The best model | He was the man who guided the world to the right path


Michael H. Hart: Professor of Astronomy, Physics and History of Science:

“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the most influential people in the world may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who enjoyed supreme success at a time religiously and secularly.”

From humble beginnings, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions and became an extremely effective political leader.

Today fourteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and omnipresent.

[The 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Persons In History, New York, 1978, p. 33]

William Montgomery Watt: Professor (Emeritus) of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

“His readiness to suffer persecution for his beliefs, the high morals of the men who believed in him and admired him as a leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement – ​​all of these argue for his basic integrity. To suppose Muhammad an impostor raises more problems than he solves, and none of history’s great figures is as frowned upon in the West as Muhammad.

[Mohammad At Mecca, Oxford, 1953, p. 52]

Alphonse de Lamartine: French poet and statesman

“Philosopher, orator, apostle, legislator, warrior, conqueror of ideas, restorer of rational dogmas, of a worship without images; the founder of twenty earthly empires and one spiritual empire is Muhammad. Regarding all the standards by which human greatness can be measured, we may well ask, is there a man greater than he?

[Translated from Histoire De La Turquie, Paris, 1854, vol. II, pp. 276-277]

Reverend Bosworth Smith, former Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford

“…he was both Caesar and pope; but he was pope without the pretensions of the pope, and Caesar without Caesar’s legions. Without a permanent army, without a bodyguard, without a palace, without a fixed income, if ever a man had the right to say that he governed by divine right, it was Mahomet; for he had all the power without his instruments and without his supports.

(Mohammed and Mohammedanism, London, 1874, p. 235)

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Indian thinker, statesman and nationalist leader

“….I became more convinced than ever that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam at that time in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the total self-effacement of the prophet, the scrupulous respect of his promises, his intense devotion to his friends and disciples, his fearlessness, his fearlessness, his absolute confidence in God and in his own mission. These, and not the sword, carried everything before them and overcame all difficulties. [Young India (periodical), 1928, Volume X]

Edward Gibbon: Britain’s greatest historian of his time

“The greatest success of Mohammad’s life was achieved by sheer moral force without the sword thrust.”

[History Of The Saracen Empire, London, 1870]

John William Draper: American Scientist, Philosopher, and Historian

“Four years after the death of Justinian, in the year 569, there was born in Mecca, Arabia, the man who, of all men, exercised the greatest influence on the human race. . . Mohammed.”

[A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London, 1875, vol.1, pp. 329-330]

Washington Irving: Known as the “first American man of letters”.

“He was sober and restrained in his diet, and a strict observer of fasts. He gave himself up to no sartorial magnificence, to the ostentation of a mean spirit; neither was his simplicity of dress affected, but the result of a real contempt for distinction from so insignificant a source…In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, rich and poor, powerful and weak, with fairness, and was loved by the people for the affability with which he received them and listened to their complaints…His military triumphs did not awaken no pride. nor vain glory, as they would have done if they had been affected for selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he retained the same simplicity of manner and appearance as in the time of his adversity. Far from affecting the royal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, an unusual show of respect was shown to him.

[Life of Mahomet, London, 1889, pp. 192-3, 199]

Annie Besant: British theosophist and nationalist leader in India.

“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 respect for this mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme.

[The Life And Teachings Of Muhammad, Madras, 1932, p. 4]


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