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Preface

In the Name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful
The Ninety-Nine Attributes of Allah

أسماءاللهالحسنى

وَلِلَّهِالأَسْمَاءالْحُسْنَى،فَادْعُوهُبِهَا،وَذَرُواْالَّذِينَيُلْحِدُونَفِيأَسْمَائِهِ؛سَيُجْزَوْنَمَاكَانُواْيَعْمَلُونَ

“The most beautiful names belong to Allah: so call on Him by them and shun those who blaspheme against His Names: for what they do, they will soon be requited.” (Qur’an, 7:180)

هُوَاللَّهُالْخَالِقُالْبَارِئُالْمُصَوِّرُلَهُالأَسْمَاءالْحُسْنَى؛يُسَبِّحُلَهُمَافِيالسَّمَاوَاتِوَالأَرْضِ،وَهُوَالْعَزِيزُالْحَكِيم

هُوَاللَّهُالَّذِيلاإِلَهَإِلاَّهُوَالْمَلِكُالْقُدُّوسُالسَّلامُالْمُؤْمِنُالْمُهَيْمِنُالْعَزِيزُالْجَبَّارُالْمُتَكَبِّرُ،سُبْحَانَاللَّهِعَمَّايُشْرِكُونَ

Allah is He besides whom there is no other God, the Sovereign, the Holy One, the Source of Peace (and Perfection), Guardian of the Faith, the Preserver of Safety, the Exalted in Might, the Irresistible, the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (Sublime is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. He is Allah the Creator, the Evolver, the One Who bestows Forms (or colors to everyone and everything); to Him belongs the Most Beautiful Names: Whatever there is in the heavens and on earth declares His Praise and Glory, and He is the One Exalted in Might, the Wise. (Qur’an, 59:23-24)

The word”Allah” in other scripts and languages:

Allah in other languages with Arabic script is spelled in the same way. This includes Urdu, Persian/Dari, Uyghur among others.
Bengali: আল্লাহAllah (SwT)
Bosnian: Allah (SwT)
Chinese: 阿拉 Ala, 安拉 Anla; 真主 Zhēnzhǔ (semantic translation)
Greek: Αλλάχ Allách, Θεός Theós (God)
Hebrew: אללהAllah
Hindi: अल्लाहAllah
Japanese: アラー Ara, アッラー Arra, アッラーフ Arrafu
Maltese: Alla
Korean: 알라 Alla
Polish Allah, also archaic Allach or Ałłach
Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian: Алла́х Allakh
Serbian, Belarusian, Macedonian: Alah, Алах
Spanish, Portuguese: Alá
Thai: อัลลอฮ์Anláw
Punjabi (Gurmukhi): ਅੱਲਾਹAllah (archaic ਅਲਹੁ in Sikh scripture)

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Islam belongs to the monotheistic religions, a”member” in the three major faiths of the world trailing Christianity and Judaism where the concept of God stands at the core of the faith. Godhead is the most important article of faith in these religions which, from our viewpoint, are actually one and the same: The Almighty revealed His truth to the Israelites, so it was called Judaism, then He revealed it to Christ and his followers, so it was called Christianity.

But when He revealed it to Muhammad (S), some people called it”Muham-medanism” whereas those who followed Muhammad (S) call themselves and would like others to call them”Muslims,” people who surrender to the will of the Almighty.

The Jews surrendered to His will when they followed Moses (‘a) in their exodus, and the Disciples followed Jesus (‘a) and recorded his words, thus surrendering to the will of God. The truth which God revealed to the Jews then to the Christians then to Muslims is one and the same; people, not He, gave it labels. An in-depth study of these three religions will reveal the similarities between them simply because they all came from one and the same God Who does not have but one tongue, one word, one truth, one Heaven, one Hell, one straight path to Him, one human family…

This is the absolute truth, yet not many people believe in it; on the contrary, many people reject it outright and claim that they, and only they, know the truth and abide by it, thus excommunicating all others.

These days the followers of all these three Abrahamic faiths are increasingly coming under attack by a new breed of fanatics who were told to be extremist, trained to hate and to seek”Paradise” by killing others.

These are the extremists whose hostility and hatred is fueled by a particular form of”religious” teachings which has strayed from the straight path of Islam, yet they claim to be Muslims and that they, and only they, are the true Muslims and everyone else is not. Their extremism is being funded by oil money, and money talks.

A number of terrorist organizations are now out to kill the followers of these three creeds, and if these followers do not undertake measures to protect themselves, they will fall prey to these terrorists. Such preparation is not done by only setting up armies and flying predators; it is better done by exposing the falsehood of the teachings promoted by these terrorists, by educating the public, and by standing in the face of certain governments that provide these terrorists with money and support.

This book is a humble effort to explain to the readers the truth about Islam, the religion of peace and harmony, of brotherhood not only with followers of the Abrahamic creeds but also of all other religions of the world.

It is quite likely some, if not most, readers of this book would like to know the author’s background, academic and all other qualifications. If these curious folks have access to the Internet, they should have no difficulty familiarizing them selves with him; his articles, essays and researches are posted on numerous web sites, and his books are advertised on many of them. So far, Allah (SwT) has enabled him to write, edit and translate as many as 63 titles, including this one.

Since this book is about the Almighty, it may be out of place to elaborate on these titles, yet suffices to say that in 1975, al-Jibouri received instructions to facilitate the entry to the United States of the very first representative of the then Supreme Ayatullah Abul-Qasim al-Khoei, may Allah (SwT) reward him, in North America, namely Shaikh Muhammad (S) Sarwar of Quetta, Pakistan who, due to the sponsorship of the author, did, indeed, arrive at the U.S. on January 25, 1976; a few days later, the Shaikh became al-Jibouri’s room-mate.

A few months later, the Shaikh moved from Atlanta to New York where there has been a much larger Shi’a population. There, he founded the Khoei Islamic Center which now stands as a great monument in the Jamaica suburb of the city of New York.

The author is discussed in detail by Prof. Larry Poston in his book Islamic Dawah in the West: Muslim Missionary Activity and the Dynamics of Conversion to Islam (New York, United States, and Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 1992; ISBN No. 0-19-507227-8) which Amazon is selling.

He has written many essays one of which he wrote and circulated is an extensive, thorough and extremely well researched rebuttal to Samuel P. Huntington’s famous article”The Clash of Civilizations?” which appeared in Foreign Affairs magazine in the Summer of 1993.

His rebuttal is actually a laborious research which exhausted two weeks of his time and many sleepless nights and is dated October 26, 1993. Due to the extensive research exhausted and the mass of data and information incorporated in this rebuttal, al-Jibouri has recently included it as an Appendix for his book titled Mary and Jesus (‘a) in Islam which was published by Authorhouse of Indiana, U.S.A.

May the Almighty assist us and keep our feet firm on His Right Path, Assirat al-Mustaqeem, Allahumma Aameen.