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WAMY Series on Islam No. 2

Humanity has received divine guidance through two channels: theword of Allah and the prophets
who were chosen by Him to communicate His will to humanity These channels have always
functioned together, and if one is ignored or neglected, the will of Allah cannot be known with any
degree of accuracy. The Hindus neglected their prophets and focused all of their attention on their
books, which proved to be only word puzzles that eventually were no longer understood by the
people. Similarly the Christians, disregarding the Bible, attached importance only to the person
ofJesus Christ and eventually deified him,. This resulted in the loss of the very essence of tawhid
(monotheism) contained in the Bible.
As a matter of fact, the main scriptures revealed before the Qur'ani.e., the Old Testament and the
New Testament, acquired book form long after the days of the prophets. Moreover, the New
Testament was not recorded in the language spoken by Jesus Christ, believed to be Aramaic, but in
Greek. This was because the early Christians madeno serious effort to preserve their revelation
during the lifetime of their prophet. The Old and New Testaments, which together form the Christian
Bible, now consist of translations of various individuals' accounts of the original revelations as well as
the additions and deletions made by the faithful.
The Qur'an, as the last revealed book of God, is extant in its original form. Allah Himself guaranteed
its preservation. The entire Qur'an was recorded in written form during the lifetime of the Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH) on pieces of palm leaves, parchments, bones, and other suitable surfaces.
Moreover, there were tens of thousands of his followers who memorized the whole Qur'an, and the
Prophet himself used to recite it to the angel Gabriel once a year and twice when he was about to
After the Prophet's death, Abu Bakr, the first caliph, oversaw the collection of the Qur'an into one
volume by the Prophet's scribe, Zaid Ibn Thabit. This volume remained with Abu Bakr who, when he
was about to die, entrusted it to his successor, Umar Ibn al Khattab who, in turn, passed it on to
Hafsa, the Prophet's wife. It was from this original copy that Uthman, the third caliph, prepared
several other copies and sent them to different Muslim territories.
The Qur'an was preserved so meticulously because it was to be the book of guidance for all
humanity forever. Thus it does not address only the Arabs, even though it was revealed in their
language. It speaks to man as a human being: "O Man! What has seduced you from your Lord?" The
practical nature of the Qur'anic teachings is established by the examples of the Prophet and of pious
Muslims throughout history.
The Qur'an instructions are aimed at the general welfare of man and are based on possibilities
within his reach. Its wisdom is conclusive in all of its venous dimensions. It does not condemn or
torture the flesh, nor does it neglect the soul. It does not humanize God nor does it deify man.
Everything is carefully placed where it belongs in the total scheme of creation.
Those scholars who allege that Muhammad wrote the Qur'an claim something that is not humanly
possible. Could anyone living in the sixth century CE. utter such scientific truths as the Qur'an
Could he describe the evolution of the embryo inside the uterus so accurately that it matches the
description given by modern science?
Secondly, is it logical to believe that the Prophet, who, until the age of forty, was known far and wide
for his honesty and integrity, began all of a sudden to write a book that is without equal in literary
merit and that could not be surpassed by the whole legion of the Arab poets and orators of the
highest caliber?
And lastly, is it justified to say that Muhammad (PBUH), who was known to his people as al-Amin
(The trustworthy) and who is still admired by non-Muslim scholars for his honesty and integrity,
came forth with a false claim and on that falsehood trained thousands of individuals of character,
integrity, and honesty who were able to establish the best human society that the world has ever
Surely, any sincere and unbiased searcher of truth will come to believe that the Qur'an is the
revealed book of Allah. Without necessarily agreeing completely with their statements, we would
like to quote some of the opinions of important non-Muslim scholars who have studied the Qur'an.
Such comments show that the non Muslim world is taking a more serious view of the Qur'an and
that it is beginning to appreciate its truth. We appeal to all people who are seeking spiritual truth to
study the Qur'an in light of the aforementioned points. Cast your preconceived notions aside and
listen to what these people have to say.
However often we turn to it [the Qur'an], at first disgusting us each time afresh, it soon attracts,
astounds, and in the end enforces our reverence... Its style, in accordance with its contents and aim,
is stern, grand, terrible - ever and anon truly sublime. Thus this bookwill go on exercising through all
ages a most potent influence.
- Gethe,quoted in T P Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, p 526.
The Koran admittedly occupies an important position among the great religious books of the world.
Though the youngest of the epochmaking works belonging to this class of literature, it yields to
hardly any in the wonderful effect which it has produced on large masses of men. It has created an
all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character. It first transformed a number of
heterogeneous desert tribes of the Arabian peninsula into a nation of heroes, and then proceeded to
create the vast politico-religious organizations of the Muhammadan world which are one of the
great forces with which Europe and the East have to reckon today
- G. Margoliouth
Introduction toe. M. Rodwell's The Koran, New York Every man's Library, 1977, p. Vll.

