“...Turn our thoughts, in the next place, to the characters of learned men. The priesthood have, in all ancient nations, nearly monopolized learning. Read over again all the accounts we have of Hindoos, Chaldeans, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Celts, Teutons, we shall find that priests had all the knowledge, and really governed all mankind. Examine Mahometanism, trace Christianity from its first promulgation; knowledge has been almost exclusively confined to the clergy. And, even since the Reformation, when or where has existed a Protestant or dissenting sect who would tolerate a free inquiry? The blackest billingsgate, the most ungentlemanly insolence, the most yahooish brutality is patiently endured, countenanced, propagated, and applauded. But touch a solemn truth in collision with a dogma of a sect, though capable of the clearest proof, and you will soon find you have disturbed a nest, and the hornets will swarm about your legs and hands, and fly into your face and eyes.
[Letters to John Taylor, 1814, XVIII, p. 484]”
― John Adams, The Letters of John and Abigail Adams
"Religion has been of pivotal significance since the start of civilization. Islam is a true religion. It is also a complete code of life. The followers of Islam are called MUSLIMS. A true Muslim is one who follows the principles of Islam. He possesses the following traits.
A muslim has a firm faith in ALLAH. His angels,book,prophets and the day of re-surrection. He also believe in good or bad fate. After having a firm faith, he performs the prayers five times a day. He pays zakat and perform hajj. He fasts during the whole month of Ramazan.
The life of the Muslim reflects the true spirit of Islam. He show faith in his doings. He never violates the golden principles of Islam. His dealings and conduct with the people are always even-handed and fair. His manners and behaviour with the people are always exemplary. He holds high standard of morality. He always remain polite and never harms other. He performs his duties magnificently. He meet all his obligations in respect of his parents,family,relatives and country. A true Muslim never a miser nor spendthrift. He maintains balance between these two extremes. He is thankful to ALLAH in prosperity. He shows patience in adversity. He knows that the joys and sorrows of this world are temporary.He knows that the purpose of his life is to please ALLAH. Knowledge is obligatory in Islam. A true Muslim learns from the lap of his mother to his grave. He is always broad minded. He ponders over the secrets of nature.He never hesitant in adopting and utilizing the modern technology
In short a true Muslim possesses all the positive and constructive qualities. He is beneficial and useful to his family,society and humanity. But in doing all this, he never ignores the true spirit of Islam."