Holy Prophet Muhammad(S.A.W.) As Seen
By Prominent Western Thinkers
It is unfortunate that the Christian West instead of sincerely trying to
understand the phenomenal success of Islam has considered it a rival religion.
During the centuries of the crusades, this trend gained much force and impetus and a huge amount of literature was produced to tarnish the image of Islam.
Truth needs no advocates to plead on its behalf. But the prolonged malicious propaganda against Islam has created great confusion even in the minds of some free and objective thinkers. But Islam has begun to unfold its genuineness to the modern scholars whose bold and objective observation on Islam belie all the charges levelled against it by the so-called unbiased orientalists.
The following are some observations on the Prophet of Islam, by well
acknowledged non-muslim Western scholars and thinkers of modern times which we hope would contribute to initiating an objective evaluation of the Islamic faith.
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"If greatness of purpose, smallness of menas, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that, he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls... his forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unity of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what
God is, the latter what God is not, Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator,
warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a cult without
images; the founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may ask, is there any man greater than he?"
"Historia de la turquie", Paris 1854. Vol. II. pp.276-7
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"He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretentions, 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 divine right, it was Mohammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports."
"Mohammad and Mohammadanism".
London 1874, p. 92
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"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 Person in History",
New York: Hare Publishing Company, Inc., 1987. p. 33.
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"Mohammed was distinguished by the beauty of his person, an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom if has been refused. Before he spoke, the orator engaged on his side the affections whether of a public or a private audience. They applauded his commanding presence, his majestic aspect, his piercing eye, his gracious smile, his flowing beard, his countenance which painted every sensation of his soul, and the gestures that enforced each expression of the tongue. In the familiar offices of life, he scrupulously adhered to the grave and ceremonious politeness of his country; his respectful attention to the rich and powerful was dignified by his condescension and affability to the poorest citizen of Mecca;... his memory was capacious and etentive, his wit easy and social, his imagination sublime, his judgement
clear, rapid and decisive. He possessed the courage both of thouht and
action;... bears the stamp of an original and superior genius."
"Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire."
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"His simple eloquence, rendered impressive by the expression of a countenanc wherein awfulness of majesty was tempered by an amiable sweetness, excited emotions of veneration and love; adn he was gifted with that authoritative air of genius which alike influences the learned and commands the illiterate. As a friend and a parent, he exhibited the softest feelings of our nature...With all that simplicity which is so natural to a great mind, he performed the humbler offices whose homeliness it would be idle to conce al with pompous diction; even while Lord of Arabia, he mended his own shoes and coarse woollen garments, milked the ewes, swept the hearth, and kindled the fire, Dates and water were his usual fare, and milk and honey his luxuries. When he travelled he divided
his morsel with his servant."
"An Apology for Mohammed and the Koran." London 1869