Saint Francis and the Sultan

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In 1219 Saint Francis of Assisi left, together with a few companions, on a pilgrimage to Egypt. Crossing the lines between the sultan and the Crusaders in Damietta, he was received by the sultan Melek-el-Kamel.

Francis challenged the Muslim scholars to a test of true religion by fire; but they retreated. When Francis proposed to enter the fire first, under the condition that if he left the fire unharmed, the sultan would have to recognize Christ as the true God, the sultan was so impressed that he allowed Francis to preach to his subjects.

Though Francis did not succeed in converting the sultan, the last words of the sultan to Francis of Assisi were: “Pray for me that God may deign to reveal to me that law and faith which is most pleasing to Him.”

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    6 Responses to Saint Francis and the Sultan

    1. No one likes a show-off Francis.

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    2. But it’s 3D on a 2D object. WOAH

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    3. He should have known that Islam already recognizes Christ, but as a prophet, a messinger from God, and not the child of God, for God, everlasting has no need of children.

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    4. In the sense of children beeing the vessel of propagation of the parrent.

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    5. It doesn’t say that Francis delivered. The sultan was just impressed by his big mouth. She should have forced Francis to deliver, like ’10 minutes in the flames, man’. That would have been fun. Seeing the look on Francis’ face when his feet get scorched and his clothes catch on fire…
      Sultan: Oops, well, how did *that* happen?’

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