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IN THE EYES OF THE NON MUSLIMS

It is a difficult task to describe the versatility of character of


Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, and it would indeed require volumes to
justice to him, to his sincerity, generosity, frugality, broad-mindedness.
Firmness and tenacity of purpose, his steadfastness, and calmness in
adversity, his meekness in prosperity, his humility in greatness, his
modesty in character, his anxious care, for animals, his passionate
fondness and love for children, his bravery and fortitude, his magnanimity
of spirit, his unbending sense of justice and above all his noble mission to
save humanity from destruction.

In the face of those who do not understand him and still pour forth
torrents of abuse on the prophet and shamefully scandalise him, what
better homage to Prophet Muhammad cam we pay than quote the
testimony of great Western historians, thinkers and scholars who
expressed their views on the greatest of benefactors of humanity.

Thomas Carlyle says in his famous book "The Heroes", about The prophet
Muhammad.

George Bernard Shaw says.

Johnson in "Oriental Religions" says.

“Muhammad is no longer an imposter, but a great reformer. He is no


longer a neurotic patient suffering from epilepsy, but a man of
tremendous character and unbending will. He is no longer a self-seeking
despot, ministering to his own selfish ends but a beneficent ruler shedding
light and love around him. He is no longer an opportunist, but a prophet
with a fixed purpose, a man of strong will, undeviating in his
consistency……

“Muhammad was the man of truth and fidelity, true in what he did,
in what he spoke, in what he thought; always meant something , a man
rather taciturn in speech, silent when there was nothing to be said , but
pertinent , wise, sincere, when he did speak, always throwing light on the
matter ….. ”.

“A poor shepherd people roaming unnoticed in the deserts since the


creation of the world; a hero prophet was sent down to them with a word
they could believe; see the unnoticed became world noticeable, within
one century afterwards Arabia is at Granada on this end; at Delhi on that;
glancing with valour and splendour and the light of genius, Arabia shines
through long ages over a great section of the world.”

George Bernard Shaw said:

“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 capability to the changing phases of
existence which can make it appeal to everyone. I have prophesied about
the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of
today. The medieval ecclesiastics either through ignorance or bigotry
painted Islam in the darkest colors. They were, in fact, trained to hate the
man Muhammad and his religion. To them, Muhammad was anti-Christ. 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. I believe that if a
man life him were to assume dictatorship to the modern world, he would
succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much
needed peace and happiness. But to proceed, it was in the nineteenth
century that honest thinkers like Carlyle, Gibbon and Goethe perceived
intrinsic worth in the religion of Muhammad-already, even, at the present
time many of our people have gone to his faith, and Islanistan of Europe
may be said to have begun.”

Johnson also said:

"Muhammad's thoroughly democratic conception of the divine


government, the universality of his religious ideal, his simple humanity ,
all affiliate him with the modern world."