Being an Unforgivably Protracted Debunking of George Bernard Shaw’s Views of Islam

I mentioned in the passing, in an earlier post, that I had come across a bizarre interview between George Bernard Shaw and a Saudi mystic. Firstly, a correction: the mystic in question is not Saudi as I had initially thought, but was born in Meerut, India; he was a Sufi Sheikh by the name of His Eminence Maulana Mohammed Abdul Aleem Siddiqui and was born in 1892. Here he is, looking splendid, and there is Mr Shaw himself, also looking quite splendid. In fact, when the two met, His Eminence would have been 43, while Shaw himself would have been a ripe old 79.

I wanted to write something on this interview because it has really a rather curious legacy on the internet…. Googling “george bernard shaw islam” will, in fact, bring you right to the very interview that I came across in the archive, which is faithfully reproduced in full right here. The interview, to set the record straight, is in a periodical published by the All Malaya Muslim Missionary Society in Singapore called the Genuine Islam; the interview itself was conducted while George Bernard Shaw was in Mombasa sometime between the 10th and 20th of April, 1935, and the interview was published in the January number of Vol. 1 (1936) of the periodical, which is, as far as I can ascertain, the only volume that was ever published. So far, so good.

Being The Part Where The Muslim Websites Love Bernard Shaw

However, you’ll quickly find that the most quoted part of that interview is not, in fact, any part of the interview itself, which consists for the most part of His Eminence burbling amicably on about finer points of Islamic theology (read for yourself), while Mr Shaw listens and interjects with the occasional question. It is rather from a paragraph that is excerpted out of the main body of the interview into its own quote box — except that this paragraph appears nowhere in the interview itself. It is this same paragraph that has been quoted, in all the links I provided above and more, roughly in the following few ways, labelled for convenient reference. In its most popular form:

[A] 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 Saviour 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.


[B] 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 the assimilating capacity to changing phase of existence, which can make itself appeal to every age.

Being The Part Where Truer Things Prevail

As you might ascertain from the way the quote appears and the sites it appears on, Muslims seem rather gleeful about the thumbs-up from such a prominent Western infidel as GBS. I would like, however, to give you the full, unabridged version of this quote, as it appears in the periodical itself, and it is as follows:

[C] 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 capability to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. [1] The world must doubtless attach high value to the predictions of great men like me. 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 medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance or bigotry, painted Muhammadanism in the darkest colours. They were in fact trained both to hate the man Muhammad and his religion. To them Muhammad was Anti-Christ. I have studied him — the wonderful man, and in my opinion far from being an Anti-Christ he must be called the Saviour 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. But to proceed, it was in the 19th century that honest thinkers like Carlyle, Goethe and Gibbon perceived intrinsic worth in the religion of Muhammad, and thus there was some change for the better in the European attitude towards Islam. [2] But the Europe of the present century is far advanced. It is beginning to be enamoured of the creed of Muhammad.

Being The Part In Which Uncomfortable Questions Are Asked

Firstly, it’s very clear that all online incarnations of this paragraph are hopelessly mashed up. Then there’s the line in [B] — “If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe, within the next hundred years, it could be Islam” — which seems to be a tremendous exaggeration and total restating of the line at [C:2]. Secondly, there’s already the fact I mentioned earlier, which is that this particular quote appears absolutely nowhere in the main body of the interview itself. Where did it come from? Did the interviewers specially solicit a statement from Shaw? Under what conditions? Or did they cite it from some hitherto unknown-to-me book that Shaw has written on Islam? Did they simply cobble it together out of things he said later on, over post-interview tea and smokes? Did they…write it themselves?

I have no answers to these questions, and perhaps more qualified scholars of Shaw might be able to point me in the right direction. I don’t really think the interviewers wrote the quote entirely themselves, though, for reasons that involve the line at [C:1]. The internet citations generally cut off right before this line, and looking at it, it’s easy to see why the first person who quoted it might not have wanted to include it. “The world must doubtless attach high value to the predictions of great men like me — that sounds like the sardonic, humorous Bernard Shaw I’m familiar with, but might have sounded a little too much like mockery to his enthusiastic Muslim stenographer. And perhaps it was mockery — why not? Shaw was famously irreverent; just a few years previously he had published a short story on religion which had utterly scandalized even his closest friends. It appears to have involved, among other scandalous things, an actual drawing of Muhammad (which Shaw irreverently exhorts his publisher, John Farleigh, to “keep as handsome as you can, [for] he was a princely genius…By the way, he abhorred images, and took the second commandment au pied de la lettre.”1

Being A Recounting Of The Subject’s Religious Views

Shaw nourished his fascination with religion around the early 1930s with a series of trips around the world, seemingly undertaken in large part to inspect religions in different societies — in Egypt, in Africa, in India, the Far East and Southeast Asia, North America, and at one point even to New Zealand. In 1933 he had this to say about Hinduism and Islam in a letter to the Reverend Ensor Walters:

[In Egypt and India] the apparent multiplicity of Gods is bewildering at the first glance; but you presently discover that they are all the same one God in different aspects and functions and even sexes. There is always one uttermost God who defies personification. This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world, because its one transcendent God includes all possible Gods…Hinduism is so elastic and so subtle that the profoundest Methodist and the crudest idolater are equally at home in it.

Islam is very different, being ferociously intolerant. What I may call Manifold Monotheism becomes in the minds of very simple folk an absurdly polytheistic idolatry, just as European peasants not only worship Saints and the Virgin as Gods, but will fight fanatically for their faith in the ugly little black doll who is the Virgin of their own Church against the black doll of the next village. When the Arabs had run this sort of idolatry to such extremes [that] they did this without black dolls and worshipped any stone that looked funny, Mahomet rose up at the risk of his life and insulted the stones shockingly, declaring that there is only one God, Allah, the glorious, the great… And there was to be no nonsense about toleration. You accepted Allah or you had your throat cut by someone who did accept him, and who went to Paradise for having sent you to Hell. Mahomet was a great Protestant religious force, like George Fox or Wesley….

