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Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Privileges and Protection to Christians

Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Privileges to Christians
Prophet Muhammad's Charter of Privileges to ChristiansMWC

When Christians, Jews, others and governments violate Muslims it is wrong. Equally wrong is when Muslims and Muslim governments violate those of other faiths. The world is in turmoil here and abroad. When we see in Iraq and elsewhere killing and expelling Christians, ethnic minorities and mistreatment of women; know it is so far removed from true Islamic tenets.

Nowhere in the Quran or Hadith will you find a directive to murder, maim or expel those of other faiths. To the contrary, Muslims are to respect their beliefs and protect them if they are minorities in a Muslim ruled society.

Islam is replete with examples of Muslims, Christians and Jews peacefully coexisting.

In 628 AD, St. Catherine’s Monastery located at the foot of Mt. Sinai and is the world’s oldest monastery possessing the second largest collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican sent a delegation to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) requesting his protection.
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) responded by granting them the below charter of rights.

"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 God! 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)." - Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Note the ending “No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world)."

This charter gives Christians living in Muslim lands rights and privileges without asking of them anything in return. They did not have to become Muslim or alter their beliefs in order to enjoy these rights and protections.

This is a directive Muslims are to obey to the end of the world. We are not to be rabble-rousers spreading corruption in the land. We are to live peacefully with our neighbors- only defending against those that are aggressors and oppressors.

This is true Islam. This is fundamental Islam.

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