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One of the many graces which Allah (swt) has bestowed upon the generous Muslim Ummah is the
making of the whole earth pure, a mosque and a grand mihrab for her where Allah (swt) is
worshipped in every single corner of it, whether in the mosques, in the markets, in the streets, or at
schools and universities, in the houses, at the frontiers and so on. Therefore, the whole earth is a
mosque, and this is indicated by the hadith reported by Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of
Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “I have been granted upon five things
which were not granted to any other prophet before me: I have gained victory with awe from the
distance of one month; the earth has been made sacred and pure and mosque for me, so whenever
the time of prayer comes for anyone of you, he should pray wherever he is; the spoils of war have
been made lawful for me, and these were never made lawful to anyone before; I have been granted
shafa‘a (intercession); and every prophet was sent particularly to his own people, whereas I have
been sent to all mankind.”

THE most important contemporary European authority for the early part of Aurangzib’s reign is the French physician Bernier, who lived in India from 1659 to 1666, and whoso Travels have recently bean admirably edited by Mr. Constable. Bernier writes as a philosopher and man of the world : his contemporary Tavernier (1640-1667) views India with the professional eye of a jeweller; nevertheless his Travels, of which Dr. Ball has produced a scientific edition, contain many valuable pictures of Mughal life and character. Dr. Fryer’s New Account of India is chiefly useful as a description of the Maratha power under Sivaji, for the author during his visit to India (1672-81) did not extend his travels further north than Siirat. Like Fryer, Ovington (1689-92) did not go to the Mughal Court, and his Voyage to Suratt contains little beyond what the English merchants of Bombay and Surat (the only places he visited) chose to tell him. Something may be gleaned from Yule’s elaborate edition of Hedges’ Diary as to the Mughal pro- vincial administration in 1682-4 ; and Dr. Gemelli Careri’s visit to Aurangzib’s camp in the Deccan in 1695 throws light on an obscure portion of the reign. Catrou’s Histoire Generate de V Empire du Mogol (1715), founded on the Portuguese memoirs of ‘ M. Manouchi.

Some Christians are astounded, bewildered, and astonished to hear when we say that Prophet Jesus is mentioned twenty five times in the Qur’an, five times more than Prophet Muhammad. The Qur’an portrays Jesus as God’s mighty messenger and no Muslim’s faith is complete unless he accepts Jesus as a Prophet of God. What is remarkable about the life of Prophet Muhammad is that he came to clear the name of Prophet Jesus that he blasphemed against God by claiming a share in God’s divinity. Prophet Muhammad hallowed Prophet Jesus as the messiah and as a devoted servant of God. It was Prophet Muhammad who brought the good news that Prophet Jesus did not die on the cross as the Qur’an so affirmatively asserts. He cleared the name of Prophet Jesus that he allegedly betrayed his covenant to God as a prophet and divine messenger. He put the life of Prophet Jesus in clear perspective and bore witness that he was but a man commissioned by God to call humanity to God’s way and was given special powers to help him accomplish his mission. Sheikh Deedat use to say: “The Christians out of their love for Prophet Jesus say that he is God or the son of God, and the Muslims out of their love and obedience to God say he is a mighty messenger of God”. Prophet Jesus was a great man and is unsurpassed in many ways, but you don’t elevate a man or a Prophet by making him a God simply out of your love, respect and admiration for him. Who has the good news right? Is Jesus as portrayed in the Qur’an, a devoted servant of God, the truth or what the Church teaches through its doctrine of the trinity, God the father, the son, and the holy ghost? Sheikh Ahmed Deedat presents his evidence and comes to the conclusion that the fathers of the church have the good news badly misconstrued. Please note that Muslims are required to recite the words, peace be upon him, whenever the name of a Prophet of God is mentioned.

This books records the travels of Emilie Jane Butterfield through the lands of Islam, through North Africa and the Maghreb to Egypt and on to Jerusalem. A fascinating account of the muslim interaction with Christianity during these times of coloniziation.

l have great pleasure in presenting to the readers this new book on sirah, Sirat al-Nabi and the Orientalists by Muhammad Mohar Ali. A monumental work discussing the Makkan period of the Prophet’s life, and a refutation of Orientalist attacks.