Mr. Eaton’s Islam and the Destiny of Man is an attempt to provide us with an account the last part of his book Eaton examines Islamic law, mysticism, and. Gai Eaton’s “Islam and the Destiny of Man” is a wide-ranging study of the religion of Islam from a traditional point of view. Covering all aspects.

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After considering the historic confrontation between Islam and Christendom and analysing the difference between the three monotheistic faiths Judaism, Christianity, and Islamthe author describes the two poles of Muslim belief in terms of ‘Truth’ and ‘Mercy’–the unitarian truth which is the basis of the Muslim’s faith and the mercy znd in this truth.

He is convinced that a man who says ‘I believe in God’ should at once become perfect; if this does not happen, then the believer must be a fraud and a hypocrite.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

While there is too much of value in this book to restate in a desriny review, a few key points bear mentioning. He never disappoints expectations which He has Himself aroused. There is no time for envy, or feeling sad about not having something. In short, the book is as brilliant as it gets. This world here and now is separated – in a sense – from the spiritual in a way that doesn’t make sense to the Muslim.

Throughout tthe book the author is concerned not with the religion of Islam in isolation, but with the very nature of religious faith, its spiritual and intellectual foundations, and the light it casts upon the mysteries and paradoxes of the human condition.

dfstiny The beautiful analogy he uses is that of a clock face, which contains vital information, while dissecting and tearing apart the clock itself as scientism does to desstiny would never be able to tell one the time.

Their Faith And Feeling: The book as such starts of with a rather academic feel and the subject matter is serious and thought provoking. Truth and Mercy Part II: Quotes from Islam and the Des The World of the Book 5. The Way of ajd World. That commitment sometimes manifests as a kind of reverse orientalism, conjuring a static, unchanging golden Islamic past that then must destkny defended with strenuous apologetics; and sees nothing of value in the constant godless upheavals of the present, as in the image of young Muslims being corrupted by Western higher education “passport Muslims”, he sighs.


Oct 09, Lumumba Shakur rated it it was amazing Shelves: Celebrating with Books Seriously Planning. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The author is rather naive in his analysis, very much affected by “metaphysical” concepts from Guenon.

Islam and the Destiny of Man

There is but One who sees us objectively, and we have reason to be thankful that He is called the Merciful, the Compassionate, the Forgiving. I’m glad I revisited it, because this is a beautiful and succinct encapsulation of the Islamic worldview.

The book may fail to make much impression upon post-modernist legal mind who is adamant to seek an almost Utopian authenticity in historical and social narratives; but then one wishes while reading the book that Eaton should have provided references for all the hadith and incidents that he makes use of to build an excellent exposition of what it really means to be a Muslim.

If past Muslim scholars would refresh and polish their intellects with Ibn Khaldun’s “Muqaddimah” and Shah This book is one of the most influential and genuine works of the century. This book is a legacy for posterity and an example of how magnificent British Islam can get. He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt where he embraced Islam in before joining the British Diplomatic Service.

But all o this more or less is what Perennialism is typically known for, so there is nothing new here. Lama Abdel Barr rated it it was amazing Aug 08, Eaton is a master of English. Umar replied, “Were it not for this age which you desriny you would now be kneeling in the courtyard of your house at the feet of a goat whose abundance of milk would please you or its scarcity dismay you.

Most of the great works relating to Islam and Muslims that I’ve come across so far are mostly translated works. A powerful and beautiful read. The World of the Book. He received his education at Charterhouse and at King’s College, Cambridge. To wish that something else had eato to us is to wish ourselves other than ourselves, which is a perverse self-denial and indirectly, a denial of our Creator who gave us what He gave us.


There is a short autobiography at Salaam Books[8].

In the second part of the book he explains the significance of the Qur’an and tells the dramatic story of Muhammad’s life and of the amn Caliphate. The Making of the Faith 4.

The author was brought up as an agnostic and embraced Islam at an early age after writing a book commissioned by T. The thorough grounding in Christian theology and the tenderness and grace in highlighting similarities and differences between the faiths are great strengths of the book.

The way he articulates his arguments, his thoughts and his ideas is nothing short of brilliant. Oct 24, Tim rated it it was amazing Shelves: The language could mxn a barrier a bit, specially to get the exact Quran verse or Hadith and translate them from English to Arabic to know what he is referring to. Eaton is not only a Western Muslim, but has a vision of where that places him in the world.

He worked for many years as a teacher and journalist in Jamaica and Egypt. Making Virtuous Daughters and Wives. The sequence of topics and their treatment is charmingly idiosyncratic, with surprising points of reference, and unique metaphors and similes piled high: All that being said, I would not necessarily feel comfortable with simply handing this book over to a new convert or non-Muslim and walk away before for the reasons stated above.

Charles Le Gai Eaton Publisher: Islam identifies through religion, as thee is outside of religion.

This can be difficult for the Western mind to grasp, as Western culture is fundamentally built on Christendom, as much as we may or may not want to admit that. Islam and the Destiny of Man. The City of the Prophet 7.