Andres udtalelser

Flere tænkere, filosoffer og historiskere har studeret Profeten Muhammads liv ﷺ, og her er hvad et par stykker har sagt:

Hans Kung (Swiss Christian philosopher and ecumenical Catholic theologian):

“We must affirm that he acted as a prophet and that he was a prophet. we must correct our attitude toward Islam.”1

Jules Masserman (psychoanalyst and professor of the Chicago University):

“Perhaps the greatest leader of all times was Mohammad, who combined all the three functions. To a lesser degree Moses did the same.”2

Alphonse de Lamartine (French writer, poet and politician):

“If greatness of purpose, smallness of means, and astounding results are the three criteria of human genius, who could dare to 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... the forbearance in victory, his ambition, which was entirely devoted to one idea and in no manner striving for an empire; his endless prayers, his mystic conversations with God, his death and his triumph after death; all these attest not to an imposture but to a firm conviction which gave him the power to restore a dogma. This dogma was twofold, the unit of God and the immateriality of God; the former telling what God is, the latter telling what God is not; the one overthrowing false gods with the sword, the other starting an idea with words.”

“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?”3

John William Draper (American scientist, philosopher, and historian):

“Four years after the death of Justinian, A.D. 569, was born at Mecca, in Arabia the man who, of all men exercised the greatest influence upon the human race…Mohammed.”4

David George Hogarth (English archaeologist and author):

“Serious or trivial, his daily behaviour has instituted a canon which millions observe this day with conscious mimicry. 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.”5

Washington Irving (American author, essayist, biographer, historian, and diplomat):

“He was sober and abstemious in his diet, and a rigorous observer of fasts. He indulged in no magnificence of apparel, the ostentation of a petty mind; neither was his simplicity in dress affected, but the result of a real disregard to distinction from so trivial a source…In his private dealings he was just. He treated friends and strangers, the rich and poor, the powerful and the weak, with equity, and was beloved by the common people for the affability with which he received them, and listened to their complaints…His military triumphs awakened no pride nor vain glory, as they would have done had they been effected for selfish purposes. In the time of his greatest power he maintained the same simplicity of manners and appearance as in the days of his adversity. So far from affecting regal state, he was displeased if, on entering a room, any unusual testimonial of respect were shown to him.”6

Annie Besant (British theosophist and nationalist leader in India. President of the Indian National Congress in 1917):

“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. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel whenever I re-read them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.”7

Bosworth Smith (Schoolmaster and author):

“He was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without Pope’s pretensions, Caesar without the legions of Caesar: without a standing army, without a bodyguard, 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 Mohammed, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports.”8

Montgomery Watt (Scottish historian, and Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Islamic studies):

“His readiness to undergo persecutions 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 an impostor raises more problems than it solves. Moreover, none of the great figures of history is so poorly appreciated in the West as Muhammad.”9

George Bernard Shaw (Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics):

“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 much needed peace and happiness.”10

Mahatma Gandhi (leader of Indian independence movement):

“I wanted to know the best of one who holds today’s undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind....I became more than convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet, the scrupulous regard for his pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the 2nd volume (of the Prophet’s biography), I was sorry there was not more for me to read of the great life.”11

Michael H. Hart (professor of astronomy, physics and the history of science):

“My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level.”12


1 - “Christianity and World Religions: Dialogue with Islam”, vol. 3. The Edwin Mellen Press,1992
2- 'Who Were History’s Great Leaders?' in TIME Magazine, July 15, 1974
3 - Histoire de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol II, pp. 276-77
4 - A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London, 1875, vol.1, pp. 329-330
5 - Arabia, Oxford, 1922, p. 52
6 - Life of Mahomet, London, 1889, pp. 192-3, 199
7 - The Life And Teachings Of Muhammad, Madras, 1932, p. 4
8 - Mohammed and Mohammadanism, London 1874, p. 92
9 - W. Montgomery, Mohammad at Mecca, Oxford 1953, p. 52
10 - The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936
11 - Young India, 1924
12 - The 100: A Ranking Of The Most Influential Persons In History, New York, 1978, p. 33