What others say about Islam

 By Dr Ahmed Adam

God Exists without any doubt! Evolutionists delude themselves by rejecting God {though I respect their right whether to believe or not to believe)

Treat everyone you meet with kindness and politeness. Every person has a burden to bear. Your smile and kind words may just make a beautiful difference in another person’s life. When a person is rude to you, be polite. If a person is vulgar and crude, respond politely. The reason that you are always well-mannered and polite, is because your purpose is to spread love and kindness to people that you know as well as to the strangers who hate you for no reason -Dr Ahmed Adam

 

Dear Reader, this section is comprised mainly of quotes by reputable people about their views on Islam and the reason for some of the ignorance that prevails in the minds of some people. There are so many wonderful, kind and good people in the world who are being deceived by TV, internet comments, junk articles and the Media, that they are becoming confused about Islam. Hence, I am reaching out to all the good people in the world (which comprises 99%). Please read each quote slowly and ponder over it

It is not true that Muslims are filled with hatred of the West. Muslims want modernity, but not one that has been imposed on them by America, Britain or France. Muslims admire the beautiful technology of the West, but when they look at Western society, they see no light, no heart and no spirituality. -Karen Armstrong

 

I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…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 pledges, his intense devotion to his friends & followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These, and not the sword, carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle.  When I closed the second volume (of the Prophets biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of that great life -Mahatma Gandhi, (Young India), 1924[Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948) Indian thinker, statesman, and nationalist leader.

 

In his message to Muslims in 1993, Mandela said, “I have always been particularly attached to the Muslim greeting – I thus greet you in the name of Peace.” He has also praised the Muslim community, praying that their “sacrifice and discipline during the fast will stand this nation in good stead.” He concluded his message saying, “On behalf of the National Executive Committee of the ANC and its entire membership I wish you all `Eid Mubarak and may you have a joyous day.”-- 24 March 1993: `Eid Message to the Muslim Community from ANC President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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 in ‘The Prospects of Islam,’ 1944

My problem to write this monograph is easier, because we are not generally fed now on that (distorted) kind of history and much time need not be spent on pointing out our misrepresentations of Islam. The theory of Islam and sword, for instance, is not heard now in any quarter worth the name. The principle of Islam that “there is no compulsion in religion” is well known.- Professor K. S. Ramakrishna Rao in 'Mohammed: The Prophet of Islam,' 1989

By reading quotes I realized that some of them contain simple words, but these simple words could change our lives. How if we read the Holy Quran? That has the best words. It will change our lives and Our death. Thank God that I was born Muslim” ― Abood Dweik

The concept of “holy war”, as jihad is nowadays usually translated, is un-Islamic -Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

Too many people look at it as though it (the hijab) has bizarre powers sewn into its microfibers. Powers that transform Muslim girls into UCOs (Unidentified Covered Objects), which turn Muslim girls from an 'us' to a 'them.”
― Randa Abdel-Fattah, Does My Head Look Big In This?

The Qur’an clearly says “There shall be no compulsion in Religion” (S2:V256). The belief that the Arabs swept out of the peninsula on some fanatical religious mission, a mission embodied in the term, jihad, has been substantially refuted. The concept of jihad, which is customarily but erroneously translated as “holy war”, inspires a collective fear of Islam even today. Jihad must be the most overused and ill-understood word in contemporary Islam. Literally, the word means “utmost effort” in promotion and defence of Islam -Thomas W. Lippman (Understanding Islam, 1982)

 

'It is extremely shameful to anyone to believe that Islam is nothing but a bunch of lies. And, it is equally shameful to believe that Mohammed is a liar.' We must fight such shameful rumours. The mission that Mohammed achieved and fulfilled is still the lit candle for the past twelve centuries for approximately two hundred million people. -Thomas Carlyle, (The Nobel Prize winner, in his book, 'The Heroes & Hero worship’) [Ed: Today the Muslim population is 2 Billion)

 

An abhorrence of Arab peoples has become firmly embedded in the American psyche. They are being collectively indicted because of the crimes, or alleged crimes, of a few -Professor Jack. G. Shaheen

 

To begin to resist the impact of falsehood and stereotyping, it is essential to improve one’s knowledge of Islam. The word Islam means peace. Advocating brotherhood and understanding, Islam is a religion of Peace. -Professor Jack. G. Shaheen

One can only wonder how long it will be before people begin to understand that just because someone is different, does not mean he is bad and that it is unbefitting to denigrate people because of their religion, colour, ancestry or country of birth-Professor Jack. G. Shaheen

 

Arabs and Muslims have been the victims of ugly racial stereotypes in recent years. It has to stop -Editors of the New Republic, 1980.

