25 August 2014 A.D. Quotations on Islam from Notable Non-Muslims
Quotations on Islam from Notable Non-Muslims
The following sourced quotations are particularly useful, as many apologists like to commit the logical fallacy of appealing to authority by using (very often out-of-context or false) quotes attributed to various noteworthy non-Muslim individuals, in an attempt to propagate their faith.
Kemal Atatürk • Thomas Jefferson • Pope Benedict XVI
Richard Dawkins • Anthony Flew • John Quincy Adams
- 1 Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi
- 2 Adolf Hitler
- 3 Alexis de Tocqueville
- 4 André Servier
- 5 Angela Carter
- 6 Anthony Flew
- 7 Apostolos Euangelou Vacalopoulos
- 8 Arthur Jeffery
- 9 Arthur Schopenhauer
- 10 Bhavishya Purana
- 11 Benedict XVI
- 12 Bernard Lewis
- 13 Bertrand Russell
- 14 Bill Maher
- 15 Blaise Pascal
- 16 Carey Cash
- 17 Carl Jung
- 18 Charles-Louis Montesquieu
- 19 Christopher Hitchens
- 20 Christopher Marlowe
- 21 Dante Alighieri
- 22 David Cook
- 23 David Hume
- 24 David Samuel Margoliouth
- 25 Dayanand Saraswati
- 26 Doctrina Jacobi
- 27 Edward Freeman
- 28 Edward Gibbon
- 29 Edward William Lane
- 30 Emeka Ojukwu
- 31 Frank Miller
- 32 Frank Zappa
- 33 Gene Simmons
- 34 George Bernard Shaw
- 35 George S. Patton
- 36 G. H. Bousquet
- 37 Gerd Puin
- 38 G. K. Chesterton
- 39 Haran Gawaitha
- 40 Jacques Ellul
- 41 Joe A
- 42 John Adams
- 43 John Calvin
- 44 John R. Newman
- 45 John Quincy Adams
- 46 John Wesley
- 47 Jonathan Edwards
- 48 Louis Bertrand
- 49 Maimonides
- 50 Manuel II Palaiologos
- 51 Mark Twain
- 52 Michael Cook
- 53 Michael H. Hart
- 54 Muhammad Sven Kalisch
- 55 Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
- 56 Omar Khayyám
- 57 Oriana Fallaci
- 58 Penn Jillette
- 59 Rabindranath Tagore
- 60 Richard Dawkins
- 61 Robert Redeker
- 62 Rory Bremner
- 63 Salman Rushdie
- 64 Salomon Reinach
- 65 Sam Harris
- 66 Sibel Kekilli
- 67 Simon Ockley
- 68 Speros Vryonis Jr.
- 69 Stephen Harper
- 70 Theodore Roosevelt
- 71 Theodor Nöldeke
- 72 Thomas Aquinas
- 73 Thomas Carlyle
- 74 Thomas Jefferson
- 75 Tony Blair
- 76 Turan Dursun
- 77 Urban II
- 78 Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
- 79 Will Durant
- 80 William Ewart Gladstone
- 81 William Hay
- 82 William Montgomery Watt
- 83 William Muir
- 84 Winston Churchill
- 85 Winston S. Churchill
- 86 Wole Soyinka
- 87 See Also
- 88 External Links
- 89 References
Abu Bakr Muhammad al-Razi
Muhammad ibn Zakariyā Rāzī (865 – 925 AD) was a Persian physician, alchemist, chemist, philosopher, and scholar.
Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, commonly known as the Nazi Party.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville (1805 – 1859) was a French political thinker and historian best known for his Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution.
André Servier was an historian who lived in French Algeria at the beginning of the 20th century.
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Angela Carter (1940 – 1992) was an English novelist and journalist. In 2008, The Times ranked Carter tenth in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". In 2012, Nights at the Circus was selected as the best ever winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize.
Antony Garrard Newton Flew (1923 – 2010) was a British philosopher. He was also known for the development of the no true Scotsman fallacy.
