Dr. John Andrew Morrow

Ghadir, a Call to Islamic Unity

Ghadir, a Call to Islamic Unity

What is Eid al-Ghadir? It is the celebration of the appointment of Imam ‘Ali as the successor of the Messenger of Allah.

After completing the Farewell Pilgrimage on the 10th year of the Hijrah, the Messenger of Allah stopped at the Pond of Ghadir Khumm on the 18th of Dhu al-Hijjah, a date that corresponds with March 10th of the year 632. It was there that he received the revelation:

“O Messenger! Deliver what has been sent down to you from your Lord; and if you do not do it, you have not delivered His message (at all); and Allah will protect you from the people …” (Qur’an 5:67)

There, in the presence of 120,000 Muslims, he delivered a three-hour long sermon, in which he stated:

“It seems the time has approached when I shall be called away (by Allah) and I shall answer that call. I am leaving for you two precious things and if you adhere to them both, you will never go astray after me. They are the Book of Allah and my Progeny, that is my Ahl al-Bayt. The two shall never separate from each other until they come to me by the Pool (of Paradise).”

Then the Messenger of Allah continued:

“Do I not have more right over the believers than what they have over themselves?” The people cried and answered: “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” It was then that the Messenger of Allah held up ‘Ali’s hand and said: “For whoever I am his master, ‘Ali is also his master. O God, love those who love him, and be hostile to those who are hostile to him.”

Immediately after concluding his sermon, the following verse of the Qur’an was revealed:

“This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion.” (Qur’an 5:3)

Most ahadith or prophetic traditions are ahad; namely, they were transmitted by a single person. Such sayings are not facts. Other traditions are mutawatir or continuous; namely, they were transmitted by numerous authorities.

Hadith scholars differ as to how many narrators are needed for a tradition to be considered continuous. Some place the minimum at four, five, seven or ten. Others raise the bar to forty or even seventy.

The Hadith of Ghadir Khumm, however, has been transmitted by the Household of the Prophet: ‘Ali, Fatimah, Hasan and Husayn.

It was transmitted by 110 Companions of the Prophet, including ‘Umar, ‘Uthman, ‘A’ishah, Abu Hurayrah, Abu Dharr al-Ghiffari, Salman al-Farsi, Zubayr ibn al-‘Awwam, Jabir ibn ‘Abd Allah al-Ansari, among many others.

It was transmitted by 83 Followers of the Companions of the Prophet.

It was transmitted by 360 Sunni scholars from the 2nd to 4th century after the Hijrah.

It was also transmitted by all the major Shii scholars, such as Kulayni, Qummi, Mufid, and Sharif al-Murtaza.

As a Muslim scholar and as a Western academic, I can assert, without any doubt whatsoever, that the Hadith of Ghadir Khumm is authentic according to Islamic scholarly standards; and not only that: it is a historical fact according to Western scholarly standards.

Since it is pointless to expound upon the evident, I can direct readers to al-Ghadir fi al-Kitab wa al-Sunnah, the 11-volume encyclopedic work by ‘Allamah Amini. All I can say is: the case is closed.

Although the event of Ghadir Khumm cannot be disputed by any sincere and objective scholar or academic, its interpretation most certainly can be.

For Sunni scholars, the tradition stresses that Muslims should love, honuor, and respect Imam ‘Ali, not necessarily that he was the first in line for succession.

For Sufi scholars, the tradition stresses that Imam ‘Ali was the spiritual successor of the Prophet Muhammad.

 For Zaydi scholars, the tradition indicates that Imam ‘Ali was the preferred choice for succession; namely, that he was afdal.

For Twelver Shiite scholars, it indicates the obvious: namely, that Imam ‘Ali was both the spiritual and political successor of the Prophet.

We can agree to disagree on the interpretation of the event; however, we cannot honestly discount that the event ever took place.

So, whether we are Sunni, Shia or Sufi, can we all agree: to love Allah and to love ‘Ali?

By Dr John Andrew Morrow for the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies.

The Oath of Ghadeer and The Ummah of Muhammad – Beyond nationalism

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The Oath of Ghadeer and The Ummah of Muhammad – Beyond nationalism

HUFFINGTON POST – NOTE TO READERS: This article concludes my series (for now anyway) on political Islam, religious legitimacy and the principle of custodianship within Islam the nation-state. See part one here.

Before I begin I feel I must clarify a few points and call on you readers, to keep an open mind. It is often we read people’s thoughts and arguments from under a thick coat of prejudices – whether or not we care to admit it.

I must say that whenever I have attempted to discuss Islam, its Scriptures and its various school of thoughts, many have screamed “blue murder” reading into my work sectarianism, and self-righteousness under the misapprehension I was attempting to redact their beliefs.

My goal is only to reclaim history and redress those changes a wealthy Wahhabi clergy has rained on Islam’s many communities over the centuries. I am here to discuss those events Wahhabism has worked to disappear so that the true nature of Islam would be lost.

Finally, I am here to offer you a new perspective on Islam – one, which you likely never considered.

If we are honest with one another we need to admit that Islam still feels today very much like a foreign religion. Only this year French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Islam incompatible with Western values … whatever those maybe.

The argument has been that Islamic values stand in negation of Western values, and that by extension Muslims remain a fifth column to an otherwise united secular Western society. This would be looking at Islam through the lens of Wahhabism.

Islam is no more foreign than Judaism or Christianity … Abraham I recall, the father of many nations, hailed from what we call modern day Iraq – not exactly your Viking ancestor.

Faith is not bound by geography, or ethnicity. Faith unites people and communities beyond their differences in the experience of the Divine.

Today, state officials have postulated that Islam cannot exist alongside the modern concept of the nation-state, on the premise that Muslims need to live in rejection of all others to assert their identity. How many times have we heard commentators assert that Muslims ambition to live according to Sharia law – a state within the state, to forever erode at secularism?

Again, if you are referring to those sociopathic hordes draped in the banner of the Black Flag Army you might have a point … Although what they advocate is not Islamic law, rather, an aberration called Wahhabism.

The hate and disgust the West has learnt from its governments has been directed at the wrong parties and the wrong faith – or as I believe we should call it: dogma. It is Wahhabism the Western world is really reproaching NOT Islam. It is Wahhabis the West should feel anxious of, NOT Muslims.

More than any other group, Muslims have suffered a terrible fate by the hands of Wahhabism. Muslims have actually been decimated under Wahhabism. Islam tenets have been perverted, and redacted; its principles and history soiled and sullied. Research for yourself and you will see that Islam stands not the enemy but the victim.

Look beyond what you have been told to see and discover what friendships our democracies have entertained in the name of capitalism … look at the dangers greed exposes you to. Only this September Saudi Arabia’s most senior cleric called for a grand religious genocide against, Shia Muslims, Christians and Jews to assuage Wahhabism warped sense of righteousness. That word again: righteousness. A dangerous word indeed when devoid of wisdom and knowledge.

Now that I have clarify my stance allow me to delve into an aspect of Islam which has seldom been talked about: Islamic nationalism and how it relates to the Oath of Ghadeer.

What Islamic State?

Under Islam and according to the true tradition of the Prophet Muhammad Muslims ought to be organized not as a state but a community. Islam does not impose any one particular form of governance – at least not as we understand it today. On the matter Dr John Andrew Morrow noted the following: “The Prophet Muhammad never, ever, described his system as a State, a Caliphate, a Sultanate, a Republic or a Democracy. On the contrary, he described it as an Ummah, a Motherland, a Homeland, a Federation or a Confederation.”

And: “In other words, the Prophet Muhammad wanted to create a Union of Free People under the precepts that he conveyed in the Covenants that he made with Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians; namely, under the precepts of the Quran: freedom of movement, freedom of work, freedom of study, freedom of religion, and freedom of choice. These are the very freedoms that the Prophet granted in his Covenants.”

Why is this relevant you may ask?

