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“IF THE MOUNTAIN WON’T COME TO MUHAMMAD, THEN MUHAMMAD MUST GO TO THE MOUNTAIN”
Weirdly, many people believe that this quote not only stems from the Koran but was spoken by the prophet Muhammad himself. As it turns out, Muhammad was not in the habit of referring to himself in the third person.
The real source of the quote was English essayist, playwright, and celebrity Shakespeare impersonator Francis Bacon, who confused Muhammad with his would-be successor Museylamah.
Museylamah supposedly tried to summon a hill to pray on top of, but after the hill stubbornly refused to budge, the prophet “never a whit abashed” walked to the hill instead.
The quote is also frequently interpreted to mean that opportunity must be sought out instead of just waiting and hoping it comes to you, when its proper meaning is actually “hills will not do what you ask them to do.”Wikimedia Commons 19/09/2013