Islam is a religion of peace and love. Its Holy Book, the Qur’án, inspires millions. From humble beginnings in seventh-century Arabia, it launched a great civilization – one to which we now owe soap, algebra, Arabic numerals, table etiquette and many other innovations.
These achievements testify to the beneficent influence of Muhammad, who, as the Founder of Islam, is now among history’s most maligned individuals. Westerners often hear that He was a bloodthirsty conqueror, that He persecuted Christians and women, that He advocated senseless killing. There is not a grain of truth in any of these charges.
In this eye-opening study, Gary Matthews clears away the myths and misconceptions. He shows that the Arabian Prophet championed women and children, promoted peaceful accommodation, and upheld the rights of religious minorities – particularly Christians.
Interfaith understanding is a question not only of justice but – today – of world security. This book is for all who seek such understanding. The facts it presents will surprise even some Muslims. For the rest of us, it can change everything.