„THERE is a passage of Holy Writ that exhorts us that if there be any good things, such as love, virtue, truth, and so on, we ought to think on these things.“
— Frank Crane American Presbyterian minister 1861 - 1928
Everyday Wisdom (1927)
„There is nothing in our book, the Qur'an, that teaches us to suffer peacefully. Our religion teaches us to be intelligent. Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone lays a hand on you, send him to the cemetery. That's a good religion.“
— Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
November 10, 1963 This was said before Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam and as he himself stated, before he truly understood Islam.
„The name Muhammad actually appears in the Qur'an only four times, and in three of those instances it could be used as a title – the "praised one" or "chosen one"“
— Robert Spencer American author and blogger 1962
rather than as a proper name. Did Muhammad Exist? (2012), p. 17
„Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.“
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson's Essays
1840s, Essays: First Series (1841), Art, Context: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character, — a wonderful expression through stone, or canvas, or musical sound, of the deepest and simplest attributes of our nature, and therefore most intelligible at last to those souls which have these attributes.
— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732), Compare Poor Richard's Almanack (1747) : What signifies your Patience, if you can't find it when you want it.
„In the interpretation of figurative passages, let the following canon be observed. If the passage be preceptive, either forbidding some flagitious deed and some heinous crime, or commanding something useful and beneficent: then such passage is not figurative. But, if the passage seems, either to command some flagitious deed and some heinous crime, or to forbid something useful and beneficent: then such passage is figurative. Thus, for example, Christ says: Unless ye shall eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood; ye shall have no life in you. Now, in these words, he seems to command a heinous crime or a flagitious deed. Therefore the passage is a figure, enjoining us to communicate in the passion of our Lord, and admonishing us to lay it up sweetly and usefully in our memory because, for us, his flesh was crucified and wounded. On the other hand, Scripture says: If thy enemy shall hunger, give him food; if he shall thirst, give him drink.“
— George Stanley Faber British theologian 1773 - 1854
Christ's Discourse at Capernaum: Fatal to the Doctrine of Transubstantiation (1840), Here, without all doubt, an act of beneficence is enjoined. pp. 147-149
„The one from among the Muslims who recites the Qur'an but in the end finds his way to hell, is considerd to be among those that have taken the word of Allah in jest.“
— Ali cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad 599 - 661
Regarding the Qur'an, Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol. 92, p. 182.
„Having liberated the key to a liberatory interpretation and contextualization of the Qur'an, the issue of patriarchal and misogynic interpretations of the Qur'an becomes a societal issue rather than an issue of the religion.“
— Yasser Harrak Canadian liberal writer, columnist and human rights activist
Yasser Harrak. 2016. "The Patriarchal Characterization Of Islam". UnpublishedOttawa. Accessed June 23,2016. http://unpublishedottawa.com/letter/78752/patriarchal-characterization-islam