Tuesday, 12 April 2011

NON MUSLIM SCHOLARS' VIEW ON ISLAAM & RASULULLAH (PBUH) : MD ABUL KALAM AZAD

            



            Very sad to say that We Muslims have failed to propagate our brilliant religion properly. The reason is our slackness. We have not paid due attachment to our religion. Let us learn that the adversaries say on Islaam.
















Most Influential Person In History" - Michael H. Hart

"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 PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.]
Fastest growing religion in America - Hillary Rodman Clinton

"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people..." [HILLARY RODMAN CLINTON, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3]
Moslems - fastest growing group... - USA Today


Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. [ABCNEWS, Abcnews.com]




God sent me Quran - Cat Stevens (former Jazz singer from England)

"Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur'an; it asks you to reflect and reason....When I read the Qur'an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a Muslim yet, but I felt the only answer for me was the Qur'an and God had sent it to me." [Cat Stevens (Now Yusuf Islam), former British pop starIslam is the fastest-growing religion in the country." [NEWSDAY, March 7, 1989, p.4]



"In fact, Religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States... Islam has 5 million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million..... And Islam is believed to be fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new immigrants and the other half from conversions." [By ELSA C. ARNETT Knight-Ridder News Service]



"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States..." [NEW YORK TIMES, Feb 21, 1989, p.1]

Moslems are the world's fastest-growing group..." [USA TODAY, The Population Reference bureau, Feb. 17, 1989, p.4A ]

 
"Muhummed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities. " [Encyclopedia Britannica]
 
"There are more Muslims in North America then
Jews Now." [Dan Rathers, CBSNEWS]
 
"Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America." [TIMES MAGAZINE]
 
"Islam continues to grow in America, and no one can doubt that!" [CNN, December 15, 1995]
 
"The Religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world." [MIKE WALLACE, 60 MINUTES]
 
 
"Five to 6 million strong, Muslims in America already outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Mormons, and they are more numerous than Quakers, Unitarians, Seventh-day Adventists, Mennonites, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christian Scientists, combined. Many demographers say Islam has overtaken Judaism as the country's second-most commonly practiced religion; others say it is in the passing lane." [JOHAN BLANK, US NEWS (7/20/98)]

 
"It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the Quran about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to Muhammad from Allah, or Allah, because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of God or Allah." Professor Keith Moore, one of the world’s prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology. University of Toronto, Canada]
 
 
"But Islam has a still further service to render to the cause of humanity. It stands after all nearer to the real East than Europe does, and it possesses a magnificent tradition of inter-racial understanding and cooperation. No other society has such a record of success uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity, and of endeavours so many and so various races of mankind . . . Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great societies of East and West is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an indispensable condition. In its hands lies very largely the solution of the problem with which Europe is faced in its relation with East. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals, the issue can only be disastrous for both." [H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, P. 379

 
 
It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind, and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature." [Canon Taylor, Paper read before the Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, pp. 71-72.]
 
 
"The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. As regards all standards by which
human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any man greater than he? " [Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727



      Prof. (THOMAS) CARLYLE:


Thomas Carlyle of Scotland (1210 [C.E. 1795]-1298 [C.E. 1881]), one of the greatest men of knowledge known worldover, entered the university when he was only fourteen years old, studied jurisprudence, literature and history, learned German and oriental languages, exchanged letters with, and even visited, the well-known German writer (Johann Wolf-gang von) Goethe (1749-1832), was awarded by the King of Prussia with the medal of honour called ‘powr le mérite’, and was elected president by the University of Edinburgh. Among Carlyle’s works are Sartur Resartus, The French Revolution, On Heroes, Hero Worship And the Heroic in History, Past and Present, Latter-Day Pamphlets, The Life of Friedrich Schiller, and Critical and Miscellaneous Essays.

The following passage was selected from one of his works:
“The Arabs, Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, and his age: Before the advent of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, (the Arabs were in such a state that) if a big piece of fire spurted out at the place where the Arabs lived, it would have disappeared on the dry sand without leaving any traces behind itself. But after the advent of Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ that desert of dry sand turned into, as it were, a barrel of gunpowder. From Delhi to Granada, everywhere became rapidly rising flames. This great person was, so to speak, lightning, and all the people around him became explosives catching fire from him.”
From his conference:

“As you read the Qur’ân al-kerîm, you will presently realize that it is not an ordinary tome of literature. The Qur’ân al-kerîm is a work of art that springs from a heart and instantly penetrates all the other hearts. All the other works of art are quite dull when compared with this tremendous masterpiece. The most striking characteristic of the Qur’ân al-kerîm is that it is a truthful and excellent guide. To me, this is the greatest merit of Qur’ân al-kerîm. And it is this merit that begets other merits.”
From his memoirs of a trip:

“In Germany I told my friend Goethe about the facts I had gathered concerning Islam and added my personal reflections on the subject. After listening to me with attention, he said, ‘If that is Islam, we are all Muslims."