Well …to begin with it pretty much debunk the notion that Islam is socially, religiously and politically reactionary. It also settles this preconceived assumption the West has entertained vis a vis Islam propensity to dominate over nations through violence. Note here that I am not denying that Muslims across history committed great many and grave crimes; only that Islam neither condones nor calls for such crimes.

The Quran, you may have heard radicals claim, hold the keys to political Islam. The Quran many Wahhabis have advanced, among whom, Saudi Arabia’s very own Wahhabi mouth piece: Grand Mufti Al ash-Shaykh, serves as a constitutional matrix to political Islam.

I have to disagree … I am not alone in my disagreement. While the Quran stands as Islam holy vessel – the Word of God manifested, it remains a religious text, not a political act in itself.

Muslims were given a constitution. Not only were they given a constitution but they were given a charter of rights and freedoms in the covenants the prophet entered in with religious communities outside the realm of Islam.

According to the Constitution of Madina, identity is not based on race, religion, kinship, class, gender, or tribal affiliation: it is based on membership in the Ummah. aka community, It is what we call today citizenship.

The Constitution of Medina reads: “To the Jew who follows us belong help and equality. He shall not be wronged nor shall his enemies be aided.”

For those who claim that there is only place for Muslims in an Islamic State, I point to the political charter prepared by the Prophet Muhammad: “The Jews… are one community with the believers… The Jews have their religion and the Muslims have theirs.”

The community of Muhammad was a brotherhood of believers based on consultation: “The Jews must bear their expenses and the Muslims their expenses. Each must help the other against anyone who attacks the people of this document. They must seek mutual advice and consultation, and loyalty is a protection against treachery.”

From day one, the prophet’s system, Islam political make-up, was a confederation: it was pluralistic, multi-ethnic, multiracial, multilingual, and multi-religious. All people were included in one Ummah – Humanity in all its glory.

The Prophet Muhammad granted Covenants of Protection throughout his prophetic mission, from the early years of his calling to the last years of his life. He granted Covenants of Protection to the Christians of Abyssinia, Arabia, Mount Sinai, Egypt, Jerusalem, Mount Carmel, Syria, Assyria, Armenia, and Persia. He granted them freedom of conscience, freedom of belief, and freedom of religious practice. He protected their religious establishments and prohibited forced conversions.

As Messenger he repeated over and over again: “It is not permitted to remove a bishop from his bishopric or a Christian from his Christianity, a monk from his monastic life or a pilgrim from his pilgrimage or a hermit monk from his tower. Nor is it permitted to destroy any part of their churches, to take parts of their buildings to construct mosques or the homes of Muslims.”

For those of view in needs of factual proofs I would direct you to the work of Dr John Andrew Morrow, a scholar of tireless integrity and impeccable credentials.

As can be appreciated from these prophetic traditions, the prophet did not simply ask Muslims to tolerate the People of the Book: he commanded his followers to engage with them, dialogue with them, and love them as fellow human beings. He called upon Muslims to protect them and defend them. It is what we call pluralism, the energetic engagement with diversity; the practical and concrete application of human rights.

Back to the Oath of Ghadeer …

Succession and Custodianship

The Oath of Ghadeer which confirmed and asserted Imam Ali as Islam Custodian, Guardian, Keeper of the Word and altogether appointed authority stood beyond the political, for his station was secured by God.

Imam Ali’s appointment as successor goes beyond simple politics, beyond the temporal even. He forever remains the First Imam of Islam, the pillar upon which the Prophet leaned on to carry his prophethood. This is not to say that Ali was divine, only that his purpose was.

A man born into Islam, Ali became by the sheer strength of his faith and devotion an extension of the Word spoken, where the Prophet was the Word’s vessel and manifestation.

Still Wahhabis would have the world believe that Islam remains their birth right and property.

Islam sits far beyond their reach!

Ibn Ishaq, the prominent historian wrote in his biography of the Prophet Muhammad: “One of the first things that the Prophet did after receiving revelation was to identity his divinely appointed successor: “Which of you, then, will help me in this, and be my brother, mine executor and my successor amongst you?’ All remained silent, except for the youthful Ali who spoke up: ‘O Prophet of God, I will be thy helper in this.’ The Prophet then placed his hand on Ali’s neck and said, ‘This is my brother, mine executor and my successor amongst you. Hearken unto him and obey him.’”

This happens years before the Oath of Ghadeer … Far from being an isolated event, the Oath of Ghadeer, which should have forever sealed the institutional future of the Muslim community, had been a factual constant.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Najran, which dates from 7th year of the Hijrah, reads: “I commit myself to an alliance and pledge with them on behalf of Allah and I place them under the safeguard of His Prophets, His Elect, His Saints, the Muslims and the Believers, the first of them and the last of them. Such is my alliance and pact with them.”

Ali was Islam appointed heir, and legitimate Guardian. Arguing otherwise would be denying History.

But my intent here is not to assign blame or imply Machiavellianism … I am only arguing a point of historical and political significance.

With the Oath of Ghadeer Islam secured and anchored its political institutions while at the same time offering a method of governance based on divine legitimacy – the perfect union one might argue of the secular and the divine.

Now is that not an interesting concept to ponder over?

The Sunni world is realizing Wahhabism is anti-Islam: scholar

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The Sunni world is realizing Wahhabism is anti-Islam: scholar

Saudis have engaged fraudulently presenting Wahhabism. Although many Muslims went along for the ride (and the money), many of them have started to wake up for their long slumber and have started to speak out. The words and actions recently taken by al-Azhar are a veritable slap in the face to the Wahhabi establishment in Saudi Arabia.

Interview by Catherine Shakdam

Following Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s Hajj address this September, we asked Dr. John Andrew Morrow to comment on those very issues the Supreme Leader highlighted and very much denounced: Wahhabism, extremism, violence, radicalism …

If we are in fact to remain united as a religious community; if we are to hold true to our declaration of faith and testify to the wholeness and unity of Islam, in that it stands an expression of the Divine, courage, knowledge and wisdom will have to be our guide.

It is when the night is most dark that help will come to those who ask.

It is when hope has left our chest that our Prophet and his blessed progeny will act a righteous guidance, for on their lips the Word has endured unbroken, untarnished – as true as it was on the first day.

Dr. John Andrew Morrow was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1971. Raised in a multilingual family, he lived in Montreal for ten years and in the Greater Toronto Area for another twenty. The product of a Catholic education, he completed his elementary school in French, his high school in English, and his university studies in English, French, and Spanish. He embraced Islam at the age of 16 after which he adopted the name Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam. After completing his Honors BA, MA, and PhD at the University of Toronto, where he acquired expertise in Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies, he pursued post-graduate studies in Arabic in Morocco and the United States. Besides his Western education, Dr. Morrow has completed the full cycle of traditional Islamic seminary studies both independently and at the hands of a series of Sunni, Shi’i, and Sufi scholars. Not only is he a senior scholar, academic, and professor, he is also a respected ‘alim holding the titles of ustadh, duktur, hakim, and shaykh. Dr. Morrow has spent over a decade in the United States working at various universities including Park University, Northern State University, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Virginia, and Ivy Tech where he was unanimously appointed to the rank of Full Professor. One of his most noteworthy and memorable experiences involved working as a professor of advanced Spanish, Islamic culture, and world literature for the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea Program. Aside from his academic duties, Dr. John Andrew Morrow (Imam Ilyas Islam) is the Director of the Covenants Foundation, an organization dedicated to disseminating traditional, civilizational, Islam; promoting Islamic unity; protecting persecuted Christians; and improving relations between Muslims and members of other faiths. He regularly travels the world to promote peace and justice.

Q: In a recent address to the public Ayatollah Ali Khameini referenced the hajj and the brutalities many Muslims have had to endure by the hands of the Saudi regime. From a religious standpoint, how can we rationalize and comprehend Saudi Arabia’ stance?

