Swami Vivekananda on Islam – in Writings and Speech

Now, the Muslims are the crudest in this respect, and the most sectarian. Their watch-word is: there is one God (Allah), and Mohammed is His Prophet. Everything beyond that not only is bad, but must be destroyed forthwith, at a moment’s notice, everyman or woman who does not exactly believe in that must be killed; everything that does not belong to this worship must be immediately broken; every book that teaches anything else must be burnt. From the Pacific to the Atlantic, for five hundred years blood ran all over the world. That is Mohammedanism (Islam)!”

[The speech delivered at the Shakespeare club of Pasadena, California, USA, on February 3, 1900]. It is complied in’

“The more selfish a man, the more immoral he is. And also with that race which is bound down to itself has been the most cruel and the most wicked in the whole world. There has not been a religion that has clung to this dualism more than that founded by the Prophet of Arabia (Mohammed), and there has not been a religion (Islam) which has shed so much blood and been so cruel to other men. In the Koran there is the doctrine that a man, who does not believe these teachings, should be killed; it is mercy to kill him! And the surest way to get to heaven, where there are beautiful ‘houries’ and all sort of sense-enjoyments, is by killing these unbelievers. Think of the bloodshed there has been in consequence of such beliefs (Islam)!”
[The speech delivered by Swami Vivekananda in London on 18th Nov.1896].

“One religion may ordain something very hideous. For instance, the Mohammedan (Islam) religion allows Mohammedans to kill all who are not of their religion. It is clearly stated in the Koran, “Kill the infidels if they do not become Mohammedans.” They must be put to fire and sword. Now if we tell a Mohammedan that this is wrong, he will naturally ask, “How do you know that? How do you know it is not good? My book says it is.”
[The speech, given in London on 17th November, 1896]

Swami Vivekananda explained Islam as follows:

“In this line the Mohammedans were the best off; every step forward was made with the word the Koran in the one hand and the sword in the other” Take the Koran, or you must die; there is no alternative”. [The speech, delivered in the Universalist Church, Pasadena, California, USA, on 28th January, 1890]

“Mohammedans talks of universal brotherhood, but what comes out of that in reality? Why anybody who is not a Mohammedan will not be admitted into this brotherhood; he will more likely to have his throat cut.”
“When the Mohammedans first came we were said – I think on the authority of Ferishta, the oldest Mohammedan historian – to have been six hundred millions of Hindus. Now we are about two hundred millions. And then every man going out of the Hindu pale is not only a man less, but an enemy the more.
“Again the vast majority of the Hindus converted to Islam and Christianity are perverts by sword, or the descendants of these.”
[An interview of Swami Vivekananda, published in Prabuddha Bharat. April, 1899 and compiled under heading ‘On the Bounds of Hinduism’]

-Swami Vivekananda [from “Complete works of Swami Vivekananda”, ‘Mayavati Memorial edition, 1990 published by Advaita Ashrama, the Publication division of Ramkrishna Mission, located at 5 Dehi Entally Road, Kolkata-700014].

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8 thoughts on “Swami Vivekananda on Islam – in Writings and Speech

  1. i guess swamy vivekananda does not read whole quran… he heard some pharses and teaching bakwas to all… “If a judge in court says hang that man… he is a criminal…” vivekananda heard “hang that man” and saying judge is a terrorist… if islam spread by sword how did all hindus remain in INDIA? vivekananda speaks all bullshit… everyone will come to know soon… on qayamat…

  2. But what did Vivekananda say? There is a wonderful chapter on ‘Mohammed and Islam’ in a book titled Teachings of Swami Vivekananda, which has a moving 30-page introduction by British writer Christopher Isherwoood. The chapter is a collection of quotes from a speech Vivekananda gave to an American audience.

    This is what he says: “Mohammed – the Messenger of equality. You ask, ‘What good can there be in his religion?’ If there was no good, how could it live? The good alone lives, that alone survives… How could Mohammedanism have lived, had there been nothing good in its teachings? There is much good.”

    “Mohammed by his life showed that amongst the Mohammedans there should be perfect equality and brotherhood. There was no question of race, caste, colour or sex. The Sultan of Turkey may buy a Negro from the mart of Africa, and bring him in chains to Turkey; but should he become a Mohammedan, and have sufficient merit and abilities, he might even marry the daughter of the Sultan. Compare this with the way in which Negroes and the American Indians are treated in this country (the United States of America)! And what do Hindus do? If one of your missionaries chances to touch the food of an orthodox person, he would throw it away.”

  3. If Anyone died without believeing(and try to following) Quran in and after the era of prophet Muhammad (saw), it means he died as kafir(non believer). And Kafir(non believers) will always go in hell for infinite time. This is a truth from biggest truths….So don’t die as a kafir and believe in ALLAH as only God (without any partner and any comparable of HIM or son(descendants) of HIM or wife of HIM or guardian of HIM or any helper of HIM or any teacher of HIM etc.) and believe on HIS prophets (like Muhammad (saw)) and believe on HIS books like Quran and on his angels and on the day of judgement and on bad and good had written by ALLAH in your life ( on fate) and on everything had written in Quran and believe on the sayings of prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and etc. etc.
    (please try to understand and ignore English mistakes)

  4. How could you defame Swamiji in such a way? He was a great man and can never deliver such hateful lectures against Islam or any other religions.

    Swami Vivekananda acknowledged that all religions were true in their own way. In fact, his guru Ramakrishna Paramhansa had been, for short periods, a practising Muslim and a practising Christian respectively, and declared that there was no difference in the essence of any of the global major religions.

  5. If Swami Vivekanand has these views about Islam ..it means he had a very poor knowlege about Quran & Muhammad..infact Quran Says “vala taktulu lati nafsan haram Allah Illah BilHaq” (Quranic Verse)- which means dont kill any human being except who commits a rigorious crime of killing any other human being under the law

  6. There is not a single word in The Holy Quran which says that the people who dont believe in the Qurans teaching and dont have faith in Islam should be punished or killed and there religious places should be destroyed …i dont know from which source Swami ji has quoted this!

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