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Islam and the Earliest Muslims
Two Conflicting Portraits
There are four prerequisites for a religion which claims to be universal, eternal and true, the only saving principle, the only sound creed and the sole path of virtue; inviting man to open the gates of a new and lasting revolution for his own good, on the individual as well as social plane; and presenting itself as a revelation from on High. These postulates are clearly pointed out by human disposition and intellect, history of religions, insight into psychological factors governing the rise and fall of nations and races and the end-result of well-known revolutionary endeavours undertaken anywhere over the ages.