Apostolos Euangelou Vacalopoulos
Arthur Jeffery (1892 – 1959) was an Australian professor of Semitic languages first at the School of Oriental Studies in Cairo, and from 1938 until his death jointly at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He is the author of extensive historical studies of Middle Eastern manuscripts.
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) was an influencial German philosopher, known for his pessimism and philosophical clarity.
The Bhavishya Purana is one of the eighteen major Hindu Puranas. It is written in Sanskrit and attributed to Rishi Vyasa, the compiler of the Vedas.
That city is known as their site of pilgrimage, a place which was Madina or free from intoxication. Having a form of a ghost (Bhuta), the expert illusionist Mahamada (Muhammad) appeared at night in front of king Bhojaraja and said: O king, your religion is of course known as the best religion among all. Still I am going to establish a terrible and demoniac religion by the order of the Lord . The symptoms of my followers will be that they first of all will cut their genitals, have no shikha, but having beard, be wicked, make noise loudly and eat everything. They should eat animals without performing any rituals. This is my opinion. They will perform purificatory act with the musala or a pestle as you purify your things with kusha. Therefore, they will be known as musalman, the corrupters of religion. Thus the demoniac religion will be founded by me. After having heard all this the king came back to his palace and that ghost (Muhammad) went back to his place.
Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on April 16, 1927) is Pope Emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013.
Bernard Lewis, FBA (born May 31, 1916) is a British-American scholar in Oriental studies, and political commentator. He is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor Emeritus of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He specializes in the history of Islam and the interaction between Islam and the West, and is especially famous in academic circles for his works on the history of the Ottoman Empire.
Bertrand Arthur William Russell (1872 – 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, socialist, pacifist, and social critic, who is considered to be one of the founders of analytic philosophy.
William "Bill" Maher, Jr. (born January 20, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian, television host, political commentator, author and actor. Maher currently ranks number 38 on Comedy Central's 100 greatest stand-ups of all time, and has a Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher.
Rev. Carey Cash is a US Navy chaplain currently assigned to Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat. He is often referred to as "President Obama's pastor".
Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961) was the Swiss founder of analytical psychology. He created some of the best known psychological concepts and his work has been influential in psychiatry and in the study of religion, literature, and related fields.
Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu (1689 – 1755), was a French social commentator and political thinker.
Christopher Eric Hitchens (1949 – 2011) was an English-American author and journalist. His books, essays, and journalistic career have spanned more than four decades, making him a public intellectual, and a staple of talk shows and lecture circuits. He has been a columnist and literary critic at The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, Slate, World Affairs, The Nation, Free Inquiry, and a variety of other media outlets.
Christopher Marlowe (1564 – 1593) was an English poet and translator of the Elizabethan era, who also rivalled Shakespeare as the most powerful dramatist of the Elizabethan period.
Dante Alighieri (1265 – 1321), also known as "the Supreme Poet", was an Italian poet. His Divine Comedy is often considered the greatest literary work ever composed in the Italian language and a masterpiece of world literature. Below is Dante's description of Muhammad and Ali in Hell.
David B. Cook is a religious scholar and author from Rice University in Houston with a focus on Islamic history and Muslim apocalyptic literature.
David Hume (1711 – 1776) was a Scottish philosopher and historian, regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment.
David Samuel Margoliouth
David Samuel Margoliouth (1858 – 1940) was an orientalist who was described as a brilliant editor and translator of Arabic works. He was briefly active as a priest in the Church of England. He was Laudian Professor of Arabic at the University of Oxford from 1889 to 1937.
His career as tyrant of Medina is that of a robber chief, whose political economy consists in securing and dividing plunder ... He is himself an unbridled libertine and encourages the same passion in his followers. For whatever he does he is prepared to plead the express authorization of the deity. It is, however, impossible to find any doctrine which he is not prepared to abandon in order to secure a political end…This is a disagreeable picture for the founder of a religion, and it cannot be pleaded that it is a picture drawn by an enemy…
Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati (1824-1883) was an Indian Sage who is considered to be the most important Hindu religious leader of his time.
The Doctrina Jacobi (or 'Teaching of Jacob'), is a 7th century Greek Christian polemical tract written sometime between 634-640 AD. The text provides one of the earliest external accounts of Islam.
