As it is written in Tirmuzi, Muawiya (radiy-Allahu 'anh) wrote a letter to Hadrat Um-mul-mu'minin Aisha (radiy-Allahu 'anha) and asked her to write some advice for him. She wrote an answer, saying: 'May Allah's salam (greeting) be upon you! I heard from Rasulullah (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam). He said: "If a person seeks Allahu ta'ala's approval though it will make people angry, Allahu ta'ala protects him against (harm) that will come from people. If a person seeks people's approval though it will cause Allahu ta'ala's wrath, Allahu ta'ala leaves his affair to people." '
May Allahu ta'ala honour us and you with adapting ourselves to these hadiths uttered by him, who always told the truth! Try to act compatibly with them.
Life in this world is very short. The torment in the next world is very bitter and it is endless. Far-sighted men of wisdom should make preparations in advance. We should not fall for the world's beauty and flavour. If man's honour and value were to be assessed with worldly things, those who have more worldly property would be more valuable and higher than others. It is stupidity, idiocy to fall for the world's appearance. Deeming this short sojourn a great blessing, we should try to do what Allahu ta'ala likes. We should do kind favours for Allahu ta'ala's human slaves. There are two major ways to avoid the torment of the Resurrection Day: To esteem and respect Allahu ta'ala's commandments is the first one, the other is to treat Allahu ta'ala's human slaves and creatures with compassion and goodness. Whatever the truthful Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) has said is the very truth itself. None of his instructions is humorous, funny or delirious. How long will sleeping with open eyes like hares (rabbits) last? The end of this sleep is shame and disgrace, empty-handedness and privation. The exalted meaning of the 115th verse (ayat) of Chapter (sura) Mu'minun in the Quran al-kerim is: 'Do you think I have created you without any purpose like toys? Do you say you shall not return to us?' I know you are not in the mood to listen to such words. You are young. You are active and exuberant. You are in the lap of worldly blessings. You are obeyed by everyone around you. You can do whatever you like. All these have been written only because we feel pity for you and want to do something of value for you. You haven't missed anything yet. It is time to repent and to invoke Allahu ta'ala." This is the end of the translation from the 98th letter.
While describing "tasawwuf" in his book entitled Erriyad-ut tasawwufiyya, Sayyid AbdulhakTm ArwasT stated: "Tasawwuf means to cast off human attributes and to be endowed with angel-like attributes and habits of divine morals." And he quoted Abu Muhammad JerTrT's statement: "Tasawwuf is to be endowed with all the good habits and to be purged from all the bad habits." [Abu Muhammad JarTrT Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Husain passed away in 311 (923 A.D.). He was one of the great disciples of Junaid-i BaghdadT.]
Muhammad Ma'thum (rahima-hullahu ta'ala), the son of Imam-i Ahmad FaruqT (rahmatullahi 'alaih), the great Islamic scholar and the mujaddid of the second thousand (Islamic) years, wrote in the 147th letter of his book Maktubat to Mir Muhammed HafT, one of the governors of India, the following material:
May Allah, our sublime Creator, keep us from straying from the way of Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam), the most beloved by the Creator of all worlds and the most exalted one of all prophets. O my compassionate brother. Man's life time is very short. The things which are going to happen to us in the eternal life of the next world depend upon the kind of life we lead in this world. A wise and far-sighted person, during his short life in this world, always does the things that will cause him to live well and comfortably in the next world. He prepares the things that are necessary for a traveller to the next world. Allah has given you a post to govern many people, which renders you a means for meeting their needs. Give plenty of thanks to Allahu ta'ala for having blessed you with such a valuable and profitable responsibility. Strive to serve Allahu ta'ala's slaves. Have the understanding that by serving Allahu ta'ala's slaves you will attain blessings in this world and in the next. Know that the way leading to Allahu ta'ala's love is to be mild with Allahu ta'ala's slaves, to do good to them, to help them with a smiling, cheerful face, soft words and easiness. Do not doubt that this will cause salvation from torment in the next world and an increase in the blessings of Paradise. The exalted Prophet (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) has explained this very well in his following hadith:
'Allahu ta'ala creates and sends the things that His slaves need. Allahu ta'ala's most beloved slave is the person who serves as a means for His blessings reaching His slaves.'
