Archive | August, 2014

Letter

17 Aug

 This text is from the Achtiname (ashtinameh or ahdnama) Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad claimed to have been personally bestowed on the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai in the second year of the Hijrah as protection of Christians living under Muslim rule. It was dictated by the Prophet and inscribed by Ali bin Abi Talib. The original was taken to Istanbul by the Ottoman Caliph Selim I in 1517 and replaced with a certified copy.
According to the monks, the Prophet visited the monastery, built at the foot of Mount Sinai where Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments, and enclosing the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush. The living bush on its grounds is purportedly the one seen by Moses. 
St. Catherine’s is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Interfaith marriage

17 Aug

 

“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).”