Edward Augustus Freeman (1823 – 1892) was an English historian, architectural artist, liberal politician during the late-19th-century heyday of William Gladstone, and a one-time candidate for Parliament.
Edward Gibbon (1737 – 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources.
Edward William Lane
Edward William Lane (1801 — 1876) was a British Orientalist, translator and lexicographer. Lane's Arabic-English Lexicon remains the world's most revered and scholarly dictionary of the Arabic language.
Emeka Ojukwu (1933 - 2011) was the only president of the short lived Republic of Biafra.
Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American comic book artist, writer and film director. He is often regarded as one of the greatest comic artists of all time.
Frank Vincent Zappa (1940 – 1993) was a critically acclaimed musician, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gene Simmons (born August 25, 1949) is an American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and actor. He is the bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist of the legendary rock band Kiss.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. He is the only person to have been awarded both a Nobel Prize for Literature (1925) and an Oscar (1938).
George S. Patton
George Smith Patton, Jr. (1885 – 1945 AD) was a United States Army officer most famous for his leadership commanding corps and armies as a general in World War II.
G. H. Bousquet
G. H. Bousquet was a great 20th century scholar of Islamic law.
Gerd Rüdiger Puin (born 1940) is a German scholar and one of the world’s leading authorities on Qur'anic historical orthography, the study and scholarly interpretation of ancient manuscripts. He is also specialist in Arabic paleography. He was a lecturer based at Saarland University, in Saarbrücken Germany.
G. K. Chesterton
Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874 – 1936) was an English writer. His prolific and diverse output included philosophy, ontology, poetry, play writing, journalism, public lecturing and debating, biography, Christian apologetics, fantasy and detective fiction.
The Haran Gawaitha is a Mandaean text written during the 7th to 9th century and contains some of the earliest non-Muslim references to Muhammad.
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Jacques Ellul (1912 – 1994) was a French philosopher, law professor, sociologist, lay theologian, and Christian anarchist.
...the jihad is an institution. and not an event, that is to say it is a part of the normal functioning of the Muslim world... The conquered populations change status (they become dhimmis), and the shari'a tends to be put into effect integrally, overthrowing the former law of the country. The conquered territories do not simply change "owners."
Joe A is a British pornography producer notable for his focus on the "Indian" or "Asian" niche market.
John Adams (1735 – 1826) was an American Founding Father and the second President of the United States (1797–1801). The following is taken from the preface of the Qur'an owned by him:
John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was an influential French theologian and pastor during the Protestant Reformation, and a principal figure in the development of Calvinism. Originally trained as a humanist lawyer, he broke from the Roman Catholic Church around 1530.
John R. Newman
John R. Newman is an historian of religions who specializes in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. His research focuses on the Vajrayana Buddhist Kalachakra Tantra ("Wheel of Time system of mysticism") tradition.
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams (1767 – 1848) was the sixth President of the United States. He was also an American diplomat and served in both the Senate and House of Representatives.
John Wesley (1703 – 1791), was a theologian and founder of the English Methodist movement.
Jonathan Edwards (1703 – 1758) was a preacher, theologian, and missionary to Native Americans. Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals.
Louis Bertrand (1866 – 1941) was a French novelist, historian and essayist. He was the third member elected to occupy seat 4 of the Académie française in 1925.
It is only a superficial knowledge that has been able to accept without critical examination the belief current among Christians during the Middle Ages, which attributed to Islam the Greek science and philosophy of which Christianity had no longer any knowledge. In the centuries that have followed, the Sectarian spirit has found it to be to its interest to confirm and propagate this error. In its hatred of Christianity it has had to give Islam the honour of what was the invention, and, if we may so express it, the personal property of our intellectual ancestors.
On the influence of Islam on Christian Europe:
Moses ben-Maimon called Maimonides (1135 – 1204) was a preeminent medieval Jewish philosopher and one of the greatest Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages.
