Prophet Muhammad’s Letter to the Monks of St. Catherine Monastery

Posted: March 11, 2013 in Islamic History
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A copy of the document by which the Prophet Mohammed gave protection to the monastery

A copy of the document by which the Prophet Mohammed
gave protection to the monastery

“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 letter was taken away in 1517 by the Turkish Sultan Selim I and is now in the Topkapi Museum in Instanbul

English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167.

To read more about the letter visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achtiname_of_Muhammad

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Comments
  1. syed says:

    very nice good work………..

  2. For an examination of the document’s authenticity, refer to “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” (Angelico Press / Sophia Perennis, 2013) and examine the covenants themselves at http://www.covenantsoftheprophet.com

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