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.

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