophet and
is aa prophet and not poetand
not aa poet thereforehis
and therefore Koran is
hisKoran is
to be
to seenas
be seen as a divine law and
divinelaw not as
and not as a book human
book of a human
being,made
being, for education
made for enterlainment.
educationor entertainment.
(Noten
(Noten Abhandlungen
undAbhandlungen
und zumWeststlichen
zum WeststlichenDvan,
Dvan, WA1,7,32)
WA 1,7,32)

75
+ ••••

TheEncyclopedia
The EncyclopediaBritannica
Britannica (Vol.12)
(Vol. 12)cited:
cited:
...Amass
...A massof
of detail in the
detailin theearly
earlysources
sources showthat
show he was
thathe was
an honestand
an honest and upright
upri{htman
man who
whohad gainedthe
hadgained the respect
respect
and loyaltyof others
and loyalty who were
others who were like-wise
like-wisehonest
honestand
and
upri{ht men.
upright men. ..•••
"...Mohammad successfuf
Mohammad is the most successfu'
of all
of all Prophets
Prophets and
and re'igious personalities.""
relisious persona'ities.

ThomasCarlyle,
Thomas in his
Carlyle,in his book, Heroes and
book, Heroes and Hero-
Hero-
worship, stated:
worship, stated:
How one
How one man
man single-handedly,
single-handedly, weldwarring
couldweld
could warringtribes
tribes
andwandering
and wanderingBedouinsinto
Bedouins intoaa most powerfuland
mostpowerful andcivilized
civilized
nationin
nation in less
/essthan
than two
two decades." ..."The
decades."... (Western
lies(Western
'The lies
slander)which
slander) whichwell-meaning
well-meaning zeal has
zeal has heaped
heapedround
roundthis
this
man (Muhammad)
man (Muhammad) are disgraceful
are disgracefulto ourselves
to ourselves only.
only.

In a more
In more recent
recent work,
work, John Esposito(who
John Esposito (who isis a
university professor
university professor of religion and international
religion and international affairs,
affairs,
Directorof the
Director Center for
the Center International
for International Studies
Studies at the
the
College
College of the HolyCross,
the Holy Cross, and FoundingDirector
and Founding Directorof PABT
PABT
Center
Center for Muslim-Christian
for Muslim-Christian Understanding,
Understanding, Georgetown
Georgetown
University, USA) pointed
University, USA) pointed out
out in
in his
his book,
book, lslam:
Islam: TheThe
Straigfht
Straight Path, that: "Muhammad
Path, that "Muhammad was was among
among those
those
great
great reli{ious
religious fi$ures, prophetsand
figures, prophets and founders religions,
founders of religions,
whose
whose remarkable
remarkable character and personality
character and inspired
personality inspired
.• I

uncommon
L t n c o m m a ncconfidence
o n f i d e n c ea n d ccommitment.
and His p
o m m i t m e n t .His heno-
pheno-
menal success in
menal success attracting followers
in attractrnfl followers and creating a
and creating
community-state that
community-state dominated Arabia
that dominated Arabia could be attri
could be attri-
buted not
buted not only
only to the fact
to the that he
fact that shrewd military
was a shrewd
he was military
strategist but
strategist to the
also to
but also fact that
the fact that he was an
he was unusual
an unusual
man... followers found
Muhammad's followers
man... Muhammad's found him riglhteous,
him righteous,
trustworthy, pious,
trustworthy, hotresf and
pious, honest and compassionate."
compassionate. "
(Esposlto,
(Esposito 2004)
20O4)
'Muharnmadwas not
trot the founclerof
the founder
He clarified
He Ihat ''Muhammad was
clarifiedthat
Islam; he did
lslan: he not start
dicllrof new religion.
sta/t aa new relisiort."
"
ProfessorEsposito
Professor Espositostressed
stressedthis fact:
this fact:
brought a reformation;
lslant brought
Islam was the
reforrnation:itit was the call
call once ap,airtto
onceagain tct
total submission
totalsubmission (lslan)to
(Islam) to Allah and tile
Allah and implernentation
the implementation
of His will as
Hiswill in its
revealeclin
as revealed its complete fornt one
contytleteform final time
ot)etinal tinte
to Muhamntacl,
to Muhammad, last,or
the last,
the or'seal. rsfthe
'seal,' of prophets.
the prophets. llus, for
Thus. for
Mtthamntad,
Muhanwlad, /s/arnwas
Islam wasnot new faith
not a new faithbut
but the restoratiort
the restoration
truefaith
the true
of the .. l l
faith...

