The Spirit of Islam: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islam with a Life of the Prophet

The Spirit of Islam: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islam with a Life of the Prophet

The Spirit of Islam: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islam with a Life of the Prophet

The Spirit of Islam: A History of the Evolution and Ideals of Islam with a Life of the Prophet

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The continuity of religious progress among mankind is a subject of enthralling interest to the student of humanity. The gradual awakening of the human mind to the recognition of a Personality, of a Supreme Will overshadowing the universe; the travails through which individuals and races have passed before they arrived at the conception of an Universal Soul pervading, regulating, and guiding all existence,--furnish lessons of the deepest import. The process by which humanity has been lifted from the adoration of material objects to the worship of God, has often been retarded. Masses of mankind and individuals have broken away from the stream of progress, have listened to the promptings of their own desires, have given way to the cravings of their own hearts; they have gone back to the worship of their passions, symbolised in the idols of their infancy. But though unheard, the voice of God has always sounded the call to truth, and when the time has arrived His servants have risen to proclaim the duties of man to himself and to his Creator. These men have been the veritable . . .

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