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What did Carlyle write about Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)?

What did Carlyle write about Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)?

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Prophet Muhammad
Prophet Muhammad

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Published by: Ali Zohery, Ph.D. on Nov 20, 2009
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Carlyle, one of the greatest thinkers of the past century,described Prophet Muhammad’s sincerity thus:the great man's sincerity is of the kind hecannot speak of: nay, I suppose, he isconscious rather of insincerity; for whatman can walk accurately by the law otruth for one day? No, the great man doesnot boast himself sincere, far from that;perhaps does not ask himself if he is so: Iwould say rather, his sincerity does notdepend on himself: he cannot help beingsincere! (1840, p. 59)Carlyle’s glowing description of the Prophet, based onhis research of the Prophet’s interactions with others andhis desire for them to do according to God’s will, continueddescribing the Prophet Muhammad as:a silent great soul, he was one of thosewho cannot but be in earnest, whomnature herself has appointed to besincere. While others walk in formulas andhearsays, contented enough to dwellthere, this man could not screen him informulas; he was alone with his own souland the reality of things. . . Such sincerity,as we named it, has in very truth something of divine. The word of such a man isa voice direct from nature's own heart.Men do and must listen to that as tonothing else, - - - all else is wind incomparison. (1840, p. 71)Carlyle described Prophet Muhammad’s fidelity in thefollowing situation with his wife Ayesha thus:It is a boundless favour. He never forgotthis good kadijah. Long afterwards, Ayesha his young favourite wife, a woman

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