Prophet Muhammad's (S.A.A.W) promise to christians


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A Picture of Prophet Muhammad's Letter to St. Catherine's Monastery



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Dr. Muqtedar Khan | 08.22.2010


This article was published in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette [03.25.2007], Daily News Egypt [03.09.2007], AltMuslim [03.03.2007], Pakistan Link, Middle East Window, Turkish Daily News [04.10.2007 ], OpEd news [03.19.2007], Ikhwanweb [02.11.07], and many other places..

Muslims and Christians together constitute over fifty percent of the world and if they lived in peace, we will be half way to world peace. One small step that we can take towards fostering Muslim-Christian harmony is to tell and retell positive stories and abstain from mutual demonization. In this article I propose to remind both Muslims and Christians about a promise that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) made to Christians. The knowledge of this promise can have enormous impact on Muslim conduct towards Christians. Muslims generally respect the precedent of their Prophet and try to practice it in their lives.

In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherines Monastery came to Prophet Muhammed and requested his protection. He responded by granting them a charter of rights, which I reproduce below in its entirety. St. Catherines Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the worlds oldest monastery. It possess a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1400 years under Muslim protection.

The Promise to St. Catherine:

"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)."

The first and the final sentence of the charter are critical. They make the promise eternal and universal. Muhammed asserts that Muslims are with Christians near and far straight away rejecting any future attempts to limit the promise to St. Catherine alone. By ordering Muslims to obey it until the Day of Judgment the charter again undermines any future attempts to revoke the privileges. These rights are inalienable. Muhammed declared Christians, all of them, as his allies and he equated ill treatment of Christians with violating Gods covenant.

A remarkable aspect of the charter is that it imposes no conditions on Christians for enjoying its privileges. It is enough that they are Christians. They are not required to alter their beliefs, they do not have to make any payments and they do not have any obligations. This is a charter of rights without any duties!
The document is not a modern human rights treaty but even thought it was penned in 628 A.D. it clearly protects the right to property, freedom of religion, freedom of work, and security of the person.

I know most readers, must be thinking so what? Well the answer is simple. Those who seek to foster discord among Muslims and Christians focus on issues that divide and emphasize areas of conflict. But when resources such as Muhammads promise to Christians is invoked and highlighted it builds bridges. It inspires Muslims to rise above communal intolerance and engenders good will in Christians who might be nursing fear of Islam or Muslims.

When I look at Islamic sources, I find in them unprecedented examples of religious tolerance and inclusiveness. They make me want to become a better person. I think the capacity to seek good and do good inheres in all of us. When we subdue this predisposition towards the good, we deny our fundamental humanity. In this holiday season, I hope all of us can find time to look for something positive and worthy of appreciation in the values, cultures and histories of other peoples.

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Allah o Akbar. Yeh ghalat fehmian aur insanon main nafratain, molana diesel jaise log phailate hain apne faiday ke liye. Allah hamain ilm hasil krnay aur naik amal kfnay ki tofeea farmae. Ameen.

Why did this anchor have to interrupt him before his conclusion :(


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اب تو ترکی میں حالات بہت بہتر ہیں - دوسری بات یہ کہ اس خط کے بارے میں کہ یہ واقعی اپنی اصلی حالت میں ہے مجھے کچھ شبہ ہے میں اس بات سے انکار نہیں کررہا کہ رسول اللہ ﷺ نے اگر اس طرح کا خط لکھا تو آپ نے یہی باتیں لکھوائی ہوں گی لیکن اس کا رسم الخط اور اس پر کعبتہ اللہ کی ڈرائینگ اور آپ کے ہاتھ کا نقش یہ چیزیں مجھے اس کے اصلی ہونے کے بارے میں شک میں ڈال رہے ہیں اللہ ہی بہتر جانتا ہے - لیکن ان سب باتوں کے باوجود ہمیں اس بات پر زور دینا چاہئے کہ اسلام دوسرے مذاہب کے ماننے والوں سے بلاوجہ کی مخاصمت اور دشمنی کو پسند نہیں کرتا

خیر تحقیق تو کی جا سکتی ہے
یہ بات میں بھی سوچ رہا تھا

لیکن آپ کے سارے خطوط کسی دوسرے کے لکھے ہوے ہوتے تھے

آپ کی مہر ہوتی تھی

میں نے جو قرآن کریم کی آیت بھی ساتھ پوسٹ کی ہے اس کا مفھوم بھی یہی ہے

الله تعالیٰ نے فرمایا ہے کہ اہل کتاب سے بہت ہی مدلل طریقے سے بات کرو

ہان وہ ہمارے سے اچھی طرح پیش نہی آئیں گے کیوں کہ وہ ہمارے رسول کو رسول نہی مانتے ، اور ویسے بھی ان کی نذر میں رسول کا مقام چھوٹا ہوتا ہے خدا کے بیٹے سے

بالکل ایسے ہی جیسے ہم لوگ قادیانیوں کو نہی مانتے ، یہودی عیسا یوں کو نہی مانتے

لیکن یہ بڑی بات ہے کہ انہوں نے رسول کریم کا خط سمبھال کر رکھا ہوا ہے

آپ کی کوئی تحریر کیسے ضآیه ہو سکتی ہے
(Note: I am commenting to this post in context of complete program "Faisla Awam Ka".)

