The Four Questions Answered

English translation of ‘Sirajuddin Isai key Char Sawalon ka Jawab’

by Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian

In this booklet, the author answers questions sent by a Christian to compare the beliefs of Islam and Christianity on four points relating to:

  1. Salvation
  2. Monotheism
  3. Love of God and God’s Love of Humanity
  4. Light of the Founders of Christianity and Islam

Original Urdu publication: June 1897

English translation by Dr Hamid Rahman: 1996

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Table of Contents:

  • Question 1. Salvation: According to the Christian belief, Christ came to the world for the love of mankind and to offer himself as sacrifice for its sake. Can the mission of the Founder of Islam be described in similar terms? Or can his mission be described in words even better than ‘love’ and ‘sacrifice’?:
    • The Quranic Route to Salvation is not through an Accursed Sacrifice
    • Ascribing an Accursed Death to Jesus is Perverse
    • Three Safeguards from Sin
    • The Sole Antidote of Sin is Love of God
    • A Rebuttal of the Belief of Atonement
    • Implications of Jesus Being Accursed
    • Is Salvation through Accursed Sacrifice found in Jewish Scriptures?
    • Can Belief in the Accursed Sacrifice Deliver one from Sin?
    • Doctrine of Accursed Sacrifice Opens the Floodgate of Sin
    • All Nations have Good and Bad Natured Persons
    • Effect of Religion on Human Faculties
    • Signs of a Pure Life
    • Holy Prophet’s Mission was to Teach Purity, Truth and Patience
    • The Word Islam Implies Righteousness
    • Two Meanings of the Word Istighfar (Protection from Sin) in the Quran
  • Question 2. Monotheism: If the aim of Islam is to guide mankind toward monotheism, then why is it that religious battles took place in the early period of Islam with the Jews, when their revealed Books teach nothing extraneous to monotheism? What is jihad? Or why should it now be considered essential for the Jews and other monotheists to accept Islam for their salvation?
    • The Battles with Jews and Christians were in Self-defence
    • Jews Paid only Lip Service to an Imperfect Monotheism in their Books
    • The Torah and Gospel Prophecy about a Complete and Perfect Guidance
    • Quran is Unique in Perfecting all Facets of Shariah (Revealed Law)
    • Quran as the Arbitrator of the Dispute about the Status of Jesus
    • Similarity between Jesus and Jonah
    • Quran Resolves Dispute between Jews and Christians
    • Historical Testimony on the need for the Revelation of Quran
    • Why the Torah Repeated the same Monotheistic Doctrine?
    • Prophet Muhammad Ranks ahead of all other Prophets
    • No Incremental Excellence in the Teachings of the Gospels over the Torah
    • The Quran Completes and Perfects Previous Books
    • Torah and Gospels cannot Compare with Quran
    • An Analogical Comparison of the Torah with the Quran
    • A Rationale for the Shortcomings of Torah and the Gospels
    • The Quran Teaches a Middle Course
    • Battles with the Jews only in Self-defence
    • Why was it Necessary for the Jews to Accept Islam?
  • Question 3. Love of God and God’s Love of Humanity: What verses of the Quran deal especially with the love of man and God, and the love of God for man?
    • The Sense of the Word Islam also Indicates Love
    • Quranic Teachings about Man’s Love of God and his Creation
    • Trade of Son for Sinners not Found in Quran
    • Quran Reserves the use of the Word ‘Love’ only with God
    • Torah and Gospel devoid of these Stages of Man’s Duty to Man
    • Unlike the Torah, Teachings of the Quran are Universal
  • Question 4. Light of the Founders of Christianity and Islam: Christ said, “Come to me, you who are tired and weary, I will give you comfort,” and, “I am the light, I am the way, the life and the truth.” Did the Founder of Islam also make these or similar statements about himself?
    • Prophet Muhammad is the Light and the Way to Allah
    • Christians Lack Spiritual Qualities Identified by Jesus
    • Signs of a True Believer given in Quran found in all Ages