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Gandhi famously said about Christians:

I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

I realise that in his time the Indian subcontinent was being divided between Hindu regions and Muslim regions, so I would have expected him to have some comment or opinion about Islam or Muslims in general.

Did he ever make a similar comment about Muslims or Islam?

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+1 It fits in history. How come Gandhi, who comment about christianity does not comment about islam, which is a far more influential religion in India. – Jim Thio Dec 30 '12 at 14:07
@Pureferret Ghandi? – Rohit Apr 27 at 12:32
What do you mean by "similar comment"? Are you expecting he said "I like Mohammed but I don't like Muslims?" That's highly unlikely. – Rajib Apr 27 at 16:39
@Rajib something that shows an opinion, for or against. – Pureferret Apr 27 at 16:42
This quote may be wrongly attributed to Gandhi. See this. In any case I don't think there can be a "for-or-against" opinion on any religion by Gandhi. He was trying to unite all under one umbrella. He would thus have (at least publicly) respected all religions. – Rajib Apr 27 at 16:50

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Mahatma Gandhi famously said about Mohammad:

I wanted to know the best of life of the one who holds today the undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than convinced that… it was the rigid simplicity, the utter self effacement of the Prophet… his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and his own mission.

Reference Young India pp 11-18, 23rd September 1924

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up vote 9 down vote accepted

The most all encompassing quote I can find is this:

The newspaper report that about a fortnight ago my eldest son Harilal, now nearing fifty years, accepted Islam and that on Friday last 29th May in the midst of a large congregation in the Juma Masjid at Bombay he was permitted to announce his acceptance amid great acclamation and that after his speech was finished, he was besieged by his admirers who vied with one another to shake hands with him. If his acceptance was from the heart and free from any worldly considerations, I should have no quarrel. For I believe Islam to be as true a religion as my own.

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If a sentence starts with "if ..." I alsways want to read the "else ..." statement implied. Does the quote continue? – mart Apr 27 at 13:45
@mart not to my knowledge. – Pureferret Apr 27 at 13:47

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