I am strong supporter of PTI.
Everyone wants peace and every political party is on one page to solve terrorism with dialogue and military action as a part of political strategy.

But as our society is very extremist, there are religious extremists and on the other hand apparent enlightened moderated extremists, we should realize our enemy is not clear so we can go and destroy them when these criminal terrorists attack our mosques, churches etc.

Criminal terrorists have no religion, they have no humanity, they are worse than animals, they are mercenaries who are ready to kill, murder and bomb for money, they are using and exploiting religion as a shield, they are disguised so they are powerful, we can only defeat by dialogues so we can separate them that Why they are fighting?

We have already sacrificed a lot, we need to be patient and believe in whom we have voted.

By talking in media or in streets that we should teach them lesson and tame them or we should seek only political peaceful solution is never going to bring peace, we need to trust our leadership that they will pull us out of quagmire of terrorism managed and funded by our apparent allies and so called well wishers.


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Social, historical and political aspects of Christian communities in subcontinent and Pakistan

The Christian minority was hit hard by the bloody events of Peshawar andthe pope labeled it Hate driven. Not so sure are the people of Pakistan as tothe intent . Many try to see a linkbetween Nawaz Sharif's prospective effort to convince Western leaders to stopwasting money on war and many say that this event was meant to drum upsupport for perpetual war. Its sister event in Kenya mall gives support to thisthesis . An article in "TheNews" also quote some so called "Taliban" spokesman saying thatthis is in response to drone attacks. This is sinister news as drones might notstop and so by implication these attacks will not stop too! On reason that Muslim empire hit the borders of Oxus on hand and Spain onthe other and then lasted for a long time till to date with littlediminishing except in format is thatIslam offered six things which were not available to conquered lot upto thattime . These were guarantee of : a) Life b)Honour c)Wealth d)Invitation to brotherhood of Islam i.e equalitye)Low Taxation f) Allowance in most cases to follow their own religion unhindered .God had made Muslims an almost superpower not once but two and half timesin the ancient world. Unlike middleeast where frictionexisted owing to crusader invasion and Christian Muslim wars the situation wasdifferent in the Subcontinent .While recorded history goes back to southern India but in relativelyrecent times , it was Akbar who gave a foot hold to Portuguese priests and theywere most welcome to discuss and compare their faith in the courts. Jahangirkept a picture of Mary and encouraged hearing of Christian lectures and whensome two young ladies of biradariconverted to Christianity and took refuge in Portuguese churches which thenstood in Lahore and Agra, he probably did not intervene for the family of thegirls . Jahangir also allowed his Christian doctor to carry a young Muslimdancing girl for marriage from his court , something which was unheard off tillthat time . When Shahjahan came, along came the ladyof the Taj , Mumtaz Mahal , whose relative girls were not returned by the Portuguese, she got the Agra and Lahore churches demolished. No other Christian communitywas touched Dara Shikoh the son and heirapparent of Shah Jehan seemed like a spiritualist rather than a Muslim to someand he was interested in Hinduism andChristianity. It seems that there was something in Dara Shikoh that letters werewritten back home to Christian leaders that once Dara Shikoh ascends the throne, India's state religion will become Christianity . Aurengzeb was the spoilerthis time to convert India to Christianityand Dara Shikoh's was gotten rid off as a rival but the official alibi was thatDara left the fold of Islam while in captivity. During this period the menace of Portugueseinvasions via waterways in Bengal started , they would suddenly appear and makewhole villages slaves and would boast that they convert into Christianity morein a day than all the Padris of India put together in one year . Aurengzeb puta stop to this enslavement andinvasions. Then start the English period , churches were parts of cantonmentsand even till partition Priests were gazzetted officers not like our freelancermullahs . Just as Muslims did not succeed to convert many Brahmins to Islam sowere Christians unsuccessful in converting higher caste Hindus and those who converted were low caste , i.eoriginal dark Indian races . So inPakistan till forty years back Christians were limited to Cantonments , Sialkotand seemingly kept coming from across border as people say that at PartitionChristian community was much smaller. In the beginning this community was at the fore front of nursing andSanitary duties for municipal committees . Considerable racial mixing seems tohave occurred and no longer is an average Christian very dark with wide lips ,nose etc as we have seen them when we were young . Their economic development is still slow and they need special help . Theyare the only minority community except for some desert Hindus of this countrywho are less well off than average Pakistani . Christians of Pakistan are not awell guided community. The crime in andaddictions in menfolks is very high, just see figures from Islamabad courts,women are breadwinners in many households . One reason of friction in poorincome neighbourhoods is that Christian community from villages is used foroccupying illegally government lands by land mafias .In Islamabad , if your seegoogle Earth you will be surprised at the area of prime lands occupied by thiscommunity as so called Katchi abaddis . Surrounding posh area residentscomplain of thefts. Another three source of frictionsare firstly that Christians are in the forefront of industrial labour actionsin some parts of Punjab , second is that Christian youths mix socially withneighbouring muslim community girls at some places and thirdly it is simplecompetition . There is no doubt that Christians of Pakistan are discriminated againstdespite the fact that like Pathans they are the only one left who do not shunphysical labour although their younger generation youth are not easy stuff tocontrol . Policemen in Islamabad are reported to use Christian youth forconducting Robberies for a service is now a favourite destinationof Christian women . All the above said , what is important that like Muslim community in UK ,Christians are a minority and like all minorities in the world are always atdanger of cleanup . In general my advise to minorities is that they avoid toohigh risk politics , as history shows that be that Jews of Spain or Christiansof Iraq or Muslims of France , minorities are always at high risk . Many would argue with me that this is not true but history tells us otherwise. It is not advisable for Christian community to affiliate too much with foreign NGOs and missions and best forthem is to be seen as main streamaverage patriotic Pakistani . Theburning of tyres on Roads and stoning private cars by Christian communities inlatest protests is not a good sign andthey should avoid it even in genuine protests. There are forces in Pakistan whowant destruction of Pakistan and counter feeling of someone whose car isdamaged can go far in local settings andinflame wide spread riots helped by secret hands . Most Christians of Pakistan feel themselves to be Patriotic Pakistanis andwish to be treated equally and honourable but local western embassies seem tohave other ideas for their own usage and many employ them in preference. In our part of world we have all types of prejudices and though Muslimsconsider Hazrat Isa as a prophet of God the New Testament regards him a jewish reformer ,many considerChristianity not a seperate faith but reformed and modified form of judaism .Many outsiders wonder that if jesus (Isa) was really believed to be son of Godby early Christians then why were his teaching put along that of Bani israelprophets who were acclaimed humans . But then such issues is not the subject of this discourse and we pray thatGod is kind to all the departed souls .


