Khalil Gibran Quotes
Birth PlaceBsharri, Lebanon
Death PlaceNew York City, United States
The celebrated Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran and American artist Juliet Thompson were neighbors who resided at West 10th Street in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. These two creative individuals became close friends after the Syrian author moved to New York. It was because of Thompson that Gibran became acquainted with the Bahá'í faith. In fact, it wouldn't be incorrect to say that the writer was mesmerized by Abdu’l-Baha, an eminent leader of this religious sect. One day, Gibran—who also dabbled in art and was quite good at it—had requested for a session to paint the portrait of the noted spiritual figure, just eight days after the latter had arrived in New York. In Thompson’s words, “The Master gave him one hour at 6:30 one morning. He made an outstanding head. It doesn't look like the Master—very faint likeness. Great power through the shoulders. A great radiance in the face. It's not a portrait of the Master but it's the work of a great artist. I do consider him a great artist.” Upon completion of the portrait, Abdu’l-Baha observed, “Those who work with the spirit, work well. You have the power of Allah in you." In fact, the Master had created such an impression on the mind of Kahlil, that the eminent poet (who had no intention of converting to the Bahá'í Faith) asked what he could do for the religious patriarch. Abdu’l-Baha said, "Go write me a book". You must have read ‘Jesus, The Son of Man’. Well, that book was dedicated to none other than Abdu’l-Baha.