There is actually a great Hindu sect, the Jains, with Temples of amazing magnificence, which abolish God, not on materialist atheist considerations, but as unspeakable and unknowable, transcending all human comprehension.2

Shaw was to go on to observe that “before Mahomet and the founder of the Jains were dead in their graves”, the religions they had founded had already begun to ‘backslide’ into polytheism, and “all the Gods and no Gods became hopelessly mixed up, exactly as the Apostles backslid when Jesus was killed”. A decade later, his views on Islam did not seem to have changed in essence from this; and furthermore, his remarks in 1947 show that he had not in fact taken seriously any of what His Eminence had explained to him about the nature of Heaven and Hell in Islam. In the interview, Shaw had asked the Maulana: “[How can you] possibly present the picture of Heaven and Hell, which is portrayed in the Qur’an, in a manner convincing to persons conversant with science, whose minds are inured to accept nothing without visible or palpable proof?” to which His Eminence reeled off a long explanation, relying largely on the usual argument of metaphor, as well as some cutting edge mangling of atomic theory. Shaw largely ignored this, and retained his conviction right up to his 1947 letter to Mabel Annie Stobart that Muslim Hell was something “reinvented by Mohammad”, “a very frightful hell, of disgusting diseases and no houris; [but] the sort of place that the Arabs could understand and believe in; and it put the fear of God into them”.3 Incidentally, he seems also to have retained his deep respect for Jainism.

Given his views on the tendency of religion to ‘backslide’ once deprived of the strong authority figure (and in this one discerns traces of his peculiar respect for Stalin and other fascist dictators) it’s no wonder that in the interview he persistently asks the Maulana whether or not he can be so sure that this is in fact what the Qur’an says, or whether he can be sure that other ‘more orthodox’ or ‘present day’ Muslims would share his balanced views (he asks this at least twice). This probing, despite the genial tone of the whole conversation, is what stays with me, and what makes [C] for me, along with its slightly dubious origins, something I would at the very least hesitate to cite so freely, let alone with such unscholarly wantonness as has been exhibited in its proliferation all over the internet.

Being The Part Where The Fruits Of Wantonness Are Reaped

With such wantonness, unsurprisingly, confusion has arisen. This guy quotes that awfully exaggerated first line in [B] and wonders why Shaw, an atheist, would say that (he didn’t). This reader asks on Yahoo! Answers what Shaw has actually said about Islam, and receives [B] in response, which is voted ‘Best Answer’. This one brazenly claims that Shaw promotes the takeover of England by Islam. This one tries to hunt down a book entitled ‘The Genuine Islam’ by George Bernard Shaw, and is told that the book is probably not a GBS book and is an urban legend. Even Wikiquote is slightly confused.

I hope this post, despite my total lack of Shaw expertise, will go some small way towards helping untangle the confusions, in particular the confusions that arose out of a genuinely critical spirit, but also the confusions amongst so many Muslim websites who have so eagerly adopted him as some kind of speaker for their faith. At the very least, let this be a cautionary tale about poor citation practices. I’m only too pleased to stand corrected by anyone who knows better about Shaw and such things than I do. For those interested, and if you don’t believe me, the periodical is held in the National Library in Singapore and at the New York Public Library. Possibly elsewhere, too.

[1] Laurence, Dan H., Bernard Shaw: Collected Letters, 1926-1950 (London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1988), pp. 305-6.
[2] Ibid., pp. 323-3.
[3] Ibid., p. 789.

72 responses to “Being an Unforgivably Protracted Debunking of George Bernard Shaw’s Views of Islam

  • centurean2

    Checkout, Shaws Book

    Sir Bernard Shaw in The Genuine Islam, Singapore, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936:

    “If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it would be Islam.”
    Why would an athiest like shaw say this ?

    Shaw was also a Fabian, and that is of the greater concern, within the last 70 years islam has been foisted, not only into the UK but Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, .America being a large country, also is in ways being islamnised gradually. sharia finances are being implemented.unlike smaller countries it’s not as noticeable.
    When every town and city, observes mosques growing like mushrooms them Americans will worry.

    Fabian control, across Europe and Western nations, naturally there is concern.
    The Marx Mohammed pact….

  • Jonathan Dresner

    Shaw wrote about Islam elsewhere, as well. My copy is at home, but Adventures of the Black Girl In Search of God casts Islam, as I recall, in a fairly negative light, along with conventional Christianity.

    The only way I could see the quote (any of them, but C in particular) as genuine is if Shaw were satirizing not just Islam (which is described here as rather plastic) but the waffling and partisan nature of European religious hostility/acceptance.

  • Rachel

    @ Jonathan: Yes, the Adventures of the Black Girl in Search of God is the short story I mentioned above — the one he wrote on religion that so scandalized his closest friends (esp. Dame Laurentia, who ended up terminating relations with him for a while). Mohammad features in there as an ‘Arab’ —

    “Know, dog of an unbeliever,” said the Arab, “that images have a power of making men fall down and worship them, even when they are images of beasts.”

    “Or of the sons of carpenters” interjected the conjurer.

    “When I ‘drove the camels” continued the Arab, not quite catching the interruption, “I carried in my pack idols of men seated on thrones with the heads of hawks on their shoulders and scourges in their hands. The Christians who began by worshipping God in the form of a man, now worship Him in the form of a lamb. This is the punishment decreed by Allah for the sin of presuming to imitate the work of His hands. But do not on that account dare to deny Allah. His sense of beauty… [T]he lilies of Allah are more lovely than the robes of Solomon in all his glory. Allah makes the skies His pictures and His children His statues, and does not withhold them from our earthly vision. He permits you to make lovely robes and saddles and trappings, and carpets to kneel on before Him, and windows like flower beds of precious stones. Yet you will be meddling in the work He reserves for Himself, and making idols. For ever be such sin forbidden to my people!”

    “Pooh!” said the sculptor, “your Allah is a bungler; and he knows it…”

    and you’re absolutely right, the book is equally riotous & catastrophic about all religions.

