The pen is mightier than the sword,
From darkness to light, A critical study of
Testimonials by Prominent non-Muslims
Henry Mayers HyndmanThe Awakening of Asia
"Mohammad never assigned himself a status more than a common man and a messenger of God. People had faith in him when he was surrounded by poverty and adversity and trusted him while he was the ruler of a great Empire …. A man of spotless character who always had confidence in himself and in God’s help …. No aspect of his life remained hidden nor was his death a mysterious event. "
De Lacy O'LearyVisages de L’ Islam
"History makes it clear, however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world and forcing Islam at the point of sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically absurd myths that historians have ever repeated."
Stanley Lane-PooleSpeeches and Table Talk of the Prophet Muhammad
"He was the most faithful protector of those he protected, the sweetest and most agreeable in conversation. Those who saw him were suddenly filled with reverence; those who came near him loved him; they who described him would say, “I have never seen his like either before or after.” He was of great taciturnity, but when he spoke it was with emphasis and deliberation, and no one could forget what he said...."
Sir William MuirLife of Mohammad
"Mohammad brought an end to idol worship. He preached monotheism and infinite Mercy of God, human brotherhood, care of the orphan, emancipation of slaves, forbidding of wine—No religion achieved as much success as Islam did."
Annie BesantThe Life and Teachings of Mohammad
"It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knew 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 reread them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher."
Pringle KennedyArabian Society at the Time of Mohammad
"The height of human achievement and glory was Mohammad."
Reverend Bosworth SmithMuhammad and Muhammadanism, London, 1874
"Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life."
Encyclopaedia Britannica4th & 11th editions
"Muhammad was the most successful of all religious personalities."
Ramsey ClarkFormer U.S. Attorney General, Our Planet 1994, Lecture
Islam is the only religion that gives dignity to the poor.
James A. MichenerIslam: The Misunderstood Religion, Reader’s Digest, May 1955, pp. 68-70
"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 wise modern scholar accepts this idea, and the Koran is explicit in the support of the freedom of conscience."
K. S. Ramakrishna RaoMohammed: The Prophet of Islam, 1989
"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 …. In the person of the prophet of Islam we see the rarest phenomenon on earth walking in flesh and blood i.e. the union of the theorist, the organizer and the leader in one man."
P. D. OuspenskyTertium organum
"Any science that collides with the Koran will turn out to be false."
Jules MassermanWho Were History’s Great Leaders? TIME Magazine, July 15, 1974
"The greatest leader of all times was Mohammad, who combined all the three functions; religious, political and moral. To a lesser extent, Moses did the same."
Raymond LerougeLife de Mohamet
"The Arabian Prophet Mohammad is the founder of a revolution unparalleled in history. He founded a political state that will ultimately embrace the entire planet. The law of that Government would rest on justice and kindness. His teachings revolve around human equality, mutual cooperation and universal brotherhood."
Diwan Chand SharmaThe Prophets of the East, 1935
"Mohammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those around him."
Herbert George WellsHappiness of Mankind, Kent, 1938
"The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it .... Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity."
Bertrand RussellHistory of Western Philosophy, London, 1948
"Our use of phrase ‘The Dark ages’ to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our undue concentration on Western Europe.... From India to Spain, the brilliant civilization of Islam flourished. What was lost to Christendom at this time was not lost to civilization, but quite the contrary.... To us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization, but this is a narrow view. "
Napoleon BonaparteCherfils, Bonaparte et Islam, Paris, France
"Arabia was idolatrous when, six centuries after Jesus, Muhammad introduced the worship of the God of Abraham, of Ishmael, of Moses, and Jesus. The Ariyans [The Unitarian followers of Father Arius] and some other sects 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....."