What they say about Muhammad?
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?
Mohammad established a system based upon true and immortal ideology.
Is there any like he?
-- Alphonse Lamartine, French historian and
philosopher, Historie de la Turquie, Paris
Philosopher, Orator, Apostle, Legislator, Warrior, Conqueror of
ideas, the Restorer of rational beliefs, the Preacher of a religion
without images, the Founder of twenty terrestrial empires and of one
heavenly Empire, that is Muhammad. As regards all standards [I
repeat, "ALL"] by which human
greatness may be measured, we may well ask, "Is there any man
greater than he?"
-- Alphonse Lamartine
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 levels.
-- Michael H. Hart, The 100, American Astrophysicist
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must fulfill three functions; provide for the
well-being of the led, provide a social organization in which people
feel relatively secure, provide them with one set of beliefs. 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.
--Jules Masserman, Professor of History and Psychoanalyst