The Sword of Islam

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John Murray, 1905 - Religion - 523 pages

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Page 162 - Thou art, of what sort the eternal life of the saints was to be, which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to conceive.
Page 55 - If these writings of the Greeks agree with the book of God, they are useless, and need not be preserved: if they disagree, they are pernicious, and ought to be destroyed.
Page 162 - ... will take the left, but both of them must first pass the bridge, called in Arabic, al Sirat. which they say is laid over the midst of hell, and described to be finer than a hair, and sharper than the edge of a sword...
Page 172 - Verily the first house appointed unto men to -worship in was that which is in Mecca ; blessed, and a direction to all creatures. Therein are manifest signs : the place where Abraham stood; and whoever entereth therein, shall be safe. And it is a duty towards God, incumbent on those who are able to go thither, to visit this house : but whosoever disbelieveth, verily God needeth not the service of any creature.
Page 168 - Mecca;* but generally in divination they made use of three only, on one of which was written, My Lord hath commanded me; on another, My Lord hath forbidden me ; and the third was blank.
Page 106 - Sophia he proceeded to the august but desolate mansion of a hundred successors of the great Constantine ; but which, in a few hours, had been stripped of the pomp of royalty. A melancholy reflection, on the vicissitudes of human greatness, forced itself on his mind ; and he repeated an elegant distich of Persian poetry : " The spider has wove his web in the Imperial palace ; and the owl hath sung her watch-song on the towers of Afrasiab.
Page 56 - Syene to the sea is a month's journey for a horseman. Along the valley descends a river, on which the blessing of the Most High reposes both in the evening and morning, and which rises and falls with the revolutions of the sun and moon. When the...
Page 155 - And of those four the Muslims hold that the Pentateuch, Psalms, and Gospel, have undergone so many alterations and corruptions, that though there may possibly be some part of the true word of God therein, yet no credit is to be given to the present copies in the hands of the Jews and Christians.
Page 161 - ... part of the good works of him who offered the injury, and adding it to those of him who suffered it. Which being done, if the angels (by whose ministry this is to be performed) say, " Lord, we have given to every one his due ; and there rcmaineth of this person's good works so much as equalleth the weight of an ant...
Page 168 - The winners, however, tasted not of the flesh, any more than the losers, but the whole was distributed among the poor; and this they did out of pride and ostentation, it being reckoned a shame for a man to stand out, and not venture his money on such an occasion...

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