  • DMinor

    Many, many thanks for the post. We had come across the web version of the interview between Siddiqui and Shaw early in our search for the source and veracity of the “Shaw Quotes.” However, there was, maddeningly, no source reference on the site. What was really necessary for accuracy was to have access to the periodical itself, which appears to be rare.

    Since we get quite a few visitors to our blog posts ( on this topic, we would like to link to this post to finish the series.

    Thanks again for clearing up this mystery.

  • Jonathan Dresner

    Rachel, I missed the link. Lovely to see it online! He really was determined to tweak everyone’s nose that time, wasn’t he?

  • rocketcandy

    I liked reading this very much, especially the short story about the little girl search for God. Thank you Rachel 🙂

  • Cosma

    A miniscule and pedantic correction to an excellent post – aren’t you debunking an account of Shaw’s views, rather than the views themselves?

  • Rachel

    bah, pedantry! yes, you’re absolutely right. I have a small track record of doing such things: I pour so much of myself into the actual writing that I totally neglect titles and other extraneous logistics. this is, for example, why my MPhil thesis has the most banal title ever, and why I once ran a 24-hour blogging campaign to raise money for an AIDS foundation and called it “idlethink for AIDS” (rather than, say, against it).

  • Rachel

    @DMinor you’re very very welcome! I was heartened to have found your piece on the matter: it was pretty much the only critical examination of the origins of the GBS quote.

  • Yusuf

    What stands out for me as negative is the atmosphere of glee at having by having found/written a very convincing and brilliant article that ‘ups’ one on us muslims as it stands solid in debunking a ‘myth’ about a great man and his affinity to Islam.

    I actually googled ‘Bernard Shaw Islam Quotes’ and found myself here. I’ve read and heard about the man for a long time and wanted to know what the fuss was about.

    I care little for the opinion of any atheist about my religion. What I do care about is the negative stick Islam has been getting everywhere. With all that is happening in the world, I can hardly blame people.

    I like to clear my head of all prejudice and learn about different peoples’ beliefs, views and philosophies on life. I urge all of you, ignore the negativity in the media and try to learn as much as possible about Islam. We do exist, we are practically everywhere, and we are growing by the day.

    We need peace and dialogue in this world. The first step is by understanding one another. Perhaps at some time in the future we might reach a stage of mutualism and symbiosis with the Western world. Mere mockery and negativity will not help.

    Please try to learn and understand about true Islam as I try to understand the world around me. It might seem insignificant to you, but it could be the first step towards dialogue and peace.

    One Love.


      “Please try to learn and understand about true Islam as I try to understand the world around me. It might seem insignificant to you, but it could be the first step towards dialogue and peace.”

      Oh right… perhaps I am misreading the KORAN??

      ● “Slay the nonbelievers wherever you find them. Drive them out.” (2:190) 
      ● “Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’” (8:7) 
      ● “. . . kill the disbelievers wherever we find them. . .” (2:191) 
      ● “Instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” (8:12) 
      ● “I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.” (8:12) 
      ● “Strike off the heads of the disbelievers” and make a “wide slaughter among them.” (47:4) 
      ● ”Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.” (8:59) 
      ● “. . . fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, torture them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” (9:5) 

      Sounds peaceful and loving to me…

      • Zabir

        Typical Satan pagans misquoting verses. What if I start quoting murdering Bible verses

        1 Samuel 15:3
        Hosea 14:16
        Deuteronomy 13:9
        Psalms 13:9
        Leviticus 21:9

      • Felice

        Zabir, those are not misquotes. They are accurate. Why are you trying to discredit quotes from your own holy book?

        Also, as a non-christian, I can’t see how the contents of their bible has any bearing on whether or not the quran intrinsically promotes behavior I consider bad. If the bible promotes behavior I consider bad, then I’ll argue with them as well. But I won’t stop arguing with you about the quran.

      • thunder

        In the name of Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
        jimjfox, if you want to lie do it right. it is straw man you have not only sinned in quoting but you believed your lying.
        now i will re -qoute the Verses .of course as it with no change and let us see the real peas bro
        fabrication verse “Slay the nonbelievers wherever you find them. Drive them out.” (2:190)
        real verse “Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors.”(2:190)

        fabrication verse“Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last.’” (8:7)
        real verse “That He might justify Truth and prove Falsehood false, distasteful though it be to those in guilt.”so clear i do not think that any one would dis agree now lets return

        fabrication verse“. . . kill the disbelievers wherever we find them. . .” (2:191)
        real verse “And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.” (2:191) now this verse we return to The sayings of the commentators of the Quran In order to understand the context Explanation of Tabari
        Saying in the interpretation of the verse: (and kill them where Thtvtmohm)
        Abu Jaafar said: Almighty means to mention it: and kill you believers who fight you from the infidels where you become a fighter and you can kill them, and that is the meaning of saying: “where you Ttvtmthmhm.”
        * * *
        The meaning of “culture” in Order (1), which is witty and visible, is said to be “to stand for a stand,” if he is careful in fighting, seeing the sites of murder. As for “education”, that is to say, an assessment.
        * * *
        Meaning: “And kill them where you raised them,” Kill them anywhere you managed to kill them, and you saw their fighter. As for saying: “And I will take them out from where I brought you out”
        It means the immigrants who were driven out of their homes and homes in Mecca, and said to them Almighty said: Bring out those who fight you – and have taken you out of your homes – from their homes and homes as I took you out of them.

        * *

        Saying in the interpretation of the verse: (Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you, then kill your murderers as well as the reward of the unbelievers (191))

        Do not fight the infidels by fighting at the Sacred Mosque until they start with you, if they start you there at the Sacred Mosque in the Haram, then kill them. Allah has made the reward of the disbelievers for their disbelief and bad deeds, the murder in this world,
        “Do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you.” They did not fight until they started fighting. Then he said: “And fight them until there is no fitnah.” He said: So that there is no god but Allah, the murderer of the Prophet of Allah, and to whom he called.
        3106 – Muthanna told me, told us pilgrims bin Manhal said, Hamam told us about Qatada: “Do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight you, then kill your killers,” God ordered his Prophet not to fight at the Sacred Mosque, but to start fighting,

        The fighting for self-defense and the consideration of Muslims who have been driven out of their homes and seized the infidels on their money and dignity and do what they did infidels before they also take them out of their homes as they did Muslims by the disbelievers are those who started and we defend ourselves as God orders us not to hesitate Our rights and not take them pity in the war, we kill them if we see them and if we can (what is wrong with this?)