Below, I'm writing a few hadTths that indicate the value of meeting Muslims' needs, pleasing them, having a good temper, and that praise and encourage being mild, serious and patient. Understand them well. If you cannot understand some of them, learn them by asking those people who know their religion and live in accordance with their knowledge. [Our Prophet's (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) sacred words are called hadTth.] Read the following hadiths carefully! Try to observe them in your every word and deed!
1. Muslims are brothers. They do not hurt one another or treat one another roughly. If a person helps a Muslim brother of his, Allahu ta'ala, in turn, will facilitate his work. If a person saves a Muslim from trouble and thus makes him happy, Allah will save him from trouble at the most troublesome time on the Day of Resurrection. If a person conceals a Muslim's defect or fault, on the Day of Resurrection, Allahu ta'ala will conceal his defects and faults. [Bukhari, Muslim]
2. As long as a person helps his Muslim brother, Allahu ta'ala will help him. [Muslim]
3. Allahu ta'ala has created some of His slaves so that they will meet others' needs and help them. Those who are in need will resort to these (slaves). There will be no fear of torment in the next world for these (slaves). [Taberani]
4. Allahu ta'ala has given many worldly blessings to some of His slaves. He has created them so that they will be useful to His (other) slaves. If these slaves distribute the blessings to Allahu ta'ala's slaves, there will be no decrease in their wealth. If they do not convey these blessings to Allahu ta'ala's slaves, Allahu ta'ala will take His blessings away from them and give them to others. [Tabarani, and Ibn Abid-dunya]
5. Meeting the needs of a Muslim brother is more profitable than doing i'tiqaf for ten years. And one day of i'tiqaf for Allahu ta'ala's sake will place a man a very great distance away from Hell's fire. [Tabarani, and Hakim]
6. If a person does some work for his Muslim brother, thousands of angels will pray for him. On his way to do that work, one of his sins will be forgiven for every step, and he will be given blessings on the Day of Resurrection. [Ibn
™ lbni Abid-dunya Abdullah passed away ¡n [Bagdad ¡n 281 (984 A D ) I'tiqaf means to stay in a mosque and pray day and night during the last ten days of the month of Ramadan.
7. If a person goes to help a Muslim with a business, for each step, he will be given seventy thawabs and seventy of his sins will be forgiven. This will go on until the work is finished. When the work is done all of his sins will be forgiven. If he dies during the work, he will go into Paradise without any questioning. [Ibn Abid-dunya]
8. If a person goes to the state authorities and struggles with them so that his Muslim brother will be freed from trouble and attain comfort, on the Day of Resurrection when all others will slip on the bridge of Sirat, Allahu ta'ala will help him pass over it quickly. [Tabarant]
9. The act which Allahu ta'ala loves best is to please a Muslim by giving him clothes or food or by meeting any other need. [Tabarant]
10. The act which Allahu ta'ala loves best after His faraid is to please a Muslim. [Tabarant]
Allah's commands are called fard. Hence, from this hadtth-i sherif, it is understood that those who perform the worships that are fard are loved more by Allahu ta'ala. The things which are harmful and evil and prohibited for people to do by Allahu ta'ala are called haram. Allahu ta'ala loves those who refrain from the harams better than those who do the faraid (pl. of fard). It is fard to have a good temperament. And it is haram to have a bad temperament. It is more valuable and more thawab to refrain from doing evil than to do good.
11. When a person does a good service for a Muslim, Allahu ta'ala will create an angel from this good deed. This angel will worship all the time. The thawab for his worship will be given to that person. When the person dies and is put into his grave, the angel will come to his grave, with a luminous and friendly face. Upon seeing the angel he will feel relieved and become cheerful. 'Who are you?' he will ask. The answer will be, 'I'm the good which you did to so-and-so and the joy which you caused in his heart. Allahu ta'ala has sent me to please you today and to intercede for you on the Day of Resurrection and to escort you to your place in Paradise.'
12. The exalted Prophet (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) was asked: 'What are the more important things which will cause one to enter Paradise?' 'To fear Allahu ta'ala and to have a good temperament,' he answered. And when he was asked the main reasons for us going to Hell, he said, 'To be sorry when you lose your worldly blessings, to be happy when you attain these blessings, and to exceed the limits.'
[TirmuzT, Ibn Hebban, and BaihakT] [The symptom of fearing Allahu ta'ala is to refrain from His prohibitions.]