3......MAHATMA GANDHI (Mohandas Karam-chand):

Gandhi (1285 [C.E. 1869]-1367 [C.E. 1948]) descends from a West Indian Christian family. His father was the chief ecclesiastic of the city of Porbtandar, and he was very rich. Gandhi was born in the city of Porbtandar. He went to Britain for his high school education. After completing his education he went back to India. In 1893 he was sent to South Africa by an Indian firm. Upon seeing the heavy conditions under which the Indians working there were and the utterly inhumane treatment they were being subjected to, he decided to put up a struggle for the betterment of their political rights. He dedicated himself to the Indian people. As he was conducting a vigorous campaign against the South African government for the protection of the Indians’ rights, he was arrested and imprisoned. Yet he was too undaunted to give up struggle. He stayed in Africa till 1914. Then, quitting his perfectly lucrative job there, he returned to India to carry on his struggle. He waged a struggle in cooperation with the Indian Muslims Unity, which Muslims had established in 1906 for the liberation of India. All his personal property and his father’s property he spent for the promotion of this cause.

When he heard that the British were going to launch a second operation of violence and cruelty similar to the one they had perpetrated in the state of Punjab in 1274 [A.D. 1858], he cooperated with the Muslims, induced his friends to withdraw from the civil service, and waged a silent protest and a passive resistance. By wrapping a white piece of cloth around his naked body and contenting himself with the milk of a goat which he continuously kept with him, he carried over his passive resistance. The first reaction on the part of the British was to laugh at him. It did not take them long, however, to see with astonishment and dismay that this man, who believed his own ideals with all his heart and who was ready to sacrifice all his existence with alacrity for the sake of his country, was with the entire India in tow and resounding with his speechless struggle. Imprisoning him proved to no avail. Gandhi’s efforts resulted in India’s attaining its independence. The Hindus gave him the name ‘Mahatma’, which lexically means ‘blessed’.

Gandhi studied the Islamic religion and Qur’ân al-kerîm with meticulous attention and finally found himself a sincere admirer of Islam. The following is his observation concerning this subject:

“Muslims have never indulged themselves in bigotry even in times of greatest grandeur and victory. Islam enjoins an admiration for the Creator of the World and His works. As the West was in a dreadful darkness, the dazzling star of Islam shining in the East brought light, peace and relief to the suffering world. The Islamic religion is not a mendacious religion. When the Hindus study this religion with due respect, they, too, will feel the same sympathy as I do for Islam. I have read the books telling about the life-style of the Prophet of Islam and of those who were close to him. These books generated profound interest in me, so much so that when I finished reading them I regretted there being no more of them. I have arrived at the conclusion that Islam’s spreading rapidly was not by the sword. On the contrary, it was primarily owing to its simplicity, logicality, its Prophet’s great modesty, his trueness to his promises and his unlimited faithfulness towards every Muslim that many people willingly accepted Islam."

4. Prof. ERNEST RENAN:


Now let us make mention of a French man of ideas: Ernest Renan was born in 1239 [C.E. 1923] in the Treguier city of France. His father was a captain. He was five years old when he lost his father. He was raised by his mother and by his elder sister. Because his mother wanted him to be a man of religion, he was sent to the church college in his hometown. Here he was given an efficient religious education. His strong interest in the oriental languages won him a full command of the Arabic, Hebrew and Syrian languages. Later he entered the university, where he studied philosophy. As he made progress in educational areas and carried on very minute comparative studies on the German philosophy and the oriental literature, he observed some flaws in Christianity. By the time he was graduated from the university in 1848, at the age of twenty-five, he was entirely defiant towards the Christian religion, and he compiled his thoughts in his book titled ‘The Future of Knowledge’. Yet, because the book was of a rebellious nature, no printhouse dared to print it, and it was only forty years later, in 1890, that the book was printed.