 

There can be little doubt that the public’s perception of Islam has tended to be characterized by ignorance, confusion and misinformation-Professor J. L. Esposito

 

Centuries of ignorance and widely-spread but false ideas concerning Islam have indeed prevailed in the West, thus poisoning the atmosphere. The time has come for a change.-Dr Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, The Qur’an & Science, 1976

 

Nobody, regardless of geographic location, will deny that the future development of his World is going to be influenced, if not determined, by what will happen in the Muslim World and to Islam itself. Could Islam, as a consequence, turn out to be the very therapy that could save the West from itself? - Murad Wilfried Hofmann, Religion on the Rise, 2001

 

A headscarf is perceived as appropriate in paintings if it adorns a person like Mary or Christian sisters. But the same piece of cloth stirs up negative reactions whenever a Muslima covers her head that way”-Murad Wilfried Hofmann, Religion on the Rise, 2001

 

Ever since the Crusades, the people of Western Christendom developed a stereotypical and distorted image of Islam. It was Christians who had instigated a series of brutal holy wars against the Muslim world. Karen Armstrong (in, Islam, a short History)

 

Muslims are absolutely aghast when non-Muslims attempt to interpret the Qur’an for them. Muslim society views such opinions of “experts” as Euro-centrism and cultural imperialism -Murad Wilfried Hofmann, Religion on the Rise, 2001

 

Many western people are becoming uncomfortable about the absence of spirituality in their lives. Islam kept the notions of social justice, equality, tolerance and practical compassion in the forefront of the Muslim conscience for centuries. Western people must become aware that it is in their interest too, that Islam remains healthy and strong. Hence the west should cultivate a more accurate appreciation of Islam - Karen Armstrong

 

The Muslims understand that everything Created praises the Creator with its own silent eloquence for this is the purpose for which they were Created. Thus, the entire Universe could be seen, as it were, in a Religious Light: that is why every human act is judged from Religious viewpoints and regulated according to the Divinely Revealed Laws- Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

When he was asked why he practiced science, he said: “I had the intention of becoming a theologian…but now I see how God is also glorified in Astronomy for ‘Heavens declare the Glory of God’. Kepler believed that God’s Glory is manifested in everything that He Created. Kepler shows by his endeavours that a sincere scientist finds the Creator through his endeavours -Johannes Kepler (1571-1630)

 

Pascal contributed Mathematics (especially Geometry) and Physics. Besides his monumental discoveries in Science, Pascal was also a deeply spiritual man. He referred to the power of God when he said, “God is the Creator of everything from Mathematics to the order of the Elements.”-Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

 

Reputed British botanist, John Ray, was an authority in both Botany and Zoology. In his famous book, ‘The Wisdom of God in Creation’, he introduced thousands of plants, insect, bird and fish species. He reported that Nature reveals the existence of a Creator. Further, he said, “the works Created by God at first, and by Him conserved to this day, are in the same state and condition in which they were first made.” Furthermore, as a deeply believing scientist, he stated, “there is for free man no occupation more worth and delightful than to contemplate the beauteous works of Nature and honour the Infinite Wisdom and Goodness of God.”-John Ray (1627-1705)

 

Robert Boyle, known as the father of Chemistry, made many revolutionary scientific discoveries. He was also a devout believer in God. He believed that there is an intelligent design in Nature, which was Created by an All-Powerful Creator. Boyle taught in his lectures and writings that science and belief in God should stand side by side”-Robert Boyle (1627-1691)

 

Isaac Newton is considered one of the greatest scientists for his contribution to the discovery of the Law of universal gravitation. In addition to his ground-breaking work in Mathematics and Physics, he wrote many critical essays rejecting atheism (that there is no god) and defending Creation (that God Created everything). He defended the idea that ‘creation is the only scientific explanation.” Furthermore, Newton believed that the mechanical universe, like a gigantic clock working non-stop, could only be the work of an all-powerful and all-wise Creator. Underlying Newton’s obsession with nature was his desire to come closer to God. In his famous writings in the Principia Mathematica, he wrote:

He (God) is Eternal and Infinite, Omnipotent and Omniscient; that is, his duration reaches from Eternity to Eternity; his presence from Infinity to Infinity; He Governs all things, and knows all things that are or can be done. He is Eternal, Infinite. He endures forever and is everywhere present. We know Him only by His most wise and excellent contrivances of things… we reverence and adore Him as his servants-Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

 

Faraday has been universally acknowledged as a remarkable and gifted scientist for his contribution to the sciences of electricity and magnetism. He firmly believed in the existence of a Creator and said:” Because One God Created the world, all of Nature must be interconnected as a single whole”-Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

 

Mendel gained historical acclaim for his discovery of the Laws of genetics and the principles of inheritance. He said, “God had Created the world – blind chance could not be responsible for the outcome”-Gregory Mendel (1822-1884)

 

Pasteur is a well-known contributor to the fields of Science and Medicine. He said “little science takes you away from God, but more of it takes you to Him” -Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)

 

The world is God’s Creation, and scientists in understanding the world, are simply retracing God’s Thoughts. Scientists are not creators but discoverers. The important thing about the act of Creation is that it reveals the Creator. The act of creation always bears the signature of the Creator -William Dembski, Mathematical Scientist & researcher

 

As a matter of fact, there is teleology, purpose, and design all over the place. One cannot escape it, in the Heavens above or on the Earth below. To deny a Great Designer is quite illogical.

