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Islam and the Destiny of Man Paperback – September 30, 1985
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It's a book written for a Western audience and bridges some of the questions that we may be asking ourselves regarding Islam. It goes into history. It goes into practices. It goes into the beliefs. It goes into 'the human paradox' (a chapter/section I love so much). It is very eloquently written and I recommend it to anyone who's interested in learning about Islam. So have at it. Give it a go. Enjoy. Cheers.
You feel a lot spirutialty in the book as you read it and comparisons are also given from other religions.
Eaton explains why submission to one Authority is the only solution to the problems of the mankind. Eaton explains the complex relationship between truth and mercy in a clear and unique way. This book is a must read for both muslims and non-muslims.
In the first part called `An Approach to Islamic Faith' Charles (Hassan) Le Gai Eaton explores what it means to be a Muslim and describes the spiritual forces which have shaped the hearts and minds of Islamic people. After pondering on the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the differences between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Le Gai Eaton speaks about the two poles of Muslim belief: Truth and Mercy - and their deep meaning for spiritual growth and the awakening of the heart (to the absolute Love of God, ALLAH s.t.).
In the second part of the book Le Gai Eaton explains the significance and beauty of the Quran and tells the stunning story of Muhammad's (s.A.s.) life and of the early Caliphate.
In the last part of the book called `Fruits of the Faith' Le Gai Eaton considers the Muslim view of man's destiny, the social structure of Islam, the role of art and the inner dimensions of Islam as well as the subtle meaning of Islamic teachings on the Hereafter.
Througout his book Le Gai Eaton is concerned with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations, and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition. Concerning this topic the most famous genius of Germany, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, wrote in his collection of lyrical poems called `West-Eastern Divan':
"Stupid that everyone in his case
Is praising his particular opinion!
If Islam means submission to God,
We all live and die in Islam."
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