Manuel II Palaiologos
Manuel II Palaiologos or Palaeologus (1350 – 1425) was the Byzantine emperor from 1391 to 1425.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 – 1910), well known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted, and was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
Michael Cook (born in 1940) is the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He is widely considered "among the most outstanding scholars on the history of Islam", and is the author of several classic works on Muhammad and early Islamic theology.
Michael H. Hart
Michael H. Hart (born April 28, 1932 in New York City) is a Jewish American astrophysicist who has also written three books on history and controversial articles on a variety of subjects. Muhammad's success as a warlord and conqueror were one of Hart's biggest reasons for placing him as the most influential person in history.
Muhammad Sven Kalisch
Muhammad Sven Kalisch is a Professor at Münster University, one of Germany's oldest and most respected universities. In 2004 he went on to become Germany's first ever professor of Islamic theology.
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk
Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881 – 1938) was a Turkish army officer, revolutionary statesman, writer, and founder of the Republic of Turkey as well as its first president.
Omar Khayyám (1048 – 1131 AD), was a Persian polymath, mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, physician, and poet. He wrote treatises on mechanics, geography, and music.
If Allah be, He keeps His secret well;
What He hath hidden, who shall hope to find?
Shall God His secret to a maggot tell?
The Koran! well, come put me to the test—
Lovely old book in hideous error drest—
Believe me, I can quote the Koran too,
The unbeliever knows his Koran best.
And do you think that unto such as you,
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew,
God gave the secret, and denied it me?—
Well, well, what matters it! believe that too.
Oriana Fallaci (1929 – 2006) was an Italian journalist, author, and political interviewer. A former partisan during World War II, she had a long and successful journalistic career, interviewing many internationally known leaders and celebrities.
Penn Fraser Jillette (born March 5, 1955) is an American illusionist, comedian, musician, and best-selling author known for his work with fellow magician Teller in the team Penn & Teller.
Rabindranath Tagore (1861 – 1941) was a Bengali polymath who reshaped his region's literature and music. The composer of both the national anthem of India as well as the national anthem of Bangladesh, he became the first non-European to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Clinton Richard Dawkins (born March 26, 1941), is a British ethologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science author. He was formerly Professor for Public Understanding of Science at Oxford and was a fellow of New College, Oxford.
Robert Redeker is a philosophy teacher and writer for Le Figaro.
After the article Mr. Redeker received numerous death threads and had to go in to hiding under police protection.
Roderick "Rory" Keith Ogilvy Bremner, FKC (born April 6, 1961) is a Scottish impressionist, playwright and award-winning comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of prominent British politicians.
Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie (born June 19, 1947) is a British-Indian novelist and essayist. He achieved notability with his second novel, Midnight's Children (1981), which won the Booker Prize in 1981.
Salomon Reinach (1858 – 1932) was a French archaeologist, who made valuable archaeological discoveries at Myrina near Smyrna in 1880-82, at Cyme in 1881, at Thasos, Imbros and Lesbos (1882), at Carthage and Meninx (1883-84), at Odessa (1893) and elsewhere. He received honours from the chief learned societies of Europe.
Sam Harris, Ph.D (born 1967) is an American non-fiction writer, CEO, and winner of the prestigeous PEN Martha Albrand Award (2005).
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While the other major world religions have been fertile sources of intolerance, it is clear that the doctrine of Islam poses unique problems for the emergence of a global civilization. The world, from the point of view of Islam, is divided into the “House of Islam” and the “House of War,” and this latter designation should indicate how Muslims believe their differences with those who do not share their faith will be ultimately resolved. While there are undoubtedly some moderate Muslims who have decided to overlook the irrescindable militancy of their religion, Islam is undeniably a religion of conquest. The only future devout Muslims can envisage—as Muslims—is one in which all infidels have been converted to Islam, politically subjugated, or killed. The tenets of Islam simply do not admit of anything but a temporary sharing of power with the “enemies of God.” Devout Muslims can have no doubt about the reality of Paradise or about the efficacy of martyrdom as a means of getting there. Nor can they question the wisdom and reasonableness of killing people for what amount to theological grievances. In Islam, it is the moderate who is left to split hairs, because the basic thrust of the doctrine is undeniable: convert, subjugate, or kill unbelievers; kill apostates; and conquer the world.