-Prof Dale Swartzendruber. Soil scientist :University of California.

 

“I argue that neither chance nor ‘pre-biotic selection’ nor physical-chemical necessity, can explain the origin of information in the first cell” -Professor Stephen Meyer Associate-Professor of Philosophy, at Whitworth College.

 

“The world we live in and its natural laws, are very precisely set for us by the Creator, for the benefit of us humans” Professor Edward Boudreaux, Professor of Chemistry University of New Orleans

 

Yes I am as certain that there is a God as I am certain of everything. Belief in the existence of God provides the only complete, ultimate and rational meaning to existence. Belief in God is the only ultimate reason for the absolute certainty that man is a person and something more than a parcel of matter and energy. Belief in God is the source and the ultimate basis of the most inspired conception of the Human Mind.

Professor Andrew Conway Ivy

(Head of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of North-western University Medical School and Distinguished Professor of Physiology and Head of Clinical Science, University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Chicago)

 

“Given the truth of the maxim ex nihilo nihil fit (out of nothing comes nothing), the Big Bang requires a supernatural cause. Since the initial Cosmological singularity represents the terminus of all space-time trajectories, there cannot be any physical cause of the Big Bang. Rather, the cause must transcend physical space and time: it must be independent of the Universe, and unimaginably powerful. Moreover, this cause must be a personal Being endowed with a free Will. The cause of the origin of the Universe must therefore be a personal Creator, who a finite time ago brought the Universe into existence by His free agency-Professor William Lane Craig (Professor of Philosophy, at the University of Birmingham, England)

 

“Creation isn’t a theory. The fact that God Created the Universe is not a theory – it is true”

-Dr Kurt Wise, Palaeontologist and assistant Professor of Science, Department of mathematics and Natural Science, Bryan College

 

‘We put Our signs into the horizons and into themselves.’ (S41V53).  For the Muslim, everything could serve as an Ayah, a Sign from God, and the Quran repeats this Truth over and over again.-Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

All activities begin from Him. He began the dialogue with humanity in pre-eternity by asking in the Primordial Covenant alastu bi-rabbikum, “Am I not your Lord?” (Qur’an S7 V172) -Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

God is the absolute Truth, al-Haqq. God is absolute Wisdom, and the Muslim knows that there is wisdom in everything. For Allahu A’lam, “God Knows better”-Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

Mercy and Compassion are expressed in His two Names, which precede every Surah of the Koran, namely, Ar-Rahman, Ar-Ra'heem, “The All Merciful, the All Compassionate.” They come from the root R-H-M, which also designates the mother’s womb, and thus conveys the warm, loving care of the Creator for His creatures -Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

For Muslims, Allah (God) is the central fact of reality; He is the same God who revealed Himself to all the Prophets (Adam, Moses, Jesus) and finally, and most completely, to the Prophet Mohamed. This revelation to Muhammad, the Last of the Prophets, is contained in the Qur’an, the actual, literal living Word of God. A Muslims duty is obedience and submission (Islam) to the Will of God. However, the submission incumbent upon the Muslim is not that of mere passivity or acceptance of a set of rituals; rather, it is submission to the Divine Command, to strive (jihad) to actively realize God’s Will in space-time, in history. Thus, the Qur’an declares that man is God’s vicegerent or representative (Khilafah) on Earth. God has given creation to man as a Divine Trust (Amanah). -Professor J. L. Esposito, Director of the Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University.

