The Semester at Glance

Here is the syllabus for the course. Make sure you look through it carefully and address any questions you have about it early in the semester. Remember this is the contract that binds you to the course, and spells out your duties and obligations as well as your teacher’s. To either take a look at the syllabus or print it out, click Seerah of Prophet Muhammad Syllabus.

Feel free to email me at alma0028@yahoo.com with your questions regarding the syllabus, or simply respond to this entry.

What did they [the West] say about our Prophet (saw)?

Who is this Prophet who is praised by even those who don’t follow his message? We will find out in the course of this semester insha Allah.


Thomas Carlyle in ‘Heroes and Hero Worship and the Heroic in History,’ 1840


“The lies (Western slander) which well-meaning zeal has heaped round this man (Muhammad) are disgraceful to ourselves only.”

“A silent great soul, one of that who cannot but be earnest. He was to kindle the world, the world’s Maker had ordered so.”

Reverend Bosworth Smith in ‘Muhammad and Muhammadanism,’ London, 1874.


“Head of the State as well as the Church, he was Caesar and Pope in one; but he was Pope without the Pope’s pretensions, and Caesar without the legions of Caesar, without a standing army, without a bodyguard, without a police force, without a fixed revenue. If ever a man ruled by a right divine, it was Muhammad, for he had all the powers without their supports. He cared not for the dressings of power. The simplicity of his private life was in keeping with his public life.”

Sir George Bernard Shaw in ‘The Genuine Islam,’ Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.


“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 for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior 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.”


Lawrence E. Browne in ‘The Prospects of Islam,’ 1944

“Incidentally these well-established facts dispose of the idea so widely fostered in Christian writings that the Muslims, wherever they went, forced people to accept Islam at the point of the sword.”

These are but a few. Recently Michael H. Hart in his book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History (2000) in which he says:

“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 majority of the persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centers of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations.” (3)