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  1. Four years after the death of Justinian, 569 AD., was born at Mecca, in the Arabia, the man who, of all men, has exercised greatest influence upon the human race.
    A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, John William Draper
  2. ... Mohammad may stand in comparison with the most courageous of the heroic prophets of Israel. For the truth's sake he risked his life, he suffered daily persecution for years, and eventually banishment, the loss of property, of the goodwill of his fellow citizens, and of the confidence of his friends; he suffered, in short, as much as any man can suffer short of death, which he only escaped by flight, and yet he unflinchingly proclaimed his message. No bribe, threat or inducement, could silence him.
    Mohammad, Budha and Christ, Dr. Marcus Dods
  3. The essential sincerity of Muhammad's nature cannot be questioned: and a historical criticism that blinks no fact, yields nothing to credulity, weighs every testimony, has no partisan interest, and seeks only the truth, must acknowledge his claim to belong to that order of Prophets who, whatever the nature of their physical experience may have been, in diverse times, in diverse manners, have admonished, taught and uttered austere and sublime thoughts, laid down principles of conduct nobler than those they found, and devoted themselves fearlessly to their high calling, being irresistibly impelled to their ministry by a power within.
    The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Mrs. Annie Besant
  4. His readiness to undergo persecution for his beliefs, the high moral character of the men who believed in him and looked up to him as leader, and the greatness of his ultimate achievement - all argue his fundamental integrity. To suppose Muhammad as imposter raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.
    Muhammad at Mecca, W. Montgomery Watt
  5. The nerve-shaking agonies and tortures which Mohammad bore smilingly during his Meccan life and the firmness with which he struck to his mooring during situations which would have shaken even the mightiest among us is in itself proof positive of the fact that he honestly and sincerely believed in the truth of what he said and preached. It were, in my opinion his sterling character and the truth of what he taught which won for him the support and loyalty of Abu Bakar and Umar and the valour and courage of Khalid Bin Walid and Umar Ibnul Aas. The spread of Islam in a most amazing way and with a terrific speed which dazzled the Christian world are enough to confirm that Mohammad was true and that the book which he gave to his followers was true and revealed.
    Muhammad at Mecca, W. Montgomery Watt
  6. He was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels... Muhammad (unlike Jesus) was a secular as well as a religious leader. In fact, as the driving force behind the Arab conquests, he may well rank as the most influential political leader of all time.
    The 100, Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, Michael H. Hart
  7. This very human prophet of God... had such a remarkable personal influence over all with whom he was brought into contact that, neither when a poverty stricken and hunted fugitive, nor at the height of his prosperity, did he ever have to complain of treachery from those who had once embraced his faith. His confidence in himself, and in his inspiration from on high, was ever greater when he was suffering under disappointment and defeat than when he was able to dictate his own terms to his conquered enemies.
    The Awakening of Asia, H. H. Hyndman
  8. Head of the State as well as of the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope's pretensions, Caesar without the regions of Caesar. Without a standing army, without a body-guard, 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 Mohammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports... Mohammad was content with the reality; he cared not for the dressings of power.
    Mohammad and Mohammadanism, Bosworth Smith
  9. In comparison, for example, with the cruelty of the Crusaders, who, in 1099, put seventy thousand Muslims, men, women and helpless children to death when Jerusalem fell into their hands; or with that of the English army, also fighting under the Cross, which in the year of grace 1874 burned an African capital, in its war on the Gold Coast, Muhammad's victory was in very truth one of religion and not of politics; he rejected every token of personal homage, and declined all regal authority.
    The Saracens, Arthur Gilman
  10. His intellectual qualities were undoubtedly of an extraordinary kind. He had a quick apprehension, a retentive memory, a vivid imagination and an inventive genius.
    Mahomet and His Successors, Washington Irving
  11. Serious or trivial, his daily behaviour has instituted a canon which millions observe at this day with conscious memory. No one regarded by any section of the human race as Perfect Man has been imitated so minutely. The conduct of the Founder of Christianity has not so governed the ordinary life of his followers. Moreover, no founder of a religion has been left on so solitary an eminence as the Muslim Apostle.