 

Man needs Divine Guidance to have a correct perception of Reality. Man, unaided by Divine Guidance, is incapable of solving the riddles of Creation or of deriving those values and principles whose application in life can produce peace and harmony in man’s soul and personality-Professor Thomas Ballantine Irving, The Qur’an – Basic teachings, 1979

 

The Prophet Mohamed (Peace be upon him) has been described as the ‘greatest man that ever lived.” His teachings produced an ever growing base of loyal supporters who cherish his ideals that there is Only One God, that Man has been born free, that Man’s role is to serve God by serving humanity, that racism, slavery, discrimination and injustice are against human nature and that we have been Created by God and we have to return to Him either in a state of Purity or corruption of our Soul. -Dr Ahmed Adam

Every person goes through 15 Stages of Existence:

1st, a Stage of Eternity before a human comes into existence

2nd, a stage between fertilisation and the first 4 months

3rd, a stage when the Angels appear and insert the Soul

4th, a stage between the 4th month to delivery and transition from water breathing to air breathing

5th, a stage from birth to the age of Understanding (usually before puberty; some scholars determine this to be at about 7 years); all children in this Stage are considered to be Muslims (after which they change to the Religion of their Parents)

6th, a stage of strength from youth to late 30’s

7th, a stage from 40 years, when Wisdom begins to embrace the human: he can either embrace this Wisdom or ignore it; this Wisdom has to do with increased Spirituality and pondering about Life and Death and the Concept of the One True God

8th, a stage that continues until the physical Death of the person. This stage ends the Life on Earth. After this Stage, no human can ever return to live on Earth again. The Stage on Earth is that of a trial to determine the purity or impurity of his/her Soul and whether he will eventually lead a life of Bliss or a Life of Misery after Death

9th, a stage in the Grave; this can be years, centuries or millennia

10th, a stage when the Trumpet will be blown for the First Time; all living beings will collapse at the sound of the First Trumpet; the duration of this Stage is Known only to Allah (Sub'ha'na'hu Wa-Ta'ala)

11th, a stage when the Trumpet is blown for the second time; everyone in the graves and those that collapsed, will all be resurrected to a new Creation and a new Life

12th, all human beings irrespective of race, religion (or atheism, agnostics etc.) will all be gathered in front of Allah (Sub'ha'na'hu Wa-Ta'ala) on a Day of Judgement that will last 50,000 years

13th, the Accountability of each person in front of their Lord and Creator; the duration of this stage is different for each person, the time period is known Only by Allah (Sub'ha'na'hu Wa-Ta'ala)

14th, the completion of the Day of Judgement and the entry of people into Heaven or Hell

15th, after a certain time spent in either Heaven or Hell, there will be an announcement where all the people of Heaven will gather, and all the people of Hell will Gather at a place determined by Allah (Sub'ha'na'hu Wa-Ta'ala). Then “Death” will be summoned and brought forth, and Death will be slaughtered. An announcement will then be made, that henceforth there will be no more Death. At this news, the people of Heaven will celebrate with Joy for Eternity and the people of Hell will moan in misery because Death can no longer end their suffering.

The above stages apply to all human beings irrespective of their correct or incorrect beliefs while they are on Earth. It is therefore important for all human beings to realise that the religion that they are currently following has been inherited from their parents or ancestors whether right or wrong. Very few people question their own Religion. My appeal to you, dear reader, is for you to find the True Path that will lead to your Lord and Creator and not to a man-made illusion-Dr Ahmed Adam

The life of the Prophet Muhammad is a story of overpowering pathos and beauty. It is history, tragedy and enlightenment compressed into one tale. It is also a story virtually unknown to the West -Barnaby Rogerson

 

Muhammad, the Prophet of God, the last and greatest of that long line of men, from Adam through to Abraham, Moses and Jesus, who have struggled to bring the Word of God to Mankind. Even when viewed in an entirely secular perspective, he remains a superhero. -Barnaby Rogerson

 

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.  -Annie Besant The Life & Teachings of Muhammad, Madras, 1932, p. 4.

 

It was the genius of Mohammad, the spirit that he breathed into the Arabs, through the soul of Islam that exalted them. That raised them out of the lethargy & low level of tribal stagnation up to the high watermark of national unity and empire.  Arthur Glyn Leonard (Islam: Her Moral & Spiritual values)

 

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 Mohammedanism, London, 1874, p. 92).

 

Muhammad had in fact finally achieved victory by an ingenious policy of non-violence; the Qur’an adamantly opposes force and coercion in religious matters, and its vision – far from preaching exclusion and separation- is tolerant and inclusive.- Karen Armstrong (Islam, a short History)

 

Undoubtedly, Mohammed is one of the greatest Muslim religious leaders.-Dr Zuwaimer (In his book entitled, 'The East and its customs)

 

The good sense of Mohammed despised the pomp of royalty. The Messenger 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-Edward Gibbon (Decline & fall of the Roman Empire, 1823)

 

