Why American Psychoanalyst Jules Masserman calls Muhammad ﷺ as the Greatest Leader of All Times

Jules Masserman

Jules Masserman who is a well known modem psychoanalyst of the United States, after critical study of the most influential leaders of the world, has laid down a criterion for assessment of greatness of leadership.

According to his analytical view:

Leaders must fulfill three functions – provide for the well-being of the led, provide a social organization in which people feel relatively secure, and 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. To a lesser degree Moses did the same.1

One is profoundly astonished to see that two hundred years ago in the 18th century, it was Thomas Carlyle who placed Muhammad, as the Hero of all the great Prophets, and in the 20th century, which is the age of reason and science, an American psychoanalyst acknowledged him as the greatest leader of all times, after comparing him with Alexander, Caesar. Gandhi and Confucius, even with Buddha, Jesus and Moses.

1. “Who Were History’s Greatest leaders.” Time Magazine. July 15. 1974

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Why French Historian Lamartine Challenged the World with “No man is Greater than Muhammad” ?

Lamartine

Distinguished non Muslim French historian Alphonse de Lamartine, posed a tremendous challenge to the world about Noble Prophet Muhammad. Here is the challenge in his own words;

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 modem 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. . . his 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 unity 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?1

This is a challenge for all, for the whole world and for all the times, but no one would dare to say yes in answer to this challenge until the end of time. However the only answer to this challenging question by reason and logic would always be a resounding “No.”

1. Histoire de la Turquie. Alphonse de Lamartine

Why Muhammad ﷺ is the Most Influential Person in History according to American Author Michael Hart

Michael H Hart

In recent years Michael H. Hart ranked the Noble Prophet Muhammad, at number one in his list of the one hundred most influential persons of the world who changed the course of history. He writes in his book, The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History;

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. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive”

“….The Bedouin tribesmen of Arabia had a reputation as fierce warriors. But their number was small; and plagued by disunity and internecine warfare, they had been no match for the larger armies of the kingdoms in the settled agricultural areas to the north. However, unified by Muhammad for the first time in history, and inspired by their fervent belief in the one true God, these small Arab armies now embarked upon one of the most astonishing series of conquests in human history

“….In fact, as the driving force behind the Arab conquests, he may well rank as the most influential political leader of all time…Nothing similar had occurred before Muhammad, and there is no reason to believe that the conquests would have been achieved without him

“….We see then, that the Arab conquests of the seventh century have continued to play an important role in human history, down to the present day. It is this unparalleled combination of secular and religious influence which I feel entitles Muhammad to be considered the most influential single figure in human history.”

 

Why Islam Hater H. G. Wells Thinks that Muhammad ﷺ Gave the Gift of Light & Power to the World

H G Wells

H.G. Wells (1866-1946) who is known as visionary of science, despite his antagonism against the religion of Islam, writes about the impact of the teachings of the Prophet of Islam:

From a new angle and with a fresh vigour, Islam took up that systematic development of positive knowledge which the Greeks had begun and relinquished. If the Greek was the father, then the Arab was the foster-father of the scientific method of dealing with reality, that is to say, by absolute frankness, the utmost simplicity of statement and explanation, exact record and exhaustive criticism. Through the Arabs it was, and not by the Latin route, that the modem world received that gift of light and power.”1

At another place he says;

The Islamic teachings have left great traditions for equitable and gentle dealings and behavior, and inspire people with nobility and tolerance. These are human teachings of the highest order and at the same time practicable. These teachings brought into existence a society in which hard-heartedness and collective oppression and injustice were the least as compared with all other societies preceding it….Islam is replete with gentleness, courtesy, and fraternity.”

  1. The Outline of History, London(1920)

P.S. Reader must remember that H. G. Wells is among those authors who have made many derogatory remarks about Prophet Muhammad. Here we are quoting him to reiterate the fact that even the sworn enemies of Islam have no choice but to accept the greatness of Muhammad ﷺ in one way or the other.

Why George Bernard Shaw Believed Only Path of Muhammad ﷺ has the Solution to World Problems

George Barnard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was the most significant British playwright since the 17th century, and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. His plays are permeated by his passion for social reform. In his own peculiar style, George Bernard Shaw writes about Islam and the Prophet of Islam;

If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam.”

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 far from being an anti- Christ, he must be called the Savior of Humanity.”

He writes further:

I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modem 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.1

  1. The Genuine Islam, Sir George Bernard Shaw. vol. I.no. 8, 1936

Why Muhammad ﷺ is considered as the Only Divine Ruler Ever by British Author Bosworth Smith

Bosworth Smith

R. Bosworth Smith, a renowned British writer and author, writes about the sublime status of the Noble Prophet Muhammad:

It was Muhammad, who was head of the State as well as of the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one: but he was a Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar. Without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without the palace, without a fixed revenue, if ever any man had the right to say that he ruled by a right Divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the power without its instruments and without its supports.1

He further writes:

By a fortune absolutely unique in history, Mohammed is a threefold founder of a nation, of an empire, and of a religion. Illiterate himself, scarcely able to read or write, he was yet the author* of a book which is a poem, a code of laws, a Book of Common Prayer, and a Bible in one, and is reverenced to this day by a sixth of the whole human race as a miracle of purity of style, of wisdom, and of truth. It was the one miracle claimed by Mohammed — his ‘standing miracle’ he called it; and a miracle indeed it is.2

**Muhammad is not the author of Qur’an, rather it is a revelation from Allah on His Greatest and Final Messenger Muhammad through Angel Jibrael.

  1. R. Bosworth Smith: Mohammed and Mohammedanism-Lectures at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, London 1874, p. 235
  2. R. Bosworth Smith: Mohammed and Mohammedanism-Lectures at the Royal Institute of Great Britain, London 1874, p. 237

Why Muhammad ﷺ is called the “Founder of League of Nations” by Dutch Scholar Christiaan Hurgronje

Professor Hurgronje

Christiaan Hurgronje (1857–1936) was a Dutch scholar of oriental cultures and languages. He was fluent in Arabic language and was one of the first Western scholar of oriental cultures to go on for a pilgrimage to the Holy city of Mecca in 1885. Professor Hurgronje writes:

The league of nations founded by the Prophet of Islam put the principles of international unity and human brotherhood on such universal foundations as to show candle to other nations

He continues further;

The fact is that no nation of the world can show a parallel to what Islam has done towards the realization of the idea of the League of Nations. The world has not hesitated to raise to divinity of individuals whose lives and missions have been lost in legend. Historically speaking, none of these legends achieved even a fraction of what Muhammad accomplished. And all his striving was for the sole purpose of uniting mankind for the worship of One God on the codes of moral excellence. Muhammad (PBUH) or his followers never at any time claimed that he was a son of God or the God incarnate or a man with divinity – but he always was and is even today considered as only a Messenger chosen by God.1

  1. Al-Daawah, July 2004, p 48.