The Faith Of Islam
Islam or the religion of the followers of prophet Muhammad is one of the living faiths of the world. It is held by the Muslims that their Prophet did not propound the religion, but propagated the true religion what he received through revelations from God, which are now recorded in the Quran. The adherents of Islam also believe that their religion is not merely a creed or a mode of worship, but the way to a full-fledged ideal life. Islam, both as a religion and as an organization, was the spirit behind the unification of the Arabs and the expansion of their power over vast areas of two continents. In the middle ages, Islam served as the bridge between the East and the West in science and philosophy. It is, even today, a power to reckon with, being the only religion professed by the oil-rich countries of the Middle East, which are at times the deciding factors in the rivalry among the superpowers. It is, therefore, in the fitness of things that people interested in human history and culture, in the art and architecture of the orient, in comparative religion and also in the international political developments today should know the basic tenets and practices of Islam and the ways of thinking of its followers, all over the world. The sacred books of Islam being in the classical Arabic language, and enormous in bulk, are not easily accessible to average readers. The present work, written in excellent English and authenticated with profuse citations from the original sources in dependable translations, well serves the purpose of the interested readers.
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