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For those who r in favor of Taliban and for those who are against peace talks

Testament of Muhammad (saw)


Translation in English

Muhammad the son of Abd Allah, the Messenger of Allah, and careful guardian of the whole world; has wrote the present instrument to all those who are in his national people, and of his own religion, as a secure and positive promise to be accomplished to the Christian nation, and relations of the Nazarene, whosoever they may be, whether they be the noble or the vulgar, the honorable or otherwise, saying thus.
I. Whosoever of my nation shall presume to break my promise and oath, which is contained in this present agreement, destroys the promise of God, acts contrary to the oath, and will be a resister of the faith, (which God forbid) for he becomes worthy of the curse, whether he be the King himself, or a poor man, or whatever person he may be.
II. That whenever any of the monks in his travels shall happen to settle upon any mountain, hill, village, or other habitable place, on the sea, or in deserts, or in any convent, church, or house of prayer, I shall be in the midst of them, as the preserver and protector of them, their goods and effects, with my soul, aid, and protection, jointly with all my national people; because they are a part of my own people, and an honor to me.
III. Moreover, I command all officers not to require any poll-tax on them, or any other tribute, because they shall not be forced or compelled to anything of this kind.
IV. None shall presume to change their judges or governors, but they shall remain in their office, without being deported.
V. No one shall molest them when they are travelling on the road.
VI. Whatever churches they are possessed of, no one is to deprive them of them.
VII. Whosoever shall annul any of one of these my decrees, let him know positively that he annuls the ordinance of God.
VIII. Moreover, neither their judges, governors, monks, servants, disciples, or any others depending on them, shall pay any poll-tax, or be molested on that account, because I am their protector, wherever they shall be, either by land or sea, east or west, north or south; because both they and all that belong to them are included in this my promissory oath and patent.
IX. And of those that live quietly and solitary upon the mountains, they shall exact neither poll-tax nor tithes from their incomes, neither shall any Muslim partake of what they have; for they labor only to maintain themselves.
X. Whenever the crop of the earth shall be plentiful in its due time, the inhabitants shall be obliged out of every bushel to give them a certain measure.
XI. Neither in time of war shall they take them out of their habitations, nor compel them to go to the wars, nor even then shall they require of them any poll-tax.
In these eleven chapters is to be found whatever relates to the monks, as to the remaining seven chapters, they direct what relates to every Christian.
XII. Those Christians who are inhabitants, and with their riches and traffic are able to pay the poll-tax, shall pay no more than twelve drachms.
XIII. Excepting this, nothing shall be required of them, according to the express order of God, that says, Do not molest those that have a veneration for the books that are sent from God, but rather in a kind manner give of your good things to them, and converse with them, and hinder everyone from molesting them [29:46].
XIV. If a Christian woman shall happen to marry a Muslim man, the Muslim shall not cross the inclination of his wife, to keep her from her church and prayers, and the practice of her religion.
XV. That no person hinder them from repairing their churches.
XVI. Whosoever acts contrary to my grant, or gives credit to anything contrary to it, becomes truly an apostate to God, and to his divine apostle, because this protection I have granted to them according to this promise.
XVII. No one shall bear arms against them, but, on the contrary, the Muslims shall wage war for them.
XVIII. And by this I ordain, that none of my nation shall presume to do or act contrary to this my promise, until the end of the world.
[Pococke, Richard. A Description of the East and Some other Countries. A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World: Many of which are Now First Translated Into English. Ed. John Pinkerton. London: Longman, 1809. 389-391.]
English Translation of the Achtiname by Anton F. Haddad:
