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Lessons From History

Lessons From History

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Lessons From History
Reflections on the Past, Present,and Future of Two Muslim Communities
Dr. Israr Ahmad
Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Qur’an Lahore
2First Printing: Aug 19971,100 copiesSecond Printing: Oct 20001,100 copiesPrinted at: Shirkat Printing PressPublished by:
Markazi Anjuman Khuddam-ul-Qur’an Lahore
36-K, Model Town, Lahore-54700Phone:5869501-3 Fax:5834000Price Rs:70/-
The substance of this book is based on the ideas published by Dr. IsrarAhmad in 1993 in the columns of the Urdu daily
of Lahore. The series of write-ups continued for a few months and werewidely read with interest. The entire material, after slight editing, waspublished in a book form in October 1993 under the
title Sabiqa aur  Maujuda Musalman Ummatun ka Mazi, Haal, aur Mustaqbil
, and hassince gone through many re-prints. Dr. Ahmed Afzaal rendered theseideas into English and part of it was serialized in 1995-96 in themonthly
published by the Markazi AnjumanKhuddam-ul-Qur’an Lahore. For putting it into a compact book, hefurther revised the entire material, added his own sub-titles, and made itmore authentic by giving quotations from the Old and New Testaments.Indeed he took great pains to make the citations of quite a few historicalevents and landmarks, particularly of early Jewish history, moreauthentic by giving dates and references from reliable sources.Moreover, he suggested a much more telling title for the book —
 Lessons from History
— and the sub-title —
 Reflections on the Past,Present, and Future of Two Muslim Communities
— puts in a capsuleform the whole spectrum of ideas covered in the book.Dr. Israr Ahmad, as a true believer, is absolutely convinced of the indivisibility and essential identity of the Messages of all prophets.All Scriptures stem from and are parts of a single Source, the
 Mother of  Books
and the
 Hidden Book 
. According to the Qur’an, Prophethood isindeed an indivisible office: one cannot believe in some and not inothers without
giving the lie
to the very source of Revelation. From thevery beginning of the prophetic career, Prophet Muhammad (SAW) washimself absolutely convinced of the Divine character of the earlierrevealed documents and the Divine Messengership of the bearers of those documents. This is why he recognized without a moment of hesitation that Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other Old and NewTestament religious personalities had been genuine prophets likehimself. Thus the true followers of Moses were, according to theQur’an, also Muslims as were the true followers of Prophet Jesus, untilthey deviated from the Right Path and adopted certain beliefs central totheir creeds. The most important of these are the Jewish claim toelection and equally exclusivist claims to truth adopted by Christians.

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