Like a drug-addict who continues to inject himself with heroin despite the damage that it does to his health, his sustenance, and his family, the stance of certain countries is often difficult to comprehend. We seek logic where there is no logic. We search for stable patterns in the most mercurial of men. Politically-speaking, the political stances taken by Saudi Arabia resemble the erratic blood-pressure of a person in the process of having a heart attack or stroke. Rather than blame Iran for every evil on earth, the Saudis have no one to blame but themselves. They are their own worst enemies. They control their own destiny. They have the wealth and the means to restructure their society. They have the way; they are just lacking the will. Unless they act, however, in a manner that is sound, and unless they bring justice, equity, equality, tolerance, mercy, compassion, and love, they will, without a doubt, come to an untimely end. It is with concern that I call the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to ponder upon the following Qur’anic verse:

See they not how many a generation We destroyed before them, whom We had established in the earth more firmly than We have established you, and We shed on them abundant showers from the sky, and made the rivers flow beneath them. Yet we destroyed them for their sins, and created after them another generation. (6:6)

Q: Islam’s heritage as you already know remains under grave threat as radicals have called for the obliteration of shrines, holy sites and whatever tangible proofs we have of our world religious past – but what of Riyadh’s desire to restrict the universality of the hajj. Isn’t this in itself an act of destruction against Islam?

The custodians or occupiers of the two holy sites of Islam have been waging a war against sacred history for over two centuries. Despite isolated efforts to expose their crimes against Islamic culture, no collective and concerted effort has surfaced to channel the indignation and outrage of Muslims who have witnessed the systematic destruction of any and all relics related to Islam. In their so-called war against polytheism and innovation, the Saudi authorities have ransacked, destroyed, bull-dozed, and desecrated priceless archeological, historical, cultural, and religious sites and treasures. In fact, they do not even stop short of removing mountains! As Almighty Allah says in al-Qur’an al-Karim: “To respect the symbols of God is the sign of a pious heart” (22:32). O sons of Saud, have you no hearts?

Q: Islam’s very core principle is that of Justice. Justice of course implies accountability. In which case why has Saudi Arabia shunned away from its responsibilities towards pilgrims by refusing Iran’s calls to open a fact-finding mission as to identify the chain of events which led to the death of pilgrims last year?

Justice is indeed the essence of Islam. Without justice, there can be no peace. What the rulers of most Muslim nations do not comprehend is that one cannot control a population through repression. If people speak out, they suffocate them. If they speak out, they suffocate them more. So, either you suffocate the people to death or you create a deeply discontent populace that is seething to strangulate those who suffocate them. The only way to maintain power, long term, is by providing justice and with justice comes accountability: not only individual responsibility but governmental responsibility. Whether it is a corporation or a country, leaders bare ultimate responsibility and accountability. It takes a wise and humble leader to take the blame for what was done under his or her watch. It is critical, however, for individual and societal improvement. Justice also brings closure particularly when it is accompanied by compassion, mercy, and forgiveness. There is time for punishment and there is time for reconciliation.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the hosts of the hajj, are ultimately responsible for the safety and well-being of its guests. If, by neglect, mismanagement, ineptitude or incompetence, they created conditions that led to the deaths of thousands of pilgrims, they are morally, ethically, and legally culpable. Since the victims in question were trampled and crushed to death, dismissing their demise as “the will of God” is callous. They did not die of natural causes. They died due to poor engineering and poor crowd management. If the Saudis came forward and said: “We apologize for the deaths of your loved ones. We accept responsibility for their untimely passing. We will compensate you for your losses. We will call upon a third, impartial, party, to conduct a thorough investigation. We will follow all recommendations to ensure that such a tragedy does not repeat itself. We beg the deceased, and their loves ones, for forgiveness,” then yes, by all means, we accept their apologies. It is the utter arrogance of the Saudis, their cover-up, and their refusal to accept responsibility, that is intolerable and undignified.

Q: Do you feel that there has been an attempt by Saudi Arabia to appropriate the hajj for political reasons, and that therefore the kingdom has betrayed the religious jewel it took upon itself to safeguard?

The Saudis have appropriated, not only the pilgrimage, but the entire Hijaz, and Arabia as a whole. What is more, they think that they have appropriated Islam. So, forget about them betraying the pilgrimage. That is just a single pillar. They have betrayed Islam as a whole: pillar by pillar and principle by principle. They have, for the past two centuries, engaged in false marketing on a planetary scale, fraudulently presenting Wahhabism and extremist Salafism as Sunnism. Although many Muslims went along for the ride (and the money), many of them have started to wake up for their long slumber and have started to speak out. The words and actions recently taken by al-Azhar are a veritable slap in the face to the Wahhabi establishment in Saudi Arabia. Nobody is asking the Saudis to convert to Shiism: we are simply asking them to embrace Sunnism.

Q: Islam speaks of unity and brotherhood; Islam speaks of compassion and social justice for all, regarding of one’s condition, or belief, and yet Saudi Arabia has fanned sectarianism, ethnocentrism and division among the Ummah to serve a very political agenda. Is the Islamic world being held ransom to the will of an elite?

Islam is tolerance exemplified. Islam is pluralism perfected. Islam is diversity with dignity. From day one, the Ummah of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was pluralistic. With the Covenant of Madinah, the Constitution of Islam, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, created a Confederation of Believers. If the Covenant of Madinah is our Constitution, then the Covenants of the Prophet are our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These foundational civilizational documents enshrine the rights to life and liberty as well as freedom of conscience, belief, and religious practice. They protect people from religious coercion. They protect all religions, religious institutions, and religious leaders. They encourage the members of the Ummah, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, along with members of other faith communities, to love and respect one another. If the Ummah created by the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, looks like a utopia, the current system in most Muslim-majority nations, including Saudi Arabia, looks like a dystopia. However, before we build a “Prophetic State,” we need to rebuild the “Human State” for, verily, “Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves” (13:11).

Q: In his address Ayatollah Khameini details the many great crimes the house of Saud committed against both the Muslim ummah and the world – Wahhabism today has become a source of evil and one could argue apostasy, in that it negates God’s Words by redacting His Message. Isn’t it time today to face our responsibility and act as our Imams have done in the past before treachery and tyranny?

The external and internal enemies of Islam seek to stoke a sectarian war to weaken and destroy it from within. We need to be extremely careful when making calls for excommunication. It is one thing to say that Takfiris are apostates due to the fact that they call other Muslims apostates and kill them in defiance of right. However, traditional Sunnis are not Takfiris. We do not wish to paint all Saudis with the same brush. As for the Wahhabi, Takfiri who believe that they are the only “saved sect,” and that all other Muslims are infidels whose blood is halal, then, without a doubt, such terrorists are unbelievers. The term “apostate” would not even apply to them since, in the jurisprudential sense, apostasy means leaving Islam, and most the parties in question were never Muslims to begin with. So, yes, we must repudiate the Takfiris; however, at the same time, we must strengthen the solidarity between Sunnis and Shiites for the sake of Islamic unity and integrity.

As for acting like the Imams, peace be upon them, we must tread that path very carefully for none of us are divinely inspired. Far too often, Shiites believe that they should stand up like Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, and rise up in revolt against oppressive leaders. They claim that “Every day is ‘Ashura’ and every place in Karbala’” when, in reality, the Imams, peace be upon them, said that “There is no day like ‘Ashura’.” So, while there are times when we must be activists and follow the example of Imam Husayn, peace be upon him, there are times when we must be quietists and follow the examples of the third to eleventh Imams, peace be upon them all. There are times when we must make peace treaties like Imam al-Hasan, peace be upon him, and there are times when we must use both diplomacy and military action, as in the example of Imam ‘Ali, peace be upon him. And, finally, we should never forget the Master of all Masters, Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny, who endured oppression for the first half of his mission in Makkah but who used both politics and physical force during the second half of his mission in Madinah. We must act, but always in the manner that does the most good but the least harm. Such is the Sunnah of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and his Household.