He was by far the most remarkable man that ever set foot on this Earth. He preached a Religion, founded a State, built a Nation, laid down a moral code, initiated numerous social and political reforms, established a powerful and dynamic society to practice and represent his teachings and completely revolutionized the worlds of human thought and behaviour for all times to come. "His Name is Muhammad" May Peace of God Be Upon Him. He was born in Arabia in the year 570 C. E. (common era), started his mission of preaching the religion of Truth, Islam (submission to One God) at the age of forty and departed from this world at the age of sixty-three. During this short period of 23 years of his Prophethood, he changed the complete Arabian Peninsula from paganism and idolatry to worship of One God, from tribal quarrels and wars to national solidarity and cohesion, from drunkenness and debauchery to sobriety and piety, from lawlessness and anarchy to disciplined living, from utter bankruptcy to the highest standards of moral excellence. Human history has never known such a complete transformation of a people or a place before or since.-The Genuine Islam (Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

 

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. The clergymen in the middle ages, as a result of discrimination and ignorance, had painted a dim picture for Mohammed. They considered him an enemy for Christianity! However, after researching his personality, I discovered that he was a great man. He was never an enemy for Christianity; rather he should 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 B. Shaw (The Genuine Islam, Vol.1, No.8, 1936).

He is the implacable lawgiver, the guide who has clearly pointed out the roads of destiny: this way leads to Heaven, this way to hell. He is the loving grandfather, leading the prayers in the Mosque while his infant grandson clambers upon his shoulders. He is the sacrificial hero who goes into the spiritual world for the benefit of mankind. He is the wise sage who despised the luxurious trappings of royalty, the halls, the guards, courtiers, silks and gold, that hitherto had always been associated with power. He is also the savant of the mystics, the guide who has led generations of dervishes, Sufi’s, poets, and lovers of God on their quests. He is the only man to have journeyed to Heaven and back. He is the Hero of Heroes -Barnaby Rogerson

 

Never has a man set himself a more sublime aim to subvert superstitions, which had been interposed between man & his Creator, to render God unto man and man unto God; to restore the rational & sacred idea of divinity amidst the chaos of the material & disfigured gods of idolatry. Never has a man undertaken a work so far beyond human power with so feeble means. Never has a man accomplished such a huge and lasting revolution in the world. If greatness of purpose, smallness of means & astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to compare any great man to Mohamed? –Lamartine (Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-277)

 

On the basis of a Book, every letter of which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality, which has blended together peoples of every tongue and of every race. He has left to us the indelible characteristic of the Muslim nationality, the hatred of false gods & the passion for the One & immaterial God. The idea of the Unity of God was in itself such a miracle that upon its utterance from his lips, it destroyed all the ancient temples of idols. -Lamartine 

 

When the Quraish violated the peace treaty, Muhammad marched upon Mecca with an army of 10,000 men. Faced with this overwhelming force, the Quraish conceded defeat. Muhammad took Mecca without shedding a drop of blood. He destroyed the idols around the Kaaba and rededicated it to Allah, the One God. Single handed, Muhammad had brought peace to war-torn Arabia. Karen Armstrong (Islam, a short History)

 

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? "-Lamartine  (French Historian, excerpts from Historie de la Turquie, Paris, 1854, Vol. II, pp 276-277)

 

If ever man on this earth found God; if ever man devoted his life to God’s service with a good & great motive, it is certain that the Prophet of Arabia was that man; Not only great; but of the greatest man that humanity has produced-Major Arthur Glyn Leonard (In “Islam: Her moral & spiritual value”)

 

This unparalleled combination of secular & religious influence, which I feel, entitles Mohamed to be considered the most influential single figure in human history -Michael H Hart (in his book on ratings of men who contributed towards the benefit and upliftment of Mankind, “The 100: A Ranking of the 100 most influential persons in History, New York, 1978)

 

There are messengers, prophets and wise men who started great missions, but they died before completing them, such as the Messiah in Christianity and Moses in Judaism. But Mohammed is the only messenger who completed his religious message and all it rulings were complete. Complete nations and peoples followed the religion of Mohammed during his lifetime. Therefore, he is the only man throughout the history who succeeded on the religious and secular levels -Michael H. Hart

 

The Prophet of Islam taught self-control and discipline to the extent of praying even on the battlefield. In an age of barbarism, the Battlefield itself was humanized and strict instructions were issued not to cheat, not to break trust, not to mutilate, not to kill a child or woman or an old man, not to hew down date palm nor burn it, not to cut a fruit tree, not to molest any person engaged in worship. His own treatment with his bitterest enemies is the noblest example for his followers. At the conquest of Mecca, he stood at the zenith of his power. The city which had refused to listen to his mission, which had tortured him and his followers, which had driven him and his people into exile and which had unrelentingly persecuted and boycotted him even when he had taken refuge in a place more than 200 miles away, that city now lay at his feet. By the laws of war he could have justly avenged all the cruelties inflicted on him and his people. But what treatment did he accord to them? Mohammad's heart flowed with affection and he declared, "This day, there is no reproof against you and you are all free." "This day" he proclaimed, "I trample under my feet all distinctions between man and man, all hatred between man and man." By Prof. K. S. R. Rao, (Head of the Department of Philosophy, Government College for Women University of Mysore, Mandya-57140; from "Islam and Modern age", Hyderabad, March 1978)

