Quotations On Islamic Civilization
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Bonaparte as Quoted in Christian Cherfils, ‘Bonaparte et Islam,’ Pedone Ed.,
Paris, France, 1914, pp. 105, 125.
References: "Correspondance de Napoléon Ier Tome V pièce n° 4287 du
has revealed the existence of God to his nation. Jesus Christ to the Roman
world, Muhammad to the old continent...
was idolatrous when, six centuries after Jesus, Muhammad introduced the worship
of the God of Abraham, of Ishmael, of Moses, and Jesus. The Ariyans and some
other sects had disturbed the tranquility of the east by agitating the question
of the nature of the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost. Muhammad declared
that there was none but one God who had no father, no son and that the trinity
imported the idea of idolatry...
hope the time is not far off when I shall be able to unite all the wise and
educated men of all the countries and establish a uniform regime based on the
principles of Qur"an which alone are true and which alone can lead men to
Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine Islam," Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.
any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next
hundred years, it could be Islam."
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
far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity."
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."
Russel in ‘History of Western Philosophy,’ London, 1948, p. 419.
use of phrase "The Dark ages" to cover the period from 699 to 1,000 marks our
undue concentration on Western Europe...
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
us it seems that West-European civilization is civilization, but this is a
Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings
and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human
teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These
teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and
collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other
societies preceding it....Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and
William Draper in "History of Intellectual Development of Europe"
the period of the Caliphs the learned men of the Christians and the Jews were
not only held in great esteem but were appointed to posts of great
responsibility, and were promoted to the high ranking job in the government....He
(Caliph Haroon Rasheed) never considered to which country a learned person
belonged nor his faith and belief, but only his excellence in the field of
Carlyle in ‘Heroes, Hero Worship, and the Heroic in History,’ Lecture 2,
Friday, 8th May 1840.
there is no danger of our becoming, any of us, Mahometans (i.e. Muslim), I mean
to say all the good of him I justly can...
Pococke inquired of Grotius, where the proof was of that story of the pigeon,
trained to pick peas from Mahomet"s (Muhammad"s) ear, and pass for an angel
dictating to him? Grotius answered that there was no proof!...
poor, hard-toiling, ill-provided man; careless of what vulgar men toil for. Not
a bad man, I should say; Something better in him than hunger of any sort, -- or
these wild arab men, fighting and jostling three-and-twenty years at his hand,
in close contact with him always, would not revered him so! They were wild men
bursting ever and anon into quarrel, into all kinds of fierce sincerity;
without right worth and manhood, no man could have commanded them. They called
him prophet you say? Why he stood there face to face with them; bare, not
enshrined in any mystry; visibly clouting his own cloak, cobbling his own
shoes; fighting, counselling, ordering in the midst of them: they must have
seen what kind of man he was, let him be called what you like! No emperor with
his tiaras was obeyed as this man in a cloak of his own clouting. During
three-and-twenty years of rough actual trial. I find something of a veritable
Hero necessary for that, of itself...
Arabs, the man Mahomet, and that one century, - is it not as if a spark had
fallen, one spark, on a world of what proves explosive powder, blazes
heaven-high from Delhi to Granada! I said, the Great man was always as
lightning out of Heaven; the rest of men waited for him like fuel, and then
they too would flame..."
Hitti in "Short History of the Arabs."
all the first part of the Middle Ages, no other people made as important a
contribution to human progress as did the Arabs, if we take this term to mean
all those whose mother-tongue was Arabic, and not merely those living in the
Arabian peninsula. For centuries, Arabic was the language of learning, culture
and intellectual progress for the whole of the civilized world with the
exception of the Far East. From the IXth to the XIIth century there were more
philosophical, medical, historical, religiuos, astronomical and geographical
works written in Arabic than in any other human tongue."
Vaux in "The Philosophers of Islam," Paris, 1921.
how can one forget that at the same time the Mogul Empire of India (1526-1857 C.E.) was giving the
world the Taj Mahal (completed in 1648 C.E.) the architectural beauty of which
has never been surpassed, and the ‘Akbar Nameh’ of Abul Fazl: "That
extraordinary work full of life ideas and learning where every aspect of life
is examined listed and classified, and where progress continually dazzles the
eye, is a document of which Oriental civilization may justly be proud. The men
whose genius finds its expression in this book were far in advance of their age
in the practical art of government, and they were perhaps in advance of it in
their speculations about religious philosophy. Those poets those philosophers
knew how to deal with the world or matter. They observe, classify, calculate
and experiment. All the ideas that occur to them are tested against facts. They
express them with eloquence but they also support them with
statistics."...the principles of tolerance, justice and humanity which
prevailed during the long reign of Akbar."
Clerget in "La Turquie,
Passe et Present," Paris, 1938.
proofs of high cultural level of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of
Suleiman the Magnificent are to be found in the development of science and law;
in the flowering of literary works in Arabic, Persian and Turkish; in the
contemporary monuments in Istanbul, Bursa, and Edirne; in the boom in luxury
industries; in the sumptuous life of the court and high dignitaries, and last
but not least in its religious tolerance. All the various influences - notably
Turkish, Byzantine and Italian mingle together and help to make this the most
brilliant epoch of the Ottomans."
the Elder (Great) as Quoted in "Michael the Elder, Chronique de Michael Syrien,
Patriarche Jacobite d’ Antioche," J.B. Chabot, Editor, Vol. II, Paris, 1901.
is why the God of vengeance, who alone is all-powerful, and changes the empire
of mortals as He will, giving it to whomsoever He will, and uplifting the
humble beholding the wickedness of the Romans who throughout their dominions,
cruelly plundered our churches and our monasteries and condemned us without
pity, brought from the region of the south the sons of Ishmael, to deliver us
through them from the hands of the Romans. And if in truth we have suffered
some loss, because the Catholic churches, that had been taken away from us and
given to the Chalcedonians, remained in their possession; for when the cities
submitted to the Arabs, they assigned to each denomination the churches which
they found it to be in possession of (and at that time the great churches of
Emessa and that of Harran had been taken away from us); nevertheless it was no
slight advantage for us to be delivered from the cruelty of the Romans, their
wickedness, their wrath and cruel zeal against us, and to find ourselves at
people. (Michael the Elder, Jacobite Patriarch of Antioch wrote this text in
the latter part of the twelfth century, after five centuries of Muslim rule in
that region. Click here for a relevant document sent to the monks of St.
Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai, 628
(Caliph) Al-Ma"mun"s period of rule (813 - 833 C.E.) may be considered
the "golden age" of science and learning. He had always been devoted to books
and to learned pursuits. His brilliant mind was interested in every form of
intellectual activity. Not only poetry but also philosophy, theology,
astronomy, medicine and law all occupied his time.”
Mamun"s time medical schools were extremely active in Baghdad. The first free
public hospital was opened in Baghdad during the Caliphate of Haroon-ar-Rashid.
As the system developed, physicians and surgeons were appointed who gave
lectures to medical students and issued diplomas to those who were considered
qualified to practice. The first hospital in Egypt was opened in 872 AD and
thereafter public hospitals sprang up all over the empire from Spain and the
Maghrib to Persia.”
Holocaust of Baghdad (1258 C.E.)
Perpetrated by Hulagu:
was systematically looted, destroyed and burnt. Eight hundred thousand persons
are said to have been killed. The Khalif Mustasim was sewn up in a sack and
trampled to death under the feet of Mongol horses.
hundred years, Baghdad had been a city of palaces, mosques, libraries and
colleges. Its universities and hospitals were the most up-to-date in the world.
Nothing now remained but heaps of rubble and a stench of decaying human flesh.”