demanded that those who professed to follow Him should take up towards Him. Now to reach this estimate, as we have already seen, it is not to the Qur'an that we must go. The Qur'an has nothing at first hand to tell us on these points. It is to the Christian Scriptures that the investigator must find his way; those Scriptures which, as we have seen, Muhammad declared to be a revelation from God.

We appeal, then, to all Muhammadan seekers after truth, to take these books and having by historical and critical investigation satisfied themselves that these are the very books which were held by the whole Christian Church in the time of Muhammad to be the word of God, and that therefore these are the very books to which Muhammad witnessed, to study them with open mind and open heart. We ask them specially to study the Gospels, that they may see for themselves what, as a matter of historical fact, Jesus claimed, and how His claims were understood by His disciples, who had the best opportunity of judging what they meant to the mind and soul of the individual. We ask them to study these in any way they like, but with one object in view; namely, that they may come face to face with Jesus Himself; that they may learn to know him, and see how He claimed to hold a supreme position in the matter of the attitude of all men towards God; a position which none other has over claimed;


how He claimed that a true knowledge of God is to be attained only through Him; how He asserted that only through Him can man find rest and peace for His soul, receiving in Him pardon and forgiveness; how He said that through Him alone (in vital union with Him) can man make any real progress in that path of life which leads ultimately to that vision of the face of God, which we all seek. We appeal to Muhammadans to see for themselves how all these claims of Jesus are matters of history, and we ask them to remember that Muhammad witnessed that the message of Jesus was the message of God.

When we make this appeal to the Christian Scriptures of the New Testament, we do so with confidence; for we know that there are historical proofs to show that what we hold in our hands are the very books to which Muhammad appealed to as the 'Injil' of Jesus. These books existed in his time and were universally regarded by the Christian Church as the true record of the message of Jesus, giving us an account of what He taught, and how His claims appealed to the men of His own times; and it is to these books that Muhammad witnessed, if his witness to the inspired books of the Christians means anything at all, as a revelation from God. We do not here enter into any argument to prove that these books are the 'Injil' to which he referred, that has been done by others, and no open-minded Muhammadan can refuse to