This is a letter which was issued by Mohammed, Ibn Abdullah, the Messenger, the Prophet, the Faithful, who is sent to all the people as a trust on the part of God to all His creatures, that they may have no plea against God hereafter. Verily God is the Mighty, the Wise. This letter is directed to the embracers of Islam, as a covenant given to the followers of Nazarene in the East and West, the far and near, the Arabs and foreigners, the known and the unknown.
This letter contains the oath given unto them, and he who disobeys that which is therein will be considered a disobeyer and a transgressor to that whereunto he is commanded. He will be regarded as one who has corrupted the oath of God, disbelieved His Testament, rejected His Authority, despised His Religion, and made himself deserving of His Curse, whether he is a Sultan or any other believer of Islam. Whenever monks, devotees and pilgrims gather together, whether in a mountain or valley, or den, or frequented place, or plain, or church, or in houses of worship, verily we are [at the] back of them and shall protect them, and their properties and their morals, by Myself, by My Friends and by My Assistants, for they are of My Subjects and under My Protection.
I shall exempt them from that which may disturb them; of the burdens which are paid by others as an oath of allegiance. They must not give anything of their income but that which pleases them--they must not be offended, or disturbed, or coerced or compelled. Their judges should not be changed or prevented from accomplishing their offices, nor the monks disturbed in exercising their religious order, or the people of seclusion be stopped from dwelling in their cells.
No one is allowed to plunder the pilgrims, or destroy or spoil any of their churches, or houses of worship, or take any of the things contained within these houses and bring it to the houses of Islam. And he who takes away anything therefrom, will be one who has corrupted the oath of God, and, in truth, disobeyed His Messenger.
Poll-taxes should not be put upon their judges, monks, and those whose occupation is the worship of God; nor is any other thing to be taken from them, whether it be a fine, a tax or any unjust right. Verily I shall keep their compact, wherever they may be, in the sea or on the land, in the East or West, in the North or South, for they are under My Protection and the testament of My Safety, against all things which they abhor.
No taxes or tithes should be received from those who devote themselves to the worship of God in the mountains, or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands. No one has the right to interfere with their affairs, or bring any action against them. Verily this is for aught else and not for them; rather, in the seasons of crops, they should be given a Kadah for each Ardab of wheat (about five bushels and a half) as provision for them, and no one has the right to say to them this is too much, or ask them to pay any tax.
As to those who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants, the poll-tax to be taken from them must not exceed twelve Dirhams a head per year (i.e. about 45 cents).
They shall not be imposed upon by anyone to undertake a journey, or to be forced to go to wars or to carry arms; for the Islams have to fight for them. Do no dispute or argue with them, but deal according to the verse recorded in the Koran, to wit: Do not dispute or argue with the People of the Book but in that which is best [29:46]. Thus they will live favored and protected from everything which may offend them by the Callers to religion (Islam), wherever they may be and in any place they may dwell.
Should any Christian woman be married to a Musulman, such marriage must not take place except after her consent, and she must not be prevented from going to her church for prayer. Their churches must be honored and they must not be withheld from building churches or repairing convents.
They must not be forced to carry arms or stones; but the Islams must protect them and defend them against others. It is positively incumbent upon every one of the Islam nation not to contradict or disobey this oath until the Day of Resurrection and the end of the world.
[Haddad, Anton F., trans. The Oath of the Prophet Mohammed to the Followers of the Nazarene. New York: Board of Counsel, 1902; H-Bahai: Lansing, MI: 2004]
For other translations of the Achtiname, including the lists of witnesses, refer to The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (Angelico Press / Sophia Perennis, 2013) by Dr. John Andrew Morrow.
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