Q: Ayatollah Khameini has traditionally refrained from any unnecessary criticism towards heads of state or even individuals, and in that sense his critic of al-Saud must be understand as very serious indeed. Today the Supreme Leader has spoken as the guardian of Islam’s purest tradition by upholding the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad and his blessed House. Isn’t it true that al-Saud Royals are actually calling for Muslims to turn away from the House of God to worship their own?

Imam Khamenei has been a moderating factor both domestically and regionally. He has attempted to balance the interests of the people with the injunctions of Islam. He has also worked hard to maintain the delicate balance between reformists, principialists, pragmatists, and neo-fundamentalists. Rather than incite revolution abroad, Iran, under Ayatollah Khameini, has been largely non-interventionist. A voice of reason in the region, the Islamic Republic has long adopted a conciliatory tone toward its largely Arab, Sunni, neighbors, calling them to peace, cooperation, and collaboration, rather than conflict. Diplomatic discourse, however, has its limits and, at times, leaders are required to dispense with subtlety, implication, and innuendo, and express their legitimate grievances in clear and unambiguous terms. As for the Saudis, their behavior over the past two-hundred years speaks for itself: some of them suffer from hub al-dunya, the love of this material world, at the expense of the eternal life of the hereafter, while others are infected with the disease of extremism and fanaticism.

Q: Saudi Arabia is capitalizing on the hajj, turning this sacred pilgrimage into a tool of oppression and religious coercion. Have we not failed to heed the warnings of our prophet and Imams when they warned us against the hypocrites?

Imam Khameini stated that no Iranians performed the pilgrimage to Makkah this year due to current circumstances and security concerns. If we combine this with the fact that the Saudis have returned to the Days of Ignorance, then we are truly revisiting a scene from early Islamic history. If we are followers of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, then we should follow his example. What did he do when Makkah was occupied by the enemies of Islam? He prevented his followers from performing the pilgrimage since the journey could result in the injury and death of many people. This is exactly what is happening today. We should therefore call upon all Muslims to boycott the pilgrimage to Makkah until the enemies of Islam are removed from the Hijaz.

Les gardiens des lieux saints de l’islam manquent à leurs devoirs

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« Les « gardiens des deux villes saintes de l’Islam » manquent à leurs devoirs et se montrent négligents. Grâce à l’arrogance et l’incompétence intentionnelle des autorités, qui traitent le hajj comme un fardeau, de milliers de pèlerins ont trouvé la mort lors du pèlerinage », a déclaré Ilya Islam, musulman canadien.
Les gardiens des lieux saints de l’islam manquent à leurs devoirs
Lors d’une interview accordée à l’Agence Internationale de Presse Coranique, il a souligné : « Le pèlerinage à la Mecque est un devoir sacrée. Il faut donc que les hôtes soient au niveau. Bien qu’il est extrêmement compliqué de gérer le mouvement de millions de pèlerins, les Saoudiens ont amplement les moyens pour assurer qu’un tel rite se déroule professionnellement et en pleine sécurité. Néanmoins, comme l’histoire, les faits et les cadavres constatent, les « gardiens des deux villes saintes de l’Islam » manquent à leurs devoirs et se montrent négligents. Grâce à l’arrogance et l’incompétence intentionnelle des autorités, qui traitent le hajj comme un fardeau, de milliers de pèlerins ont trouvé la mort lors du pèlerinage. Les coupables et les criminelles portent entièrement la responsabilité. »
Ilyas Islam, de son vrai nom, John Andrew Morrow, professeur canado-américain, a ajouté : « Même si l’on parle souvent de gens qui sont piétinés et encrassés à mort à la Mecque, ce que l’on mentionne rarement c’est l’abus verbal et physique que les pèlerins reçoivent quand ils cherchent à toucher la pierre noire, quand ils visitent le tombeau du Prophète et le cimetière détruit qui contenait, jadis, les tombeaux des Compagnons du Prophète (psl) et les Membres de Sa Famille… Quelle sorte « d’hommes » donnent des coups de fouets à des femmes enceintes, en plein ventre, pour le « crime » de dire « salaamu ‘alayka ya Rasul Allah ! » »
« Mais ce que l’on ne mentionne jamais sont les cas nombreux et scandaleux d’agressions sexuelles que les filles, les femmes, les garçons, et même les hommes subissent à la main des locaux et des « forces de l’ordre. » Est-ce comme cela qu’on accueille les invités à la Maison de Dieu ? Combien de croyants sont allés à la Mecque pour se développer religieusement seulement pour être anéanti spirituellement grâce au mauvais traitement ?  Imaginez-vous : des filles et des femmes qui se font attoucher et agresser par des pervers en plein tawaf! », a-t-il encore ajouté.
Ilyas Islam a établi une comparaison entre la foule qui visite Karbala et la Maison de Dieu, s’interrogeant : « Comment se fait-il que vingt millions de pèlerins peuvent visiter Karbala pour Achoura sans que personne se blesse tandis que des milliers se font tuer à la Mecque quand il n’y a que deux millions de personnes ? Comment se fait-il que les pèlerins qui visitent l’Imam Husayn (as) peuvent passer plus d’un mois, sans s’inquiéter de se loger et de se nourrir, sachant très bien que les Irakiens les traiteront comme des invitées d’honneur tandis que les pèlerins qui visitent la Maison de Dieu doivent dépenser des sommes astronomiques et être maltraités au même temps ?! »
« Si les invités du Wali d’Allah méritent le meilleur traitement au monde, n’est-ce pas mille fois le cas pour les invités d’Allah ? Absolument. Le problème, hélas, c’est que la Maison de Dieu est sous occupation. Elle doit donc être libérée. En attendant, nous pouvons nous consoler que les Imams sont des lampes  qui nous orientent à Dieu. Visitons-les et saluons-les et prions que la Mecque retrouve sa place au cœur de l’Islam », a-t-il conclu.

A Scholar Whose Integrity Suffers No Challenge

“For those of you who still choose to see darkness in Islam I would invite you to read the work of a scholar whose integrity suffers no challenge: Dr John Andrew Morrow, the author of The Covenants Of The Prophet Muhammad With The Christians Of The World. There you will find answered the lies which bigotry spread to not lose its grip onto society.” Catherine Shakdam (September 8, 2016)

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Le point fort de l’Iran c’est sa souveraineté inébranlable

