Author: E Ahmad-ShahPublisher: Lucknow Publishing HouseYear: 2012Language: EnglishPages: 137ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788187739609
In this book the author presents Islam mainly from the point of view of Muslim writers, but as interpreted and expressed by a Christian. Originating as lectures delivered in America and England between 1952 and 1954, the book is the result of deep and extensive study of the subject by a philosopher and theologian. It begins with a description of the background of the Arabs and the life of Prophet Mohammad, and, goes on to a discussion of Islam based on the Quran, the Traditions and Muslim writers. It concludes with an invitation to Muslim brethren to find peace in the revelation of God in the Son of God, Jesus. It is a highly informative presentation for those seeking knowledge of Islam a stimulating discussion for followers of Islam.
ContentsPrefaceChapter I: IntroductionArticle 1. Background of the Arabs and their characteristicsArticle 2. Pre-Islamic people and their religionArticle 3. A sketch of Hazrat Mohammad’s lifeArticle 4. Periods of Muslim theology and importance of the QuranChapter II: Al Kalam Fil Zat O Sifat-eAlah (Discourse Concerning the being and Attributes of God)Article l. Introduction to the first period – significance of the Quran and Ahadis (Traditions)Article 2. First period – the Quranic-cum-Ahadisic period (510-950 A.D.), the annunciation of Muslim theologyArticle 3. Second period – scholastic (700-1300 A.D.), the period of consolidation of Muslim theologyArticle 4. Third period – authoritarian (750-1700 A.D.), the period of propagation of Muslim theology Article 5. Fourth period – reformative (1691 and onwards), the period of reformation of Muslim theologyChapter III: Al Kalam Fil Alam-e-Kainat (Discourse Concerning the Cosmos) Article 1. The orthodox position during the first periodArticle 2. The unorthodox position during the second periodArticle 3. Cosmology during the third periodArticle 4. Cosmology during the fourth periodChapter IV: Al Kalam Fil Najat-e-Insan-wa-Jahan (Discourse Concerning Salvation of Man and the world)Article l. The nature of manArticle 2. What is najat? (Salvation)Article 3. Means of najat (Salvation)Chapter V: Al Kalam Fil Akharat (Discourse Concerning the Last Days)Article 1. Signs of last daysArticle 2. Roz-e-hashar (Judgment Day)A. The Saza (punishment of unbelievers)B. The Jaza (rewards of believers)Chapter VI: Theology for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslim)Article 1. IntroductionArticle 2. Knowledge of God in words for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Article 3. Knowledge of God as person for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Article 4. Knowledge of God as wahid (one) for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Article 5. Cosmology for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Article 6. Najat (salvation) for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Article 7. Akharat (last days) for Biradran-e-Islam (Brother Muslims)Glossary: Meanings of Urdu, Persian and Arabic words used frequently