13. The man with the strongest Tman (belief) among you is the one who has the best moral character and who is the mildest with his wife! [TirmuzT, and Hakim]
14. Because of man's beautiful moral character, he will attain the highest grades in Paradise. [Supererogatory] worships will not enable him to attain these grades. A bad temper will drag a man down to the lowest depths of Hell.
15. The easiest and the lightest of worships is to talk only a little and to have a good temper. Pay attention to this word I'm saying! [Ibn-Abid-Dunya]
16. A person asked our Prophet (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam): 'Which is the best of deeds?' 'To have a good temper,' answered the Prophet (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam). The man stood up and left him. Then, a few minutes later he came again and approached our Prophet's right side and asked the same question. He, again, said 'To have a good temper.' The man went away and soon turned back. He came near our Prophet from his left side and asked: 'Which deed is it that Allahu ta'ala loves best?' The answer was the same: 'To have a good temper.' Then the person asked, approaching the Prophet from behind, 'What is the best and most valuable act?' The Prophet turned to him and said, 'Can you not understand what it means to have a good temper? Do your best not to get angry with anyone.'
17. I promise you that a Muslim who does not quarrel with anyone and who does not hurt anyone with his words, though he may be right, will go to Paradise. I promise you that a person who does not lie even to make jokes or to amuse others will go to Paradise. I promise you that he who has a good temper will attain high grades in Paradise. [Abu Davud, Ibn Maja, and TirmuzT]
18. In a hadTth-i qudsT, Allahu ta'ala declares: 'I like the Islamic religion that I have sent you.' [That is, I like those who accept this religion and who adapt themselves to its
Ahmad Baihaki passed away in Nishapur, in 458 (1066 A.D.).
commandments. I love them.] Being in this religion is completed only by being generous and by having a good temper. Everyday make it known that you have perfected your religion with these two.' [TabaranT][11
19. As hot water melts ice, so a good temper melts and annihilates one's sins. As vinegar decomposes honey and makes it inedible, so a bad temper spoils and annihilates one's worships. [TabaranT]
20. Allahu ta'ala loves and helps the soft-tempered. He doesn't help the harsh and the hot-headed. [TabaranT]
21. Who is the person for whom it is haram to enter Hell and it is forbidden for the Hell-fire to burn? I'm telling you. Listen carefully! All of those who are mild and who do not get angry! [TirmuzT. This hadTth-i sherTf is written also in the 99th letter mentioned above.]
22. It is a great endowment from Allahu ta'ala for His slave to act calmly and gently. Being impatient and rash is the devil's way. Being patient and serious is what Allahu ta'ala loves. [Abu Ya'la]
23. Owing to his mildness and soft words, a person can attain the grades of those who fast during the day and perform namaz (prayer) at night. [Ibn Hebban]
24. Allahu ta'ala loves the person who, when he is angry, behaves mildly, overcoming his anger. [IsfahanT]
25. Pay attention, please! I'm informing you! A person who wants to attain high grades in Paradise should be mild to a man who behaves impolitely! He should forgive a man who acts unjustly! He should be generous to a man who is stingy! He should take care of his friends or relatives who never come or give a kind word to him! [TabaranT]
26. It is not real strength to overcome someone else. To be strong or to be a hero means to overcome one's anger.
[BukharT, and Muslim]
27. A man greeting with a smiling face is given the blessings attained by those who give alms. [Ibn Abid-Dunya]
28. Smiling at your Muslim brother; teaching him good things; preventing him from doing evil things; helping strangers asking for directions; cleaning the streets of stones, thorns, bones and the like, which are disgusting,
TabaranT Sulayman, passed away in Damascus in 360 (971 A.D.).
dirty and harmful; and giving drinking water to others are all forms of charity. [Tirmuzi]
29. There are such villas in Paradise that a person who is in one of them can see any place he wants to and can appear in any place he chooses. When Abu Malik al-Esh'ari (rahmatullahi 'alaih) asked who would be given such villas, the Prophet (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, 'They will be given to those who are honey-tongued, generous and when other people are asleep, meditate over Allahu ta'ala's existence and greatness and invoke Him.'
