An American Revert Appealing to Muslims' Humanity

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  1. MHQadri

    MHQadri Active Member

    So relevant in our times...
     
  2. MHQadri

    MHQadri Active Member

    An interesting man: George Bethune English- An American revert of early 1800's.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Bethune_English

    Read his narrative about Egypt...

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/17592/17592-h/17592-h.htm

    ": I appealed to their humanity, to their sense of duty towards God and man, to engage them to go and save him. Finding them deaf to my entreaties, I offered them money, and Khalil Aga his musket, to bring him safe and sound to the river. I appealed to their humanity in vain, and to their avarice without effect. We told them that the Christians, in a case of this kind, would send not one but forty men, if necessary, to go and save a fellow creature from the horrible death of desert famine; and that heaven would surely require at their hands the life of this young man, if they neglected to save him"

    Read the footnote:

    "The traveler gave him water, and placed him on his dromedary, and brought him to the river, but he was too far gone; he died in a half an hour after he reached it. The last words he spoke, this man told me, related to his God, his prophet, and his mother: this traveler dug his grave and buried him. I told this man that I had offered a reward at Seboo to whoever would bring this unfortunate young man to the river, and that I would give the money to him as a recompense for having done all he could do in such a case. The man, to my astonishment, replied, "that it was not money that he would take as a reward for what he had done; that he would receive no reward for it but from the hands of God, who would pay more for it than I could." I told him that I was happy to have found a Mussulman mindful of the precepts of the Koran, which inculcate charity and benevolence to all those who are in distress, and that the record of such deeds would occupy a great space on the almost blank page of our good actions."
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    The above was in 1820's.
     

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