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1. That is what the English philosopher Thomas Hobbs maintains.

2. Well-known theory of Descartes

3. Extracts from The Holy Bible, AD 1611. The British and Foreign Bible Society London.

4. The Pleasures of Philosophy pp. 240

5. The Pleasures of Philosophy pp. 114 (New York, 1953).

6. Celebrated English philosopher of the 19th century.

7. The Pleasures of Philosophy, pp. 168, 169 (New York, 1953)

8. Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals, p. 102. (London 1929)

9. According to the Qur'an, these dissensions rose in Prophet Nuh's time.

10. The term 'common people' is often misunderstood and considered to by synonymous with 'masses' as distinguished from higher classes. As Islam addresses the common people, it is claimed that Islam is the religion of the masses. Incidentally, this is considered to be a merit of Islam. But we must remember that Islam does not address its message to the masses only, nor is its ideology a class ideology. The real merit of Islam lies in the fact that it advanced with the support of the masses, not that it was addressed to them only. What is more meritorious is that Islam has worked up the sentiments of the well-to-do classes among the Muslims for the benefit of the underprivileged classes.

11."Surely We sent Our messengers with clear proofs, and revealed with them the Book and a criterion so that people may observe justice."(Surah al-Hadid, 57:25)

"Say: My Lord has ordered me to be fair."Surah al-A'raf, 7:29

12. The Holy Qur'an says:

"We shall (continue to) show Our signs to them in the horizons of the external world and within themselves, until it becomes clear to them that the Qur'an is the truth."(Surah Fussilat, 41:53).