I have quoted the hadiths written above from the hadith book entitled Terghib wa Terhib, which is one of the most valuable hadith books. Abdul'azim Munziri (rahmatullahi 'alaih), the author of the book, is one of the greatest scholars of hadith. He was born in 581 (1185) and died in Egypt in 656 (1258).
May Allahu ta'ala give us the lot of living compatibly with the hadiths written above. Check yourself! If you are in accordance with them, give thanks to Allahu ta'ala! If you have any manners incompatible with them, you should entreat Allahu ta'ala to correct you! If a person's actions and deeds are not compatible with them, it is still a great blessing for him to know his own faults and to entreat Allahu ta'ala for their correction. A person who is neither in conformity with them nor sorry for being at odds with them has a very weak attachment to Islam. We should take refuge with Allahu ta'ala to protect ourselves against such a squalid state! A couplet:
Congratulations to those who attained,
Shame upon the poor, who missed!
This translation from Maktubat-i Ma'thumiyya has come to an end.
The hadiths written above command Muslims to treat one another mildly, kindly and to live brotherly. A non-Mulim is called kafir (disbeliever). The fact that Muslims have to be mild mannered with disbelievers also and avoid hurting them has been written on page thirty-three. Thus they (disbelievers) will have been shown that Islam commands being good-tempered, living brotherly and working hard. And thus sincere people will become Muslims willingly. It is fard to make jihad (holy war). The state performs jihad not only by cannons and swords, but also by means of cold war tactics, propaganda and publications. And every individual Muslim makes jihad by exhibiting his good habits and by acting in a good manner. To make "jihad" means to invite people to Islam. As it is understood, it is jihad also to be kind to disbelievers and not to offend them. It is, therefore, fard for every Muslim."
Hadrat Muhammad Ma'thum Faruqi (rahmatullahi 'alaih), the author of the long letter above, is one of the greatest Islamic scholars and one of the highest Awliya. He was born in the city of Serhend, India, in the year 1007 after the Hegira, and passed away there in 1079 (1668). He is in a large tomb which is a few hundred metres away from his blessed father's grave. Through his innumerable letters, he gave advice to thousands of Muslims, to state authorities, to the time's ruler, Sultan Alamgir Evrengzib (rahima-hullahu ta'ala), and caused them to attain the feelings of brotherhood, a good temper, mutual help, comfort and ease for this worldly life, and felicity in the Hereafter. Over a hundred and forty thousand people attended his conferences and lectures. They thereby attained the highest grades of tasawwuf and they each became a Wali. Besides these chosen disciples of his, the number of those who corrected their faith and morals by listening to him reaches beyond hundreds of thousands. More than four hundred of the Awliya educated and trained by him reached the grade termed irshad. And each of them saved thousands of people from perdition, ignorance and aberration in the cities they were sent to. Each of his five sons was a great scholar and Wali. And their descendants have all been the same. They left many precious books which have been enlightening people.
A true Muslim does not believe in superstitions. He only laughs at such things as magic, ill-omen, fortune-telling, incantation and amulets that contain writings other than those from the Qur'an. He also laughs at blue beads; putting candles, wires and threads on tombstones; and at anyone who claims to perform miracles. In fact, most of such things have been conveyed to us from other religions. The great Islamic scholar Imam Rabbani (rahmatullahi 'alaih) answers in this way to those who expect "miracles" from men of religion: "People expect men of religion to manifest miracles. Some of them may not perform miracles, but are still closer to Allahu ta'ala than the others." The greatest miracle is to learn Islam and to lead a life compatible with Islam.
Muhammad Ma'thüm passed away in Serhend in 1079 (1668 A.D.). [21 Sultan Alamgir passed away in 1118 (1707 A.D.).
