Summary of Izhar ul Haq by Rahmatullah al Kindi and extraction of methodologies used by the author

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INTRODUCTION

In the course of history, Islam as a religion and as a religious community has come into contact with a number of other religions in the East and West. A great number of Muslim authors have written about other religions and their adherents. Judaism and Christianity have been a major focus of these scholars. In the modern period, the Muslim works on these two religions either stress the heavenly message brought by Moses and Jesus or the distortions introduced into it by the adherents. Of the Muslim writers who focused on the second approach is Maulana M. Rahmatullah Kairanvi. He wrote a number of treatises to prove that the text of the Bible is not a revelation. One of these is the book الحق اظهار (Demonstration of the Truth). The book was written in response to the Christian offensive against Islam in British India. The author has used his authoritative knowledge of the Jewish and Christian scriptures to demonstrate that the Bible cannot in any way be considered as a divine, revealed book. He has refuted Trinity with reason, and in the last part of the book demonstrated the authenticity of the Quran and the Prophet Hood of Muhammad PBUH.

The book has been internationally recognized as one of the most authoritative and objective studies of the Bible and has become a model for subsequent Muslim refutations of Christianity and especially its Scriptures. This assignment aims at a thorough and scientific study of Izhar ul Haq and extraction of the methodologies used by the author in his study of Christianity, its faith and scriptures. As per requirement of my instructor, respected Madam Darakhshan Azam, I have chosen first two chapters1 from the first part of the book and conducted a study on them. The assignment begins with a summary of the first and second chapters of the book, titled: بيان كتب العهد العتيق و الجديد

الفصل الاول: في بيان اسمائها و تعدادها الفصل الثاني: في بيان أن أهل الكتاب لا يوجد عندهم سند متصل لكتاب من كتب العهد العتيق و الجديد In the end I have discussed the methodologies applied by Al Hindi Rahimahullah in his rejection of the Old and New Testaments.

SUMMARY OF
CHAPTER#1: THE BOOKS OF THE BIBLE

The Christians divide the books of the Bible into two main parts: The Old Testament: consists of the books that are claimed to have been received through the prophets who were prior to the Prophet Jesus. The New Testament: consists of the books that are believed to have been written through inspiration after Prophet Jesus. All the books of the Old and the New Testament are together called “Bible”. Each of the two Testaments is further divided into two parts: i. Part which is believed to be authentic by all the ancient Christians ii. Part of the Testaments whose authenticity is not confirmed by the Christians The Divisions of the Old Testament

BOOKS BELIEVED TO BE AUTHENTIC BY THE CHRISTIANS 1.
Genesis/the Book of Creation
20.
The Book of Ecclesiastes/Book of Preacher
2.
Exodus
21.
The Book of the Songs of Solomon
3.
Leviticus
22.
The Book of Isaiah
4.
Numbers
23.
The Book of Jeremiah
5.
Deuteronomy
24.
The Book of Lamentations
6.
The Book of Joshua
25.
The Book of Ezekiel
7.
The Book of Judges
26.
The Book of Daniel
8.
The Book of Ruth
27.
The Book of Hosea
9.
The First Book of Samuel
28.
The Book of Joel
10.
The Second Book of Samuel
29.
The Book of Amos
11.
The First Book of Kings
30.
The Book of Obadiah
12.
The Second Book of Kings
31.
The Book of Jonah
13.
Chronicles I
32.
The Book of Micah
14.
Chronicles II
33.
The Book of Nahum
15.
The First Book of Ezra
34.
The Book of Habakkuk
16.
The Second Book of Ezra/Book of Nehemiah
35.
The Book of Zephaniah
17.
The Book of Job
36.
The Book of Haggai
18.
The Book of Psalms
37.
The Book of Zachariah
19.
The Book of Proverbs
38.
The Book of Malachi

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