George “Bernard Shaw” on “Muhammad as Humanity’s Saviour”

Extract from the writings of George Bernard Shaw

The Light (Pakistan), 8th April 1980 Issue (Vol. 60, No. 7, p. 6)

“I have always held the religion of Muhammad in the highest esteem because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capa­bility to the changing phases of exis­tence which can make itself appeal to every age. The world much 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, Mediaeval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance or bigotry, painted Muhammadanism in the darkest colours. They were in fact trained 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. (From “The Last Law Giver”, pages 67–68).