Was William Shakespeare a Muslim?

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I read from The Merchant of Venice, Act 4, Scene 1

The quality of mercy is not strain’d,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
‘Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God’s
When mercy seasons justice. Therefore, Jew,
Though justice be thy plea, consider this,
That, in the course of justice, none of us
Should see salvation: we do pray for mercy;
And that same prayer doth teach us all to render
The deeds of mercy. I have spoke thus much
To mitigate the justice of thy plea;
Which if thou follow, this strict court of Venice
Must needs give sentence ‘gainst the merchant there.

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Hadith on Mercy:

Abu Huraira reported:

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When Allah decreed the creation, he wrote in his Book with him on his Throne: My mercy prevails over my wrath.”

Source: Sahih Bukhari 3022, Sahih Muslim 2751

27 COMMENTS

  1. I think a more relevent question would be…
    Did Sir Francis Bacon compose the Shakespearian plays?
    I can almost see Sir Francis Bacon shaking his spear and laughing heartily about an actor who could only sign his name with an 'X'…
    Was Sir Francis Bacon a Muslim?
    Look it up, it's a clever play on words…and it is history…

    That dear Sir Francis Bacon
    Quite a talent quite a card
    Shaking his spear
    And laughing most hard

  2. “Sheikh Zubair “ may not have been a Muslim, but there is no doubt that , in the 14th and 15th centuries, Europe was a net importer of culture from the Middle East. Forks, for example. Tabby cats were named for the renowned striped fabric from the Tabiyyeh region of Iraq

  3. No… …. But I.. Amm.. My William part is NOT Muslim.. Not Christian and not Buddhist.. But Interesting.. He used to be a sikh and now he's not sick. But since you don't know what religion he follows.. I'll let you find out later. Thanks for celebrating my Holiday. 🙂

  4. His burial is very much like a Muslim, simply wrapped, no coffin…..was he actually Sheikh Zubair…? Many unknown things about such a famous man are missing , perhaps whitewashed to hide the fact of his accepted faith.

  5. And at last – finally- one has an 'explanation' for why the most beautiful ( and most popular?) English translation of the Qur'an, till date, is the one written by the great Abdullah Yusuf Ali.

    Sheikh Ali appealed to the English ear using the 'God-given' natural disposition of so many Shakespearan verses. His choice of words to try to render the Arabic both accurately & eloquently is still unsurpassed by any subsequent translation.( In my humble opinion).

    Masha ALLAH. So many learned English men & women of Ali's time indeed embraced Islam.

  6. Calling Shakespeare a muslim is a proof you do not know what Islam is (Law) and what Christianity is (Law/Gospel distinction = Jesus). In 7' it is revealed this lack of knowledge about these two religions. Shakespeare was aware of the christian doctrine that no man can be saved through his works and all are always sinful and that only in Jesus we can find salvation.

  7. When the late Qaddafi once stated that Shakespeare was Sheikh Subair!
    Everybody had laughed at him at that time. More research might bring it out the truth!

  8. We hv to accept the reality that some non Muslims are given hidayah or the guidance from Allah SWT even when no Muslim people are around them to educate them abt Islam. Recently just saw a video abt a Muslim American revert who became a Muslim only by reading the Quran everyday. He said his Syahada alone & then learn to do solat by following & watching Islamic videos on YouTube.

  9. Back in my school days when I was fascinated by the Shakespearian literature I too had this notion that Shakespeare was Muslim. Reason being some of his literary devices in his work I thought was inspired from Quran which itself is an exemplary piece of literature.

    No matter how many times we read or listen to the recitation of Surah Ar Rahman repetition of
    فَبِأَىِّ آلَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ
     “So which of the favors of your Lord would you deny?” does not bore us. I don’t know of any other playwright other than Shakespeare who used this literary device of repetition so beautifully in his play Julius Ceasar “Brutus is an honorable man”

  10. In the past there were significant Muslim settlements in Italy; there is architectural evidence in place today, although not as well-known as in Spain. Also, Italians to this day use bidets in their bathrooms, which is the norm compared to other European countries like Germany, for example. Several of Shakespeare's stories took place in Italy. It's not unusual he would have come across some of the Muslim literature from Italy.

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