Qur'an are without a parallel, and that thus the Qur'an alone is a sufficient proof of
the truth of Muhammad's claims.
(3) That Muhammad's miracles are a seal set by God Most High on his claims.
(4) That his life and character prove him to have been the last and greatest of the
(5) That the rapid spread of Islam shows that God Most High sent it as His final
Revelation to men.
Now without doubt these alleged proofs or arguments are deserving of great and careful
consideration. If they are well-founded, they most undoubtedly do prove the truth of
Islam, and all men should therefore accept it. But before we can admit their truth, we
must examine them more carefully than a merchant does the coins he receives, for our
happiness here and hereafter depends in large measure upon the decision to which we come.
For the question at issue is, "Who is in our day the Saviour of the world: the Lord
Jesus Christ, or Muhammad?" This is not a subject for strife and quarrelling and
bitterness, but for reverent, candid, fearless, and prayerful inquiry. Muslims and
Christians are alike interested in the search, and the result will be to God's glory and
their good, for the truth cannot be for ever hid, but must at last shine forth brighter
than the sun at noonday.
In the following chapters we proceed to undertake this inquiry, "speaking truth in
love," as is enjoined upon Christians (Eph. iv. 15). We shall endeavour so to write
that we may not intentionally hurt the feelings of any earnest Muslim. But should any
single word or phrase seem unfitting, or not in accordance with the rules of courtesy and
brotherly affection, we here most sincerely apologize for it, trusting that the respected
readers of these pages will realize that the offence has not been willingly given, and
that it is human to err, while readiness to forgive is worthy of all who believe in the
Most Merciful God.