Recent research, carried out at the University of Stanford, in America, shows that some people have a "sixth sense," which enables them to do such things as counting the items in a closed box, reading what is written in a closed envelope, contacting a person who is far away, or reading a person's thoughts. People from all races and religions have joined the experiment, all having attained the same success, regardless of their religion or race. As it is sometimes seen in the Far East, in China and India, some Chinese soothsayers and Indian fakirs can amaze us by displaying unimaginable and unthinkable feats of skill. Some of them give the impression that they are flying, while others climb unsupported ropes thrown up in the air. On the other hand, Buddhism, the system of belief held by the Chinese, is like a system of philosophy. Buddha (563-483 B.C.), Confucius (531-479 B.C.), and Loatse were famous philosophers. The principles they taught were the rules of high morality. Buddha teaches people to give up various ambitions, to undergo ascetic austerities, to perform good actions, to be patient, to help one another and to struggle against evil. He says, "Do as you would be done by." But he does not mention the name of Allahu ta'ala. Though Buddha said that he was only a man, his disciples deified him after his death. They built temples for him, and thus Buddhism was turned into a kind of religion. The Indians' original religion, fire-worshipping, is a kind of idolatry. Besides idols, they worship some animals (cows, for example). Neither Buddhism nor fire-worshipping is a religion. But, still it is a fact that some people belonging to them display some feats of skill that are very much like miracles. They acquire great feats of skill through a special training of self-discipline, which consists of abstinence, special physical exercises, and by working hard for a long time. Likewise, magnetism, which almost freezes a man by rendering him senseless, and hypnotism, by which a man is inspired with commands and his actions are controlled, are no more than special kinds of powers that some people have.
However, what we have seen are not miracles. They are only extraordinary talents. Today, scientists have established that all people, more or less, have talents of this sort; that some have it in a more developed form; that some people can improve their abilities through special systems; and that everybody will be able to awaken his sixth sense by new and easy methods that will be discovered in the course of time. Then if a person invested with a developed form of the "sixth sense" displays it not as a feat of skill but in the name of a miracle, it must be regarded only as a fraud.
Imam-i Ahmad Rabbâni (rahmatullâhi 'alaih) in his 293rd letter, wrote: "Wonders and miracles are of two kinds. The first is the knowledge and ma'rifat (gnosis) which belongs to Allâhu ta'âlâ's individuality, His attributes and His actions. This knowledge cannot be obtained by thinking or with the intellect. Allâhu ta'âlâ bestows it upon His beloved ones. The second kind of knowledge concerns worldly mysteries. This miracle may be bestowed upon disbelievers as well as His beloved ones. The first kind of miracles is valuable. They are granted to those who are on the right path and loved by Allâhu ta'âlâ. But the ignorant think that the second one is more valuable. When they hear the word "miracle" they consider only the second type. Anybody who cleans up his soul (nafs) by refraining from people and by hunger can understand the mysteries of creatures. But because most people always give more importance to worldly things, they consider the ones who have the second kind Awliyâ. They do not appreciate the truthful ones. They say that if they were real Awliyâ they would be able to inform us about our situation. Using this invalid logic they deny Allâhu ta'âlâ's beloved slaves."
In the 260th letter, he wrote: "Being a Walî means getting closer to Allâhu ta'âlâ. The miracles related to creatures may be endowed upon those who have attained this rank. An abundance of miracles do not prove that the owner, the Walî, has a high rank. A Walî does not have to know that miracles are emanating from himself. Allâhu ta'âlâ may make the figure of a Walî visible in different countries at the same moment. He is seen, doing marvelous things in places quite far from one another. But he is unaware of all these things. There may be some Walîs who are aware of their state, but they will not reveal it to strangers becasue they do not attach importance to them."
Ibni Hajar Mekkî (radiy-Allâhu 'anh), who is the darling of the Ahl-as sunna scholars and whose words are taken as a proof, conveys the following hadîths immediately before the chapter "Ihtiqâr" in his book Zawâjir: "I take an oath by Allâhu ta'âlâ that the worship performed by those who have eaten a piece of harâm food will not be accepted for forty days." And, "Salât which has been performed with a shirt on bought with harâm money will not be accepted." And, "The alms given from harâm money will not be accepted. His sins will not be reduced." Sufyân-i Sawrî says that doing pious deeds and establishing foundations with haram money is like washing dirt with urine.
A true Muslim does not perform his acts of worship as a show before others. Worship is done secretly, or performed in a congregation in mosques. When a good Muslim wants to do something benevolent or give alms to a person, he does it secretly, too, and he does not hurt the feelings or affect the prestige of a person by reminding him of it. Allahu ta'ala emphatically commands this to be done in this way in the Qur'an al-kerim again and again.
In brief, a true Muslim is a perfect human being who has all the traits of a good character, is fully equipped with high moral quality, dignified, extremely pure, both physically and in soul, and trustworthy in every respect.
