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Post What They Say About Islam   Thu Sep 09, 2010 6:28 pm

The Islam that was revealed to Muhammad (PBUH), is the

continuation and culmination of all the preceding revealed religions and

hence it is for all times and all peoples. This status of Islam is

sustained by glaring facts. Firstly, there is no other revealed book

extant in the same form and content as it was revealed. Secondly, no other

revealed religion has any convincing claim to provide guidance in all

walks of human life for all times. But Islam addresses humanity at large

and offers basic guidance regarding all human problems. Moreover, it has

withstood the test of fourteen hundred years and has all the

potentialities of establishing an ideal society as it did under the

leadership of the last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

It was a miracle that Prophet Muhammad could bring even his toughest

enemies to the fold of Islam without adequate material resources.

Worshippers of idols, blind followers of the ways of forefathers,

promoters of tribal feuds, abusers of human dignity and blood, became the

most disciplined nation under the guidance of Islam and its Prophet. Islam

opened before them vistas of spiritual heights and human dignity by

declaring righteousness as the sole criterion of merit and honor. Islam

shaped their social, cultural, moral and commercial life with basic laws

and principles which are in conformity with human nature and hence

applicable in all times as human nature does not change.

It is so unfortunate that the Christian West, instead of sincerely

trying to understand the phenomenal success of Islam during its earlier

time, considered it as a rival religion. During the centuries of the

Crusades this trend gained much force and impetus and a huge amount of

literature was produced to tarnish the image of Islam. But Islam has begun

to unfold its genuineness to the modern scholars whose bold and objective

observations on Islam belie all the charges leveled against it by the

so-called unbiased orientalists.

Here we furnish some observations on Islam by great and acknowledged

non-Muslim scholars of modern time. Truth needs no advocates to plead on

its behalf, but the prolonged malicious propaganda against Islam has

created great confusion even in the minds of free and objective thinkers.

"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.

"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.

"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.

"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."

G.B. Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1, No. 81936.

"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.

"Islam is a religion that is essentially rationalistic in the widest

sense of this term considered etymologically and historically. The

definition of rationalism as a system that bases religious beliefs on

principles furnished by the reason applies to it exactly . . . It cannot

be denied that many doctrines and systems of theology and also many

superstitions, from the worship of saints to the use of rosaries and

amulets, have become grafted on the main trunk of Muslim creed. But in

spite of the rich developments, in every sense of the term, of the

teachings of the Prophet, the Quran has invariable kept its place as the

fundamental starting point, and the dogma of unity of God has always been

proclaimed therein with a grandeur, a majesty, an invariable purity and

with a note of sure conviction, which it is hard to find surpassed outside

the pale of Islam. This fidelity to the fundamental dogma of the religion,

the elemental simplicity of the formula in which it is enunciated, the

proof that it gains from the fervid conviction of the missionaries who

propagate it, are so many causes to explain the success of Muhammadan

missionary efforts. A creed so precise, so stripped of all theological

complexities and consequently so accessible to the ordinary understanding

might be expected to possess and does indeed possess a marvelous power of

winning its way into the consciences of men."

Edward Montet, "La Propagande Chretienne et ses Adversaries Musulmans,"

Paris, 1890; Quoted by T.W. Arnold in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM, London,

1913, pp. 413-414.

"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.

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