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I see many people here getting doubts about muhammad and quran. Here are some quotes by non-muslims on muhammad.

        1. "I have studied him- The wonderful man-and in my opinion--He must be called the Savior of humanity. (George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam.)


            2. "Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of ideas, the Restorer of rational belief, the preacher of a religion without images, the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one heavenly Empire, that is Muhammad.  As regards all standards [I repeat "ALL"] by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, "Is there any man greater than he?"" (Alphonse Lamartine, Historie De la Turquie, Paris, 1854.)


            3. "Muhammad was the most successful of all religious personalities."  (Encyclopedia Britannica, 4th & 11th editions.)  


            4. "Mohammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him."  (Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, 1935.)


            5. [Mohammad was] the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels."  (Michael H. Hart, The 100.)


            6. "The greatest leader of all times was Mohammad." (Jules Masserman, Professor of History, Chicago University.)


            7.  "The word of Mohammad is a voice direct from nature's own heart--all else is wind in comparison." (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840.)


            8. "The more I study, the more I discover that the strength of Islam does not lie in the sword."  ( M. K.Gandhi, Young India.)


            9. "The creed of Mohammad is free from ambiguity and the Qur'an is a glorious testimony to the unity of God. (Edward Gibbon, Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire.)


            10. "The towering personality of Muhammad has left bright and indelible imprints on all mankind."  (John William Draper, A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875.)


            11. "Absolutely unique in history, Muhammad is a 3 fold founder of a nation, of an empire and of a religion."  (Reverend Bosworth Smith, Mohammad and Mohammadanism.)


            12. "No man whose external conditions changed so much ever changed himself less to meet them."  (R.V.C. Bodley, The Messenger, London, 1946.)


            13. "The man who of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race--Muhammad."  (J.W. Draper M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London, 1875.)


            14. "Among leaders who have made the greatest impact through ages, I would consider Muhammad before Jesus Christ." (James Gavin, Speeches of a U.S. Army General.)


            15. "In the person of the prophet of Islam we see the rarest phenomenon on earth walking in flesh and blood i.e. the union of the theorist, the organizer and the leader in one man." (Professor K.S. Rama Krishna Rao, Mohammad, The Prophet of Islam.)


            16. "The lies which we [Christians] have heaped round this man, are disgraceful to ourselves only."  (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship.)


            17. "A man of truth and fidelity, true in what he did, in what he spake and thought---this is the only sort of speech worth speaking." (Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes and Hero Worship, 1840.)


            18.  "The greatest crime, The greatest "sin" of Mohammad in the eyes of the Christian West is that he did not allow himself to be slaughtered, to be "crucified" by his enemies. He only defended himself, his family and his followers; and finally vanquished his enemies.  Mohammad's success is the Christians' gall of disappointment : He did not believe in any vicarious sacrifices for the sins of others."  (Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)


            19. "The legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword--is the most fantastically absurd myth that historians have ever repeated."  (De Lacy O' Leary, Islam at the Cross Roads, London, 1923.)


            20.  The sayings of Muhammad are a treasure of wisdom not only for Muslims but for all mankind.  (M.K.Gandhi, Preface to The Sayings of Muhammad by Sohrawardi.)


            21. "He was the Messenger of the One True God:  and never to his life's end did he forget for a moment who he was!  He was one of those happy few who have attained the supreme joy of making one great truth their very life-spring."  (Stanley Lane Poole, Memoirs.)    


            22. "Those who believe Islam was spread by force are fools who neither know the ways of Islam nor the ways of the world."  (Balbir Singh, Navan Hindustan, 1947.)  


            23. "Mohammad was an enthusiast in the noblest sense."  (Stanley Lane Poole, Memoirs.)


            24. "He was Caesar and Pope in one, but he was Pope without the Pope's pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar...without a bodyguard, without a palace.  If any one man had the right to say that he ruled by the right divine, it was Mohammad." (Reverend B.Smith, Mohammad & Mohammadanism, London.)


            25. "The Renaissance of Europe did not take place in the 15th century.  Rather it began when Europe learned from the culture of the Arabs.  The cradle of European awakening is not Italy.  It is the Muslim Spain."  (Robert Briffault, The Making of Humanity.)            


            26. "Muhammad saved the human civilization from extinction." (J.H. Denison, Emotions as the Basis of Civilization.)