Renan’s primary objection was against the belief that Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ was the ‘Son of God’. When he was appointed as a professor of philosophy in the university of Versailles, he began to gradually explain his thoughts on this subject. However, it was not till after he was appointed as a professor of the Hebrew language for the university of Collége de France that he voiced his most vigorous protest. By the time he finished his first class he had had the courage to say, “Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ was a respectable human being superior to the other human beings. Yet he was never the son of Allâhu ta’âlâ.” This statement had the effect of a bomb. All the Catholics, and especially the Pope, rose up. The Pope officially excommunicated Renan before the entire world. The French government had to dismiss him from office. Yet the world was already resounding with Renan’s statements. Great numbers of people sided with him. He wrote books, such as ‘Essays on the History of Religions’, ‘Studies on Criticism and Morals’, ‘Discourses on Philosophy’ and ‘Life of Jesus’, and his books sold like hot cakes. Upon this the French Academy accepted him as a member (in 1878). Also, the French government invited him back to office and appointed him as the director of Collége de France.

Renan observed Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ as a human being in his work ‘Life of Jesus’. According to Renan, “Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ is a human being like us. His mother Meryem (Mary) was betrothed to a carpenter named Yûsuf (Joseph). Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ was a superior human being, so much so that, the statements that he made when he was only a small child were a source of astonishment for many a scholar. Allâhu ta’âlâ deemed him as worthy of prophethood and gave him this duty. Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ never said that he was the ‘Son of God’. This is a slander fabricated by priests.”

The contention between Catholic priests and Renan continued for a long time. While the Catholics accused him of blasphemy, he in his turn indicted them for their mendacity and hypocrisy. Renan was saying, “The real Nazarene religion is based on the belief that Allâhu ta’âlâ is one and that Îsâ ‘alaihis-salâm’ is only a human being and a prophet.” Before Renan had died, he had prepared a written will enjoining from a religious ceremony in the church and prohibiting priests from attending his funeral procession. So, when he died in 1892, a crowded congregation containing only friends who loved him and people who admired him attended his funeral procession.

    LAMARTINE (Alphonso Marie Louis de):

One of France’s universally known poets and statesmen, Lamartine (1204 [C.E. 1790]-1285 [C.E. 1869]) made official journeys through Europe and America, which gave him the opportunity to have been to Turkey, in the time of Sultan Abd-ul-majîd Khân. He was admitted in an utterly friendly manner by the Pâdishâh (Ottoman Emperor), and was also presented with a farm within the state of Aydýn, (which is in the western part of Turkey). See what he says about Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’ in his book Histoire de Turquie (History of Turkey):


“Was Muhammad ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ alaihi wa sallam’ a false prophet? We cannot think so after studying his works and history. For false prophethood means hypocrisy. As falsehood does not have the power of trueness, likewise hypocrisy does not have convincing capacity.

“In mechanics the range of something thrown depends on the power of the thrust. By the same token, the power of a certain source of spiritual inspiration is assessed with the work it accomplishes. A religion, (i.e. Islam), which has carried so heavy a burden, which has spread to such distances, and which has maintained its full power for such a long time, cannot be a lie. It has to be genuine and convincing. Muhammad’s ‘alaihis-salâm’ life; his efforts; his courage in attacking and destroying the superstitions and idols in his country; his bravery and valor in standing against the fury of a fire-worshipping nation; his thirteen year endurance to the various attacks, insults and persecutions inflicted on him in Mekka, among his own citizens; his migration to Medina; his incessant encouragements, preaches and admonitions; the holy wars he fought against overwhelmingly superior enemy forces; his spirit for victory; the superhuman confidence he felt at times of greatest afflictions; the patience and trust he displayed even in victory; the determination he showed in convincing others; his endless devotion in worships; his sacred communings with Allâhu ta’âlâ; his death, and the continuation of his fame, honour and victories after his death; all these factual events (and many others untold) indicate that he was by no means a liar, but, on the contrary, an owner of great belief ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ alaihi wa sallam’.

“It was this belief and this trust in his Creator that made him put forward a two-staged credo: The first stage consisted of the belief that ‘there is one eternal being, who is Allah;’ and the second stage inculcated that ‘idols are not gods.’ In the first stage he informed the Arabs about the existence of Allâhu ta’âlâ, who is one and whom they had not known until that time; and in the second stage he shook from their hands the idols which they had looked on as gods until that time. In short, at a single stroke with the sword he broke the false gods and idols and replaced them with the belief in ‘One Allah’.

“This is Muhammad ‘alaihis-salâm’, the philosopher, the orator, the Prophet, the law-giver, the warrior, the enchanter of human thoughts, the maker of new principles of belief, the great man who established twenty gigantic world empires and one great Islamic empire and civilization ‘sall-Allâhu ta’âlâ alaihi wa sallam’.
“Let all the criteria used by humanity for the judgement and evaluation of greatness be applied. Will anyone be found superior to him? Impossible."

