not find it and walk therein, how can we escape from going astray and spiritual error
But above all things it is becoming that in our search for the truth we should avoid
all strife and bitter controversy, all hatred and vituperation, remembering that these
things blind men's spiritual eyes and prevent them from aiding one another in seeking for
the precious jewel of Truth. Instead of hating and contending with one another about
Religion, we should all endeavour to aid one another in this search and in our weary
pilgrimage to the Threshold of the Court of God Most High, since we are all alike sons of
Adam, creatures of the One True God, and pupils in the school of this lower world. The
poet Sa'di has well said:
Members1 a.e Adam's sons one of another,
Made from one essence, brother and brother:
Should one member suffer disaster or pain,
Other members no rest for themselves can obtain.
If we help our brothers and fellow-seekers for the light, we may trustfully and
hopefully turn in humility to entreat God Most Merciful to show us the light of His
Countenance and to help us to lay aside all spiritual pride, since God's blessing can
never rest upon the proud.
Learn2 humbleness, O thou who thirstest for grace:
River's water ne'er drinketh too lofty a place.
Truly has the poet said:
When3 God would succour us, His own,
He moves us for His aid to moan.
As the sun is visible to our eyes only through his own light, so only through the
spiritual radiance of
His own Divine Grace can the Invisible God become visible to our spiritual sight. Having
therefore through earnest and continuous prayer, offered from the depth of our hearts,
obtained God's gracious guidance, and having thus been led to the Knowledge of the Truth,
let us accept and acknowledge it wherever we may have found it knowing that all truth is
from God, who is Himself the Truth (ألْحقّ). For whoso despiseth the Truth rejected God
This Treatise is divided into three Parts. In the First we shall consider the assertion
of the ignorant that the Torah, Zabur, and Injil now current among Christians are both
corrupted and abrogated. In the Second we shall briefly state the main doctrines of the
Christian faith, and inquire whether the Old Testament and the New satisfy the tests
already mentioned. In the Third Part we shall consider whether, as the Muslims hold, the
Qur'an is the Word of God (كلام
الله) and Muhammad the Seal of the Prophets, the Messenger of
God. And may God's blessing rest upon this attempt to point out the Way of Salvation and
upon all who seek by God's grace to walk therein.