77
77
BEAUTIFUL PROPHETIC
BEAUTIFUL PROPHETICSAYINGS
SAYINGS
Do you still
Do you still remember
remember what
what was
was mentioned
mentioned in
in Part
Part
One (Just the
One (Just Tip of the
the Tip the Iceberg)
lceberg) of this
this book?
book? The
The
conceptsmentioned
concepts mentionedthere
there are
are based
basedon
on the guidanceof
the guidance
the Qur'an
the and the
Qur'an and the sayings
sayingsof Prophet
Prophet Muhammad.
Muhammad.
Beloware
Below just some
are just some examples
examplesof the
the Prophetic
Propheticsayings,
sayings,
giveyou
to give you a taste
taste of their
their beauty
beautyand
and sweetness:
sweetness:

•I good word
A good word is
is charity.
charity.
sinceresmile
•o A sincere smi/e is
is charity.
charity.
•I The best
The you are
best of you are the
the best in character.
best in character.
•t Removinga harmful
Removing harmful thing
thingfrom path (road)
the path
from the (road)is
is charity.
charity.
•r fhe best
The best [aspect] is patience
faith is
faspect] of faith tolerance.
patience and tolerance.
•c A man
man asked
asked the
the Messenger
Messengerof Allah: "Whichaspect
Allah:"Which aspect
lslam is
of Islam is best?"
best?" He
He replied, "Feed and greet
replied, "Feed Qreet both
both
those you
those you know thoseyou
know and those you do not know. "
not know."

Moreover,
Moreover, the Prophet Muhammad (may
Prophet Muhammad (may Allah's
Allah's
blessings and peace
blessings and peace be
be upon
upon him)said:
him) said:
a The Compassionate
• The CompassionateOne One [God] has mercy
[God] has mercy on
on those
those
who
who are merciful.
merciful. lf you
If you show
show mercy
mercy to those
those who
who are
on the earth,
earth, He
He Who
Who is
is in heaven
heaven will
will show
show mercv
mercy
to you.
you.
o None of you
• None you truly
truly be/ieves
believes until
until he wishes
wishes for his
his
brother
brother what
what he wishes
wishes for himself.
himself.
• t .1

.• He who eats
He who his fill
eats his fill while his nei$hbor
while his Eoes to
neighbor goes to bed
without
without food is nol
food is not a believer.
believer.
• The
o powerful is
The Dowerful is not he who knocks
he who knocks the other down,
the other down,
indeecl the
incleecl powerful is
the Dowerful is he who controls
he who himself in
controls himself in a fit
fit
ol anger.
of anger.
God does
•o God judge you
not iudle
does not you according to your
accorclingto your bodies and
bodiesand
appearances tie scans
but he
appearancesbut your hearts
scattsyour heartsand looks into
and looks into
your deeds.
your deeds.
best of you
The best
•o The lis hel
you [is is best
who is
hel who best to his family,
to his and I
family,and
am
arn the
the best amonEyou
best among to my
you to family.
my family.
•I bestof you
Thebest
The are those
you are who are
thosewho best to
are best to their women.
their women.
fhe best
•e The is to
lslam is
best of Islam to behave
behavewith gentlenessand
with gentleness
tolerance.
tolerance.

