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CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM: COMMON ORIGIN, SIMILAR ASPIRATIONS by Abdullahi Ahmad Imam
From the introduction, the cardinal objective is to bridge the gap of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians as a necessary knowledge platform for improved peace and avoiding unnecessary conflicts. This is approached by comparing Islam as a religion with Christianity as a religion, hinting on the standard link that should be appreciated by all – that both are offshoots of the nuclear faith of Abraham.
In this work, the Author has profoundly provided a foundation for the universal understanding of what religion ought to be. The wealth and depth of this is however inevitably informed by Islam. The work presents a beautiful definition from philosophy to Sufisim (Mysticism) and in fact to Zuhdu (self-restraint).
THE QUR’AN: ITS AUTHOR, VIRTUES, AND ETIQUETTE OF RECITING IT by Muhammad Auwal
The origin or authorship of the Qur’an has been debated since Muhammad (SAW) started reciting it more than 1400 years ago. Various hypotheses were proposed. The author called these “arguments.” He did a good job by dissecting each argument logically. This is to enable the reader make an informed decision whether an argument holds water or not.
Recitation of the Qur’an either as a whole or in part has a lot of virtues. I expected the author to provide a bullet-point of these virtues but he went extra mile to authenticate each virtue mentioned with a Hadith. That was a laudable effort. However, those who want to skim or scan will not find this approach interesting.