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S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.


  • [Born at Mecca about 570 A.D.; began to preach his doctrines after his fortieth year; fled to Medina, July 16, 622; defended and then propagated his system by the sword; while fitting out a second expedition against Syria, died of a fever in the spring of 632.]
  • There is no God but God, and Mohammed is his prophet.

  • The watchword of his career. That it was his exclamation on entering the world, is not asserted in the earlier accounts of his life, “and is clearly the invention of a later age.”
  • When advised by his uncle to abandon a cause so bitterly opposed by the Koreishites, the powerful tribe to which he belonged, Mohammed replied, “O uncle! I swear that if they put the sun on my right hand and the moon on my left, I will not renounce the career I have entered upon until God gives me success, or I perish.”
  • During a harangue to his followers, he called upon a neighboring mountain to advance, in token of the authority of his words. It remained motionless; and Mohammed exclaimed, “If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain.” All the people followed him, and the majestic tone of his voice supplied the place of a miracle.
  • His last words were: “Yes, I come; among the glorious associates of paradise!”