Arise during the night, excepting a small portion thereof;A half of it:or
diminish therefrom a little,
Or increase thereupon. And recite the Corân with well-measured recitation.
Verily the hours of the early night are the best for earnest devotion, and
distinct utterance.SURA LXXIII.[v. 2-6]
Thou mayest see them (the Moslems), bowing down, prostrating themselves,
seeking the favour of God and His pleasure. Their signs are in their faces from
the marks of their prostration. This is the likeness of them in the Tourât, and
the likeness of them in the Gospel.SURA XLVIII., v. 29.
And when the Corân is read, listen thereunto and keep silence, that ye may
obtain mercy. And meditate on thy Lord in thine own soul with humility and awe,
and without loudness of speech, in the morning and at eve; and be not amongst
the careless.SURA VII., 203, 204.[204-205]
For earnest and devout Mahometans of this description, the following
observations are meant. I solicit that they may be read with candour, with
seriousness, and with prayer.
It has been the compiler's object in making this collection, not to search
for passages favourable to the Jewish and Christian Scriptures, but simply to
bring together all the verses that were found in the Corân to contain any
mention whatever of those Scriptures, or any allusion to them. With this view,
the writer has carefully gone over the whole Corân repeatedly, and noted down
every passage of the