MOST CIVILISED AND PROGRESSIVE

“For the first three centuries of its existence (@ 650 A.C. - 1000 A.C.) the realm of Islam was
the most civilised and progressive portion of the world. Studded with splendid cities, gracious
mosques, and quiet universities where the wisdom of the ancient world was preserved and
appreciated, the Moslem world offered a striking contrast to the Christian West then sunk into
the dark Ages.”

The New World of Islam, London 1932 Page 1 - A.M. Stoddard

ELIMINATION OF RACISM - AN OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

“The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding
achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for
the propagation of this Islamic virtue.”

Civilisation on Trail, New York 1948, page 205 -

Professor A.J. Toynbee

“Islam had the power of peacefully conquering souls by the simplicity of its theology, the
cleanliness of its dogma and principles, and the defined number of the practices which it
demands. In contrast to Christianity which has been undergoing continual transformation since
its origin, Islam has remained identical with itself.”

Etude sur I’Islamisme, page 35 - Jean L’Heureux

OUR MODERN WORLD RECEIVED THE GIFT OF LIGHT AND POWER FROM   ISLAAM

“From a new angle and with a fresh vigour it (the Arab mind) took up that systematic
development of positive knowledge which the Greeks had begun and relinquished. If the Greek
was the father, then the Arab was the foster-father of the scientific method of dealing with
eality, that is to say, by absolute frankness, the utmost simplicity of statement and explanation,
exact record and exhaustive criticism. Through the Arabs it was and not by the Latin route that
the modern world received that gift of light and power.”

The Outline of History, London 1920 - H.G. Wells

GOD ALMIGHTY IS ONE AND INDIVISIBLE

“Two features in the Creed of Islam have always specially attracted me. One is the concept of
God, the other is its unquestionable sincerity - a tremendous asset in human affairs, the religious
aspect of them especially.”

Islam: Her Moral and Spiritual Value, London 1927 -

Major Arthur Glyn Leonard

MEDIATION OF ISLAM INDISPENSABLE

“But Islam has yet a further service to render to the cause of humanity. No other society has
such a record of success in uniting in an equality status, of opportunity and of endeavour so
many and so various races of mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India,
Indonesia, and perhaps also a small community in Japan, show that Islam has still the power to
reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the
great societies of the East and West is to be replaced by co-operation, the mediation of Islam is
an indispensable condition.”

Whither Islam? London 1932 page 379 - H.A.R. Gibb

WONDERFUL VITALITY

ISLAM ABOLISHED RACISM

“Take away that black man! I can have no discussion with him,” exclaimed the Christian
Archbishop Cyrus when the Arab conquers had sent a deputation of their ablest men to discuss
terms of surrender of the capital of Egypt, headed by the Negro Ubadah as the ablest of them all.

“To the sacred archbishop's. astonishment, he was told that this man was commissioned by
General Amr; that the Moslems held Negroes and white men in equal respect - judging a man
by his character and not by his colour."

“Well, if the Negro must lead, he must speak gently,” ordered the prelate, ‘so as not to
frighten his white auditors.”

“There are a thousand blacks, as myself, amongst our companions. I and they would be ready
to meet and fight a hundred enemies together. We live only to fight for God, and to follow His
Will. We care naught for wealth, so long as we have the where withal to stay our hunger and to
clothe our bodies. This world is naught for us, the next world is all.”

“Such a spirit of class distinction is certainly the greatest hindrance to missionary work in the
East, as every impartial observer has noted. How for instance, can any other appeal stand
against that of the Moslem who in approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or
degraded he may be, ‘Embrace the faith, and you are at once an equal and a brother, “Islam
knows no colour line.”

Veiled Mysteries of Egypt, London 1912 page 332 - S.S. Leeder

WOMEN IS MORE PROTECTED IN ISLAM THAN IN CHRISTIANITY

“I often think that woman is more free in Islam than in Christianity2. Woman is more protected
by Islam than by the faith that preaches monogamy. In Al-Qur'an the law about woman is more
just and liberal. It is only in the last twenty years that Christian England has recognised the right
of women to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times.”

The Life and Teachings of Muhammad Madras 1932

pages 25 -26 Annie Besant

CORDOVA3 - DURING MUSLIM RULE

“ Europe was darkened at sunset, cordova shone with public lamps: Europe was covered with
vermin, Cordova changed its undergarment daily: Europe lay in mud, Cordova’s streets were
paved: Europe’s palaces had smoke holes in the ceiling, Cordova’s arabesque were exquisite:
Europe’s nobility could not sign their name, Cordova’s children went to school: Europe’s
Monks could not read the baptismal service, Cordova’s teachers created a library of
Alexandrian dimensions.”

