but, lately shaken off the yoke of Muhammad's followers, while the prayers he
prescribed; and the creed he taught still resound on the very site of the Temple of
Solomon. The language of the Ishmaelites, before which almost every other Semitic tongue
has vanished, is in use throughout the vast area above mentioned in the ceremonial
devotions of the people, and almost the whole of the voluminous literature of that and of
the Persian, the Turkish, the Urdu, and the Afghan languages celebrates the praises of the
"Seal of the Prophets,"1 the "Messenger of God."
It cannot be devoid of interest to us therefore to investigate the main tenets of this
mighty religious system and seek to discover the secret of the influence it has wielded in
the past and even now exercises over the minds of so many of our fellow men in many lands
and many climes.
Â§ 2. The secret of the might of Islam lies in the proportion of truth which it
inculcates. The mind of Man in all ages seeks to discover for itself or learn
from a higher source the solution of the great mysteries of our existence, and busies
itself with inquiries into the meaning and object of life, while at the same time striving
to pierce the dark veil which hangs over the grave, and to find some lingering ray of.
heavenly light to gild the gloomy shadows of the tomb. Nature within and