By Norman L. Geisler

This qualifies as a very good advent to Islam which provides the old and doctrinal necessities let alone a number of necessary evidence so much introductions bypass over. hugely instructed interpreting.

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He has created man: He has taught him speech (And Intelligence). The sun and the moon Follow courses (exactly) computed; And the herbs and the trees—Both (alike) bow in adoration. And the Firmament has He Raised high" (55:37). "It is He who hath created for you all things that are on earth; moreover His design comprehended the heavens, for He gave order and per1. Schimmel and Falaturi, 155. 34 The Islamic View of Creation and Man 35 fection to the seven firmaments; and of all things Ile hath perfect knowledge " (2:29).

David and Solomon receive no less than thirty-three mentions, and the story of Noah appears some thirty ti mes. 4 Among the prophets, five are recognized to be in the highest rank and are given the title of ulu'l- Azm (people of the determination or perseverance). They are: Muhammad (the apostle of God), Noah (the preacher of God), Abraham (the friend of God), Moses (the speaker with God), and Jesus (the word of God). 15 Some also include Adam (the chosen of God) as the sixth person in the list.

What is his purpose? And how does he achieve his highest good? The Islamic answer is that human beings are finite, mortal creatures, who have been honored by God to be his representatives and servants on earth. Even though human beings are not sinful and have no fallen nature, they are intrinsically weak, frail, imperfect, and constantly forgetful of God. It should be noted that occasionally "some Muslim theologians have held to a doctrine of Hereditary Sin. . "'44 Further, "Other passages refer to humankind as sinful (or unjust—zulum—14:34/37; 33:72), foolish (33:72), ungrateful (14:34/37), weak (4:28/32), despairing or boastful (11:9/12-10/13), quarrel-some (16:4), and rebellious (96:6).

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