Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Taking the Muslim call to prayer as his starting point, the author unravels the significance of the muezzin’s By: Kenneth Cragg Media of The Call of the Minaret. THE CALL OF THE MINARET, by Kenneth Cragg. pp. New York,. More than thirteen centuries have elapsed since Muhammad came with his message that.

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Matt Friedman added it Jul 25, Skyscraper Cat marked it as to-read Jan 19, Kurt marked it as to-read Jun 15, The Prophet’s mission was not to proclaim God’s existence but to deny the existence of all lesser deities. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

The call of the minaret

They had no place to develop in a mind that was fully possessed with its single mission. The fascinating theme of Muhammad’s inner revolt against these notions and the pattern of his crusading controversy with the Meccans in the name of the Divine Unity must concern us in the chapter to follow, on the second kennerh of the muezzin’s witness.

Rather they thought more directly and frequently of the lesser gods, the daughters, perhaps even the sons, of Allah who were far more intimately related to their daily lives, their wars, their harvests, and their fertility.

It is held to be worth a third of the whole Qur’an and the seven heavens and the seven earths are founded upon it. Its significance must be clearly understood if we are to enter validly into the meaning of the confession. The source of the confusion of thought encountered here is that to say who God is necessarily goes beyond saying that He is. The Names have been variously classified and interpreted by theologians.


However, the author m This book looks at Islamic history, the present state of the Islamic world the book was originally written in the sand trends in Muslim-Christian relations. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The Call of the Minaret by Kenneth Cragg.

Bekadoss rated it it was amazing Jan 12, So it minaet that Muhammad, son of ‘Abdallah, Messenger of God, proclaimed the Divine Unity and disqualified all other worships, annihilating in word and in action the partners whom the pagan Arabs associated with God. It is important to keep in mind that though the apprehensions differ, their theme is the same.

When used with the definite article Al-Ilahu meaning “T ‘ he God” the I consonant of the article coalesces with the same letter in the first syllable of the word eliding the sound to make Al-lah. But the Christian problem of Muslim attitudes in this realm is to be faced below. The Rahmin is the One Who is in His character merciful.

The Call of the Minaret

When the word Allah is intentionally used in this way it raises a serious implication we wish here to reject. Here in the context of God and His Oneness we are faced with the supreme sin in the Muslim reckoning, itself the kemneth of its great negation. Michael rated it liked it Mar 07, The Surah of Unity Surah cxii declares:.

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It is true, of course, that the diction of many muezzins is raucous and strained and that the Divine Name often loses its forcefulness in certain grammatical or other situations.


Since both Christian and Muslim faiths believe in One supreme sovereign Creator-God, they are obviously referring when they speak of Him, under whatever terms, to hhe same Being. Books by Kenneth Cragg. Babar Iqbal marked it as to-read Mar 18, It is not merely that He has no co-equals.

He Who is merciful behaves mercifully. The book was written in but had been republished numerous times and has not lost its combination of keen insight into Christian doctrine and practice, and the life and thought of Muslims. Most of them are found in the Qur’an itself, the remainder being traditional. There is no valid understanding of Muslim theology that does not first strive to enter into this vivid awareness where it had its miaret.

The Call of the Minaret by Kenneth Cragg

The word Allah itself is grammatically incapable of a plural. The fact that the book was written in the 50s is helpful as well. But more important, there have grown up associations with the English usage of Allah that are sentimental, having to do more with melodrama than theology. Shadan marked it as to-read Dec 08, The author identifies some of the trends that are just now coming to the fore, but he is able to avoid the hysteria of much contemporary Western writing on Islam and Muslim societies.

This was the gist of the Prophet’s contention against the Meccans.