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    What Non-Muslims Say About Islam

    What Non-Muslims Say About …

    Islam

    THE FASTEST GROWING RELIGION IN THE WORLD

    This is a collection of short quotations from a wide variety of Non-Muslim notables, including academics, writers, philosophers, poets, politicians, and activists belonging to the East and the West. To our knowledge none of them ever became Muslim. These words, therefore, reflect their personal views on various aspects of the religion of Islam.

    Sarojini Naidu
    (1879-1949) A writer, poetess and one of the most visible leaders of pre-Independent India. President of the Indian National Congress and the first woman governor of free India.
     "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."
     "It was the first religion that preached and practiced democracy for, in the mosque when the call for prayer is sounded and worshippers are gathered together, the democracy of Islam is embodied five times a day when the peasant and king kneel side by side and proclaim: "God Alone is Great." I have been struck over and over again by this indivisible unity of Islam that makes man instinctively a brother."
    [Lectures on "The Ideals of Islam;" see Speeches And Writings Of Sarojini Naidu, Madras, 1918, pp. 167-9]

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    Arnold J. Toynbee
    (1889-1975) British historian, Lecturer at Oxford University.
     "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."
    [Civilization On Trial, New York, 1948, p. 205]

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    William Montgomery Watt
    (1909- ) Professor (Emeritus) of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
     "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 Qur'an 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.'"
    [Islam And Christianity Today, London, 1983, p. ix.]

    Bertrand Russell
    (1872-1970) British philosopher, mathematician, and Nobel laureate, whose emphasis on logical analysis greatly influenced the course of 20th-century philosophy.
     "Our use of the 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."
    [History of Western Philosophy, London, 1948, p. 419]

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    Hamilton Alexander Roskeen Gibb
    (1895-1971) A leading orientalist scholar of his time
     "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."
    [Whither Islam, London, 1932, p. 379.]

     "That his (Muhammad's) reforms enhanced the status of women in general is universally admitted."
    [Mohammedanism, London, 1953, p. 33]

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    James A. Michener
    (1907-1997) Leading American writer; recipient of honorary doctorates in five fields from thirty leading universities and decorated with the Presidential Medal of freedom, America's highest civilian award.
     "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 modern scholar accepts that idea, and the Qur'an is explicit in support of the freedom of conscience."
    [Islam - The Misunderstood Religion, Readers' Digest (American Edition) May 1955]
    Edward Gibbon
    (1737-1794) Considered the greatest British historian of his time.
     "'I believe in One God and Mohammed the Apostle of God,' is the simple and invariable profession of Islam. The intellectual image of the Deity has never been degraded by any visible idol; the honours of the prophet have never transgressed the measure of human virtue, and his living precepts have restrained the gratitude of his disciples within the bounds of reason and religion."
    [History Of The Saracen Empire, London, 1870, p. 54.]

     "More pure than the system of Zoroaster, more liberal than the law of Moses, the religion of Mahomet might seem less inconsistent with reason than the creed of mystery and superstition which, in the seventh century, disgraced the simplicity of the gospels."
    [The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 5. p. 487]

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    Jared Diamond
    Professor of Physiology at the UCLA School of Medicine; recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction in 1998.
     "Medieval Islam was technologically advanced and open to innovation. It achieved far higher literacy rates than in contemporary Europe; it assimilated the legacy of classical Greek civilization to such a degree that many classical books are now known to us only through Arabic copies. It invented windmills, trigonometry, lateen sails and made major advances in metallurgy, mechanical and chemical engineering and irrigation methods. In the middle-ages the flow of technology was overwhelmingly from Islam to Europe rather from Europe to Islam. Only after the 1500's did the net direction of flow begin to reverse."
    [Guns, Germs, and Steel - The Fates of Human Societies, 1997, p. 253]

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    Annie Besant
    (1847-1933) British theosophist and nationalist leader in India. President of the Indian National Congress in 1917.
     "I often think that woman is more free in Islam than in Christianity. Woman is more protected by Islam than by the faith which preaches Monogamy. In Al-Quran the law about woman is more just and liberal. It is only in the last twenty years that Christian England, has recognized the right of woman to property, while Islam has allowed this right from all times."
    [The Life and Teachings of Muhammad, Madras, 1932, pp. 25, 26]


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    Those who listen to the word and follow the best of it; those are the ones whom God has guided, and those are the ones endowed with understanding
    (Qur'an 39:18)


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    #2
    Originally posted by Salman-:

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    why dont u just put it like this.

