On March 12, 1990, at the invitation of the
Department of Islamic Studies, Seville University, Spain, Hadhrat
Mirza Tahir Ahmad delivered an address entitled 'Islam -- A Discourse
on its Elementary and Fundamental Teachings'. He was advised
by the Head of the Department to introduce Islam at an elementary
level, keeping in view that most of the audience, drawn from
other departments and the general public, would have very little
knowledge of Islam. The time allotted for the speech was one
This treatise developed out of that speech.
The author has expanded on various themes, which time had not
permitted in the original lecture. Additionally, in converting
the spoken word into writing, certain changes and amendments
were affected by the speaker himself.
The name of Muhammad, the Holy Prophet of Islam,
has been followed by the symbol (sa) which is an abbreviation
for the salutation 'may peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him.' The names of other prophets and messengers are followed
by the symbol (as) an abbreviation for 'on whom be peace.' The
actual salutations have not generally been set out in full, but
they should, nevertheless, be understood as being repeated in
full in each case.