        Is this an attack on the rights or blood

        People are fighting me and want to eliminate me Do I sell my religion and surrendered to disbelief even admired the Christians and enemies ?!

      • thunder

        Now we follow what we were saying
        fabrication verse“Instill terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” (8:12)
        ● “I will terrorize the unbelievers. Therefore smite them on their necks and every joint and incapacitate them. Strike off their heads and cut off each of their fingers and toes.” (8:12)
        real verse “Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): “I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instil terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their finger-tips off them” Jimjfox does not know because of his ignorance that the word speaks about the time of the war actually and is not a matter of killing and terrorism because the verse says (as your Lord suggests to the angels) and says the Bagwai, one of the quran Interpreters , who gave them the believers (I am with you) with help and victory, Strengthen their hearts. It was said: that the presence of their presence with them the fighting and their aid, which mean: Proven them fighting you polytheists.

        mukatel said: A: Praise them victory, and the king walking in front of the row in the image of the man and say: preach, God is your NASCAR. (I will raise in the hearts of those who disbelieve horror) Atta said: want to fear of my parents

        The word also talks about the duration of the war and preaches the believers and tells them that God will give them in this war with soldiers from him and that he will terrorize the hearts of their enemies

        The reason for the war are the polytheists who understood who attacked the Islamic call and returned the Prophet peace be upon him and Sahaba, the Companions of the Prophet, and were the ones who started enmity

        fabrication verse “Strike off the heads of the disbelievers” and make a wide slaughter among them.” (47:4)
        real verse “therefore, when ye meet the Unbelievers (in fight), smite at their necks; At length, when ye have thoroughly subdued them, bind a bond firmly (on them): thereafter (is the time for) either generosity or ransom: Until the war lays down its burdens. Thus (are ye commanded): but if it had been Allah’s Will, He could certainly have exacted retribution from them (Himself); but (He lets you fight) in order to test you, some with others. But those who are slain in the Way of Allah,- He will never let their deeds be lost.”(47:4) will i am pretty sure that you do not Sell roses nor you hug each other in war lol

        fabrication verse”Prepare against them whatever arms and weaponry you can muster so that you may terrorize them.” (8:59)
        real verse Let not the unbelievers think that they can get the better (of the godly): they will never frustrate (them).(8:59)
        oh poor jimjfox you even can not quote right i believe that he want the next verse which says ”Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.”(8:60)
        now the next verses ” But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards peace, and trust in Allah: for He is One that heareth and knoweth (all things).(8:61)”Should they intend to deceive thee,- verily Allah sufficeth thee: He it is That hath strengthened thee with His aid and with (the company of) the Believers;” (8:62) so here we see that Allah is speaking about the disbelievers who have a war with us. If they go to peace, if they want to make a peace treaty, then they have to do that, but we must take our warnings from them, and commit treachery and break the treaty or deceive us. Here comes the command of Allah to the Prophet to incite the believers to fight and to incite in the language of the lexicon. Raise the motivation to do something is said to instigate, so encouraged him to do something
        The fighting that incites the faithful prophet to his work is to fight those who speak about them, which mean, those who have broken the covenant and betrayed us

      • thunder

        Last but not least
        fabrication verse“. . . fight and kill the disbelievers wherever you find them, take them captive, torture them, and lie in wait and ambush them using every stratagem of war.” (9:5)
        now let us see the next 5 verse
        If one amongst the Pagans ask thee for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure. That is because they are men without knowledge.(9:6) How can there be a league, before Allah and His Messenger, with the Pagans, except those with whom ye made a treaty near the sacred Mosque? As long as these stand true to you, stand ye true to them: for Allah doth love the righteous.(9:7)
        How (can there be such a league), seeing that if they get an advantage over you, they respect not in you the ties either of kinship or of covenant? With (fair words from) their mouths they entice you, but their hearts are averse from you; and most of them are rebellious and wicked.(9:8) The Signs of Allah have they sold for a miserable price, and (many) have they hindered from His way: evil indeed are the deeds they have done.(9:9) In a Believer they respect not the ties either of kinship or of covenant! It is they who have transgressed all bounds.(9:10) so These verses speak of all the polytheists who are in the city of Medina and God divided them into two categories
        The first is idolatry for them for only 4 months (the holy months in which the killing is haraam) and then we declare war on them after the end of the four month period, who broke the covenant with the Muslims
        The second idolatry them to safety according to the period of the Covenant concluded between them and the Muslims who did not break the Covenant with the Muslims

        Therefore, we see that any fighting is directed to those who gave safety for only four months (only the holy months), that is, those who violated the covenant only, and not for all the polytheists, in the evidence of the seventh verse, which says the polytheists who have avenged themselves, which did not break the covenant.treaty

      • thunder

        I say Let everyone know that all the verses of the fighting in the Koran speak to those who fight or break his covenant with us and you all the verses that talk about fighting in the Koran to know that it is directed to those who fight us and break the Covenant with us only
        now let us see How quran defines our relationship with non-Muslims

        There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut(Juggernaut) and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.(2:252)

        Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided..(16:125)

        Repel, by [means of] what is best, [their] evil. We are most knowing of what they describe.(23:96)

        not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend (41:34)

        And tell My servants to say that which is best. Indeed, Satan induces [dissension] among them. Indeed Satan is ever, to mankind, a clear enemy.(17:53)

        Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded.(16:90)

        Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.(60:8)

        So by mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah . Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].(3:159)

        O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah ; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.(5:8)

