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James A. Michener
James A. Michener
Jul 13, 2024 5:39 PM

  "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.'"

  'Islam: The Misunderstood Religion' in Reader's Digest (American Edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70

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Diwan Chand Sharma
  Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him.   D.C. Sharma, The Prophets of The East, Calcutta, 1935, pp. 12 ...
Mahatma Gandhi
  "I wanted to know the best one who holds today's undisputed way 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...
Sarogini Naidu
  The famous poetess of India says about Islam: It 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...
Lamartine
  "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? The most famous men created arms, laws and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material...
George Bernard Shaw
  "If a man like Muhamed 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." ...
The Prophet’sbiography proves the truthfulness of Islam
  If a person is given a chance to examine the biography of Prophet Muhammad comprehensively from all aspects, while breaking free from the fetters of personal bias, he will definitely conclude that such a great man cannot be but a Prophet who received revelation and a Messenger from the Lord...
Encyclopedia Britannica
  " a mass of detail in the early sources shows that he was an honest and upright man who had gained the respect and loyalty of others who were likewise honest and upright men." (Vol. 12) ...
Thomas Carlyle
  how one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades. ...
Wolfgang Goethe
  He is a prophet and not a poet and therefore his Koran is to be seen as Divine Law and not as a book of a human being, made for education or entertainment.   Noten und Abhandlungen zum Weststlichen Dvan, WA I, 7, 32 ...
Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay
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