 

Mohammad has been admitted by friend and foe as Al Amin, or the faithful. If a conqueror is a great man, here is a person who rose from helpless orphan and a humble creature to be the ruler of Arabia, the equal to Chosroes and Caesars, one who founded a great Empire that has survived all these 14 centuries. If the devotion that a leader commands is the criterion of greatness, the Prophet's name even today exerts a magical charm over millions of souls, spread all over the world. -By Prof. K. S. R. Rao, (Re-printed from "Islam and Modern age)

 

He had not studied philosophy in the school of Athens of Rome, Persia, India, or China. Yet, he could proclaim the highest truths of eternal value to mankind. Illiterate himself, yet he could speak with an eloquence and fervour which moved men to tears, to tears of ecstasy. Born an orphan blessed with no worldly goods, he was loved by all. He had studied at no military academy; yet he could organize his forces against tremendous odds and gained victories through the moral forces, which he marshalled. Gifted men with genius for preaching are rare. In the person of the Prophet of Islam the world has seen this rarest phenomenon walking on the earth, walking in flesh and blood.-By Prof. K. S. R. Rao, (Re-printed from "Islam and Modern age)

 

Orphanages had sprung up for the first time under the teaching of the Prophet Mohamed, the Prophet of Islam. The world owes its orphanages to this Prophet, who himself was born an orphan-Professor Nassignon

 

Muslims call Islam the ‘Religion of Love’, for Muhammad appropriated the station of Perfect Love beyond any other Prophet, since God took him as His Beloved: Muhammad habibi; Muhammad is regarded as the one who shows God’s Love and His Will and thus guides humanity on the Straight Path: “Say: if you love God then follow me, so that God Loves you” (S3V31) -Professor Annemarie Schimmel

 

As an inspired man, as the vessel of Divine Revelation, as a Prophet, guide, leader, commander, exemplar and lawgiver, Muhammad is revered, admired and imitated, but he is not worshipped. The basic tenet of Islam is that Allah is One God and that no person, creature or thing may be associated with Him -Thomas W. Lippman (Understanding Islam, 1982)

 

These observations make the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author of the Qur'an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he then pronounce truths of a scientific nature that no other human being could possibly have developed at that time, and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject? -Maurice Bucaille  (Dr Maurice Bucaille addressed the French Academy of Medicine in 1976 concerning the existence in the Qur’an of certain statements concerning physiology and reproduction. The above is an extract of his speech based on his famous book, The Bible, The Qur’an & Science, 1978, p. 125).

 

Mohammad, thirteen hundred years ago, assured to the mothers, wives, and daughters of Islam, a rank and dignity not yet generally assured to women by the laws of the West-Pierre Crabites  (in Dictionary of Islam, 1986)

 

Muhammad’s greatest gift to the World is revealed every time a Muslim stands alone to pray directly to God. This revolution in spiritual attitude, the direct communion between believer and Divine, is Muhammad’s triumphant achievement. He himself always possessed an extraordinarily close relationship with the Divine, revealed in that haunting Revelation that  “God is closer to you than your Jugular Vein.” -Barnaby Rogerson (in, The Prophet Muhammad)

 

I ask you to temporarily suspend any negative judgements. Simply assume Islam to be among the great wisdom traditions of humanity, all of which are worthy of fundamental respect. This will create an attitude of openness in which the reader can drink from the illuminating fountain  of the Holy Koran -Lex Hixon (In the preface to his book, Heart of the Koran)

 

The revealed words of the Koran, when experienced reverently and profoundly, are not relics from the past, but exist in a timeless present, communicating as vividly as when they were first uttered. These Words of Allah, often refer with mysterious precision to whatever historical or personal situation presents itself to us - Lex Hixon

 

Muhammad had achieved his success by being the recipient of a Divine revelation. Throughout his career, God had sent down the Oracles that formed the Qur’an. His life had thus represented a constant dialogue between transcendent reality and the violent, puzzling and disturbing happenings of the mundane world. The Qur’an had therefore, followed public and current events, bringing Divine Guidance and illumination to politics. Karen Armstrong (in, Islam, a short History)

The Qur’an’s approach was practical and it appealed to the pragmatic Arabs. The old religion was simply not working. There was spiritual malaise, chronic and destructive warfare and injustice. The way forward lay in a single God and a unified Ummah. The Qur’an insisted that its message was simply a reminder of truths that everybody knew. This was the primordial faith that had been preached to the whole of humanity by the Prophets of the past.-Karen Armstrong

 