The Story of Medicine - page 164 - Victor Robinson

CONTRIBUTED TO THE SELF AWAKENING OF EUROPE

“We may safely say that Islam, its forces and extensive power has contributed to a selfawakening
of Europe from its lethargy.”

Christian Spiritual Culture and even political organisation was influenced and moulded by Islam.
There was a time when learning in Europe could be derived only through the medium of the
Arabic tongue, which was the language of Islam, and the European scholars went to Spain to
enrich their minds with the treasures of the Knowledge, amassed in its schools and libraries.
Arts and crafts flourished in Islamic countries to such a perfection, town life developed to such
 height that when the industrious Arabs were driven out of Spain, manufacturing skill
suddenly relapsed in Spain in the XVI Century.”

Muslims and Learning, December 1030 -

Dr. Julius Germanus (of Hungary)

MOST AMAZING EVENT IN HUMAN HISTORY

“The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land
and a people previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering
great empires, overthrowing long established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and
building up a whole new world - the world of Islam.”

“The closer we examine this development the more extraordinary does it (Islam) appear. The
other great religions won their way slowly, by painful struggle, and finally triumphed with the
aid of powerful monarchs converted to the new faith.”
Christianity had its Constantine, Buddism its Asoka, and Zoroastrianism its Cyrus, each lending
to his chosen cult the mighty force of secular authority.”

“Not so Islam. Arising in a desert land sparsely inhabited by a nomad race previously
undistinguished in human annals, sailed forth on its great adventure with the slenderest
human backing and against the heaviest material odds. Yet Islam triumphed with seemingly
miraculous ease, and a couple of generations saw the Fiery Crescent borne victorious from the
Pyrenees to the Himalayas and from the desert of Central Asia to the deserts of Central Africa.”

New World of Islam, London 1932, Pages 1 -3 -

A.M. Lothrop Stoddard

SOCIAL GOSPEL

“While Christianity in recent years has moved towards a social gospel, Islam has been a social
gospel from the start.”

Islam in the Modern World, London 1946, Pages 22 - 23 - Wilfred Cantwell Smith

EUROPE’S EXTRACTION FROM DARKNESS

“It is to Mussulman4 science, to Mussulman art, and to Mussulman literature that Europe has
been in a great measure indebted for its extrication from the darkness of the Middle Ages.”
Speeches Delivered in India, London 1890, Page 24 -

Marquis of Dufferin and Ava

NAPOLEON'S WISH TO UNITE ALL PEOPLES ON THE PRINCIPLE OF ISLAM

Napoleon Bonaparte states:

“Moses has revealed the existence of God to his nation, Jesus Christ to the Roman World,

Muhammad to the old continent.”

“Arabia was idolatrous when six centuries after Jesus, Muhammad introduced the worship of

the God of Abraham, of Ishmael, of Moses and of Jesus. The Ayrians and some other sect had

disturbed the tranquillity of the East by agitating the question of the nature of the Father, the Son

and the Holy Ghost. Muhammad declared that there was none but One God Who had no

father, no son and that the Trinity imported the idea of idolatry.”

“He wrote on the flyleaf of the Qur'an: ‘There is no god but God.’ The Parthians the Seythians,

the Mongols, the Tartars and the Turks have generally shown themselves enemies of science

and arts, but this reproach cannot be fastened on the Arabs, no more than upon Muhammad.”

The Muslims attached so much value to this art they regarded it as equal to bravery. Al-

Mansur, Harun Al-Rashid and Al-Mamun cultivated arts and sciences. They were fond of

literature, chemistry, and mathematics; they lived with savants, caused the Greek and Latin

authors - the Iliad, the Odyssey, Enclid, etc.. to be translated into Arabic, and founded schools

and colleges for medicine, astronomy and moral science. Ahmad corrected the tables of

Ptolemy; Abbas was a distinguished mathematician; Costa,Alicude, Thabit and Ahmad

measured one degree of meridian from Saana to Kufa. Chemistry, alembic, sun dial, clocks and

the numerical signs owe their existence to Arab invention. Nothing is more elegant than their

moral tale; their poetry is full of fervour. Muhammad extolled everywhere the savants and

such men as devoted themselves to speculative life and cultured letters.”

In the Library of Cairo there were 6000 volumes on astronomy, and more than 100,000 on

other subjects; in the library of Cordova there were 300,000 volumes. Sciences and arts

resigned five hundred years under the Caliphs and made great progress, which brought to

naught by the invasion of the Mongols.”

