Quick, someone send this to al-Quaeda!
|Just kidding, terrorists wouldn’t care that’s why they’re terrorists.|
“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).”
English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167.
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Wow, that is beautiful to read!
It would seem that Islam encourages coexistence with other faiths, at least Abrahamic faiths, and mandates that Muslims see to it that this coexistence happens.Neither Judaism nor Christianity encourages such coexistence in our scriptures – tolerance, maybe, but that's hardly acceptance in my book.What disappoints me is that I've yet to see any clear, unequivocal statement from any Jewish denomination or from any mainstream or evangelical Christian denomination that mandates their followers practice the same level of coexistence. (Maybe a few of the very small peace churches, such as Quakers or left-leaning Mennonites have, but certainly my church [Episcopal, generally regarded as liberal] has not.) If they issue statements regarding Islamophobia at all, it's along the lines of "Gee, maybe you should be nice to them" while failing to acknowledge that we all pray to the one God.
Whoa, that last bit… this is an alliance that was supposed to last until the end of the world!
And so let it be!We will fulfill the Prophet's wishes even as our brothers and sisters refuse, and live peacefully amongst people of all faiths, and atheists.
It makes me sad to see things like this. Jesus and Mohammed both brought messages of peace, and yet both of them have (alleged) followers who ignore those messages and instead kill in their names.It's not a Muslim or Christian trait specifically, but my point is, if everybody who professed to follow Jesus and Mohammed actually did, there'd be that much less bloodshed in the world.