: Henry de Castries

16-09-2012, 06:16 AM
Henry de Castries (1850-1927)
Conte Henry de La Croix Castries was a Christian French writer. He was a lieutenant in the French Army in Algeria and spent a long time in North Africa. Among his books, a mention may be made of Les Signes De Validation Des Chrifs Sdiens; L'Islam, Impressions Et Etudes; and others.
From L'Islam, Impressions Et Etudes:
Confusing beauty
The mind is confused over the fact of how these signs are produced by an unlettered man and it is well-recognized in the East that the human mind could not produce the like of these signs in word and meaning. When Utbah ibn Rabah heard them, he was confused over their beauty, and their highly elaborate composition was sufficient to convince Umar ibn al-Khattb, upon hearing them, to believe in the Lord of him who uttered them. Also, when Jafar ibn Abu Tlib recited Srat Maryam before the Negus of Abyssinia, his eyes overflowed with tears.[1] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn1)
I am not something new among the messengers
The Quran in relation with the Torah is like the Torah in relation with the Psalms or, say, Muhammad in relation with Jesus is like Jesus in relation with Moses, except that the Quran is the last divine book to be revealed to the people and Muhammad is the last of the Prophets. In other words, there will be no book after the Quran nor will there be a Prophet after Muhammad, and, after it, never will you find in the words of Allh any change.[2] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn2)
He had no fault
During the first stage of Muhammads life, his perfect faith, sincerity and truthfulness were unquestionable. In the second stage of his life, this faith was not shaken in his heart even as little as an atom. The victory bestowed upon him was supposed to strengthen his faith, but his belief had previously reached the farthest peak of completion with which no increase was possible. He had no fault and what is attributed to him[3] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn3) in this respect could, by no means, affect his pure biography.[4] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn4)
As such said Jean-Jacques Rousseau
We, the western community, could not understand the meanings of the Quran as they really are because it differs from our own notions and the backgrounds in which our peoples have been brought up. But even though, this should not cause us to oppose its effect on the minds of the Arabs. However, Jean-Jacques Rousseau had done well when he said: One may learn Arabic a bit and then read the Quran and laugh at it. Therefore, had he heard Muhammad dictating it to the people in this classic elaborate language, with his gratifying, invigorating and impressively convincing voice, he would have prostrated himself on the ground and called him O Prophet, the Messenger of God, lead us to the positions of honor and pride or to the stations of destruction and risks: for your sake, we like nothing but death or victory.[5] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn5)
The well-preserved mystery
Muhammad brought the Quran as an indication to the truth of his message and, to this day, it is still one of the mysteries whose ambiguities are too difficult to unknot. None will be able to fathom that well-preserved mystery unless he believes that it is revealed from God.[6] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn6)
An irrefutable fact
After having read the history, I concluded to the fact that the Muslims did not deal harshly with the Christians. To the contrary, they treated them with good companionship and pleasant flattery a sense missing with any people other than the Muslims at that time, especially since pity and compassion were symbols of weakness in the sight of the Europeans. This is indeed an irrefutable fact.[7] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn7)
It still spreads its wings
Had the religion of Muhammad spread by force and coercion, it would have then ceased with the end of the conquests of the Muslims. But the Quran is still seen to spread its wings over all parts of the land.[8] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn8)
Comprehensively to mankind
One of Islams traits is its being a religion of mercy. It promises Paradise and bliss to all believers without discrimination. The fighter dies as a martyr and the scholar only recites the Quran, yet both are accepted by God. The poor has a high position and the rich also a lofty rank.[9] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn9)
It indeed impresses hearts
Were the Quran to have nothing other than its brilliant meanings and beautiful words, it would be sufficient to preoccupy thoughts and impress hearts.[10] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftn10)

[1] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref1) Henry de Castries, L'Islam, Impressions Et Etudes, (adapted from the Arabic translation), 43.

[2] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref2) Ibid. 51.

[3] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref3) By some European writers.

[4] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref4) Ibid. 52.

[5] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref5) Ibid. 44.

[6] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref6) Ibid. 46.

[7] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref7) Ibid. 79.

[8] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref8) Ibid. 131.

[9] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref9) Ibid. 139.

[10] (http://islamstory.com/en/node/36728#_ftnref10) Ibid. 46.