    To find out more about the sect Shia'ism in Islam go to that site.

    Who are you? You talk very smiliar to Laskhar Abbas. You might be him. And you have chosen the nick salman to put me down and make confusion about my posts and yours MR!

    So whenever you quote some source. Quote it as 'shia'a' sources because sunni might go astray by visiting ur sources and your evidences.

    Your previous two posts had also the same sources from books I have never heard of and are questionable for the authenticity.

    Everyone is asking me if i am the same salman as u and i have to reply i am not.



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      #3
      Originally posted by SalmanKhana:
      Originally posted by Salman-:

      To find out more about the religion of Islam, visit: http://al-islam.org/faq/
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      why dont u just put it like this.

      To find out more about the sect Shia'ism in Islam go to that site.


      So whenever you quote some source. Quote it as 'shia'a' sources because sunni might go astray by visiting ur sources and your Who are you? You talk very smiliar to Laskhar Abbas. You might be him. And you have chosen the nick salman to put me down and make confusion about my posts and yours MR!
      evidences.

      Your previous two posts had also the same sources from books I have never heard of and are questionable for the authenticity.

      Everyone is asking me if i am the same salman as u and i have to reply i am not.



      salam

      La hawla wa la Quwattan Illab billahil aleein azeem!

      You know there a gazillion diferrent sites on Islam that people can goto. Don't you think people have brains? An intelligent person will goto to a 'variety' of islamic sites before deciding to be a muslim

      You tell me that i should write " for more information on shiasim....visit this website'

      Then I guess you should write for more information on sunnism visit this website.

      SO you see are we propagating religion or just our beliefs.

      Why dont you leave it to the user to decide which of the 2 is better sunni or shia.

      Besides, we all follow islam and if i said "for more information on Islam" then technically speaking i was right.

      You said

      Who are you? You talk very smiliar to Laskhar Abbas. You might be him. And you have chosen the nick salman to put me down and make confusion about my posts and yours MR!

      First of all my name is Salman Ali. Secondly I have been here longer than you have. I had left this post because there were too many shia and sunni arguements going on. Now I came back and I saw that everything had calmed down so i started posting 'positive threads'. So please stop slandering me.

      you said:

      Your previous two posts had also the same sources from books I have never heard of and are questionable for the authenticity.

      Oh please can we drop it? does it really matter who said it?

      Instead of focussing on who said this why dont you focus on WHAT IS BEING SAID.

      The question of sources comes intto question where we are discussinf matters such as 'FIQH' and things such as who had the right to the caliphate, etc. Don't worry whenever i am going to discuss such controversial issues i am going to 'cite' my resources.

      But these are just pieces of advice. You are more then welcome to comment if you dont support a particular hadith becuase of its content.

      Brother the obly reason i chose not to mention shia or sunni is because i dont want to propagate secatarianism nor do i want to create any fitnah. Thats why i said Islam.

      Didn't I say in another posting we shouldn't bash salafies for their beliefs.

      If you disagree with the hadeeth that i posted please go ahead express your ideas.

      take care

      Wa-salamun-alaikum-wa-Rahmatullahi-Wa-Barakatu

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        #4
        Oh no....... look like yet ANOTHER thread is turning into the old shia-sunni mudslinging contest.....

        *shakes his head and walks away*
        Muslims are so good at dividing that they can divide the atom. If you see two Muslims, probably they belong to 3 parties.
        Al-Ghazali

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