        Indeed, Allah commands you to render trusts to whom they are due and when you judge between people to judge with justice. Excellent is that which Allah instructs you. Indeed, Allah is ever Hearing and Seeing.(4:58)
        now i can say yes it is peaceful and loving jimjfox and ending with this verse Say, “O People of the Scripture, do you resent us except [for the fact] that we have believed in Allah and what was revealed to us and what was revealed before and because most of you are defiantly disobedient?”(5:58) if you want to know about islam study the quran and Hadith from Islamic sources not from people like jimjfox and i will be happy to answer any question
        may peace be upon you all

      • thunder

        Zabir, those are not misquotes. They are accurate. Why are you trying to discredit quotes from your own holy book?
        Also, as a non-christian, I can’t see how the contents of their bible has any bearing on whether or not the quran intrinsically promotes behavior I consider bad. If the bible promotes behavior I consider bad, then I’ll argue with them as well. But I won’t stop arguing with you about the quran.

        well now it become clear what is accurate Felice Accept advice from a friend before you make such statement you should first Be sure of your words because it can make people think that you Untrustworthy and i tell you it is not about argue but about the truth

        We will show them Our signs in the horizons and within themselves until it becomes clear to them that it is the truth. But is it not sufficient concerning your Lord that He is, over all things, a Witness?(41:53)Unquestionably, they are in doubt about the meeting with their Lord. Unquestionably He is, of all things, encompassing(41:54)

    • Varon

      The verses you are saying came down when the pagan and polytheist mecans broke the peace treaty between them and the muslims then they strated to opress, in a manner like that is acceptable to kill, And 2 its QUR’AN NOT KORAN next time open a book and read it before barking

  • Rachel

    Yusuf, my gripe with the Bernard Shaw quote has never been out of disdain for Islam, which (being Malaysian and being fond of beautiful books (like the Qur’an)) I know a good deal about, and hold in quite high regard as a religion. My concern was entirely with the wholly unscholarly ways in which the quote was (mis)used on the internet — ways in which it remains unclear, at least to me, that it should have been used. I cite Shaw’s mockery not to endorse his ‘atheistic’ views, but above all as evidence for the claims I have made in this article about the way the quote has been misused, by websites that perhaps have not been scrupulous enough about their sources. I have hopefully used him in a scholarly manner, and I hope my own views on Islam, which are nowhere near as virulent as his, are not wrongly imputed by my doing so.

  • Yusuf

    I probably should get a grip. On second reading the article seems much more transparent for me. Perhaps what got to my head was more the short story you quoted.

    I don’t know a great deal about the history surrounding the quotes, but I do know that it’s quite maddening when something utterly unreliable and/or taken out of context is repeatedly thrown in your face as fact. Based on my reading here, Shaw might as well been using mockery, and I have you to thank for for actually not making a fool of myself using the quotes elsewhere.

    Being as it is now, I shall try to broaden my knowledge on the issue. After all this is just one intepretation that might or might not be what Shaw thinks (it shouldn’t really be too relevant to validate Islam anyway).Thanks for the article.

    • Maya

      Salam Yusuf, thank you for saying what I was thinking. Most Muslims will have similar reaction due to what we receive on a daily basis, and the likely reason is beacuse the message reached your heart first and then processed in your brain later. I too was searching for GBS due to someone quoting it on the facebook, but I wasn’t satisfied with all the quotes until this link, so thank you Rachel too. Yusuf my thoughts are the same we don’t need anyone to validate our faith, it is my choice of religion based on my experience of THE GREAT CREATOR, I validate it myself with Allah’s help
      by studying GOD’s Creations.

  • Rachel

    You’re very welcome, Yusuf. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Buster

    Thanks for this post. I’d run across a number of critical reactions to GBS’s Black Girl in 1930s anticolonial journals and read reviews of some of the response books (it seems to have generated a miniature version of the response to K. Mayo’s Mother India). This post helps put it all a bit more in perspective. Since previously I knew next to nil about GBS.

    Again, great blog.

  • Another Yusuf

    I just want to say Salam and thanks to Yusuf for so beautifully representing the balanced intellectual integrity that is the essence of true Islam. MashaAllah, Yusuf, your beautiful akhlaq, clearly evident in your comments, are an inspiration to me. I have also benefited from this investigation and shall refrain from referencing this quote. Being somewhat familiar with GBS, I have always been a little confused by this quote, because it definitely seems out of character. In fact, I would hesitate in ever using any quote of GBS taken out of context because of his heavy reliance on irony.

  • Yusuf

    Alaykas salam, Yusuf (such a beautiful name, innit).

    Thank you for your very flattering comment. It is always nice to make a positive impression about Islam. Because of the negative publicity it’s being getting everywhere, people are often surprised to realise we do have this balanced intellectual integrity you speak of, which as you say, is the essence of true Islam.

    I’m glad you also benefited from this article. Salam alaykum, and good luck.

  • Zeyana

    Hi Racheal,

    I am a kenyan, Muslim lady, and I absolutely appreciate this article. Someone sent me a forward with various quotes by famous non muslims on Islam and the Pro[phet (PBUH).

    I Learnt a long time ago not to trust everything I read blindly, its important to verify facts and this is an eye opener. Muslims do not need thumbs up from prominent people in history, I mean if you want to believe in the Prophet, then believe in him, dont wait for a nod or a justification, thats not taking a stand.

    Anyway, I am glad that I came across this article, seeking truth is always important



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  • Rafiq Karim

    Some where along the line I came accross that a british poet or may be writer long time ago quoted after his trip round the world or what ever that was asked, Best Thing? Answer Islam, Q….Worst Thing on your finding ? Answer Its Followers, can you confirm, eleborate, ……………………….

  • Kath

    Thanks very much for taking the time to post this! I was quite confused as to Shaw’s views on Islam and religion in general. And it’s good to be reminded to do my research properly x)

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  • stranger

    “@ Jonathan: Yes, the Adventures of the Black Girl in Search of God is the short story I mentioned above — the one he wrote on religion that so scandalized his closest friends (esp. Dame Laurentia, who ended up terminating relations with him for a while). Mohammad features in there as an ‘Arab’ —”

    I must say, this is the first time I have heard such claim. do you have any proof or is that just your interpretation of what he meant?

