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on 22 February 2005
One of the best theology books I've ever read!
Addresses a number of complex and controversial concepts (such as Devine pre-ordainment, Women's roles, definition and relationship with God)
Draws thought provoking comparisons between the Islamic view of God and those of Secularism, Christianity, Judaism and other faiths
Highly recommended to those with an interest in understanding the Islamic faith from an objective point of view, the author of the book is a former British diplomat, and captures many of the Subtleties of the faith in this book
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on 8 July 2009
Having read Islam and the Destiny of Man, a third person introduction to Islam, I was intriuged in trying to understand who the author hiding behind such a genious book was.

Here's a book that allows just that. This is a book that lets you probe into the author's mind and lets you assess his thoughts more directly.

The title 'remembering God' is craftly chosen as writing on Halal and Haram is also part of remembering God. The book is a collection of the author's essays on numerous topics, written in his inimitable style characterised by its flawless rhetoric.

This book is recommended to people with a general interest in Islam, British Islam/Muslims, Sufism and Islamic perrenialism.

As Nasr points out in the foreword, here is a man at the heights of Islamic and Western tradition.

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on 31 October 2012
Bored out of my wits I reluctantly picked up this book off my father's shelf, and havent been able to put it down since. It has totally blown me away. The author is obviously someone of high intelligence and profound wit, and I would LOVE to have his company at my dinner table one evening. The way he approaches any topic or issue is so refreshing and to-the-point as to immediately cause a huge paradigm shift. He talks about issues that are critical to ponder over but almost no one is reflecting upon them, swept up as most of us are by the tidal wave of popular culture and the never-ending rat race. While the rest of us are on a fast treadmill, jogging like mad and getting nowhere, Gai Eaton is already past the finish line and looking back with a different perspective. If there is only one book you ever read in your whole life, make it this one.
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on 4 May 2016
The author makes the fatal mistake of thinking that Allah is God, and that Islam is one of the Abrahamic faiths, Judaism and Christianity. But in fact, Allah is not God, and Islam is not a religion of God and Abraham, it is the religion of Allah, the pagan Arab god.
This is absolutely clear in the Qur'an, Hadith [traditional stories] and Islamic law.
In Arabic, the Qur'an and Sharia, Almighty God is Ilah and Allah is ‘the god’ in English.
Almighty God is Ilah, Ar Rahman, the Beneficent, the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious.
Therefore the Qur’an was named The Criterion, the criterion between good and evil.
Qur’an 41:84 It is He Who is the only God in the heaven and the only God on the earth.
Ibn Kathir: This means He is the God of those who are in the heaven and the God of those on earth.
Qur’an 43:84 It is He Who is Ilah, God in the heaven and on the earth.
Qur’an 19:65 Lord of the heavens and the earth and all that is between them, so worship Him and abide patiently in His worship. Do you know of any other with His Name?
Ibn Kathir: Ibn Abbas says, ‘There is no one named Ar-Rahman (the Most Beneficent) other than Him, Blessed and Exalted is He. Most Holy is His Name.’
See Quran chapters 19, 21, 25, 26, 36, 37, 41, 43, 67, etc.
Allah is always and only called Allah in Arabic.
Qur’an 6:3 And He is Allah in the heavens and on the earth.
Ibn Abbas: He is the One who is called Allah in the heavens and on the earth.
The Qur'an states that the religion of Allah abrogates the religion of Abraham.
The Shahada, the Muslim pledge of faith, denies God:
La ilaha ill-Allah, there is no God/god but Allah.
The sentence comprises a denial and an affirmation.
Negation: 'La ilah' negates all forms of God or god.
Affirmation: 'illAllah' affirms that there is only Allah.
Before you can say ‘I believe in Allah’(illa Allah) you have to reject or disbelieve in any other god or God (La illaha).
Question 179 Islam Q&A[...]
Questions 114, 6703, 11819, 20239, 20815
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on 26 February 2015
Very few authors could lay bare the contradictions and challenges of our age so eloquently and with such power - a true gem of a book. I'm extremely glad to have purchased it.
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on 1 October 2011
For me agreat read ie for a "bBORN MUSLIM" --particularly when it cmoes from a "revert" ..My friends enjoyed it too .
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