    A History of Arabia, D. G. Hogarth
  12. A year before his death, at the end of the tenth year of the Hegira, Muhammad made his last pilgrimage from Medina to Mecca. He made then a great sermon to his people. The reader will note that the first paragraph sweeps away all plunder and blood feuds among the followers of Islam. The last makes the believing Negro the equal of the Caliph... they established in the world a great tradition of dignified fair dealing, they breathe a spirit of generosity, and they are human and workable. They created a society more free from widespread cruelty and social oppression than any society had ever been in the world before.
    The Outline of History, H. G. Wells
  13. The day of Mohammad's greatest triumph over his enemies was also the day of his grandest victory over himself. He freely forgave the Koraysh all the years of sorrow and cruel scorn in which they had afflicted him and gave an amnesty to the whole population of Mekka. Four criminals whom justice condemned made up Mohammad's proscription list when he entered as a conqueror to the city of his bitterest enemies. The army followed his example, and entered quietly and peacefully; no house was robbed, no women insulted. One thing alone suffered destruction. Going to the Kaaba, Mohammad stood before each of the three hundred and sixty idols, and pointed to it with his staff, saying, "Truth has come and falsehood has fled away"; and at these words his attendants hewed them down, and all the idols and household gods of Mekka and round about were destroyed... through all the annals of conquest there is no triumphant entry comparable to this one
    The Speeches and Table-Talk of the Prophet Mohammad, Stanley Lane-Pool
  14. Never has a man set for himself, voluntarily or involuntarily, a more sublime aim, since this aim was superhuman; to subvert superstitions which had been interposed between man and his Creator; to render God unto man and man unto God; to restore the rational and sacred idea of divinity amidst the chaos of the material and disfigured gods of idolatry, then existing. Never has a man undertaken a work so far beyond human power with so feeble means, for he (Muhammad) had in the conception as well as in the execution of such a great design no other instrument than himself, and no other, except a handful of men living in a corner of the desert. Finally, never has a man accomplished such a huge and lasting revolution in the world because in less than two centuries after its appearance, Islam in faith and in arms, reigned over the whole of Arabia, conquered, in God's name, Persia, Khorasan, Transoxania, Western India, Syria, Egypt, Abyssinia, all the known continent of Northern Africa, numerous islands of the Mediterranean, Spain and a part of Gaul.
    Histoire de la Turquie, Alphonse de Lamartine
  15. If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare compare any great man in modern history with Muhammad? The most famous men created arms, laws, and empires only. They founded, if anything at all, no more than material powers which often crumbled away before their eyes. This man moved not only armies, legislations, empires, peoples and dynasties, but millions of men in one-third of the then inhabited world; and more than that he moved the altars, the gods, the religions, the ideas, the beliefs and souls. On the basis of a Book, every letter of which has become law, he created a spiritual nationality which blended together peoples of every tongue and of every race.
    Histoire de la Turquie, Alphonse de Lamartine
  16. 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?
    Histoire de la Turquie, Alphonse de Lamartine
  17. 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
    The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Annie Besant
  18. Muhammad as a preacher of the religion of God was gentle and merciful, even towards his personal enemies. In him were blended justice and mercy two of the noblest qualities which the human mind can conceive.
    An Interpretation of Islam, Laura Veccia Veglieri
  19. Even in the height of his glory Muhammad led, as in his days of obscurity, an unpretentious life in one of those clay houses consisting, as do all old-fashioned houses of present-day Arabia and Syria, of a few rooms opening into a courtyard and accessible only therefrom. He was often seen mending his own clothes and was at all times within the reach of his people. The little he left he regarded as state property… Serious or trivial, his daily behaviour has instituted a cannon which millions observe at this day with conscious mimicry. No one regarded by any section of the human race as Perfect Man has been imitated so minutely.
    The History of the Arabs, Philip K. Hitti
  20. Can anyone then who recollects what the Arabian Prophet did for woman, and the slave and the orphan, for the poor and the sick, and the lower animals, and who knows also how much he has done to restrain throughout the East certain vices which are still rampant in Christendom, deny what I have already hinted above, that, looking at him merely as a moral reformer, and apart from his great religious revolution, Muhammad was really doing Christ’s work, even if he had reverenced Christ less than in fact he did?
    Mohammad and Mohammadanism, Bosworth Smith
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