  • Andee

    Hi. My name is Andreea. I have been looking for information about Shaw and I came across this. Very interesting to know. I am currently working on my final paper for graduation and I am writing about the woman’s role in Shaw’s plays as well as influences and myths. I am wondering – do you have any tips or ideas? I really look forward to hear from you. You can either leave a reply here or check my blog “Apex” and send me a e-mail to the address from “Contact”. Thanks.

  • Kamran

    Thanks for the post.. it is indeed sad that some “muslims” try to “market” their religion out of every opportunity they get without verifying it.

    Unfortunately, a lot of “muslims” do not really follow what islam has to say about such acts:

    “O you who have believed, if there comes to you a disobedient one with information, investigate, lest you harm a people out of ignorance and become, over what you have done, regretful.” – Surat Al-Ĥujurāt, 49:6.

    The above verse basically means that you must verify every news you get before you forward it.

    As a muslim, I would urge everyone to verify the news before spreading, otherwise such actions can only bring disrespect for the muslims in the minds of intellectuals – who are the main target audience of islam..

  • Dele

    Thanks for this post. i stumbled on this when i was trying to confirm the veracity of the quotes. I have recently discovered that some over zealous Muslims thinks they need lies to back the the truth -just like Paul did in the new testament(Roman 3:7 For if the truth of God has more abounded through my LIE unto His glory; why am I
    still judged as a sinner?”). Islam needs no lies to breathe -it’s the truth. Infact the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) said falsehood can’t stand the truth, because falsehood, by its nature, will eventually fall.

    • Michael Andre Servetus

      A perfect example is you. Spreading false information and lies to support your religion. Is that indeed what the Apostle Paul said and his intended meaning? No it is not so don’t come here and try to play the game. You are right falsehood which is Islam will fall. And here is a small part.
      Romans 3
      1What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? 2Much in every way! First of all, the Jews have been entrusted with the very words of God.

      3What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? 4Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written:

      “So that you may be proved right when you speak

      and prevail when you judge.”

      5But if our unrighteousness brings out God’s righteousness more clearly, what shall we say? That God is unjust in bringing his wrath on us? (I am using a human argument.) 6Certainly not! If that were so, how could God judge the world? 7Someone might argue, “If my falsehood enhances God’s truthfulness and so increases his glory, why am I still condemned as a sinner?” 8Why not say—as some slanderously claim that we say—“Let us do evil that good may result”? Their condemnation is just!

      Another translation

      Romans 3

      1What special privilege, then, has a Jew? Or what benefit is to be derived from circumcision? 2The privilege is great from every point of view. First of all, because the Jews were entrusted with God’s truth. 3For what if some Jews have proved unfaithful? Shall their faithlessness render God’s faithfulness worthless?

      4No, indeed; let us hold God to be true, though every man should prove to be false. As it stands written, “That Thou mayest be shown to be just in the sentence Thou pronouncest, and gain Thy cause when Thou contendest.”

      5But if our unrighteousness sets God’s righteousness in a clearer light, what shall we say? (Is God unrighteous—I speak in our everyday language— when He inflicts punishment? 6No indeed; for in that case how shall He judge all mankind?) 7If, for instance, a falsehood of mine has made God’s truthfulness more conspicuous, redounding to His glory, why am I judged all the same as a sinner? 8And why should we not say—for so they wickedly misrepresent us, and so some charge us with arguing—”Let us do evil that good may come”? The condemnation of those who would so argue is just.

      The way in which you deceptively quote out of context is a blatant dishonesty and attempt to slander and lie in the name of your dishonest religion. Which shows who the real children of lies and a liar are. For the verse is speaking by way of example of a human way of thinking, a very Muslim way of thinking I might add and which you prove but which the Apostle denounces as corrupt and condemned. for what have you done but try to lie about Paul and the Bible by quoting out of context to try to give a very dishonest idea in service to your religion and worship to your god which I must assume accepts such base tactics.

  • fahima

    I started googling Shaw’s quote because it did seem plausible that some enlightened European thinker might think it very revolutionary to hold such views, but then again, there are so much utter rubish out there. Thank you very much for researching this and straitening things out. I do think there was a hint of ‘glee,’ as Yusuf puts it, in being able to prove a doddering old self-centric muslim scholar as such, but I won’t consider it a judgement on muslims in general … and there is a lot of stuff to be judgemental about indeed.

    I do share his admiration of Jainism, and I agree with the stuff he said about Hinduism. I guess what Shaw was saying about Islam was a lot in reaction to what Europe thought of Islam at that time, and while he was a great improvement, he wasn’t really transcending it after all, for Muhammad (s) remains a merciless, heartless tribal Arab leader in his understanding. Still I’d say it’s always refreshing to find honest critical analysis of something that never recieves an honest critical analysis, not from its adherents, nor from the others. It doesn’t change my respect for the philosophy upheld in my religion, but it’s a schoarly perspective on Islamic history.

  • Ibrahim

    When the truth comes out …

  • Lloyd Miller

    Like the rest of the Fabian Society, George Bernard Shaw wanted to unite mankind into a World Government. Of course, Shaw did not “believe” in Islam, but he saw it as a prime candidate for acheiving ONE WORLD RULE!

  • Lloyd Miller

    Shaw didn’t find value in Stalin, Hitler, and Mussolini for nothing! Shaw WAS MERCILESS with the mankind he despised and wished to herd into a one-world collective!

  • DoseOfFaith

    Hey Rachel,

    Great research, objective and well written. One question that came to mind after going through your article and all the comments: Shaw lived about 14 years after “The Genuine Islam” article was published. Is there any evidence where he refuted what was attributed to him? That would be interesting to find out.

  • Ummer Farooq.

    GBS mentioning Islam taking over England… well it was King John of England who wanted to be a muslim and make England a muslim nation.

