Sunday, 1 January 2012

Then for four years more until his death in 632, Muhammad spread his power over the rest of Arabia. He married a number of wives in his declining years, and his life on the whole was by modern standards unedifying. He seems to have been a man compounded of very considerable vanity, greed, cunning, self-deception and quite sincere religious passion. He dictated a book of injunctions and expositions, the Koran, which he declared was communicated to him from God. Regarded as literature or philosophy the Koran is certainly unworthy of its alleged Divine authorship.

...It has been said that the true founder of the Empire of Islam was not so much Muhammad as his friend and helper, Abu Bekr. If Muhammad, with his shifty character, was the mind and imagination of primitive Islam, Abu Bekr was its conscience and its will. Whenever Muhammad wavered Abu Bekr sustained him. And when Muhammad died, Abu Bekr became Caliph (= successor), and with that faith that moves mountains, he set himself simply and sanely to organize the subjugation of the whole world to Allah—with little armies of 3,000 or 4,000 Arabs—according to those letters the prophet had written from Medina in 628 to all the monarchs of the world.
Source: A Short History of the World by H.G. Wells

8 comments:

DP111 said...

"I studied the Kuran a great deal ... I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammed. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world, and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion infinitely more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself."

-Alexis de Tocqueville

DP111 said...

"In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar (mohammed), the Egyptian, combining the powers of transcendent genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctrine of one omnipotent god; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself his prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared distinguishing and exterminating war, as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. THE ESSENCE OF HIS DOCTRINE WAS VIOLENCE AND LUST: TO EXALT THE BRUTAL OVER THE SPIRITUAL PART OF HUMAN NATURE..

John Quincy Adams
Sixth President of The United States of America

Anonymous said...

The world is in dire need of a man with the mind of Muhammad; religious people? in the Middle Ages, due to their ignorance and prejudice, had pictured him in a very dark way as they used to consider him the enemy of Christianity. But after looking into the story of this man I found it to be an amazing and a miraculous one, and I came? to the conclusion that he was never an enemy of Christianity, and must be called instead the savior of humanity." George Barnard Shaw. The Great Irish Man .·

Anonymous said...

http://www.2muslims.com/directory/Detailed/224108.shtml

Anonymous said...

“Although the sermons of human freedom, fraternity and equality were said before also, and we find a lot of them in Jesus of Nazareth, but it must be admitted that it was Muhammad who for the first time in history established a society based on these principles.”

--H. G. Wells, an English author, historian, teacher, and journalist, writes in his book The short history of the world

Permessur Aliza said...

Europeans are prejudiced!!!!arrogance has covered their eyes!

Unknown said...

Europe religiously still in dark ages, one can find easily shadow of Roman paganism in christianity, as they called Jesus son of god, while this term came from pagan roman sun god, which they converted into son of god. While Islam uplifted mankind after intriducing true Abrahimic God, Allah the Supreme and Exalted one.has neither sons nor daughters.

Muhamed Aiyoob said...

Europe religiously still in dark ages, one can find easily shadow of Roman paganism in christianity, as they called Jesus son of god, while this term came from pagan roman sun god, which they converted into son of god. While Islam uplifted mankind after intriducing true Abrahimic God, Allah the Supreme and Exalted one.has neither sons nor daughters.

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