An Explanatory Sketch of the Principal Fundamental Tenets of the Muslim Religion
Originally published in 1889, The Faith of Islam, was written by Abdullah Quilliam, who was born William Henry Quilliam and converted to Islam two years previously in 1887.
This is what Quilliam had to say about his book:
“The subject matter contained in this little work was originally delivered in the form of three lectures in Vernon Hall, Liverpool. Some of the author’s co-religionists suggested that these lectures should be published as a pamphlet for public circulation. However, as he had only kept a few notes of his remarks on these occasions, the writer deemed it wiser to re-write the matter in its present form. His greatest embarrassment has been to condense into the smallest possible space a concise yet fair and accurate statement of the tenets held by Muslims, and he trusts that he has not carried the process of condensation too far, and that this little work will remove some of the prejudices of these who hold a different belief, and that he has been able to place the main principles of the faith of Islam in an intelligible and, as far as possible, interesting form. —W.H.Q. July, 1889.”
The Faith of Islam has been republished in modern language and spellings.
Published by the Origin of Books
Abdullah Quilliam was born William Henry Quilliam (10 April 1856 – 23 April 1932) and later called himself Henri Marcel Leon or Haroun Mustapha Leon. At the time of the first publication of The Faith of Islam he was calling himself Abdullah Quilliam. Quilliam was a 19th-century convert from Christianity to Islam, noted for being a solicitor, specialising in criminal law, and for founding England’s first mosque and Islamic centre. During this time Quilliam was a proponent of the temperance movement in Great Britain. In 1889, he first published The Faith of Islam, which was concerned with Dawah to Islam and its key principles. Initially, 2,000 copies were published, but a further 3,000 copies were produced in 1890. Quilliam also published The Crescent, a weekly account of Muslims in Britain, and Islamic World, a monthly publication with a worldwide audience. In 1890, Quilliam orchestrated protests the showing of Hall Caine’s play, Muhammad. Quilliam’s work in Liverpool stopped when he left England in 1908 in advance of being struck off as a solicitor by The Law Society for inducing a man to make false statements regarding the divorce of a woman. Quilliam returned to the United Kingdom by December 1914 under the name of H. M. Leon. He spent much of his time at Onchan on the Isle of Man. Abdullah Quilliam died in Taviton Street, Bloomsbury, London in 1932, and was buried in Brookwood Cemetery near Woking.