There is an unearthly, timeless magic about the Qur’an. There are verses in it that must have seemed mysterious and indecipherable for centuries, but which suddenly glow with an acute relevance in later ages whose outlook has been changed by scientific discoveries and an expanding understanding of the World.-Barnaby Rogerson (in, The Prophet Muhammad)

 

Qur’anic beliefs are based on reason -Dr Sir Tritton (In his book "Belief & practices")

 

The Qur’an deals with many subjects of interest to science, far more in fact than the Bible. There is no comparison between the limited number of Biblical statements which lead to a confrontation with Science, and the profusion of subjects raised by the Qur’an that are of a Scientific Nature.-Dr Maurice Bucaille (in, The Bible, The Qur’an and Science, 1981, page 18)

 

The Qur’an was revealed at a time when Greek & Roman civilisations were plainly dead. The Qur’anic people created their own sciences and arts-Professor Arberry (Cambridge University, in his book "The Qur’an interpreted")

 

The scientific, economic, political, social & literary concepts were given to Europe by the Qur’anic civilisation"-Professor Max Mayer (Paris University in French Research Le Monde Islamique)

 

The Qur’an has abolished the greatest misery from humanity at large by the abolition of priesthood-Professor Will Durrant

The Qur’an is undeniably a book of great importance even to non-Muslims, perhaps more today than ever. One aspect of Islam that is unexpected and yet appealing to the post-Christian secular mind, is the harmonious interplay between Faith and Reason. Islam does not demand unreasoned belief. Rather, it invites intelligent Faith, growing from observation, reflection & contemplation, beginning with nature and what is all around us. This connection between Faith and Reason enabled Islamic Civilisation to absorb and vivify useful Knowledge, including that of ancient people’s, whereby it eventually nursed Europe out of the Dark Ages, laying the foundation for the Renaissance-Thomas Cleary (The Essential Qur’an (1993), page vii)

 

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

 

Islam will continue to blossom throughout the future of the planet, awakening human beings to the true nobility of the Soul -Lex Hixon

 

And there arose among the Arabs, philosophers, mathematicians and Physicians, who surpassed the ancient sages in the exactness of their knowledge-E .A. W. Budge (in Chronography, London, 1932)

 

It has become clear that global peace, order and self-determination of people’s cannot be achieved without intelligent respect for Islam and the inalienable rights of Muslims to live their religion. The second immediate benefit in reading the Qur’an therefore, is that it is a necessary step toward the understanding and tolerance without which world peace is in fact inconceivable. For non-Muslims, one special advantage in reading the Qur’an is that it provides an authentic point of reference from which to examine the biased stereotypes of Islam to which Westerners are habitually exposed. Primary information is essential to distinguish between opinion and fact in a reasonable manner -Thomas Cleary (The Essential Qur’an (1993), page viii):

 

Islam is the fastest growing of the world’s religions -Professor Jack. G. Shaheen

 

From the 8th-12th Century the European language was Arabic. Arabic was the scientific & progressive language of mankind because the whole history of science is proof to it; Muslims were aroused by enthusiastic curiosity & scientific genius in the fields of mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, physics, medicine, geography, botany and technology -Carnegie Research Publication (#376)

 

The emancipation of women was a project dear to the Prophet’s heart. The Qur’an gave women rights of inheritance and divorce, centuries before Western women were accorded such status. The Qur’an also came to permit polygamy; at a time when Muslims were being killed in the wars against Mecca, and women were left without protectors, men were permitted to have up to four wives provided that they treat them all with absolute equality and show no signs of favouring one rather than the others. The women of the first Ummah in Medina took part in its full public life. They did not experience Islam as an oppressive religion -Karen Armstrong

 

Islam came as the defender of the weaker sex and entitled women to share the inheritance of their parents. It gave women, centuries ago, the right of owning property, yet it was only 12 centuries later, in 1881, that England, supposed to be the cradle of democracy, adopted this institution of Islam and the act was called "the married woman act." But centuries earlier, the Prophet of Islam had proclaimed that "Woman are twin halves of men. The rights of women are sacred. See that women maintained rights granted to them." By Prof. K. S. R. Rao, (Head of the Department of Philosophy, Government College for Women University of Mysore, 1978)

 

The Qur’an was revealed piecemeal; it is always rewarding to read the Qur’an a little at a time, to reflect and meditate on what has been read, and to try and follow it step by step. Only then does the Qur’an reveal its secrets to its seekers, help them traverse its spiritual landscape and enable them gradually to move forward in communion with its spirit and ethos -Professor Thomas Ballantine Irving (In, The Qur’an – Basic teachings, 1979)

 

Any preconceived notions and prejudices will cause the spirit of the Qur’an to elude the reader -Professor Thomas Ballantine Irving (In, The Qur’an – Basic teachings, 1979)

 

The Qur’an is God’s Final Revelation to man, preserving and protecting what was revealed to mankind through earlier prophets, and completing and perfecting that guidance for the future. Whether one believes in the Qur’an or not, a book which makes such a claim should be studied and understood with great sympathy and reverence -Professor Thomas Ballantine Irving (In, The Qur’an – Basic teachings, 1979)

 

"No other religion in history spread so rapidly as Islam. The West has widely believed that this surge of religion was made possible by the sword. But no modern scholar accepts this idea, and the Qur’an is explicit in the support of the freedom of conscience. “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 worshiped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you Worshiped, He lives for ever'.”

