Do you know of Francis and the Sultan?


Dear friends,

This story of Francis of Asissi and the Sultan was shared in the book, SPEAKING MY MIND, by Tony Campolo.  I share it with you and suggest you see the videos in the comment section.

Kevin

St. Francis meets Sultan Malik al-Kamil | Darvish

https://darvish.wordpress.com/…/st-francis-meets-sultan-malik-al-kamil/

Dec 23, 2008 – In the encounter between them, both Francis and the Sultan were changed. When Francis finally left to return to Italy, the Sultan showered him …

The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s …

https://www.amazon.ca/Saint-Sultan-Crusades-Francis…/038552370X

An intriguing examination of the extraordinary–and little known meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and Islamic leader Sultan Malik Al-Kamil that has strong …

Recent release of ‘Francis and the Sultan’ documentary is perfect timing

https://www.ncronline.org/…/recent-release-francis-and-sultan-document…

Mar 20, 2013 – Review: It was six years in the making, but “In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan” is a great story of Francis’ peacemaking during the …

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21 Responses to Do you know of Francis and the Sultan?

  1. eslkevin says:

    Francis of Assisi – Wikipedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi
    Saint Francis of Assisi born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco ….. According to some late sources, the Sultan gave Francis permission to visit the sacred places in the Holy Land and even to preach there. All that …
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    https://www.lifesitenews.com/…/st-francis-of-assisi-not-a-birkenstock-cla…
    Apr 3, 2008 – During the Fifth Crusade to Egypt, St. Francis of Assisi walked into a Muslim camp in order to preach Christianity and convert the sultan. Rega’s …
    ST. FRANCIS AND THE SULTAN – Robert Lentz
    robertlentz.com/st-francis-and-the-sultan/
    May 23, 2016 – May 23rd, 2016. Fire and light are the central imagery in Brother Robert’s icon of St. Francis and the Sultan. Even the orange background of the …

  2. eslkevin says:

    Franciscan Friars T.O.R. – St. Francis Visits the Sultan of Babylon
    http://www.franciscanfriarstor.com/…/stfrancis/stf_st_francis_and_the_muslims...
    In the thirteenth year of his conversion, Francis journeyed to the regions of Syria, to visit the muslim Sultan of Babylon. Sultan of Babylon.
    St. Francis of Assisi and Sultan al-Kamil: A Bold Christian-Muslim …
    https://sufiways.com/…/st-francis-of-assisi-and-sultan-al-kamil-a-bold-chr…
    May 2, 2016 – by Navid Zaidi St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was the privileged son of a wealthy Italian merchant but gave up his possessions and adopted …
    Did Pope Francis’ namesake St. Francis reach out to Muslims …
    http://www.politifact.com/…/did-popes-namesake-st-francis-reach-out-muslims...
    Sep 22, 2015 – Pope Francis has shown an unusual readiness to take on divisive issues. He has … St. Francis of Assisi meets with Sultan al-Kamil in 1219.
    Saint Francis and the Sultan – John V. Tolan – Oxford University Press
    https://global.oup.com/…/saint-francis-and-the-sultan-9780199239726
    In September, 1219, as the armies of the Fifth Crusade besieged the Egyptian city of Damietta, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik …
    St. Francis and the Sultan | Catholic State of Mind
    catholicstateofmind.com/st-francis-and-the-sultan/
    Apr 17, 2013 – The story of the meeting between Francis of Assisi and Sultan Malek al-Kamil.
    ST FRANCIS AND THE CONVERSION OF THE MUSLIMS | Islam …
    http://www.realclearreligion.com/…/90a6cf37d7a46ec865eea7397276f2d8-34...
    Mar 24, 2008 – Rega has thoroughly researched Francis and stands on firm ground in his telling of the story of Francis and his attempt to convert the Sultan.
    The Friar and the Sultan: Francis of Assisi’s Mission to Egypt | John …
    http://www.academia.edu/…/The_Friar_and_the_Sultan_Francis_of_Assisi_s_...
    Email: john.tolan(a)univ-nantes.fr In September, 1219, Francis of Assisi went to Egypt to preach to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil. Although we in fact know very little …
    In the Footprints of Francis and the Sultan: A Model for Peacemaking …
    http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/reviews/view/25192
    We first read about the extraordinary encounters between St. Francis of Assisi and a Sultan in Edward Hays’s wild, poetic, and imaginative book The Passionate …
    [PDF]St. Francis meets Sultan Malik al-Kamil – Saint Ann Roman Catholic …
    http://www.churchofsaintann.org/…/St.%20Francis%20Meets%20the%20Sulta...
    St. Francis meets Sultan Malik al-Kamil. St. Francis di Bernadone, born in 1182 in Northern Italy, is popularly known and loved as the poor, generous, traveling …
    St. Francis, the sultan, and the promise of peace « The Immanent Frame
    blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2010/…/st-francis-the-sultan-and-the-promise-of-peace/
    Feb 18, 2010 – Among them, journalist Paul Moses (author of The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam, and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace) and …

