A Young Muslim’s Guide to Religions in the World
|A Young Muslim’s Guide to Religions in the World
|Syed Sajjad Husain
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It was Mr. Shah Abdul Hannan and Mr. Ahmad Farid, both members of the Bangladesh Civil Service and old acquaintances of mine, the latter from his student days in the University of Dacca when I taught in the Department of English, who persuaded me to undertake to write this book. I agreed with considerable diffidence and told them that what I could at best produce would be a book for the lay man and the general reader. But having worked for two years on this project, I feel grateful to them for obliging me to put on record thoughts which had been stirring in my mind for years.
I am also indebted to the late Dr. Ismail Raji al Faruqi, the renowned Arab scholar, whose writings alerted most of us to the dangers faced by the younger generation of Muslims who live in daily contact with non-Muslim communities and have to read books written by non-Muslims in which Islam is often distorted. It was also Mr. Shah Hannan and Mr. Ahmad Farid who drew my attention to the program suggested by the late Dr. al-Faruqi as a measure designed to remedy the situation..
My friend Mr. P. A. Nazeer, a retired civil servant himself, placed me in his debt by arranging for the entire manuscript to be retyped for the press.
Dr. M. R. Hilali of London, a former student and colleague, read some of the chapters and suggested many improvements. Parts of the manuscript were also read by Mr. Shah Abdul Hannan, Mr. Ahmad Farid and Mr. Ahmadul Haque Khan of Rajshahi University. Their comments helped me to organise my ideas and their encouragement gave me the strength to continue.
Finally, I express my gratitude to ‘BIIT Publications’ for agreeing to publish the book.
Syed Sajjad Husain