Quotations on Prophet Muhammad (p)
Following is a list of quotes from world
renowned philosophers, leaders and historians, who wrote on
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities."
“.... A mass of detail in the early sources show that
he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect
and loyalty of others who were like-wise honest and upright
George Bernard Shaw |"I have
always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation
because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion,
which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity
to the changing phase of existence, which can make itself
appeal to every age.
I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion
far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior
I believe that 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 it the much needed peace and happiness.
I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would
be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning
to be acceptable to the Europe of today.
If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay
Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.“
Sir George Bernard Shaw in
'The Genuine Islam,' Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.
Reginald Bosworth Smith
|"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."
Michael Heart |
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
100, A RANKING OF THE MOST INFUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY,
Michael H. Heart, Kensington Publication, New York, N
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."
Quoted in Christian Cherfils' Bonaparte
Et Islam, Paris, 1914
on the essentials of human greatness wonders, the historian
Lamar Tine states:
"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 than 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 away before their eyes.
This man moved not only armies, legislation, 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
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.
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 the standards by which human greatness
may be measured, we may well ask, 'Is there any man greater
Alphonse De Lamar Tine, Histoire
De LaTurquie, Parise, 1854 Vol. II, PP 276-277
Professor Hurgronje |
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
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."
believe in one God, & Muhammad, is 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 honor of the Prophet has never
transgressed the measure of human virtues; and his living
precepts have restrained the gratitude within the bounds
of reason and religion.”
History of the Saracen Empires, London,
1870, p. 54
lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped
round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves
only…How one man single-handedly, could weld warring
tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and
civilized nation in less than two decades….A silent
great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He
was to kindle the world, the world’s Maker had ordered
Heroes and Heroworship
wanted to know the best of one who holds today's undisputed
sway over the hearts of millions of mankind.. I became
more than 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 pledges, his
intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God
and in his own mission….”
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'..."
S. Naidu, Ideals of Islam, Vide
Speeches & Writings, Madras, 1918
is impossible for anyone who studies the life & character
of the great Prophet of Arabia, …., to feel anything
but reverence for that mighty Prophet, one of the great
messengers of the Supreme. And although in what
I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar
to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a
new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that
mighty Arabian teacher."
The Life & Teaching of Muhammad
was the most faithful protector of those he protected,
the sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those
who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence; those
who came near him loved him; they who described him would
'I have never seen his like either before or after.'
He was of great taciturnity, but when he spoke it was
with emphasis and deliberation, and no one could forget
what he said..."
Speeches and Table Talk of the
Washington Irvine |
"His military triumphs awakened
no pride nor vain glory as they would have done had
they been effected by selfish purposes. In the time
of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity
of manner and appearance as in the days of his adversity.
So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased
if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect
was shown to him."
In defense of Prophet Muhammad
In her book, Muhammad,
a Biography of the Prophet, Karen Armstrong wrote:
"But the very idea that Muhammad would have found any thing to be optimistic about in the carnage committed in his name on September 11th is an obscenity, because, as I try to show in these pages, Muhammad spent most of his life trying to stop that kind of indiscriminate slaughter. The very word islam, which denotes the existential “surrender” of the whole being to God, which Muslims are required to make, is related to salam, “peace.” And most importantly, Muhammad eventually abjured violence and pursued a daring, inspired policy on non-violence that was the culmination of his prophetic career. In imagining that the holy war was the culmination of his career, the fundamentalists (extremists) have distorted the whole meaning of his life.
Far from being the father of Jihad, Muhammad was a peacemaker, who risked his life and nearly lost his closest companions, because he was so determined to effect a reconciliation with Mecca. Instead of fighting an intransigent war to the death, Muhammad was prepared to negotiate and to compromise. And this apparent humiliation and capitulation proved, in the words of the Qur’an, to be a great victory (fat-‘h)....If we could view Muhammad as we do any other important historical figure we would surely consider him to be one of the greatest geniuses the world has known."
like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense.
People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one hand, and Alexander,
Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second
and perhaps the third sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in
the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader
of all times was Mhammad, who combined all three functions.
To a lesser degree, Moses did the same."
USA Psychiatric Association