Since Christian leaders had stopped doing their work, God gave both place and prosperity to the illegitimate line of Abraham. Although Islam has not achieved a work of perfection, nevertheless it has in the first place abolished and curbed the power and religion of the pagan laws and peoples in the world. God instituted and favoured it for this work of destruction, just as He also instituted the Christian and Jewish religion, each in its own time. The falsity of the illegitimate doctrine of the Ishmaelites has given birth to great ruin and waste in the world, as much with respect to customs and letters as with religion. Nevertheless, the good that they have done in curbing the pride of the Christians, Jews and pagans, in destroying idolatry, and in maintaining the fragrance and remembrance of histories and sacred doctrines, is infinitely greater than the evil brought by their law.