A work, then, which calls forth so powerful and seemingly incompatible emotions even in the distant
reader distant as to time, and still more so as to mental development - a work which not only
conquers the repugnance with which he may begin its perusal, but changes this adverse feeling into
astonishment and admiration, such a work must be a wonderful production of the human mind
indeed and a problem of the highest interest to every thoughtful observer of the destinies of
- Dr. Steingass quoted in T. P. Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, pp. 526-7.
The above observation makes the hypothesis advanced by those who see Muhammad as the author
of the Qur'an untenable. How could a man, from being illiterate, become the most important
author, in terms of literary merits, in the whole of Arabic literature? How could he then pronounce
truths of a scientific nature that no other humanbeing could possibly have developed at that time,
and all this without once making the slightest error in his pronouncement on the subject?
- Maurice Bucaille, The Bible, the Qur'an and Science, 1978, p 125.
Here, therefore, its meets as a literary production should perhaps not be measured by some
preconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetic taste, but by the effects which it produced in
Muhammad's contemporaries and fellow countrymen. If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to
the hearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugal and antagonistic elements into one compact
and well organized body. animated by ideas far beyond those which had until now ruled the Arabian
mind, then its eloquence was perfect, simply because it created a civilized nation out of savage
tribes, and shot a fresh woof into the old warp of history.
- Dr: Steingass quoted in Hughes' Dictionary of Islam, p. 528.

In making the present attempt to improve on the performance of my predecessors, and to produce
something which might be accepted as echoing however faintly the sublime rhetoric of the Arabic
Koran, I have been at pain to study the intricate and richly varied rhythms which-apart from the
message itself-constitute the Koran's undeniable claim to rank amongst the greatest literary
masterpieces of mankind ... This very characteristic feature-"that inimitable symphony" as the
believing Pickthall described his Holy Book, "the very sounds of which move men to tears and
ecstasy"-has been almost totally ignored by previous translators; it is therefore not surprising that
what they have wrought sounds dull and net indeed in comparison with the splendidly decorated
-Arthur J Arberry
The Koran Interpreted London: Oxford University Press, 1964,p.X

A totally objective examination [of the Qur'an] in the light of modern knowledge leads us to
recognize the agreement between the two, as has been already noted on repeated occasions. It
makes us deem it quite unthinkable for a man of Muhammad's time to have been the author of such
statements, on account of the state of knowledge in his day Such considerations are part of what
gives the Qur'anic revelation its unique place, and forces the impartial scientist to admit his inability
to provide an explanation which calls solely upon materialistic reasoning.

"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our
people..." HILLARY RODMAN CLINTON, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996, p.3

Already more than a billion-people strong, Islam is the worlds fastest-growing religion. ABCNEWS,

"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the country." NEWSDAY, March 7, 1989, p.4

"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in the United States..." NEW YORK TIMES, Feb 21, 1989, p.1

Moslems are the world's fastest-growing group..." USA TODAY, The population referance bureau,
Feb. 17, 1989, p.4A

"Muhammed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities. " Encyclopedia

"There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now." Dan Rathers, ABCNEWS

"Islam is the fastest growing religion in North America." TIMES MAGAZINE

"Islam continues to grow in America, and no one can doubt that!" CNN, December 15, 1995

"The religion of Islam is growing faster than any other religion in the world." MIKE WALLACE, 60

"Five to 6 million strong, Muslims in America already outnumber Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and
Mormons, and they are more numerous than Quakers, Unitarians, Seventh-day Adventists,
Mennonites, Jehovah's Witnesses, and Christian Scientists, combined. Many demographers say Islam
has overtaken Judaism as the country's second-most commonly practiced religion; others say it is in
the passing lane." JOHAN BLANK, USNEWS (7/20/98)

"In fact, religion experts say Islam is the second-largest religion in the United States... Islam has 5
million to 6 million members, followed by Judaism, with approximately 4.5 million..... And Islam is
believed to be fastest-growing religion in the country, with half its expansion coming from new
immigrants and the other half from conversions." By ELSA C. ARNETT Knight-Ridder News Service

Professor Keith Moore, one of the worlds prominent scientists of anatomy and embryology.
University of Toronto, Canada It has been a great pleasure for me to help clarify statements in the
Quraan about human development. It is clear to me that these statements must have come to
Muhammad from God, or 'Allah', because almost all of this knowledge was not discovered until
many centuries later. This proves to me that Muhammad must have been a messenger of Allah.