Sibel Kekilli (born 16 June 1980) is a German actress of Turkish background. For her performances, she was awarded twice with the most prestigious German movie award, the Lola, and she also received the Best Actress award at Turkey's most important national film festival.
Simon Ockley (1678 – 1720) was chosen Adams Professor of Arabic at Cambridge University in 1711. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A. in 1697, MA. in 1701, and B.D. in 1710.
Speros Vryonis Jr.
Speros Vryonis Jr. (born 1928) is an American author and historian of Greek descent and a specialist in Greek and Byzantine history. He is professor emeritus of history at UCLA, the former Director of the Speros Basil Vryonis Center for the Study of Hellenism and is currently the AHIF Senior Fellow for Hellenism and for Greek and Turkish Studies.
Stephen Joseph Harper PC MP (born April 30, 1959) is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt (1858 – 1919) was the 26th President of the United States (1901 – 1909). Historians typically rank Roosevelt among the top five American presidents of all time.
Theodor Nöldeke (1836 – 1930) was a celebrated German Semitic scholar, who in 1859 won the prize of the French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres for his "History of the Qur'an".
Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274), an immensely influential philosopher and theologian.
Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) was a Scottish satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher during the Victorian era.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826) was the third President of the United States, and the principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was one of the most influential Founding Fathers, known for his promotion of the ideals of republicanism in the United States.
In reference to the Islamic slave trade of Americans and Europeans by the Barbary states, Jefferson asked Tripoli's envoy to London, Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdrahaman, by what right he extorted money and took slaves in this way. He answered:
Jefferson later went to war with the Barbary states.
Tony Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He led Labour to a landslide victory in 1997. The party went on to win two more elections under his leadership, in 2001 and 2005.
Turan Dursun (1934 – 4 September 1990) was a Turkish Islamic scholar and writer. He was also formerly the Mufti of Sivas, before becoming an atheist and his eventual assassination.
Pope Blessed Urban II (ca. 1035 – 29 July 1099), born Otho de Lagery (alternatively: Otto, Odo or Eudes), was Pope from 12 March 1088 until his death on 29 July 1099. Regarding the first Crusade:
Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
François-Marie Arouet (1694 – 1778), better known by the pen name Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer and philosopher famous for his wit and for his advocacy of civil liberties, including freedom of religion and free trade.
William James Durant (1885 – 1981) was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher. The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, has been described as a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy.
William Ewart Gladstone
William Ewart Gladstone (1809 – 1898) was a British Liberal statesman. He served as Prime Minister four separate times (1868–1874, 1880–1885, February–July 1886 and 1892–1894), more than any other person.
William Hay was formerly the Professor of Oceanography at the University of Colorado, USA. He is notable for having been quote-mined and misrepresented since the 1980's by Muslim apologists making claims of scientific Qur'an "miracles".
William Hay: That's a misrepresentation. There's no question about that. ... Most of them [alleged scientific miracles in the Qur'an] are things that I would think that if God wanted to make a great revelation, these are not things that I would have expected, because they are all readily absurd.
William Montgomery Watt
William Montgomery Watt (1909 – 2006) was a Scottish historian, an Emeritus Professor in Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Watt was one of the foremost non-Muslim interpreters of Islam in the West, was an enormously influential scholar in the field of Islamic studies and a much-revered name for many Muslims all over the world.
Sir William Muir, KCSI (1819 – 1905) was a Scottish historian and writer specialising in the history of the time of Muhammad and the early caliphate.
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (1874 – 1965) was a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II. He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders, and was voted the greatest Briton of all time.
The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men. Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities - but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilisation of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilisation of ancient Rome.
Winston S. Churchill
Winston Spencer-Churchill (October 10, 1940 – March 2, 2010), generally known as Winston Churchill, was a British politician, and a grandson of former Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.
Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka (born July 13, 1934) is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright. In 1986, he became the first African to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1994, he was designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the promotion of African culture, human rights, freedom of expression, media and communication.
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