  • Indigo Red

    This certainly attests to the lifespan of the independent lie. Today is Sunday, Aug 11, 2013 and this obnoxious Shaw “quote” is again making the rounds. I saw it on my Facebook feed and was immediately skeptical as I always am with quotes attached to photos of famous people. I will not be surprised when next I see the quote with a photo of Morgan Freeman.

    I’m glad you were here to verify my initial feeling the quote is untrue even if Shaw did say or write it in some fashion. A quote out of context, with or without mangling, is, by its very nature, untrue. There’s a reason in US court witnesses are sworn to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

  • Indigo Red

    The article’s link to the referenced interview is broken. Here’s one that’s good today –

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    Reblogged this on The Syed Atheist.

  • Allan Saunders

    There is something relatively complimentary about Mahomet in the Preface to ‘Geneva’. Shaw says he was successful because he made life more civilised for those he conquered, like Julius Caesar and unlike Hitler and Mussolini. Some, however, might not like Mahomet being mentioned in the same breath, so to speak, as Hitler and Mussolini!

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  • Adnan Hasibuan, SS

    Muhammad must be called the savior of humanity

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  • Ali Imran

    Whether Shaw praised the holy Prophet (SAW/Blessings of Allah be upon him and peace be upon him) or not, it does not matter. Allah matters. Also, there have been many great Muslim scholars that praise the holy Prophet (SAW/Blessings of Allah be upon him and peace be upon him).

  • Akram Islam

    Let us remember the great sacrifices of the past.ört_Halife

  • Azer

    Greatly appreciate the posting of this. One minor correction is one of the links that takes the reader to the transcript of the article. In two or more instances you linked the website but the website address takes one to seemingly undesirable websites; you ‘may’ want to fix this. The website you intended to link to seems to be:
    Your link includes a “-” between ‘muslim’ and ‘canada’.

  • masroorbukhari

    Rachel, thank you for your enlightening post. Let me add to what you have researched. A few corrections, if I may. Islam began with Abraham not with Mohammed, it evolved while retaining the same message of the truth, tolerance, love and justice and moral values, through Isaac, Jacob, Moses, John, Jesus and finally the last in line, Mohammed (peace be upon them all). Their followers made Christianity, Judaism, Mohammedenism, etc. and divided the people, though Islam was never meant to be divided. If Moses’ message had not lost, if Jesus had not been rejected and victimized by the Jews, if Jesus message was not adulterated with falsehood, there would not be need for Muhammed. But God does what He plans. Human beings are a species which tends to forget and drift away with time. Humanity and faith started with Adam, people in India had scriptures etc. and so were the people in the promised land, it is only religious priests, pundits, maulanas and all such clergymen who made the divisions for their own bellies, wine, women and leisure and political correctedness. After the prophets left, organized religion became all for kings and money. What Shaw said and what you have written is what you and he believed to be the truth. So be it. Above all, Islam and Muhammed, stood for the truth. One of the names of God is the “Truth”. Mohammed just revealed to people what He got from the God. In his own words, “no prophet was tortured like me in the quest for truth.” Arabs tortured him in every possible way in the early years, including stoning him, followed by the jewish people in his end days. It was only Christians who either accepted him or did not contest his preachings, Some identified him as the prophet prophesized by Jesus (esp. a Christian priest Baheera and the Christian King Nejashi of Axum). Muhammed did not have any forced conversions just as Jesus did not have, they were very humble and kindhearted people, you should read their biographies, the only forced thing was the order in his last days in a revelation (not as per his command) to extradite jews and non-believers from Mecca and Medina for the security of believers. What you refer to as forced conversions and kidnapping of Europeans etc, all that happened with the Kings and nations, like Berbers, who adopted Islam many centuries later and did wars for their own vices, but in the name of God (as all the people of all the faiths before them did). In fact, you have to know that nearly all the family members of Prophet Muhammed, his grandson Hussain and his brothers and their children, were killed by a cruel and debauche king Yazid in Arab just 40 years after his demise in the tragedy of Karbala. Islam prohibits all kinds of violence, all the violent practices you see are done by the leftists, who are there in every religion. You have the human sacrifices by Incas and Aztecs and the “Holy Spanish Inquisition” and burning of “witches” in medieval Europe and all such horrific things done in the name of faith or one’s personal gods, not forgetting the holocaust -which was not done by a Muslim, but a church-going league of mad men (again, nothing against Christianity, it is a religion of peace and tolerance and in fact closest to Islam). Even Hinduism, especially one of their Avatar’s, Noble Krishna had divine wisdom and spoke of the truth, he, Buddha and the Zoroaster, are considered and revered by many Muslims as noble prophets or saints, just as prophets Moses and Jesus are, what else can be tolerance? Our faith does not complete till we believe in all prophets. I am afraid, you, like many of our fellow human beings, have rather aberrated vision of reality about Islam. One more correction, you can check any historic account, neither in the times of Muhammed’s life, nor afterwards, Muslims never ever did massacres or killed women or old or children, even during war-time. Even when the Jerusalem was conquered by the righteous caliph Umer, he ordered not to enter the places of worship and gave amnesty to all the local people. The most glaring example is from the crusades, it was poor old and minor Muslims who were massacred by Crusaders, not otherwise. Saladin gave amnesty to all. We all seek the truth. Thank you for setting the record straight. If Islam has any truth, it will prevail, as God Himself says in Quran, that “And the Truth came (to prevail) and the falsehood/evil was erased, it was bound to be erased”. When the sun comes, it eradicates the darkness, so did Jesus and Mohammed. They came with the truth and eradicated the darkness rampant in the world in their times. Our best compliments to you and all the best with your life’s good pursuits. Best regards

  • Ahmadiyya Anjuman Lahore UK

    I believe I have located the original source of this quote and the story of how Bernard Shaw apparently came to utter these words, and where he did so. Having done some research on it, I compiled an article in December 2015 which is at the following link:

    Here is a summary of my findingsfrom the above link:

    “However, recently I found an account of a brief interview with Bernard Shaw in the magazine The Light, dated 24 January 1933, in which he made these comments. The interview was conducted by a correspondent of this magazine in Bombay when Shaw’s cruise ship stopped there. The Light was published from Lahore (then in British India) and was the English organ of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. It is still in publication outside Pakistan by branches of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement.”