Ecrivain canadien :
September 07, 2016
Code de l’info: 3460874
Le docteur John Andrew Morrow est écrivain et chercheur canado-américain qui s’est converti à l’islam à l’âge de 16 ans. Il a participé à une interview avec l’Agence Internationale de Presse Coranique (IQNA) consacrée à l’Iran islamique comme île de sécurité et de stabilité en Asie de l’Ouest.
Le point fort de l’Iran c’est sa souveraineté inébranlable
La république islamique d’Iran joue un rôle important dans la région et dans le monde. Quels sont à votre avis, les points forts et faibles de l’Iran ?
L’Iran est un pays fier qui a joué, et continue de jouer un rôle constructif dans la région et dans le monde. Le point fort de l’Iran c’est sa souveraineté inébranlable. L’Iran insiste à être traité comme un égal. L’Iran, vous avez pu constater, a systématiquement refusé de s’humilier et de s’agenouiller devant les forces de l’arrogance. Comme résultat, la République Islamique a gagné énormément de respect et de prestige dans le monde politique.
Depuis 1979, et en dépit d’une guerre injuste et imposée, et malgré une série de sanctions, et les pressions externes, l’Iran n’a pas cessé de se développer économiquement, financièrement, scientifiquement, culturellement, politiquement et militairement. L’Iran pense et planifie à long terme quand les cheikhs pétroliers ne pensent qu’au présent et au plaisir de ce bas monde.
L’Iran, néanmoins, est loin d’être parfaite – mais bien sûr, quelle nation pourrait réclamer un tel coup de force?
La nation perse fait face à de nombreux défis à l’échelle nationale et internationale. Les iraniens, de tous les partis et de tous les courants politiques, doivent travailler ensemble, de façon unie, sur la base des principes primordiaux établis par l’Islam universel, traditionnel, et civilisationnel, pour assurer leur succès collectif dans tous les domaines.
 L’Iran a envoyé au monde le message de la liberté et de l’indépendance et présenté l’exemple de la résistance. Dans quelle mesure, les autres pays ont suivi le modèle présenté par l’Iran ?
La révolution islamique de l’Iran a donné grand espoir aux opprimés du monde autant musulmans que non-musulmans. L’Iran a démontré qu’il était possible d’être indépendant et de ne pas dépendre ni des États-Unis ni de l’Union Soviétique. L’exemple de l’Iran a aussi prouvé que l’Islam n’était pas un obstacle du passé, que l’Islam n’était point caduc, et que l’Islam pouvait fonctionner comme une idéologie complète, non seulement sur un  plan religieux et spirituel, mais aussi comme model politique, économique, et sociale.
Si l’Iran a inspiré de nombreux mouvements musulmans ils ont tous, sans exception, échoué pour des raisons variées. C’est-à-dire, ils n’ont jamais réussi à établir un état islamique viable. Terrifiées par la menace posée par le modèle islamique iranien, les forces du mal ont décidé d’employer l’Islam pour détruire l’Islam ; c’est-à-dire, utiliser le faux Islam pour détruire le vrai Islam. Que ça soit le Groupe Islamique Armé, les Talibans, al-Qaedah, al-Nusrah, al-Shabab, Boko Haram ou ISIS, les ennemies de l’Islam ont fait tout leur possible pour ruiner l’image de l’Islam dans le monde. Pour eux, il fallait à tout prix dégouter les gens de l’Islam pour s’assurer leur soutien, et garantir un grand mouvement anti-Islamique. Il est beaucoup plus facile d’inspirer la haine, que de construire des ponts de tolérance …
Le renforcement de l’esprit de la résistance est selon l’ayatollah Khamenei un trait caractéristique de la révolution islamique. Qu’en pensez-vous ?
L’esprit de la résistance est essentiel. C’est le cœur de la révolution. C’est le centre même de la vie, et peut être même du divin. Sans esprit de résistance, on est brisé ; on n’est plus libre ; on devient un esclave. Pour la Nation Métisse, dont je suis membre, il n’y a rien de plus évident. Nous sommes les Otipemisiwak, les Gens Libres. Comme croyants et comme musulmans, il faut toujours promouvoir le bien et interdire le mal mais, comme l’Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq, que la paix soit sur lui, a dit, avec miséricorde et avec compassion. L’esprit de la résistance c’est comme l’air : ça se respire.
Le projet de l’iranophobie lancé par l’Occident a entraîné le renforcement des terroristes et l’instabilité dans les pays de la région. A quel point ce projet a eu du succès ?
Ce projet satané a eu grand succès car son objectif même était de créer le chaos pour affaiblir le monde musulman. Grâce au complot diabolique de l’Occident laïque, la Somalie est en pleine anarchie, la Libye a sombré dans le désordre, la Syrie est en train d’être anéantie, l’Irak est en train d’être meurtri, le Nigéria est en train d’être torturé et le Yémen est en train d’être massacré. Mais les tables sont en train de se tourner car les takfiristes commencent à mordre leurs propres maîtres.
A présent, l’Iran est considéré comme une partie importante dans le combat contre les groupes terroristes. Pourquoi l’Occident cherche à présenter l’Iran comme source du terrorisme ?
Dans les années 80, le chiisme et le terrorisme était synonyme. On présentait les sunnites comme les bons musulmans pro-occidentaux et les chiites comme les mauvais musulmans anti-occidentaux. Cela faisait partie d’un plan pour démoniser l’Iran et empêcher les gens de se solidariser avec la révolution islamique. C’était de la publicité trompeuse et mensongère.
Le fait que l’on ne mentionne pas, c’est que la révolution islamique était la première révolution du 20ième siècle qui a eu lieu sans guerre de guérillas, sans guerre urbaine, et sans guerre civile. C’est la volonté de fer du peuple perse qui a fait effondrer le règne tyrannique et despotique du Chah.
Ni l’Iran ni le Hezbollah n’a jamais été impliqué dans un acte terroriste qui visait des cibles civiles. Les accusations lancées contre l’Iran sont devenues clichées. Elles sont particulièrement comiques quand elles parviennent de pays, comme les États-Unis, qui sont responsables pour la mort de millions d’êtres humains innocents. S’ils veulent trouver les vrais terroristes, ils n’ont pas besoin d’aller loin : ils n’ont qu’à se regarder dans un miroir.
Quel est le rôle des pays arabes dans le projet de l’iranophobie ?
Avec l’exception de la Syrie, qui a été solidaire avec le peuple iranien depuis la révolution de 1979, et sans compter l’Oman qui essayait de rester relativement neutre dans la région, les pays arabes ont préféré s’identifier sur la base de leur héritage culturelle et linguistique au lieu de s’identifier sur la base de leur religion. C’est comme si certains arabes vivaient encore à l’époque de l’ignorance où l’identité est de base tribale. C’est aussi ironique que  tragique quand on considère que le Prophète lui-même, que Dieu le bénisse et lui donne la paix, a créé une Oummah basée, non sur la race, la langue, la classe ou l’affiliation tribale sinon sur la croyance en Dieu et la justice sociale.
Les dirigeants saoudiens, jordaniens, égyptiens et marocains préfèrent faire la paix avec Israël, le pays qui martyrise les palestiniens, au lieu de s’allier avec l’Iran qui soutien ce pauvre peuple persécuté, marginalisé, et opprimé. Si on donne aux dirigeants arabes le choix entre les terroristes takfiristes qui sont soutenu par l’Arabie Saoudite, le Qatar et la Turquie, et les soldats syriens et les miliciens qui sont soutenu par l’Iran et l’Irak, la vaste majorité préfère prendre le côté de Daesh que de prendre le côté des chiites. Les gens sont comme des bestiaux : ils ne font que suivre leurs bergers. Hélas, comme dit le Coran, il y a des guides qui mènent au Paradis tandis qu’il y a des guides qui mènent à l’Enfer.
Quel est l’intérêt des actes anti-iraniens et anti-chiites et du projet de l’iranophobie pour l’Arabie Saoudite ?
Pour pouvoir tourner les sunnites, si souvent sympathiques envers les chiites révolutionnaires iraniens et libanais, les saoudiens, avec leurs maîtres américains et israéliens, ont préparé un plan pour séparer, une fois pour toute, les sunnites des chiites. Le terrain d’enjeux était l’Irak et la Syrie.
Le premier s’agit d’un pays détruit et déstabilisé par l’invasion américaine et une guerre lâche qui a coûté la vie a plus d’un million de musulmans innocents : presque tous des civiles, hommes, femmes, et enfants. Au lieu d’aider à bâtir un pays fort, les puissances régionales et mondiales étaient déterminées de s’assurer que l’Irak ne se relève plus jamais ; pour qu’il ne pose jamais une menace envers ses voisins, en particulier, Israël. Les américains ont armé les extrémistes sunnites au même moment qu’ils armaient les extrémistes chiites, avec le même objectif, qu’ils s’entretuent pour le bienfait des ennemies de l’Islam.
Le deuxième s’agit de la Syrie, un pays laïque, nationaliste et socialiste ; une nation multiethniques, pluraliste et tolérante envers les groupes minoritaires. La CIA a infiltré des mercenaires en Syrie par voie de la Jordanie. Ces escadrons de la mort ont commis des atrocités qui ont été blâmées sur les forces de sécurité syriennes. Ils ont massacré des sunnites et blâmé les chiites. Ils ont massacré des chiites et ont blâmé des sunnites. En bref, ils ont semé la discorde pour récolter la tuerie. Ils ont versé de l’essence sur le pays et ils ont jeté des allumettes.
Ce que nous témoignons au Moyen-Orient c’est la même chose que nous avons vue durant la première guerre mondiale. Avant cela, grande part des musulmans formait partie de l’empire Ottoman. Ils étaient unis à base de quelque chose de plus grand que la nationalité. Ils étaient unis à base de l’Islam. Ils n’étaient pas une nation, mais une Oummah, c’est-à-dire une Confédération. Ce sont les occidentaux qui ont planté les graines de la discorde. Ils ont convaincu les gens que chaque groupe ethnique méritait son propre pays. Les anglais, les français, et les allemands ont tous promis des perles de pluie aux musulmans et leur ont donné des perles de verre. Ils ont fracturé l’unité islamique pour affaiblir et détruire le monde musulman.
L’Occident, mené par les États-Unis, mène une guerre de cent ans contre l’Islam. S’il se charge de l’armement, les Saoudiens s’occupent des finances et de la propagande destinée à déclencher une guerre sectaire entre sunnites et chiites. Les gens bien informés savent très bien que ce qui se passe en Syrie n’est pas une guerre de religion. Néanmoins, c’est comme cela que le conflit est présenté.
Selon les ennemies de l’humanité, la guerre se mène entre un gouvernement chiite minoritaire contre des combattants sunnites majoritaires. On présente le gouvernement syrien comme un régime sanguinaire qui massacre ses propres citoyens tandis qu’on présente les rebelles comme des combattants modérés qui luttent pour la liberté et la démocratie.
En réalité, à l’exception du président et les membres les plus importants de son cabinet, le gouvernement Syrien est principalement sunnite. Les commandants de l’armée syrienne sont sunnites. Et la vaste majorité des soldats syriens sont sunnites. Ce sont les sunnites syriens qui mènent une guerre d’auto-défense contre des takfiristes et des mercenaires étrangers.
Le régime syrien est loin d’être parfait. Il ne s’agit pas de le défendre aveuglement. Quand même, les partisans du gouvernement sont préférables aux terroristes qui les combattent. Ils mènent une guerre conventionnelle. Les syriens, qui vivent dans des régions contrôlées par le gouvernement sont sains et saufs. Les rebelles, par contre, sont tous de souche salafiste et takfiriste. Ils terrorisent les populations sous leur contrôle. Ils exterminent les chrétiens, les chiites, les soufies, les sunnites traditionnelles, et les yézidis. Ils violent et trafiquent femmes et enfants.
L’Arabie Saoudite a peur de l’Iran. Les arabes sont terrifiés par la croissance économique, politique, et militaire de l’Iran. L’Iran est devenu une puissance régionale. Pour empêcher les irakiens de s’allier avec l’Iran, il fallait détruire l’Irak. Pour empêcher les syriens de s’allier avec l’Iran, il fallait détruire la Syrie. Les despotes saoudiens l’ont répété à maintes reprises : ils ne vont jamais tolérer l’influence iranienne dans le monde arabe : un point, c’est tout.
Impossible d’attaquer l’Iran directement, car cela signifierait leur destruction, les arabes du Golfe [Persique] se prennent à l’Iran indirectement en attaquant ses amis : l’Irak et la Syrie, et en encourageant la violence sectaire partout au monde musulman, que ça soit au Nigéria, que ça soit en Afghanistan, ou au Pakistan.
Les arabes peuvent prétendre qu’il s’agit de guerre religieuse. La réalité c’est qu’il s’agit d’une guerre raciste, politique, et matérialiste. Nous savons très bien que certains leaders arabes ne sont ni sunnites ni même musulmans. Ce sont des païens purs et durs. Ce sont des gens mauvais, malsains, et malintentionnés, qui exploitent la religion pour des objectifs politiques et économiques de la façon identique que les omeyades et les abbassides faisaient durant les premiers siècles de l’Islam.
L’histoire se répète. La haine est motivée par la peur et la crainte. Il faut semer la peur entre les sunnites pour assurer qu’ils haïssent les chiites. Nous devons redoubler nos efforts pour répandre la vérité, clarifier les malentendus, et promouvoir l’unité islamique. Il faut commencer par remplacer l’iranophobie avec l’iranophilie ou, même meilleur, avec l’islamophilie. Si seulement les musulmans mettaient les valeurs morales et éthiques en première place, ils pourraient transformer le monde entier et sauver l’humanité.
Pourquoi les politiciens américains ont fait des politiques anti-iraniennes, une partie importante de leur campagne électorale ?
Le lobby sioniste est fort puissant. Les politiciens ne convoitent pas nécessairement le vote juif car les juifs représentent seulement un pour cent de la population. En réalité, la vaste majorité des sionistes sont des sois-disons chrétiens ; des protestants d’extrême droite qui sont aussi éloigné de Jésus que Yazid est du Paradis. Menacer l’Iran est une manière de défendre Israël. Mépriser l’Iran est une façon d’exalter Israël. C’est vraiment une situation honteuse ; une véritable vergogne. Au lieu d’être patriotique et montrer leur loyauté aux États-Unis, les politiciens américains jurent fidélité à Israël. Ils s’intéressent plus au bien-être de l’état sioniste que des besoins de leur propre peuple. Ce sont des traîtres ; des vendues…
L’immense majorité des américains ignorent la réalité de l’Iran ; un pays traité en paria par les politiciens et les médias occidentaux. L’Iran est un pays de grande beauté avec une histoire longue et fascinante, une littérature riche, une cuisine savoureuse, et un peuple charmant et accueillant. J’encourage tous les occidentaux de visiter ce pays méconnu comme touristes et constater eux-mêmes que la glorieuse Perse n’est point la bête que l’on présente. Pour moi, l’Iran c’est la perle de l’Orient. Je ne peux pas envisager cette planète sans ce précieux pays. Que Dieu le garde et le protège.

