Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

Source: CT

Covenantal Theology: Can Muhammad’s Ancient Promise Inspire Muslim-Christian Peace Today?

“Blasphemy is a serious offense,” wrote judge Asif Khosa, “but the insult of the appellant’s religion … was also not short of being blasphemous.”

He referenced a 2013 book by John Morrow, a Canadian convert to Islam. The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World is an academic study of six treaties commanding the kind treatment of Christians, reportedly dated to the seventh century.

Each similar in scope, they command Muslims not to attack peaceful Christian communities, to aid in the construction and repair of churches, and even to allow self-regulation of tax payments.

It is “nothing short of providential,” Morrow wrote, that they have been “rediscovered” at a time of widespread Islamist violence against the Christians of the Middle East.

“For Muslims, it means a wake-up call, an awareness that they have deviated from the Islamic tradition,” Morrow told Patheos, the religion and spirituality website.

“[It] requires that Muslims not only tolerate Christians, but love them as their brothers and sisters.”

This resonates with Mustafa Akyol, Turkish author of Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty.

“The Supreme Court of Pakistan must be congratulated,” he said. “Both for saving Asia Bibi from execution, as well as taking great pains to explain why this was the right Islamic thing to do.”

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Categories: Asia, Blasphemy, Pakistan

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  1. It requires that Muslims not only tolerate Christians, but love them as their brothers and sisters.
    In fact the true teachings of Islam advocates aformentoned concept. Further this attitude not restricted to any particular belief rather to whole humanity. Love for all and hatred for none in fact is a true interpretation of a Muslim behaviour towards other human beings.
    With passage of time true Islamic teachings have been corrupted by so called religious clerics. However as prophesied by the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) came the promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi to remove all such misinterpretations from the teachings of Islam. Founder of Ahmadiyya Islam who claimed to be Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi has clarified the true interpretation of Islam Teachings towards other human beings which is merely love for every one. Regrettably Muslims as whole and other religions in general rejected this heavenly divined religious leader of the time thus confronted with numerous problems. As times passes on world has started realising and now taking his message seriously. Hopefully in near future majority will accept the message of this heavenly guided Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi and lot many such problems will automatically be solved.

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