Pearls of the Faith: The Ninety-Nine Beautiful Names of Allah
Pearls of the Faith is a book that harkens back to a slower time; before the nanosecond; before supersonic travel; before the advent of cyberspace; when handwritten letters took weeks to deliver; and people could sit under a canopy and read light verse about other faiths in faraway lands. It was a time when lettered men and women wrote prose and poetry in the hope that it might engender greater understanding of a richly diverse world in dire need of peaceful co-existence; reciprocal respect; and a deeper knowledge of the evergreen truths hidden in the myriad teachings of our various world faiths.
The love and appreciation of poetry; far more widespread in Sir Edwin Arnold’s day; is unfortunately lost on many in our impoverished and illiterate post-modern culture. In light of that lamentable reality; we humbly offer this reprint of a 19th century British poet’s effort to help cleanse the doors of perception regarding Islam and hope that it may also help revive a love of such inspirational literature in these troubled times.