نقطه قوت ایران حاکمیت تزلزل‌‌ناپذیر آن است

کد خبر: ۳۵۲۷۳۴۶
تاریخ انتشار: ۱۵ شهريور ۱۳۹۵ – ۰۹:۴۲
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گروه بین‌الملل: ایران همیشه نقشی سازنده در منطقه و جهان ایفا کرده و می‌کند؛ نقطه قوت ایران، حاکمیت تزلزل‌ناپذیر آن است. این کشور همواره خواسته است رفتاری برابر با آن داشته باشند و از اظهار خواری و زانو زدن در مقابل نیروهای استکبار سرباز زده، در نتیجه اعتبار فراوانی در جهان سیاست برای خود رقم زده است.‌‌
نقطه قوت ایران حاکمیت تزلزل‌‌ناپذیر آن است

«جان اندرو مورو»، استاد دانشگاه، نویسنده و پژوهشگر اهل ایالت کبک کاناداست که در زمینه مطالعات اسلامی، اسپانیایی و بومیان آمریکا تخصص دارد. این استاد کانادایی ـ آمریکایی مسلمان در گفت‌وگو با خبرگزاری بین‌المللی قرآن(ایکنا) از ایران اسلامی به‌عنوان جزیره امنیت و ثبات در غرب آسیا یاد کرد. ادامه این گفت‌و‌گو از نظر می‌گذرد:

ایکنا: جمهوری اسلامی ایران نقش مهمی در منطقه و جهان ایفا می‌کند به نظر شما نقاط قوت و ضعف ایران کدامند؟

ایران کشوری سرافراز است و همواره نقشی سازنده در منطقه و جهان ایفا کرده و می‌کند. نقطه قوت ایران حاکمیت تزلزل‌ناپذیر آن است. ایران همواره خواسته است رفتاری برابر با آن داشته باشند و از اظهار خواری و زانو زدن در مقابل نیروهای استکبار سرباز زده و نتیجه اینکه احترام و اعتبار فراوانی در جهان سیاست برای خود رقم زده است.‌‌

از سال ۱۹۷۹ تاکنون با وجود جنگ تحمیلی نابرابر و مجازات‌ها و فشارهای خارجی ایران به توسعه اقتصادی، مالی، علمی، فرهنگی، سیاسی و نظامی ادامه داده است. ایران به بلند مدت می‌اندیشد و برای آن برنامه‌ریزی می‌کند در حالی که شیوخ نفتی فقط به حال و لذت این دنیا فکر می‌کنند.