"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. If they unite, the hope of a peaceful issue is immeasurably
enhanced. But if Europe, by rejecting the cooperation of Islam, throws it into the arms of its rivals,
the issue can only be disastrous for both." --H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, London, 1932, p. 379.

"It (Islam) replaced monkishness by manliness. It gives hope to the slave, brotherhood to mankind,
and recognition of the fundamental facts of human nature." --Canon Taylor, Paper read before the
Church Congress at Walverhamton, Oct. 7, 1887; Quoted by Arnoud in THE PREACHING OF ISLAM,
pp. 71-72.

The founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one spiritual empire, that is Muhammed. As
regards all standards by which human greatness may be measured, we may well ask, is there any
man greater than he? " Lamartine, Historie de la Turquie, Paris 1854, Vol. 11 pp. 276-2727

"If a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed
in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness." George Bernard

"How, for instance, can any other appeal stand against that of the Moslem who, in approaching the
pagan, says to him, however obscure or degraded he may be 'Embrace the faith, and you are at once
equal and a brother.' Islam knows no color line." (S. S. Leeder, VEILED MYSTERIES OF EGYPT)

Professor William W. Hay is one of the best known marine scientists in the United States. satellite
photography and emote-sensing techniques. Professor Hay replied: I find it very interesting that this
sort of information is in the ancient scripture of the Holy Quraan, and I have no way of knowing
where they would come from, but I think it is extremely interesting that they are there and that this
work is going on to discover it, the meaning of some of the passages. Professor Hay: Well, I would
think it must be the divine being!

Professor Yushudi Kusan: Director of the Tokyo Observatory,
I can say, I am very mush impressed by finding true astronomical facts in the Quraan.

Professor Alfred Kroner who is one of the worlds most famous geologists
"Thinking about many of these questions and thinking where Muhammad came from, he was after
all a bedouin. I think it is almost impossible that he could have known about things like the common
origin of the universe, because scientists have only found out within the last few years with very
complicated and advanced technological methods that this is the case.

Dr. T.V.N. Persaud is a Professor of Anatomy and Head of the Department of Anatomy, and a
professor of Pediatrics and Child Health, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He
is the author or editor of 25 books, and has published over 181 scientific papers. In 1991, he
received the most distinguished award presented in the field of anatomy in Canada. "It seems to me
that Muhammad was a very ordinary man. He could not read or write. In fact, he was illiterate. We
are talking about 1400 years ago. You have someone who was illiterate making profound
pronouncement and statements and are amazingly accurate about scientific nature. I personally
cannot see how this could be mere chance. There are too many accuracys and, like Dr. Moore, I
have no difficulty in my mind in concerning that this is a divine inspiration or revelation which led
him to these statements."

Joe Leigh Simpson, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the North Western University in
Chicago in the United States of America. Professor Simpson said: It follows, I think, that not only is
there no conflict between genetics and religion, but in fact religion can guide science by adding
revelation to some traditional scientific approaches. That there exists statements in the Quraan
shown by science to be valid, which supports knowledge in the Quraan having been derived from

Professor Palmer a scientist from the U.S.
We need research into the history of early Middle Eastern oral traditions to know whether in fact
such historical events have been reported. If there is no such record, it strengthens the belief that
Allah transmitted through Muhammad bits of his knowledge that we have only discovered for
ourselves in recent times. We look forward to a continuing dialogue on the topic of science in the
Quraan in the context of geology. Thank you very much.

Professor Tagata Tagasone, formerly Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology at the
University of Shiang Mai in Thailand. He is now the Dean of the College of the Medicine at the
University. From my studies and from what I have learned throughout this conference, I believe
that everything that has been recorded in the Quraan 1400 years ago must be the truth, that can be
proved by the scientific means. Since the Prophet Muhammad could neither read nor write,
Muhammad must be a messenger who relayed this truth which was revealed to him as an
enlightenment by the One Who is an eligible Creator. This Creator must be Allah, or Allah. Therefore,
I think this is the time to say Laa ilaaha illallah, that there is no Allah to worship except Allah,
Muhammad Rasool Allah, Muhammad is messenger of Allah...

Professor Armstrong, Scientist works at NASA, I am impressed that how remarkably some of the
ancient writings seem to correspond to modern and recent Astronomy. There may well have to be
something beyond what we understand as ordinary human experience to account for the writings
that we have seen.