  3. eslkevin says:

    St. Francis meets Sultan Malik al-Kamil

    Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

    St. Francis di Bernadone, born in 1182 in Northern Italy, is popularly known and loved as the poor, generous, traveling friar who talked with birds, tamed wild beasts and sang the “Canticle of Creation.” But Francis was once also an inter-religious emissary of peace and nonviolence.

    Francis lived in the political turmoil of the 13th Century “Holy Roman Empire,” locked in a culture of war, fought both within the empire as city fought city and without, as the empire united in a series of Crusades against Moslems, Jews and “heretics.” It was during the fifth crusade, in 1219, that Francis began an amazing journey that directly opposed this culture of war and enmity. Christians in his time viewed The Crusades as holy; a complete reversal of the first 300 years of Christianity when disciples of Jesus would not participate in any killing.

    In response, the Sultan of Egypt had decreed that anyone who brought him the head of a Christian should be rewarded with a Byzantine gold piece.

    Francis began his prophetic resistance to the violence of the Crusades by meeting first with his own religious leaders, begging Cardinal Pelagius, the Christian commander, to stop the fighting. Pelagius refused.

    Francis then took a companion, Brother Illuminatus, and set out, unarmed and filled with love for his “enemy” brother, to visit the Sultan of Egypt, Malik-al-Kamil, the nephew of Saladin. The men of the Sultan’s army captured Francis and Illuminatus and dragged them, beaten and exhausted, before the Sultan – just as Francis had wished.

    The Sultan was receptive to these two unarmed messengers from the enemy camp. St. Bonaventure, in his Major Life of St. Francis, described the event, “The sultan asked them by whom and why and in what capacity they had been sent, and how they got there; but Francis replied that they had been sent by God, not by men, to show him and his subjects the way of salvation and proclaim the truth of the Gospel message. When the sultan saw his enthusiasm and courage, he listened to him willingly and pressed him to stay with him.”

    Francis’ enthusiastic desire to share his “good news” with the Sultan, without insulting Islam or refuting Mohammed, was unique and disarming.

    In the encounter between them, both Francis and the Sultan were changed. When Francis finally left to return to Italy, the Sultan showered him with many gifts and treasures. Because he had no interest in worldly wealth, Francis refused them all, except one special gift: an ivory horn used by the muezzin to call the faithful to prayer. On his return, Francis used it to call people for prayer or for preaching.

    Francis also shared with his community his new and deep respect for his Moslem brothers and sisters, breaking down the cycle of enmity and misunderstanding that fueled the Crusades. Francis was especially struck by the Moslem five times daily prayer, and the practice of prostrations in worship of God; his letters urged Christians to adopt a similar practice: To make prayer a part of everyday life, in effect to remember God in everything you do, as in the Sufi zekr.

    Stories of the time told about the change in the Sultan after his encounter with Francis. He placed Francis under his personal security and provided safe-conduct through Muslim states. From then on, several accounts relate that he treated Christian prisoners of war with unprecedented kindness and generosity.

    Francis lives out the core of the Christian mandate: to love one’s enemies, to reach out in respect to those of other religions and cultures.

    Meeting the sultan confirmed to Francis that we are all brothers and sisters. Neither converted the other and yet they met each other as men of God.

    And their meeting appears to have changed more than Francis and the sultan.

    Almost immediately we see some iconography in the eastern world showing these two men. One of the sultan’s own spiritual counselors (a Sufi), it was said, had engraved on his tomb that what changed his life was the meeting between a Christian monk and the sultan in his tent.

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Joyous Kwanza to all🙂

    Ya Haqq!

    from https://darvish.wordpress.com/2008/12/23/st-francis-meets-sultan-malik-al-kamil/

  4. eslkevin says:

    Francis Meets The Sultan
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  5. eslkevin says:

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