“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 the Qur'an which alone

are true and which alone can lead men to happiness.”

Bonaparte et I’Islam, Pages 105 - 125 - Cherfils

EUROPE’S EVERLASTING DEBT TO ISLAM

“But apart from all those weighty considerations, the attitude of Europe towards Islam should

be one of eternal gratitude. Instead of base ingratitude and forgetfulness. Never to this day has

Europe acknowledged in an honest and wholehearted manner the great and everlasting debt she

owes to the Islamic culture and civilisation. Only on a Lukewarm and perfunctory way has she

recognised that when, during the Dark Ages, her people were sunk in Feudalism and ignorance.

Moslem5 civilisation under the Arabs reached a high standard of social and scientific splendour

that kept alive the flickering embers of European society from utter decadence. Do not we,

who now consider ourselves on the topmost pinnacle ever reached by civilisation recognise that

had it not been for high culture, the civilisation and intellectual as well as the social splendour of

the Arabs, and to soundness of the school system, Europe would to this day have remained

sunk in the darkness of ignorance? Have we forgotten that the Mohammedan6 maxim was that

the real learning of a man is of more pubic importance than any particular religions opinion we

may entertain - that Moslem liberality was in striking contrast with the intolerant satate of

Europe? Have we forgotten that the Khalifate arose in the most degenerate period of Rome

and Persia, also that the greater part of Europe lay under the dark cloud of Barbarism? Does

the magnificent valour of the Arabs, inspired as it was by a theism lofty as it was pure, no appeal

to us?”

“Does it not all the more appeal to us, when we contrast this with the bitterness of the attitude of

the Christian sects towards one another? Especially when we consider that in the Christiandom

as it was then constituted, extortion, tyranny and imperial centralisation, combining with the

ecclesiastical despotism and persecution, had particularly extinguished patriotism, by substituting

in its place a schismatic and degenerate church, is it not obvious that in her outlook on Islam,

Europe has overlooked her own Dark Ages - that awful period of intellectual oblivion which

commenced with the decline of the classical learning subsequent to the establishment of the

Renaissance, i.e., towards the end of the fourteenth century? It is, too, not evident that

she has lost all recollection of the torn and disturbed state of Christiandom even in the middle of

the fifteenth century when the renaissance was in full swing, or had at least run half it’s course?”

Is it possible that Europe is unmindful of, and has the ingratitude to ignore, the splendid services

of the scientists and philosophers of Arabia? Are the names of Assamh, Abu Otham, Albermin

Albeithar, Abu Ali Ibn Sina (Avicenna) the great physician and philosopher Ibn Rushd

(Averroes)of Cordova the chief commentator on Aristotle, Ibn Bajja (Avempace) besides a

host of others, but dead letters? Is the great work that they have done, and the fame they have

left behind them in their books to be consigned to the limbo of oblivion, by an ungrateful

antipathetic Europe? Does the work of Alhazen, author of optical treatises, who understood

the weight of air, corrected Greek misconception or theory of vision and determined the

function of the retina, count for nothing? Do we owe no tribute to a great thinker such as

Ghazali, who in speaking of his attempts to detach himself from his youthful opinions says: ‘I

said to myself, my aim is simply to know the truth of things consequently it is indispensable for

me to ascertain what is knowledge?’ It cannot be that already we have lost sight of the amazing

intellectual activity of the Moslem world during the earlier part of the ‘Abbasid’ period more

especially? It cannot be that we have quite forgotten the irrecoverable loss that was inflicted on

Arabian literature and on the world at large by the wanton destruction of thousands of books

that was prompted by Christian Europe that for centuries she has done her best to hide her

obligations to the Arabs? Yet most assuredly obligations such as these are too sacred to lie

much longer hidden!

“Let Europe - Christiandom rather - confess and acknowledge her fault. Let her proclaim

aloud to her own ignorant masses, and to the world at large, the ingratitude she has displayed,

and the eternal debt she owes to Islam she no longer despises. Open confession is good for the

soul, and only a confession such as this can wipe off the black stain which has for so long

besmirched her fair name. Let Christiandom once and for all recognise that the greatest of all

faults it to be conscious of none - that acknowledging a fault is saying, only in other words, we

are wiser today than we were yesterday. Only through magnanimity such as this can she claim

redemption. For she must surely know that ‘injustice founded on religious sources and national

conceit cannot be perpetrated for ever.”

