In the Name of God, the Kind, the Beautiful
In the wake of the horrific suicide bombing in Alexandria, Egypt, an American Muslim Peter Gray penned an excellent blog post about Muslim-Christian relations. Read the entire piece here.
Yet, what struck me deeply was the charter dictated by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when a group of monks from St. Catherine’s Monastery in Sinai came to seek his protection. Here is the text:
This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them.
Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.
No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet.
Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.
The Muslims are to fight for them.
If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.
Their churches are to be respected.
They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).
This shows that the barbarians behind this attack are not true Muslims…for if they were, they would never have done this. These people have betrayed everything for which Islam and its Prophet (pbuh) stands. I pray they are brought to justice.