با این همه نمی‌توان گفت ایران کامل است، یقیناً هیچ ملتی نمی‌تواند چنین ادعایی داشته باشد.

ملت ایران با مشکلات فراوانی در سطح ملی و بین‌المللی مواجه است. ایرانیان از هر حزب و جریان سیاسی باید با هم کار کنند، متحد باشند و تلاش‌های خود را بر پایه اصول اسلام و به منظور تأمین موفقیت جمعی در همه زمینه‌ها متمرکز سازند.

ایکنا: ایران پیام آزادی و استقلال را به جهان ارسال کرد و الگویی از مقاومت ارائه داده است. سایر کشورها تا چه حد از الگوی ایران تبعیت کرده‌اند؟

انقلاب اسلامی ایران امیدهای زیادی به ستمدیدگان جهان چه مسلمان و چه غیر مسلمان بخشیده است. ایران ثابت کرده که می‌توان مستقل بود و نه به آمریکا و نه به اتحاد شوروی وابسته بود.

الگوی ایران همچنین ثابت کرد که اسلام نه مانعی در گذشته بود و نه موضوعی بی‌ثمر؛ بلکه یک جهان‌بینی کامل در سطح معنوی و نیز الگویی سیاسی، اقتصادی و اجتماعی است.

ایران الهام‌بخش حرکت‌های اسلامی بود، که همگی بدون استثناء به دلایل مختلف شکست خورده‌اند، یعنی نتوانسته‌اند به عنوان یک حکومت اسلامی به منصه ظهور برسند. اصحاب شیطان که از الگوی اسلامی ایران وحشت زده شده بودند، تصمیم گرفتند اسلام را با اسلام از بین ببرند به این معنا که از اسلام دروغین برای نابود کردن اسلام راستین استفاده کنند. در این زمینه می‌توان به گروه‌های به ظاهر اسلام‌گرای مسلح از جمله طالبان، القائده، النصره، الشباب، بوکو حرام و داعش اشاره کرد. دشمنان اسلام هر آنچه در توان داشته برای تخریب چهره اسلام در جهان به کار بردند. به عقیده آن‌ها مردم باید به هر قیمتی از اسلام بیزار باشند تا از حرکت ضد اسلامی کاملا حمایت کنند؛ ایجاد تنفر بسی آسانتر است از ایجاد پل‌های ارتباط.

ایکنا: به گفته حضرت آیت‌الله‌العظمی خامنه‌ای(مدظله‌العالی) تقویت روحیه مقاومت یکی از شاخصه‌های انقلاب اسلامی است، نظر شما چیست؟

روحیه مقاومت بسیار مهم است؛ قلب انقلاب است، حتی می‌توان گفت، مرکز حیات مادی و حتی حیات معنوی است. بدون روحیه مقاومت انسان شکسته می‌شود، دیگر آزاد نیست و به بردگی کشیده می‌شود. برای مردمان دو نژادی مثل منِ مصاحبه شونده که دارای اجداد اروپایی و سرخ‌پوست است، داشتن روحیه مقاومت جزء اصول اولیه است. ما از اقوام otipemisiwak یا مردمان آزاد هستیم. به عنوان مؤمن و مسلمان باید همواره امر به معروف و نهی از منکر را ارج نهاد. هماهنگونه که امام صادق(ع) می‌فرماید «امر به معروف و نهی از منکر باید با رحمت و محبت همراه باشد». روحیه مقاومت همانند هواست که ما آن را تنفس می‌کنیم.

ایکنا: پروژه ایران‌هراسی غرب موجب تقویت تروریست‌ها و بی‌ثباتی کشورهای منطقه شده این پروژه تا چه اندازه موفقیت‌آمیز بوده است؟

هدف از این پروژه شیطانی، ایجاد بی‌ثباتی و نا امنی و تضعیف جهان اسلام است. در نتیجه توطئه شیطانی غرب لائیک، سومالی دچار هرج و مرج است، لیبی در بی‌نظمی فرو رفته، سوریه بحرانی است، عراق شاهد روزهای خونین است، نیجریه و یمن شاهد کشتار و خونریزی است، ولی اوضاع در حال تغییر است زیرا ترور، در حال خوردن اربابان خودش است.

ایکنا: در حال حاضر ایران طرف اصلی در مبارزه با گروه‌های تروریست در نظر گرفته می‌شود، چرا غرب مایل است ایران را منبع تروریسم معرفی کند؟

در دهه ۸۰ تشیع و تروریسم با هم مترادف بودند؛ سنی‌ها را به عنوان مسلمان خوب طرفدار غرب و شیعیان را مسلمانان برهنه غربی معرفی کردند. این بخشی از طرحی با هدف خدشه‌دار کردن چهره ایران و جلوگیری از اعلام همبستگی با انقلاب اسلامی بود؛ بخشی از تبلیغات گمراه کننده و دروغین.

چیزی که از آن صحبت نمی‌شود، این است که انقلاب اسلامی ایران، اولین انقلاب قرن بیستم بود که بدون جنگ چریکی، بدون جنگ شهری و به دور از جنگ داخلی واقع شده بود. انقلاب نتیجه خواست آهنین ملت ایران برای فرو ریختن حکومت استبدادی شاه بود.

نه ایران و نه حزب الله در هیچ اقدام تروریستی علیه اهداف غیر نظامی دخالت نداشته‌اند. اتهامات وارده به ایران به صورت کلیشه در آمده‌اند آنها خصوصاً وقتی از جانب کشوری مثل آمریکا باشند که مسئول مرگ میلیون‌ها انسان بی‌گناه است، مسخره به نظر می‌رسند. اگر آمریکایی‌ها می‌خواهند تروریست‌های واقعی را پیدا کنند لازم نیست راه دوری ‌بروند کافی است به آئینه نگاهی بیندازند.

ایکنا: نقش کشورهای عرب در پروژه ایران‌هراسی را چگونه ارزیابی می‌کنید؟

به استثنای سوریه که از ابتدای پیروزی انقلاب در سال ۱۹۷۹ با ملت ایران همبستگی داشته و نیز عمان که همواره تلاش کرده نسبتا در منطقه بی‌طرف بماند، بقیه کشورهای عربی ترجیح داده‌اند براساس میراث فرهنگی و زبان شناختی خود نه براساس دین شان عمل کنند. گویی برخی اعراب همچنان در عصر جاهلیت و براساس هویت قبیله‌ای زندگی می‌کنند. وقتی به این فکر کنیم که خود پیامبر(ص) امت را نه براساس نژاد، زبان، طبقه یا قبیله که براساس ایمان به خداوند و عدالت اجتماعی پا نهاد؛ به عمق فاجعه بیشتر پی می‌بریم.

رهبران سعودی، اردن، مصر و مراکش ترجیح می‌دهند با اسرائیل، رژیمی که فلسطینیان را قلع و قمع می‌کند، هم پیمان شوند ولی با ایران که از این ملت ستمدیده به حاشیه رانده شده و از مظلوم دفاع می‌کند، هم پیمان نشوند. اگر بین تروریست‌های تکفیری مورد حمایت عربستان، قطر و ترکیه و سربازان سوری و شبه نظامیان مورد حمایت ایران و عراق به رهبران عرب حق انتخاب داده شود، اکثرشان ترجیح می‌دهند در کنار داعش قرار گیرند یا در کنار شیعیان. مردم همانند چهارپایان‌اند، آن‌ها از چوپانان خود پیروی می‌کنند. متاسفانه همانطور که قرآن می‌گوید، رهبرانی هستند که به بهشت هدایت می‌کنند و رهبرانی که به سوی جهنم فرامی‌خوانند.

