In 1896 a conference was convened in Lahore in which representatives of various religions were invited to explain the beauties of their respective faiths so that people could judge and compare the teachings for themselves. Top leaders of many faiths spoke on this occasion and explained the teachings of their faiths.
The Promised Messiah(as), as representative of the Islamic faith, authored a compelling and scholarly treatise for this occasion outlining the excellencies of Islamic teachings. He was assured by God Almighty that his treatise would be acclaimed as far superior to all the others that would be presented at the gathering.
He made known this divinely assurance well before the start of the conference. And so it happened, the audience numbering over 7000 was spellbound and everyone admitted that his submission was overwhelmingly superior. Proceedings of this conference were published in the newspapers; it was admitted that Huzoor’s discourse was indeed far superior to all the others. It was later published under the title The Philosophy of the Teachings of Islam.
When famous Russian author Count Leo Tolstoy read the English translation of this treatise, he observed: “I approved very much of ‘How to get rid of sin’ and ‘The Life to come’. The ideas are very profound and very true.”