Professor Dorja Rao, It is difficult to imagine that this type of knowledge was existing at that time,
around 1400 years back. May be some of the things they have simple idea about, but do describe
those things in great detail is very difficult. So, this is definitely not a simple human knowledge.

"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." --Michael H. Hart, THE 100: A RANKING OF THE
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN HISTORY, New York: Hart Publishing Company, Inc., 1978, p. 33.

"No other society has such a record of success in uniting in an equality of status, of opportunity and
endeavour so many and so varied races of mankind. The great Muslim communities of Africa, India
and Indonesia, perhaps also the small community in Japan, show that Islam has still the power to
reconcile apparently irreconcilable elements of race and tradition. If ever the opposition of the great
societies of the East and west is to be replaced by cooperation, the mediation of Islam is an
indispensable condition." (H.A.R. Gibb, WHITHER ISLAM, p. 379)

The nation's claim to be a Christian country is about to meet its first challenge: the number of
practising Muslims is set to overtake Anglican Christians.... There has also been a number of high-
profile conversions to Islam from Christianity. These include Mike Tyson, the former world champion
boxer; Chris Eubank, the British middleweight boxing champion, who has changed his name to
Hamdan; and Cat Stevens, the pop musician, who calls himself Yousef Islam.... Prince Charles
courted controversy earlier this year when he reaffirmed his claim that when he succeeds the
throne, he does not wish to be the defender of only the Christian faith. Rajeev Syal and Christopher
Morgan Sunday Times (London, U.K.)

"I have studied him - the wonderful man - and in my opinion far from being an anti-Christ he must be
called the saviour of humanity. " George Bernard Shaw in "The Genuine Islam"

"Muhammad, the inspired man who founded Islam, was born about A.D. 570 into an Arabian tribe
that worshipped idols. Orphaned at birth, he was always particularly solicitous of the poor and
needy, the widow and the orphan, the slave and the downtrodden. At twenty, he was already a
successful businessman, and soon became director of camel caravans for a wealthy widow. When
he reached twenty-five, his employer, recognizing his merit, proposed marriage. Even though she
was fifteen years older, he married her, and as long as she lived, remained a devoted husband. "Like
almost every major prophet before him, Muhammad fought shy of serving as the transmitter of
God's word, sensing his own inadequacy. But the angel commanded 'Read.' So far as we know,
Muhammad was unable to read or write, but he began to dictate those inspired words which would
soon revolutionize a large segment of the earth: 'There is one God.' "In all things Muhammad was
profoundly practical. When his beloved son Ibrahim died, an eclipse occurred, and rumours of God's
personal condolence quickly arose. Whereupon Muhammad is said to have announced, 'An eclipse
is a phenomenon of nature. It is foolish to attribute such things to the death or birth of a human
being. "At Muhammad's own death an attempt was made to deify him, but the man who was to
become his administrative successor killed the hysteria with one of the noblest speeches in religious
history: 'If there are any among you who worshipped Muhammad, he is dead. But if it is God you
worshipped, He lives forever." --James A. Michener, "Islam: The Misunderstood Religion," in
READER'S DIGEST (American edition), May 1955, pp. 68-70.

"In little more than a year he was actually the spiritual, nominal and temporal rule of Medina, with
his hands on the lever that was to shake the world." John Austin, "Muhammad the Prophet of
Allah," in T.P. 's and Cassel's Weekly for 24th September 1927.

"Everything made so much sense. This is the beauty of the Qur'an; it asks you to reflect and
reason....When I read the Qur'an further, it talked about prayer, kindness and charity. I was not a
Muslim yet, but I felt the only answer for me was the Qur'an and God had sent it to me." Cat Stevens
(YusufIslam), former British pop star.

"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 . . . " John William
Draper, M.D., L.L.D., A History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, London 1875, Vol.1,

"Muhammad was the soul of kindness, and his influence was felt and never forgotten by those
around him." Diwan Chand Sharma, The Prophets of the East, Calcutta 1935, p. l 22.

"People like Pasteur and Salk are leaders in the first sense. People like Gandhi and Confucius, on one
hand, and Alexander, Caesar and Hitler on the other, are leaders in the second and perhaps the third
sense. Jesus and Buddha belong in the third category alone. Perhaps the greatest leader of all times
was Mohammed, who combined all three functions. To a lesser degree, Moses did the same."
Professor Jules Masserman

Ahmed Versi, editor of the weekly Muslim News, said the growth of Islam has been constant: "The
younger generation of Muslims that I have encountered is becoming more aware of its Muslim
identity and is therefore practising its faith with vigour."