Islam: Her Moral and Spiritual Value, London 1927,


page 142 - Major Arthur Glyn Leonard
"How, for instance, can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in approaching the pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be 'Embrace the faith, and you are at once equal and a brother.' Islam knows no color line." [S. S. Leeder, VEILED MYSTERIES OF EGYPT]
I think it seems to me very, very mysterious, almost unbelievable. I really think if what you have said is true, [Professor Siaveda , He is also one of the most famous scientists in the world.]

Professor William W. Hay is one of the best known marine scientists in the United States. satellite photography and emote-sensing techniques. Professor Hay replied: I find it very interesting that this sort of information is in the ancient scripture of the Holy Quran, and I have no way of knowing where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages. Professor Hay: Well, I would think it must be the divine being!
[Professor Yushudi Kusan: Director of the Tokyo Observatory] I can say, I am very mush impressed by finding true astronomical facts in the Quran.
[Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the world’s most famous geologists] "Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common origin of the universe,
because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.

[Dr. T.V.N. Persaud is a Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Anatomy, and a professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author or editor of 25 books, and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada.]
"It seems to me that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he was illiterate. We are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was illiterate making profound pronouncement
and statements and are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. I personally cannot see how this could be mere chance. There are too many accuracy’s and, like Dr. Moore, I have no difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led him to these statements."

Joe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Western University in Chicago in the United States of America. Professor Simpson said: It follows, I think, that not only is there no conflict between genetics and religion, but in fact religion can guide science by adding revelation to some traditional scientific approaches. That there exists statements in the Quran shown by science to be valid, which supports knowledge in the Quran having been derived from Allah.
[Professor Palmer a scientist from the U.S.] We need research into the history of early Middle Eastern oral traditions to know whether in fact such historical events have been reported. If there is no such record, it strengthens the belief that Allah transmitted through Muhammad bits of his knowledge that we have only discovered for ourselves in recent times. We look forward to a continuing dialogue on the topic of science in the Quran in the context of geology. Thank you very much.
[Professor Tagata Tagasone, formerly Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Shiang Mai in Thailand. He is now the Dean of the College of the Medicine at the University.]
From my studies and from what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe that everything that has been recorded in the Quran 1400 years ago must be the truth, that can be proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write, Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an enlightenment by the One Who is an Eligible Creator. This Creator must
be Allah, or Allah. Therefore, I think this is the time to say ‘Laa ilaaha illallah’, that there is no Allah to worship except Allah, ‘Muhammad Rasool Allah’, Muhammad is messenger of Allah...

[Professor Armstrong, Scientist works at NASA] I am impressed that how remarkably some of the ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent Astronomy. There may well have to be something beyond what we understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings that we have seen.

[Professor Durga Rao] It is difficult to imagine that this type of knowledge was existing at that time, around 1400 years back. May be some of the things they have simple idea about, but do describe those things in great detail is very difficult. So, this is definitely not a simple human knowledge.
"No other society has such a record of success in uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and Endeavour so many and so varied races of mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India and Indonesia, perhaps also the small community in
Japan, show that Islam has still the power to reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If
ever the opposition of the great societies of the East and west is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is
an indispensable condition." [H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, p. 379]

The nation's claim to be a Christian country is about to meet its first challenge: the number of practising Muslims is set to overtake Anglican Christians.... There has also been a number of high-profile conversions to Islam from Christianity. These include Mike Tyson, the former world champion boxer; Chris Eubank, the British middleweight boxing champion, who has changed his name to Hamdan; and Cat Stevens, the pop musician, who calls himself Yusuf Islam.... Prince Charles courted controversy earlier this year when he reaffirmed his
claim that when he succeeds the throne, he does not wish to be the defender of only the Christian faith. [Rajeev Syal and Christopher Morgan Sunday Times (London, U.K.)]

Savior of Humanity (Muhammad) - George Bernard Shaw
"I have studied him - the wonderful man - and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be called the saviour of humanity. " [George Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine Islam"]
Muhammad - inspired man - founder of Islam James A. Michener - famous author
"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 rumours 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." [James A. Michener, "Islam: The Misunderstood Religion," in READER'S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.]
"In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal rule of Medina, with his hands on the lever that was to shake the world." [John Austin, "Muhammad the Prophet of Allah," in T.P. 's and Cassel's Weekly for 24th September 1927.
"Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race . . . Mohammed . . . " [John William Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol.1, pp.329-330]
"Muhammad 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, Calcutta 1935, p. l 22.]
"People 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 Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser
degree, Moses did the same." [Professor Jules Masserman]

[Ahmed Versi, editor of the weekly Muslim News,] said the growth of Islam has been constant: "The younger generation of Muslims that I have encountered is becoming more aware of its Muslim identity and is therefore practising its faith with vigour."
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam and in the
contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue..." [A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, p. 205]

"Sense of justice is one of the most wonderful ideals of Islam, because as I read in the Qur'an I find those dynamic principles of life, not mystic but practical ethics for the daily conduct of life suited to the whole world." [Lectures on "The Ideals of Islam;" see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF SAROJINI NAIDU, Madras, 1918, p. 167.]