            27. "The height of human achievement and glory-Mohammad." (Pringle Kennedy, Arabian Society at the Time of Mohammad.)


            28. "Under his influence people became united in one bond which they knew not.  The bond of true monotheism."  (L.E. Browne, The Eclipse of Christianity in Islam.)  


            29. "Kingdom of God on Earth! God's messenger serving as the greatest proponent of human brotherhood, His viceroy on earth in the form of Muhammad." ( Philip Hitti, History of the Arabs.)


            30. "The message of Mohammad, Islam, is nothing but a blessing for mankind--The usher from darkness to light and from Satan to God."  (Rev E. Stephenson, My Reflections.)


            31. "The noble founder of a nation, an empire and a religion.  The unlettered one bestowed upon the world the Book which is a miracle, the eternal miracle and the true miracle."  (Rev. Bosworth Smith)


            32. "Mohammad brought an end to idol worship.  He preached monotheism and infinite Mercy of God, human brotherhood, care of the orphan, emancipation of slaves, forbidding of wine--No religion achieved as much success as Islam did." (Sir William Muir, Life of Mohammad.)


            33. "Mohammad's religion reformed all existing dogmas and brought the Arabs ahead of the super powers of the time."  (Dr. Marcus Dods, Mohammad, Buddha and Christ.)


            34. "Mohammad was the greatest Executive Officer for implementation of the Divine Will.  Like other prophets he knew that time will come when all mankind will become one community."  (H.N. Spalding, Civilization in East and West.)


            35. "He laid the foundation of a universal government.  His law was one for all.  Equal justice and love for everyone." (George Rivorie, Visages de L' Islam.)


            36. "The Arabian Prophet Mohammad is the founder of a revolution unparalleled in history.  He founded a political state that will ultimately embrace the entire planet. The law of that Government would rest on justice and kindness.  His teachings revolve around human equality, mutual cooperation and universal brotherhood." (Raymond Lerouge, Life de Mohamet.)


            37. "Mohammad introduced the concept of such Glorious and Omnipotent God in Whose eyes all worldly systems were pieces of straw.  Islamic equality of mankind is no fiction as it is in Christianity.  No human mind has ever thought of such total freedom as established by Mohammad."  (Dr. Mawde Royden, The Problem of Palestine.)


            38. "Islam is a forceful spiritual energy.  Its true meaning will manifest itself when it will be implemented on large scale."  (Tor Andre, Muhammad, The Man and His Faith.)


            39. "Islam does not set impossible goals.  There are no mythological intricacies in this message.  No hidden meanings or secrets and absolutely no priesthood." (Phillip Hitti, History of the Arabs.)


            40. "In Islam the believer is a worshiper and a soldier ever ready to go to the battlefield but only for that battle which is waged to eradicate the evil." (Spalding, Civilization in East and West.)


            41. "The Message of Mohammad is not a set of metaphysical phenomena.  It is a complete civilization." (W. A. R. Gibb, Whither Islam.)


            42. "The Book revealed to Muhammad is one and unique of its kind.  It has left indelible impression on the hearts of humanity.  Nothing can overcome its majesty.  The Qur'an has given new dimensions to human thinking.  Surprising reforms! Stunning success!"  (Rev.B. Margoliouth, Biography of Mohammad.)


            43. "The Book revealed to Muhammad defines an unalterable guide to individual and collective life of people." (Sir Richard Gregory, Religion in Science and Civilization.)


             44. "The Christian World came to wage crusades against Muslims but eventually knelt before them to gain knowledge.  They were spellbound to see that Muslims were owners of a culture that was far superior to their own.  The Dark Ages of Europe were illuminated by nothing but the beacon of Muslim civilization." (F. J. C Hearushaw, The Science of History.)


            45. "Greatness of purpose, smallness of means and astounding results- Mohammad established a system based upon true and immortal ideology. (Alphonse Lamartine)


            46. The power that created in Muslims ravenous appetite for knowledge sprung from the Qur'an.  (Rev. B.Margoliouth.)


            47. In my view, Islam is the only religion in the world that will remain eternally practicable in changing times.  (George Bernard Shaw, The Genuine Islam, 1936.)