"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..." (A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, p. 205)

"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." --Lectures on "The Ideals of Islam;" see SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF SAROJINI
NAIDU, Madras, 1918, p. 167.

"History makes it clear however, that the legend of fanatical Muslims sweeping through the world
and forcing Islam at the point of the sword upon conquered races is one of the most fantastically
absurd myths that historians have ever repeated." --De Lacy O'Leary, ISLAM AT THE CROSSROADS,
London, 1923, p. 8.

"The Muslim community is much more aware of its religion and the use that religion plays within its
community." Dr Peter Brierley, executive director of the Christian Research Association, a London-
based charity

"I 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 for from being an anti-Christ, 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 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." --G.B. Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1,
No. 81936.

"A growing number of Muslims in America, more than 40 percent are African-American," Charles
Bierbauer, from the Senior Washington Correspondent

"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." --A.J. Toynbee, CIVILIZATION ON TRIAL, New York, 1948, p. 205.

"The rise of Islam is perhaps the most amazing event in human history. Springing from a land and a
people like previously negligible, Islam spread within a century over half the earth, shattering great
empires, overthrowing long established religions, remoulding the souls of races, and building up a
whole new world - world of Islam.

"The closer we examine this development the more extraordinary does it appear. The other great
religions won their way slowly, by painful struggle and finally triumphed with the aid of powerful
monarchs converted to the new faith. Christianity had its Constantine, Buddhism its Asoka, and
Zoroastrianism its Cyrus, each lending to his chosen cult the mighty force of secular authority. Not
so Islam. Arising in a desert land sparsely inhabited by a nomad race previously undistinguished in
human annals, Islam sallied forth on its great adventure with the slenderest human backing and
against the heaviest material odds. Yet Islam triumphed with seemingly miraculous ease, and a
couple of generations saw the Fiery Crescent borne victorious from the Pyrenees to the Himalayas
and from the desert of Central Asia to the deserts of Central Africa." --A.M.L. Stoddard, quoted in
ISLAM - THE RELIGION OF ALL PROPHETS, Begum Bawani Waqf, Karachi, Pakistan, p. 56.

"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 Quran 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.'" --W.
Montgomery Watt, ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY TODAY, London, 1983, p. ix.

'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." --Edward Gibbon
and Simon Ocklay, HISTORY OF THE SARACEN EMPIRE, London, 1870, p. 54.

"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." --Bosworth Smith,

"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." --W. Montgomery Watt, MOHAMMAD AT MECCA, Oxford, 1953, p. 52.

"The doctrine of brotherhood of Islam extends to all human beings, no matter what color, race or
creed. Islam is the only religion which has been able to realize this doctrine in practice. Muslims
wherever on the world they are will recognize each other as brothers." Mr. R. L. Mellema, Holland,
Anthropologist, Writer and Scholar.

"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." --Annie Besant, THE LIFE AND
TEACHINGS OF MUHAMMAD, Madras, 1932, p. 4.

"The essential and definite element of my conversion to Islam was the Qur'an. I began to study it
before my conversion with the critical spirit of a Western intellectual .... There are certain verses of
this book, the Qur'an, revealed more than thirteen centuries ago, which teach exactly the same
notions as the most modern scientific researches do. This definitely converted me."
Ali Selman Benoist, France, Doctor of Medicine.

"I have read the Sacred Scriptures of every religion; nowhere have I found what I encountered in
Islam: perfection. The Holy Qur'an, compared to any other scripture I have read, is like the Sun
compared to that of a match. I firmly believe that anybody who reads the Word of Allah with a mind
that is not completely closed to Truth, will become a Muslim." Saifuddin Dirk Walter Mosig, U. S.A.

"The universal brotherhood of Islam, regardless of race, politics, color or country, has been brought
home to me most keenly many times in my life -- and this is another feature which drew me towards
the Faith." Col. Donald S. Rockwell, U.S.A. Poet, Critic and Author.

"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." (pg 253) Jared Diamond a world renowned UCLA sociologist, and
physiologist won the Pulitzer Prize for his book: "Guns, Germs, and Steel."

"No calamity befalls on the earth or in yourselves but it is inscribed in the Book of Decrees (Al-Lauh
Al-Mahfuz) before We bring it into existence. Verily, that is easy for Allaah." "In order that you may
not grieve at the things over that you fail to get, nor rejoice over that which has been given to you.
And Allaah likes not prideful boasters" [Translation of the meaning of Surah al-Hadid, Ayah 22-23]