About Kahlil Gibran....

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  1. arthra

    arthra Baha'i

    Dec 1, 2003
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    On another forum someone asked about the religion of Kahlil Gibran and I responded with the following information:

    Khalil Gibran was a Maronite Christian. His poetry , artistry and vision became world famous from Lebanon to New York, Boston and beyond.

    Gibran’s The Prophet had great renown. Although The Garden of the Prophet had a main character “Al Mustafa” he was not referring to Prophet Muhammad.

    He was excommunicated from the Maronite Church and exiled from Lebanon. The excommunication was later rescinded.

    Soon after the publication of the original Arabic version of Spirits Rebellious at the turn of the century, considerable agitation developed. The book was publicly burned in the Beirut market place by Maronite Church and Ottoman State officials who judged it fiercely dangerous to the peace of the country. Gibran’s bitter denunciation of both religious and political injustice brought his anticipated exile from the country. As he was already living in Paris to study art at the time, it meant not returning to Lebanon rather than having to leave. However, he was also excommunicated from the Church, which can be considered serious in a country where much civil identity and justice was based on religious membership — not to mention the popular idea that God did not allow excommunicated souls into his Heaven. It was the short story “Khalil the Heretic” that set off the religious and political authorities. ..By 1931, the Ottoman Empire had broken, and Lebanon was part of greater Syria. Gibran had been taken back into communion with the Maronites who did not want to leave the best-known Lebanese poet out in the cold.

    Khalil Gibran: Spirits Rebellious

    Gibran wrote “Jesus The Son of Man” and was supposed to have said that Abdul-Baha was his inspiration:


    He met Abdul-Baha and made a portrait of Him:

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