            48. I believe that if today an autocrat of Mohammad's caliber assumes world leadership, he could solve all problems of humanity splendidly.  The world will become an abode of peace and happiness.  I predict that tomorrow's Europe will embrace Islam.  (George Bernard Shaw)


            49. Mohammad never assigned himself a status more than a common man and a messenger of God.  People had faith in him when he was surrounded by poverty and adversity and trusted him while he was the ruler of a great Empire.  A man of spotless character who always had confidence in himself and in God's help.  No aspect of his life remained hidden nor was his death a mysterious event.  (M.H. Hyndman, The Awakening of Asia.)


            50. The teachings of Islam can fail under no circumstances.  With all our systems of culture and civilization, we can not go beyond Islam and, as a matter of fact, no human mind can go beyond the Qur'an.  (Letter of Goethe to Eckermann, Sir Henry Elliott's collection, 1865).  


     For the unbiased reader, glimpses from the great non-Muslim minds given in this chapter should suffice to say why I am Muslim.  Further discussion of the subject, however, will shed more light on the subject and I will also explain why I am a Muslim by choice, not by birth.


            51. The solution to all international conflicts lies only in embracing Islam en masse because Islam is the only religion that can transcend nationalism. I see, with great dismay, that nationalism is gaining grounds even among the bearers of the Qur'an. I will hope for the day when all humanity will break this idol and unite all as the children of God. (Arnold J. Toynbey, The World and the West, 1952.)


            52.  Think and ponder! Which person is it who taught mankind the way to establish the greatest society; the society in which blessings descend upon every individual . . . (J.H. Dennison, Emotions as the Basis of Civilization.) [We may here respectfully recall that the Qu'ran has named the Holy Messenger as the Mercy/Blessing for the worlds.]


            53.  Fellow inhabitants of the planet! Search for the ideal Prophet, who in the 7th century, has shown you the way to total success. (Lewis Mumford, Transformation of Man.)


            54.  The message of Mohammad is flowing toward its noble destination like a pure, fresh and transparent rivulet. (Johann Goethe)


            55.  The critics are blind. They cannot see that the only sword Mohammad ever wielded was the sword of mercy, compassion and forgiveness. (Pundit Jai Anand, My Religion, Hinduism.)


            56. All religions, save the word of Muhamad, are broken boats. They cannot take humanity to the shore of serenity. (Dr. E.B. Hocking, the Universal Faith.)


            57.  Islam is the only religion that gives dignity to the poor. (Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General.)

How great leaders react to events and happenings around the world?  Below is an excerpt from a speech given by Carly Florina Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Hewlett-Packard Company in MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA on SEPTEMBER 26, 2001, Titled "TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS AND OUR WAY OF LIFE: WHAT'S NEXT" after the tragic event of September 11, 2001

..... There was once a civilization that was the greatest in the world.

It was able to create a continental super-state that stretched from ocean to ocean, and from northern climes to tropics and deserts. Within its dominion lived hundreds of millions of people, of different creeds and ethnic origins.

One of its languages became the universal language of much of the world, the bridge between the peoples of a hundred lands. Its armies were made up of people of many nationalities, and its military protection allowed a degree of peace and prosperity that had never been known. The reach of this civilization’s commerce extended from Latin America to China, and everywhere in between.

And this civilization was driven more than anything, by invention. Its architects designed buildings that defied gravity. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption. Its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease. Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.

Its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.

When other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.

While modern Western civilization shares many of these traits, the civilization I’m talking about was the Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent.

Although we are often unaware of our indebtedness to this other civilization, its gifts are very much a part of our heritage. The technology industry would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians. Sufi poet-philosophers like Rumi challenged our notions of self and truth. Leaders like Suleiman contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.

And perhaps we can learn a lesson from his example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population–that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.

This kind of enlightened leadership — leadership that nurtured culture, sustainability, diversity and courage — led to 800 years of invention and prosperity.

In dark and serious times like this, we must affirm our commitment to building societies and institutions that aspire to this kind of greatness. More than ever, we must focus on the importance of leadership– bold acts of leadership and decidedly personal acts of leadership.

For full speech please see:

Salaam symtacs,

--- Quote from: "symtacs" ---I see many people here getting doubts about muhammad and quran.
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Could you kindly elaborate?

Thanks  :)


Its sad... our Prophet was such a great man.. and yet he has been degraded by the accounts of hadeeths... makes me sad  :(

it's good to actually hear something nice about him for once by non-Muslims, nice post


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