The great Islamic scholar Imam Ghazali (rahmatullahi 'alaih) 450 (1058)-505-(1111) classifies human beings into four groups in his book Kimya-yi Se'adet, which he published nearly nine hundred years ago in the Persian language: "The first group are those who know nothing except eating, drinking and enjoying worldly pleasures; the second group consists of those who use force, oppress people and are cruel; the third group consists of those who deceive others by trickery; and only the fourth group consists of the true Muslims who have the above-mentioned high morality."
But one thing not to be forgotten is that there is a way leading from each person's heart to Allahu ta'ala. The question is how to send the light of Islam to people. The person who feels light in his heart, no matter what group he belongs to, feels penitence for his wrongdoings and finds the right way.
If all people would accept Islam, neither evil, nor deceit, nor war, nor oppression, nor cruelty, would remain on the earth. It is, therefore, a duty for us all to do our best to be perfect and true Muslims and to propagate Islam all over the world, explaining its essence and its details. It is jihad to do so.
Always address people with a sweet speech and with understanding, even if they are of other religions. Allahu ta'ala commands this in the Qur'an al-kerim. It is written in the books of fiqh that it is sinful to hurt a non-Muslim's feelings or to taunt him because he is a disbeliever. A Muslim who does so will be punished. The aim is to teach everybody how lofty Islam is, and this jihad can be done only with a sweet tongue, knowledge, patience, and iman. He who wants to convince someone about a fact should, first of all, believe it himself. And a Muslim never loses his patience or else he will have difficulty in explaining his belief. There is no other religion which is as clear and as logical as Islam. A person who has grasped the essence of this religion can easily prove to anyone that this religion is the only correct religion.
We should not regard people of other religions as bad-tempered people. For sure, kufr (infidelity), that is, not to be a Muslim, is always evil. Since disbelief is a harmful and corrupt way of life that leads one to calamities in this world and the next, Allahu ta'ala has sent the religion of Islam so that people will live brotherly in comfort and in peace in this world and avoid the endless torment of the Hereafter. Kafirs (disbelievers), that is, those who are not Muslims, are wretched people devoid of this way to happiness. We should pity them and not hurt them at all. It is forbidden (haram) even to backbite them. Whether a person is meant for Paradise or for Hell will be certain only at his final breath. All of the heavenly religions hold the belief of one Allah, except, of course, the ones that have been defiled. In the Qur'an al-kerim, Allahu ta'ala invites all people to the right way. He promises that He will forgive all the past wrongdoings of a person who adopts this way. Those who are in other religions are poor people deceived by Satan or by those who know nothing about Islam. Most of them are unfortunate people who, while believing in one Allahu ta'ala like us and trying to attain His love, have been misled into wrong ways. With patience, sweet speech, reason and logic, we should guide them to the right way.
Before they were defiled by mankind, all the heavenly religions, teaching the belief in the existence and oneness of Allahu ta'ala, were the same with respect to the principles of belief. The three major religions from Hadrat Musa to Hadrat Muhammad ('alaihi 's-salam), namely, Judiasm, Christianity and Islam, professed belief in one Allah and taught that Allah's prophets ('alaihimussalawatu wattaslimat) were human beings like us. But Jews denied Hadrat isa and Muhammad ('alaihimas-salam), and Christians, who never did rescue themselves from idolatry, thought that Hadrat isa ('alaihi 's-salam) was the son of Allah, although Hadrat isa had said: "I'm a human just like you"; "I'm not Allah's son." They still worship three different deities under the names of Father (Allahu ta'ala), Son (isa, 'alaihi 's-salam), and the Holy Spirit. There were popes like Honorius who realized that this was false and wrong, and tried to correct it. But the correction of this wrong belief has been possible only with Islam, which Allahu ta'ala has revealed through His last Prophet Muhammad Mustafa (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam). Then, no one can deny the fact that Islam, which has accumulated within itself the main principles of these three religions and which has purged them from the superstitions that had penetrated them, is the only true religion.
Fellowes, an Englishman who converted to Islam, says: "While attempting to correct the numerous erroneous beliefs in Christianity, Martin Luther was unaware of the fact that Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) had already corrected all those faults by announcing Islam exactly 900 years before him. That is why it is necessary to accept Islam as a completely purified version of Christianity and to believe that Hadrat Muhammad (sall-Allahu 'alaihi wa sallam) is the last Prophet.
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