,
I
,)l
t,
/'
! t
lre best
•o The people are
best people are those most beneficial
those most to lother/
beneficialto lotherl
p e o p l e[2. ''
people..

ffit
*{
These are
These just some
are just some examples
examples of
of the prophetic
the Prophetic
wise, wonderful,
wise, wonderful, and golden sayings.
and golden sayings.

Practicingwhat
Practicing what he
he said
said and
and taught, prophet
taught, Prophet
Muhammad's
Muhammad's dealings
dealings andactions
and actionswith
withothers
othersreflected
reflected
hisspecial
his specialand
andunique personality
uniquepersonality in his
in hismorals,
morals,mercy,
mercy,
honesty,
honesty, sincerity,
sincerity, kindness,
kindness, truthfulness,
truthfulness, humbleness,
humbleness,
generosity,
generosity, forgiveness,
forgiveness, patience,
patience, andtolerance,
and tolerance,as
as well
well
as manyother
as many greatqualities.
othergreat qualities.Thestories,
The stories,examples
examples and
and
proofsof
proofs of these
these magnificent personalattributes
magnificentpersonal attributesof
of the
the
finalProphet
final Prophet aretoo
are toonumerous
numerous mentionin
to mention
to in detail
detailhere.
here.
Letus
Let us take just one
takejust oneexample.
example.
•o After
After his Makkan opponents
his Makkan opponentsrejected
rejected him
him and
and
disbelieved
disbelieved in his
in hismessage,
message,lslam...
Islam...
•o After persecuting
After persecuting andmaltreating
and maltreatinghim,and
him, andtrying
tryingto kill
to kill
himmany
him manytimes...
times...
o
• After
After torturing
torturing and
and killing
killing many
many ofof his
his followers
followers andand
loved
loved ones...
ones...
c• After
After fighting
fighting him
him and and hishis companions
companions and and driving
driving
tthem
h e mo uto
out off th e i rh
their o me s,p
homes, ro p e rti e s,
properties, and land ...
and land...

What
What was the reaction
was the reaction of Muhammad
Muhammad towards
towards his
his
Makkan
Makkan enemies
enemies when
when he
he entered
entered Makkah and liberated
Makkah and liberated
it from
from idolatry and paganism?
idolatry and paganism?
• t ..:. . .•

the wake
In the
ln wake of
of the Muhammad's and
the Muhammad's the Muslims'
and the Muslims'
great
great victory and in the climax
victory and their joy,
climax of their joy, rapture
rapture and
and
happiness at coming
happiness back home
coming back City of
Sacred City
home to the Sacred
Makkah -- Prophet
Makkah Prophet Muhammad
Muhammad $athered together the
gathered together
Makkans, who
Makkans, who were
were afraid he would
that he
afraid that harm or kill
would harm kill
them in
them revenge for
in revenge their past
for their killing of
and killing
abuse and
past abuse
13
Muslims.
M u s l i ms.l 3
Muhammad asked
Muhammad them, "What
asked them, "What dodo you think I am
you think am
going
going to with you?"
do with
to do you?" They
They answered, "You are
answered, "You are a
generous and the
brother and
generous brother an honorable
son of an
the son brother of
honorable brother
ours." Then,
ours." the kind,
Then, the kind, tolerant, generousand
tolerant, generous merciful
and merciful
Prophet
Prophetforgave announcin$:
them,announcing:
forgavethem, "Noharm
"No will come
harm will come
to you.You
toyou. go. You
maygo.
Youmay Youare free."
are free. "
Haveyou
•I Have evelseen
you ever such aa scene?
seen such scene?
Haveyou
•t Have you ever such aa story?
heardsuch
evel heard storY?
Ganyou
•t Can yousense
sensethe Prophet's mercY?
ProPhet'smercy?