--James Michener in ‘Islam: The Misunderstood Religion,’ Reader’s Digest, May 1955, pp. 68-70.

I am no Muslim scholar proclaimed by any institution, but I can think and command myself with discerning mental ability.

What you will read on my page has no praises for intellectual manipulation of any Mullah whose view is to instil hate in your heart. My source is the Holy Quran and my instrument is not MY INTERPRETATION but after an objective analysis of all details written therein and conducting my in-depth personal research. I am doing this sharing because I am a part of the community that cannot just watch and clap my hands when the human intellect is fed with extremism and senseless violence
― Princess Maleiha Bajunaid Candao

 

“Today is the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed and our thoughts will be with you and the entire Muslim community, wherever in the world they may be, as you all gather at the various mosques to pay homage to a unique religious leader, whose influence continues to spread to practically every part of the world and to every nation,” Mandela said in his message.- 1994: Nelson Mandela received Sheikh Yusuf Peace Award from the Muslim Women’s Federation, 10 September. Message by Mr Nelson Mandela to Sheikh Gabier and the Muslim community on the birthday celebrations of Prophet Mohammed(Meelad un Nabi)

In his speech in Johannesburg, Mandela congratulated Muslims on their `Eid, reflecting on the deep roots of Islam in the history of South Africa. “Africa has made Islam its own, from the very beginning when the African Christian King Negus and Abyssinia gave protection to the followers of Prophet Muhammad. That example of respect and co-operation points to the role religion can play, and the spiritual leadership it can provide, in contributing to the social renewal on our continent,” he said as part of his speech. “Now that South Africa is free, the ties which the Islamic community has always had with other parts of our continent can flourish and enrich our nation without restraint or distortion. They are part of our common African heritage.” - 30 January 1998: Speech by President Nelson Mandela at an Intercultural Eid Celebration

 

 

"South Africa’s vibrant Islamic heritage is a valued and respected part of our nation." ~ Nelson Mandela in a Lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, Sheldonian Theatre , Oxford, England, 11 July 1997

 

 

My dear reader. I hope that the above few quotes taken from my book “Islam in the Media”, has piqued your curiosity to learn about Islam with an open and unbiased mind. Please suspend any judgement that you may have about Islam for 6 months and read as much as you can from reliable sources. After that, you are an educated and informed person, making an informed decision whether you want to believe in Allah (Sub'ha'na'hu Wa Ta'ala) as your Creator and the One True God, or you don’t want to believe in Islam, and would prefer continuing on your own journey. But at least you would have made the decision with knowledge instead of following the crowd. With best regards and sincere wishes for your Journey of Self-Discovery, from Dr Ahmed Adam, South Africa]

[Dr Ahmed Adam, South Africa:

Current life for the past 10 years: victim of serious double gunshot injuries; Chronic illness; constant bone pain; spinal disability & traumatic brain injury; spend most of my time in deep thought in spiritual meditation in a Cave of Solitude. Pure Sunni Islam, embracing Qur’an and Sunnah. Dedicated student of Religion.]

My previous life: Dr Ahmed Adam brief bio

BSc.[ Zoology, Botany, Human Genetics]; BSc. (Med) [Human Physiology; Comparative Anatomy]; BSc. Hons (Anthropology, Astronomy & Evolution); MBBCh {Medical Doctor}; Strategic & Marketing Director of a 300 bed Private Hospital; Human Rights activist (Vice Chair: Human Rights Foundation); Life Coach and Leadership Training (NBI and Meta-Thinking utilising Whole Brain Thinking); TV host and presenter ; Public speaker, Motivation of Medical Personnel; CEO of Alpha Brain Creativity {Training & Development; the Amazing Human Brain}; Author of: “Islam in the Media”; “Coping with Chronic Illness- a Doctor’s personal battle”; “Marriage is a Relationship”; “The Amazing Brain”; “Hope and Positive Thinking”; “Passion for Education and Knowledge”; “Coping with Death”; “Hospital Management”; “Clinical Care”; “Goals”; “Time”]

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