Quotes from famous non-Muslims about Islam - What Famous people have said about Islam


49600123_xxl_resize.jpg"I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission. These, and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle." 
Mahatma K. Gandhi, Indian Civil rights leader – ‘Young India’, 1924 404



"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."
James A. Michener, American Author -  'Islam: The Misunderstood Religion' in Reader's Digest (American Edition)’, May 1955, pp. 68-70  405

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“I hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the principles of Qur'an which alone are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.
Napoleon Bonaparte, French Military & Political Leader – Quoted in ‘Christian Cherfils Bonaparte et Islam’ (PARIS  1914)  369



"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, Astrophysicist and Author – ‘The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History’, New York: Carol Publishing Group Edition . 1992 406

15337616_xxl_resize.jpgIt was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy; for, in the mosque, when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: 'God Alone is Great'...”
Sarojini Naidu, Famous Indian poetess – S. Naidu, ‘Ideals of Islam’, Speeches and Writings, Madaras, 1918 407

 

 


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"If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad?” “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 well ask, is there any man greater than he?"
Alphonse de Lamartine, French writer, poet & politician – ‘Histoire de la Turquie’, Paris 1854, Vol II, pp. 276-77 408



“I believe if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring much needed peace and happiness.
I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion is far from being an anti–Christ. He must be called the Savior of Humanity.
George Bernard Shaw – Playwright, ‘The Genuine Islam Vol. No.8’, 1936. 409

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“He was sober and abstemious in his diet and a rigorous observer of fasts. He indulged in no magnificence of apparel, the ostentation of a petty mind; neither was his simplicity in dress affected but a result of real disregard for distinction from so trivial a source.”
“In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, the rich and poor, the powerful and weak, with equity, and was beloved by the common people for the affability with which he received them, and listened to their complaints.” Washington Irving, Writer, Biographer, Historian, Diplomat – ‘Lives Mahomet and His Successors’, 1850 410

 

“Incidentally these well-established facts dispose of the idea so widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims, wherever they went, forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword.”
Lawrence E Browne, Author, Scholar – ‘The Prospects of Islam’, 1944 411


8511584_xl_resize.jpg“The good sense of Muhammad despised the pomp of royalty. The Apostle of God submitted to the menial offices of the family; he kindled the fire; swept the floor; milked the ewes; and mended with his own hands his shoes and garments. Disdaining the penance and merit of a hermit, he observed without effort of vanity the abstemious diet of an Arab.” Edward Gibbon, Historian - 'The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' 1830 412