Describingthis
Describing unprecede historicaI event,
ntedhistorical
thisunprecedented Professor
event,Professor
John
JohnEsposito
Esposito stated:
stated:
Eschewing
Eschewing vengeanceand
vengeance and the plunderof
the plunder of conquest,
conquest, the
the
Prophet acceptedaa settlement,
instead accepted
Prophetinstead sett/ement, grantingamnesty
granting amnesty
rather
ratherthan wietdinS
thanwielding thesword
the hisformer
towardhis
swordtoward enernfes.
formerenemies.
For
Fortheir part,the
theirpart, converledto
Meccansconverted
theMeccans lslam,accepted
to Islam, accepted
Muhammad's /eadership,
Muhammad'sleadership, and incorporated
wereincorporated
and were within
within
the
theumma (Muslimcommunity).
umma(Muslim communitY).
In contrast,
In contrast,are youaware
are you awareof
of what
whatatrocities
atrocitiesvarious
various
'5uper-power"
"super-power" nations committed
nations committed when
when they
they have
have
unjustlyattacked,
unjustly attacked,invaded,
invaded,andtortured
and torturedothers,
others,through-
through-
outhuman
out humanhistory?
history?
Actually,
Actually, the more
the morewe
we discover
discoverabout
aboutMuhammad's
Muhammad's
life,the
life, the more
morewe
we come
cometo
to realize
realizehis
hisexcellent
excellent conduct
conduct
and character,
and character, andthat
and that he
he is,
is, indeed,
indeed,"sent
"sentas
as aa mercy
mercy
to all
to peoples"(the
all peoples" (the Glorious
GloriousQur'an, 21:107).
Qur'an,2I:IO7).
ProphetMuhammad
Prophet Muhammadsaid,"I"l have
said, havebeen
beensent
sentto perfect
to perfect
thenoble
the nobletraits
traitsof
of character.
character.".,
Confirmingthis
Confirming this fact,
fact, the
the Glorious
GloriousQur'an
eur'an reported,
reported,
"lndeed,you
"Indeed, youare greatmoral
are of aa great moralcharacter." (68:4)
character."(68:4)
PARTSIX
PART SIX

Beautiful
Beautiful Names
Names and
and
Attributes
Attributes ofGod
of God
Theseare
These are the
the meanings just some
meaningsof just some of the qualities
the qualities
and attributes
and attributesof Allah:
Allah:
Allah:The
"e Allah: TheName
Nameof
of the
the one
onetrue
trueGod
God
Ar-Rahman:The
"o Ar-Rahman: TheCompassionate
Comoassionate
Ar-Rahim:The
"o Ar-Rahim: The Merciful
Merciful

Allahis
Affah beautiful
beautiful qualities written
written in Arabic
Arabic
~ Al-Malik:
o AI-Malik: The Sovereign Lord
The Sovereign Lord
~ Al-Quddus:
o AI-Quddus: The HolY
The Holy
~ As-Salam:
o As-Salam: The
The Source Peace
Source of Peace
~ Al-Hakam:
(a AI-Hakam: The
The Judge
Judge
~ Al-Aleem:
o The All-knowing
AI-Aleem: The All-knowing
~
(l Al-Baseer: The All-Seeing
AI-Baseer: The All-Seeing
~ As-Samee':
o TheAll-Hearing
As-Samee': The All-Hearing
~ Al-Adl:
o The Just
AI-Adl: The Just
~ Al-Adheem:
CI The Great
AI-Adheem: The One
GreatOne
~ Al-Ghafoor:
e The All-Forgiving
AI-Ghafoor: The All-Forgiving
~ Al-Ali:
a AI-Ali: The
The Most
Most High, The Sublime
High,The Sublime
L
u
L

hi

The absolute
The qualities of beauty and perfection
absolute qualities pertection belong to
Allah, the one
Allah, one true God.
God.Indeed, 'Nlah
lndeed, 'Allah loves
lovesbeauty:
beauty,.
P r o p h e t i cS
Prophetic aying
Saying
I

