Prophet Muhammad’s Sayings

Sir George Bernard Shaw said: “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 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.” (‘The Genuine Islam’. Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936)

Here are some of Muhammad’s speeches:

“Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies.”

“A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.”

“There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.”

“What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.”

“The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.”

“If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.”

“When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: ‘Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath.”

“Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.”

“Son, if you are able, keep your heart from morning till night and from night till morning free from malice towards anyone.’ Then the Prophet said: ‘O my son! This is one of my laws, and he, who loves my laws verily loves me.’”

“Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.”

“Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.”

“When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.”

“If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.”

“O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth.”

“It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.”

“Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.”

“Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you.”

“It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.”

“Once a man, who was passing through a road, found a branch of a tree with torns obstructing it. The man removed the thorns from the way. Allah thanked him and forgave his sins.”

“Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.”

“Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.”

“Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures.”

“A true Muslim is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.”

“A Muslim who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation.”

“Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you.”

“Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.”

“The best richness is the richness of the soul.”

“Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood.”

“Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.”

“Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh.”

“Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him.”

“Once the Prophet was asked: ‘Tell us, which action is dearest to Allah?’ He answered: ‘To do your prayer at its proper time.’ Again he was asked: ‘What comes next?’ Mohammed said: ‘To show kindness to parents.’ ‘Then what?’ he was asked, ‘To strive for the cause of Allah!’”

“When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him.”

“Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man.”

“All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.”

“Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.”

“You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.”

“He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother.”

“I am leaving two things among you, and if you cling to them firmly you will never go astray; one is the Book of Allah and the other is my way of life.”

“Allah is One and likes Unity.”

“The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.”

“The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.”

“He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.”

“No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself.”

“To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life.”

“Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.”

“The proof of a Muslim’s sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business.”

“Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.”

“Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.”

Our Lord declared, “I have never endowed My servants with a favor, without a group among them disbelieving in it and saying, ‘Stars, it was due to the stars.’”

“The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.”

“Acquire Knowledge. It enables its possessor to distinguish right from wrong. It lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our society in solitude, our compassion when friendless. It guides us to happiness. It sustains us in misery. It is an ornament among friends and an armour against enemies.”

“Your Lord delights at a shepherd who, on the peak of a mountain crag, gives the call to prayer and prays. Then Allah says, ‘Look at this servant of Mine. He gives the call to prayer and performs the prayers; he is in awe of Me. I will forgive My servant all his sins and admit him to Paradise.’”

When the Prophet Muhammad uttered the salutation at the end of the prayer, he would say: “O Allah, forgive me my former and latter sins, what I have kept secret and what I have done openly, and what I have done extravagantly; and what You know better than I do. You are the Advancer and the Delayer. There is no god but You.”

Muhammad said the following to some soldiers after they had left the battlefield victorious one day: “You have left the lesser jihad, now you are coming to the greater jihad. The struggle against yourself.”