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MyLondon news site claims St. George is really Islamic mystical character al-Khidr

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This is one of an endless stream of articles designed to make English people accept the idea that Islam is part and parcel of their cultural heritage, and thus concerns about jihad violence and Sharia oppression are just “racism” and “Islamophobia.”

No one will take any notice of this, but just imagine the outcry if MyLondon published an article claiming that a revered Islamic figure, say, Khalid ibn al-Walid, was really an Islamic copy of a Christian figure.

“Little known story of St George viewed as a mystical character called ‘The Green Man,’” by Ertan Karpazli, MyLondon, October 13, 2021:

We all know the legendary tale of St George and how he slayed the dragon, even if many of us find the story far-fetched and very detached from what we really know about England’s patron saint, especially considering that the dragon didn’t enter the narrative till centuries after his reported martyrdom in the year 303 C.E.

Even if the details of how St George, who was born in modern-day Turkey and raised in his mother’s homeland of Palestine, came to be associated with the British isles are sketchy, St George’s Day on 23rd April always provides a good excuse to go out drinking with our mates.

Then again, when did anyone ever need an excuse?

However, there is another version of the story of St George that the vast majority of us chugging down our pints in honour of a godly man who most likely preached against drinking aren’t aware of.

That being the narrative upheld by an order of Muslim spiritualists and mystics, known as Sufis….

Nonetheless, St George is an important figure for Sufis, who associate him with another mystical character mentioned in the Qur’an known as Al-Khidr, which literally translates from Arabic to “The Green Man”.

The story of Al-Khidr is found in the 18th chapter of the Qur’an, which is titled as Surat al-Kahf, or in English, Chapter of the Cave. In the Qur’an, Al-Khidr is mentioned as a contemporary of the Prophet Moses, who is believed to have been alive over 1,000 years before St George was born.

In the Qur’an, Al-Khidr is introduced as someone who God sends to Moses to educate him about the hidden world of divine knowledge. Owing to his speaking to God and all, Moses comes to believe that he is the most knowledgeable among men. So, God tells Moses to head in a particular direction. The true purpose of his mission remains a secret till he gets to wherever he is going.

Eventually, Moses finds himself at the junction of two seas. Where that is exactly is not known. That’s when he meets Al-Khidr, who takes Moses on an adventure, only on the condition that Moses won’t speak unless he’s spoken to. Moses agrees, and follows Al-Khidr on his journey, where the latter is seen to behave in some shocking and peculiar ways. Every time Moses opens his mouth to question Al-Khidr’s actions, Al-Khidr reminds him of his promise to stay quiet. After witnessing everything he does, Moses receives a debrief from Al-Khidr in which the wisdom behind his deeds is explained. Moses is left humbled, and ultimately concedes to not being as knowledgeable as he thought he was. Al-Khidr is not mentioned in the Qur’an again.

There are different interpretations among Muslim scholars about who this mysterious “Green Man” really is. Some say he was another prophet, while others say he was a saint. A wide range of theories exist regarding his background, but in Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Palestine, he is linked to St George.

Palestinian Christians still regularly travel from Bethlehem and Nazarath to visit a church that was erected in St George’s honour. Right next door to the church stands a mosque, named after Al-Khidr. On St George’s Day, which in Eastern Christianity is marked on May 6, Muslims in the area join Christians in their venerations of the saint….

Who knows, maybe St George was just one of the manifestations of this divine hero who has been with us since the beginning of time. Who is to say that Al-Khidr, or St George, isn’t still walking among us today? So the next time you go out with your mates to celebrate St George’s Day, keep this story in mind. St George might just be sitting by the bar ordering himself an orange juice.

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