I
i
I\
PARTSEVEN
PART SEVEN

Conclusions
Conclusions

lslamis
Islam is the
the true
true religion
religionof
of Adam
Adamand
and Eve
Eveand
andtheir
their
c h il d r e till
children nt i l l the
t h e end
en dof
o f this
th i sworld.
w o rl d . Itl t is
i s simple,
sim ple,logical,
logical,
clear, practical
clear,practical andcomprehensive.
and comprehensive.Thebeauty
The beautyof
of Islam
lslam
is infinite,
is infinite,since
since itit comes
comesfrom
from the
the Infinite
InfiniteOne,
One.the
the
Creator.
Creator.
Theone
The onetrue
true God,
God,Allah,
Allah,stated
statedin
in the
the beautiful
beautifuland
and
unaltered
unaltered Qur'an:
Qur'an:

This day
This day I have perfectedfor
have perfected you your
for you your religion
relig!,ion
and
and
completedMy
completed My favor upon you,
favor upon you, and
and have approvedfor
have approved for
you
you Islam as your
lslamas your reli!,ion. (5:3)
religion. (5:3)

Also,
Also, the
the same
same one
one true
true God
God told
told us
us that
that Muhammad
Muhammad
is
is His
His last
last and
and final
final Prophet,
Prophet, sent
sent to all mankind (Jews,
all mankind (Jews,
Christians,
Christians, Muslims,
Muslims, Hindus,
Hindus, Buddhists,
Buddhists, Atheists,
Atheists, Agnos-
Agnos-
tics,
tics, etc.).
etc.).
Allah
Allah offered His guidance
offered His guidance and
and light all people
light to all people and
and
revealed
revealed thethe secrets
secrets and
and keys
keys through
through which
which they
they can
can
achieve
achieve tranquility
tranquility and
and contentment,
contentment, asas well
well as
as spiritual,
spiritual,
social, and global
social, and global peace.
peace.
Islam be just,
us to be
teaches us
lslam teaches just, wise, sincere, honest,
wise, sincere, honest,
objective, and
objective, open-minded in
and open-minded in our search for
our search the truth
for the truth
and when
and dealing with
when dealing or judging
with or judging others.
others.
for the
Searching for
Searching the truth based on
be based
should be
truth should on reliable
reliable
sources and
sources authentic facts.
and authentic dealing with
And dealing
facts. And with or judging
or judging
others
others should
should bebe performed with justice,
performed with positive
justice, positive
attitude,
attitude,dialogue, mutual respect,
dialogue,mutual and clear
respect,and under-
clear under-
standing.
standing.
• • f ..

References a
References ndResou
and rces
Resources
The Glorious
The Glorious Qur'an
Qur'an
Hadiths (Prophetic
Hadiths (Prophetic Sayings)
Sayings)
The Holy Bible
The Holy Bible

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2 prefaceof the
the preface
Fromthe Translationof the
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the Meanings
the
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OurChoice, Portraits
Portraits of ModernAmerican
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AmericanMuslim
Women.
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andStephanie Parlove.
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5 The
5 Rfihts of
The Rights Non-Mus/imsin
of Non-Muslims Countries'
Muslim Countries.
in Muslim
Prof. SalehH.
Prof.Saleh Al-Ayed.
H.AI-Ayed. Ashbeelya
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8 The
The Religion
Relipionof
of Adam
Adam andand Eve.
Eve. Linda
Linda Barto.
8 Barto. 2006.
2006.
(An articleshe
(An article shee-mailed
e-mailedto me.)
to me.)She
Sheaccepted
acceptedIslam
lslamalong
along
with her
with her husband
husbandand
and children.
children.

e Mohammed
MohammedThe The Prophet.
Prophet.Prof.
Prof"K.
K. S.
S. Ramakrishna
RamakrishnaRao,
9 Rao,
Head the Department
Head of the Department of Philosophy,
Philosophy,University
Universityof
Mysore,India.
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