  • 66witches - Cultural Detective

    Hi there, I’m a firm believer of the adage that it’s more important to correct wrong information than to make new discoveries. I have always been baffled by Shaw’s apparent infatuation with Islam and was telling a friend about it who knew Shaw’s work quite well and said “that’s impossible! he didn’t hold such beliefs!” So we decided to look into it together and I found first, the quotes on pro-Islam sites and then, thankfully, I found this site of yours. So I just want to thank you for the work you have done here in correcting this oft-repeated dubious citation. I’m a researcher and writer too and I really insist on getting my facts straight. So I will no longer be telling people that George Bernard Shaw was a proponent of Islam and I will correct those who try to tell me that. Incidentally, I am reading a wonderful book right now called The Atheist Muslim by Ali Rizvi that I recommend highly.

  • Noah A. Lefvre

    Hi, I pity all those hateful people who waste their time trying to disprove what George Bernard Shaw probably said. Does it really matter to anyone. I’m a Muslim and a physician, and my only suggestion is a chapter 109 from Quran which was revealed concerning the faithless people : The Faithless 109:

    Say (to them), “Hey, all you who suppress (your awareness of the truth)! [1] I don’t serve what you serve, [2] and you don’t serve what I do. [3] And I won’t serve what you serve, [4] nor will you serve what I do [5] – to you, your way of life, and to me, mine.” [6]

    I guess it clearly describes that there’s no need to argue. People don’t change!

    • Steve

      It doesn’t trouble you that all the Muslim apologists who post the fake G B Shaw quote are lying, then? You’re quite happy mixing up any old nonsense that looks like it supports Islam, and putting faith in that? This explains why so many Muslims are sanctimonious liars, with massive senses of their own vast superiority.

  • abdul Basit khakwany

    “There is no compulsion in religion” as Quran says. Read the above three- line chapter 109: “The Faithless” which ends as: “Unto you, your religion and unto me, my religion.” This means a peaceful co-existence among the followers of different religions. Religions are based on beliefs. God says in Quran in the very first few lines which is the GIST of Islam: ” Those who: 1) Believe in the Unseen Allah; 2) Establish worship; 3) Spend of that (on poor\needy people) We (God) have bestowed upon them; 4) Believe in that which is revealed to thee (Muhammad); 5) And (believe in) that which was revealed before thee (Muhammad); 6) And are certain of the Hereafter (The Day of Judgment). Such (believers) are those who are under the Guidance of their Lord and such are those who are the successful ones.” Muhammad PBUH is the last Prophet and Quran revealed to him is the last Divine Book. Islam (surrender \ Submission to Allah) is God’s only Favored religion from the day one as there can be no two or more religions and those too conflicting ones from the same Allah. All the Divine religions are not conflicting with one another. These have been unfortunately interpolated by people without any authority. Quran is the only Divine Book which is as perfect and original as revealed 1400 years ago and will remain so till the last day of the earth as Allah is its Custodian which is mentioned in Quran. All the genuine followers of their Prophets in their respective times were those who had surrendered to Allah (Muslims) and go to Paradise. Now the regime of Muhammad (PBUH)’s Prophet-hood, being the last one, is till the Day of Judgment. Allah will judge people on the criteria of Prophet Muhammad’s ways and Quran. BEWARE!!!

  • helloparth

    In my net adventures I came across the Shaw quote and was also puzzled about it’s authenticity. Thanks to your article the context of the quote is much clearer to me, and I especially found your excerpts on his admiration of Hinduism and Jainism enlightening.

  • Omar

    Well written article and well researched. It was an enjoyable read. Islam as a faith has its preserved sources to serve as reference for any who would like to understand it. With all respect to Bernard Shaw or any other figure in history, Islam doesn’t need their praises. The history of Islam is well documented, one should just be fair in the sources they consider when studying or researching about Islam as a faith, civilization and way of life that delivered mankind from darkness (dark ages) into light .
    Again, I appreciate the effort put in this sober article .

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  • tarek

    ورد هذا الكلام في مقالة لبرنارد شو في مسرحية الزواج : “صادف أني، مثل نابليون، أفضل المحمدية. [السيدة جورج – وهي تربط المحمدية بتعدد الزوجات – ترمقه بريبة سريعة]. أعتقد أن الإمبراطورية البريطانية بكاملها ستتبنى محمديةً خضعت لعملية إصلاح قبل نهاية القرن. إن شخصية محمد متوافقة معي. أنا معجبٌ به وأشاركه نظراته إلى الحياة إلى قدرٍ كبير.”

    This speech was mentioned in an article by Bernard Shaw in his play The Marriage: “I, like Napoleon, happen to be the best Muhammadiyah. [Mrs. George – she associates Muhammadiyah with polygamy – she praises him with quick suspicion.] Muhammad’s character is compatible with me. A great deal. “

  • Mary

    Read Leo Tolstoy book which he wrote about Muhammad and Islam.

  • Husain Huda

    I mean even in your own quoted transcript it says:
    I have studied him — the wonderful man, and in my opinion far from being an Anti-Christ he must be called the Saviour 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.

  • Mont

    As a Muslim myself, I really appreciate your effort in clarifying his comments in context. Thank you.

  • Urban Philosophers

    Reblogged this on URBAN PHILOSOPHERS and commented:
    Did George Bernard Shaw write The Genuine Islam, or is it a hoax?

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  • Zahid Aziz

    If you want to see the origin of Shaw’s statement being discussed here, please read my findings at:

    I have discovered and given the source.

    I posted this here in March 2017 and no one bothered to look or comment. Since then I have added more information in my article. Presumably you are all too high and mighty to condescend to look at an ordinary person’s research.

    Zahid Aziz

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