Tolstoy (hidden) book About Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)
Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828-1920) commonly referred to in English as Leo (Lyof, Lyoff) Tolstoy, he is considered the most influential and famous a Russian writer – novelist, essayist, dramatist and philosopher – as well as a famous educational reformer.
L. N. Tolstoy, has read the “The Sayings of Muhammad” of Abdullah al-Suhraverdi printed in India in 1908. He has compiled a treatise from his readings and published it in the “Posrednik” Russian printing house.
Russian people, specially the Russian intelligentsia loved Tolstoy as a person with a celestial power and knew that news about his conversion into Islam would have caused the powerful trend into Islam in Russian society. Therefore, the Russian secret agencies like KGB have tried to conceal the treatise, to make people to forget it and hindered its publishing. Tolstoy acquainted the Russian readers with the sayings of the prophet Muhammad. He gave a lot of importance to the topics such as ‘poverty’ and ‘equality’, intended to give a good lesson to the Russian people and those who betrayed the Russian people.
Tolstoy has emphasized on Islam as an only religion of the true justice and equality, the true brotherhood and devotion, even the only religion of love and respect to humanity.
Tolstoy wrote a brief biography of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and how Islam spread all over the world. He said: “Muslims excelled over other Arabs by their modesty, their asceticism, their love of work and their contentment. They exerted their efforts to help their brothers in faith in times of difficulties and it has not been a long time till all who surrounded them felt great respect for them and their number was increasing day after day”.
He also said: “Although the wide spread of Islam by the hands of those people was not liked by some of the Buddhists and Christians, this does not conceal the fact that Muslims in the heart of Islam were known by their refusal of false religion, their virtuous life, their straightforwardness and their integrity to the extent that they amazed all who surrounded them by their nobility and placidity.” He added: “And from the virtues of Islam is that it commanded Muslims to treat Christians and Jews well especially men of religion. Islam even allowed Muslims to marry Christian and Jewish women and permitted them to maintain their religion and any one having enlightened sagacity can easily see how much that reflects Islamic tolerance”.
He said about our noble Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him: “There is no doubt that Prophet Muhammed is one of the greatest reformers who served the social framework profoundly. It suffices him that he led a whole nation to the enlightenment of truth and made it more inclined towards tranquility and peace, prefer modesty and prevented it from shedding blood and giving human sacrifices (though this was never proved against Arabs before Islam) and widely opened to it the gate to development and civilization. This is a great deed that only a strong man can do and a man like that deserves to be regarded with respect and admiration”.
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