History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." [De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS, London, 1923, p. 8.]
"The Muslim community is much more aware of its religion and the use that religion plays within its community." [Dr Peter Brierley, Executive Director of the Christian Research Association, a London-based charity]
"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 for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. 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." [George Bernard Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1, No. 81936.]
"A growing number of Muslims in America, more than 40 percent are African-American," [Charles Bierbauer, from the Senior Washington Correspondent]
"The extinction of race consciousness as between Muslims is one of the outstanding achievements of Islam, and in the contemporary world there is, as it happens, a crying need for the propagation of this Islamic virtue." [A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, 1948, p. 205.]


The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a people like previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great empires, overthrowing long established religions,
remoulding the souls of races, and building up a whole new world - world of Islam.
"The closer we examine this development the more extraordinary does it appear. The other great religions won their way slowly, by painful struggle and finally triumphed with the aid of powerful monarchs converted to the new faith. Christianity had its Constantine, Buddhism its Asoka, and Zoroastrianism its Cyrus, each lending to his chosen cult the mighty force of secular authority. Not so Islam. Arising in a desert land sparsely inhabited by a nomad race previously undistinguished in human annals, Islam sallied forth on its great adventure with the slenderest human backing and against the heaviest material odds. Yet Islam triumphed with seemingly miraculous ease, and a couple of generations saw the Fiery Crescent borne victorious from the Pyrenees to the Himalayas and from the desert of Central Asia to the deserts of Central Africa." [A.M.L. Stoddard, quoted in ISLAM - THE RELIGION OF ALL PROPHETS, Begum Bawani Waqf, Karachi, Pakistan, p. 56.]
"I am not a Muslim in the usual sense, though I hope I am a "Muslim" as "one surrendered to God," but I believe that embedded in the Quran and other expressions of the Islamic vision are vast stores of divine truth from which I and other occidentals have still much to learn, and 'Islam is certainly a strong contender for the supplying of the basic framework of the one religion of the future.'" [W. Montgomery Watt, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY TODAY, London, 1983, p. ix.]
'I believe in One God and Mahomet 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 honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion." [Edward Gibbon and Simon Ocklay, HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRE, London, 1870, p. 54.]
"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." [Bosworth Smith, MOHAMMAD AND MOHAMMADANISM, London, 1874, p. 92.]

"His readiness to undergo persecutions for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad." [W. Montgomery Watt, MOHAMMAD AT MECCA, Oxford, 1953, p. 52.]
"The doctrine of brotherhood of Islam extends to all human beings, no matter what color, race or creed. Islam is the only religion which has been able to realize this doctrine in practice. Muslims wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers." [Mr. R. L. Mellema, Holland, Anthropologist, Writer and Scholar.]
"It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knows how he taught and how he lived, 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." [Annie Besant, THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD, Madras, 1932, p.4]
"The essential and definite element of my conversion to Islam was the Qur'an. I began to study it before my conversion with the critical spirit of a Western intellectual .... There are certain verses of this book, the Qur'an, revealed more than thirteen centuries ago, which teach exactly the same notions as the most modern scientific researches do. This definitely converted me." [Ali Selman Benoist, France, Doctor of Medicine.]
"I have read the Sacred Scriptures of every religion; nowhere have I found what I encountered in Islam: perfection. The Holy Qur'an, compared to any other scripture I have read, is like the Sun compared to that of a match. I firmly believe that anybody who reads the Word of Allah with a mind that is not completely closed to Truth, will become a Muslim." [Saifuddin Dirk Walter Mosig, U.S.A.]
"The universal brotherhood of Islam, regardless of race, politics, color or country, has been brought home to me most keenly many times in my life -- and this is another feature which drew me towards the Faith." [Col. Donald S. Rockwell, U.S.A. Poet, Critic and Author.]
"Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. It invented windmills ,trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after the 1500's did the net direction of flow begin to reverse." [(pg 253) Jared Diamond a world renowned UCLA sociologist, and physiologist won the Pulitzer Prize for his book: "Guns, Germs, and Steel."]
SO, SWEET BROTHERS & SISTER! PLEASE RETURN TO THE MAINSTREAM OF ISLAAM . SUCCESS WILL KISS YOUR FEET.

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