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 Prophet Mohammad: What Non Muslim Scholars say about him

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PostSubject: Prophet Mohammad: What Non Muslim Scholars say about him   Sun 12 Apr - 11:28

Prophet Mohammad : What Non Muslim Scholars say about him


"It is not the propagation but the
permanency of his religion that deserves our wonder, the same pure and
perfect impression which he engraved at
Mecca and Medina
is preserved, after the revolutions of twelve centuries by the Indian,
the African and the Turkish proselytes of the Koran. . . The
Mohammedans have uniformly withstood the temptation of reducing the
object of their faith and devotion to a level with the senses and
imagination of man. 'I believe in One God and Mahomet the Apostle of
God' is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual
image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the
honors of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human
virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his
disciples within the bounds of reason and religion."


(Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRE, London, 1870, p. 54)
Muhammad,
the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an
Arabian tribe that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always
particularly solicitous of the poor and needy, the widow and the
orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty, he was already a
successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for
a wealthy widow. When he reached twenty-five, his employer, recognizing
his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she was fifteen years older,
he married her, and as long as she lived, remained a devoted husband.

"Like
almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving
as the transmitter of God's word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the
angel commanded "Read." So far as we know, Muhammad was unable to read
or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would soon
revolutionize a large segment of the earth: "There is one God."

"In
all things Muhammad was profoundly practical. When his beloved son
Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumors of God's personal
condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced,
"An eclipse is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such
things to the death or birth of a human being." "At Muhammad's own
death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to become
his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the
noblest speeches in religious history: "If there are any among you who
worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped, He
lives forever."


(James A. Michener, "ISLAM: THE MISUNDERSTOOD RELIGION," in READER'S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.)
"No
great religious leader has been so maligned as Prophet Mohammed.
Attacked in the past as a heretic, an impostor, or a sensualist, it is
still possible to find him referred to as "the false prophet." A modern
German writer accuses Prophet Mohammed of sensuality, surrounding
himself with young women. This man was not married until he was
twenty-five years of age, then he and his wife lived in happiness and
fidelity for twenty-four years, until her death when he was forty-nine.
Only between the age of fifty and his death at sixty-two did Prophet
Mohammed take other wives, only one of whom was a virgin, and most of
them were taken for dynastic and political reasons. Certainly the
Prophet's record was better than the head of the Church of England,
Henry VIII."


Geoffrey Parrinder
"The
league of nations founded by the prophet of Islam put the principle of
international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations
as to show candle to other nations." He continues: "The fact is that no
nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards
the realization of the idea of the
League of Nations."


Prof. C. Snouck Hurgronje

"how
one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering
Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two
decades."


Thomas Carlyle
"Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race . . . Mohammed . . ."

John William Draper, A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol. 1, pp. 329-330.
In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal rule of Medina, with his hands on the lever that was to shake the world."

John Austin "Muhammad the Prophet of Allah," in T.P.'s and Cassel's Weekly for 24th September 1927.

"Muhammad is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities."(In the Encyclopedia Britannica)
"My
choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential
persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but
he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the
religious and secular level.
"
Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.

If
a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern
world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the
much needed peace and happiness. Read the following writings of other
Western authors...


George Bernard Shaw)
He
was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions,
Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without
a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed revenue; if ever any man
had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was
Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without
its supports."


Bosworth Smith, MOHAMMAD AND MOHAMMADANISM, London, 1874, p. 92.
His
readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral
character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as
leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his
fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more
problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history
is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad."



































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PostSubject: Re: Prophet Mohammad: What Non Muslim Scholars say about him   Sun 12 Apr - 20:41

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"If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you worshipped, He lives forever."
...and who doesn't know the most intimate friend of the prophet Mohammad peace be upon him. The one who believed in the prophet's message "Islam"messagee's Abu Bakr Assiddik


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