ایکنا: علت تمایل عربستان سعودی به اقدامات ضد ایرانی و ضد شیعه و نیز ایران‌هراسی چیست؟

سعودی‌ها و نیز اربابان آمریکایی و اسرائیلی ایشان برای همراه کردن سنی‌ها که اغلب نظر مثبتی به شیعیان انقلابی ایران و لبنان داشته‌اند طرحی را به منظور جداسازی کامل اهل سنت از شیعه تدارک دیده‌اند. صحنه عمل این طرح، سوریه و عراق است. عراق پس از تهاجم آمریکا و جنگی که موجب کشته شدن بیشمار مسلمانان بی‌گناه از زن و مرد و کودک شد به کشوری ویران و بی‌ثبات تبدیل شده است. قدرت‌های منطقه‌ای و جهان به جای آنکه به عراق کمک کنند تا به کشوری قدرتمند تبدیل شود، مصمم بودند اطمینان حاصل کنند که دیگر این کشور از جای خود بلند نمی‌شود تا دیگر تهدیدی برای همسایگان به‌ویژه اسرائیل نباشد.

آمریکایی‌ها، افراطیون سنی و در آن واحد افراطیون شیعه را تسلیم کردند تا آن‌ها همدیگر را دیوانه‌‌وار بکشند و این به نفع دشمنان اسلام بود.

سوریه، کشوری ملی‌گرا و سوسیالیست بود با ملتی چند قومی و پذیرنده اقلیت‌ها. سیا از طریق خاک اردن مزدورانی را وارد آن کرد. خوجه‌های مرگ اعمال وحشیانه‌ای را مرتکب شده و نیروهای امنیتی سوریه را مسبب آن‌ها معرفی کردند. آن‌ها سنی‌ها را قتل عام کرده و شیعیان را سرزنش نمودند به طور خلاصه تخم نفاق کاشتند تا کشتار درو کنند. آن‌ها روی کشور بنزین پاشیدند و کبریت کشیدند.

آنچه در خاورمیانه شاهدیم همان چیزی است که در جنگ جهانی اول شاهد بودیم. قبل از آن بخش اعظم مسلمانان جزء امپراطوری عثمانی بودند؛ آن‌ها بر پایه چیزی فراتر از ملیت یعنی «اسلام» با هم متحد بودند. آن‌ها یک ملت نبودند، یک امت بودند یعنی یک کنفدراسیون. غربی‌ها تخم کین کاشتند. آن‌ها را متقاعد کردند که هر قوم می‌بایست کشور خود را داشته باشد. انگلیسی‌ها، فرانسوی‌ها و آلمان‌ها قول باران مروارید به مسلمانان دادند و به جای آن مروارید‌های شیشه‌ای نصیب ایشان شد. آن‌ها اتحاد اسلامی را در هم شکستند تا جهان اسلام را تضعیف و نابود کنند؛ غرب به رهبری آمریکا وارد جنگی صد ساله علیه اسلام شده‌ است.

اگر غرب تامین کننده تسلیحات است، سعودی‌ها پول و تبلیغات را تأمین می‌کنند تا میان شیعه و سنی جنگ قومی حاکم کنند. افراد آگاه به خوبی می‌دانند آنچه در سوریه می‌گذرد جنگ دینی نیست.

دشمنان بشریت می‌گویند جنگ بین دولت شیعه اقلیت با جنگجویان سنی اکثریت جریان دارد. آن‌ها حکومت سوریه را رژیمی خونخوار که مردم خود را قتل عام می‌کند معرفی می‌کنند در حالی که شورشیان، جنگجویان میانه‌رو معرفی می‌شوند که در حال مبارزه برای آزادی و مردم سالاری‌اند!

در حقیقت به استثنای رئیس جمهور و اعضای بسیار بالای کابینه وی، سایر اعضای دولت سوریه همگی سنی مذهب‌اند. رزمندگان ارتش سوریه سنی هستند و اکثریت سربازان سوری همه سنی‌اند. همین اهل سنت هستند که در مقابل تکفیری‌ها و مزدوران خارجی می‌جنگند.

نمی‌توان گفت حکومت سوریه از هر لحاظ کامل است. نمی‌خواهیم کورکورانه از آن دفاع کنیم با این همه طرفداران دولت به تروریست‌هایی که با آن می‌جنگند ارجحیت دارند. آن‌ها در جنگی متعارف به سر می‌برند. سوری‌های ساکن در مناطق تحت کنترل دولت سالم‌اند. شورشی‌ها برعکس، از تبار سلفی‌ها و تکفیری‌ها هستند. آن‌ها مردم مناطق تحت کنترل خود را دچار وحشت کرده‌اند. آن‌ها مسیحی، شیعه، صوفی، سنی و ایزدی‌ها را می‌کشند؛ مرتکب تجاوز می‌شوند و زنان و کودکان را داد و ستد می‌کنند.

عربستان از ایران، هراس دارد. اعراب از رشد اقتصادی، سیاسی و نظامی ایران بیمناک‌اند، ایران به یک قدرت منطقه‌ای تبدیل شده برای جلوگیری از اتحاد عراقی‌ها با ایران لازم بود عراق نابود شود. برای جلوگیری از اتحاد سوری‌ها با ایران، سوریه می‌بایست نابود می‌شد. مستبدان حکم بر عربستان بارها گفته‌اند که هیچگاه نفوذ ایران را در جهان عرب بر نمی‌تابند.

امکان حمله مستقیم به ایران وجود ندارد زیرا حمله به ایران مساوی با نابودی آن‌هاست. اعراب خلیج فارس به‌طور غیر مستقیم به ایران حمله می‌کنند از طریق تهاجم به دوستان آن: عراق و سوریه و نیز با دامن زدن به خشونت‌های دینی در جهان اسلام چه در نیجریه، چه در افغانستان و چه پاکستان.

اعراب می‌توانند ادعا کنند که جنگ، جنگی مذهبی است. واقعیت این است که این جنگ، جنگی نژادپرستانه، سیاسی و مادی است. می‌دانیم که برخی رهبران عرب نه سنی و نه مسلمان‌اند. آن‌ها کاملاً مشرکند. آن‌ها انسانهایی پلید و بد طینت‌اند که از دین برای رسیدن به اهداف سیاسی و اقتصادی بهره‌برداری می‌کنند. یعنی همان روشی که بنی‌امیه و بنی‌عباس در قرون اولیه اسلام به کار می‌بردند.

تاریخ تکرار می‌شود؛ ترس و وحشت ریشه نفرت است. باید به وحشت اهل سنت دامن زد تا از شیعه متنفر باشند.

ما باید تلاش‌های خود را دو چندان کنیم تا واقعیت را منتشر کرده، سوء تفاهمات را از بین برده و اتحاد اسلامی را گسترش دهیم. باید کم کم ایران‌هراسی جای خود را به ایران‌دوستی و اسلام‌دوستی بدهد. اگر مسلمانان ارزش‌های اخلاقی و قومی را ارج می‌نهادند، می‌توانستند جهان را تغییر و بشریت را نجات دهند.

ایکنا: چرا سیاستمداران آمریکا سیاست‌های ضد ایرانی را به بخش اصلی تبلیغات انتخاباتی خود تبدیل کرده‌اند؟

لابی صهیونیست بسیار قدرتمند است. سیاستمداران، لزوماً نیازی به آرای یهودیان ندارند زیرا یهودیان فقط یک درصد جمعیت آمریکا را تشکیل می‌دهند. در حقیقت اکثر صهیونیست‌ها به اصطلاح مسیحی هستند؛ پروتستان‌های راست افراطی از مسیح به اندازه‌ای دور هستند که یزید از بهشت. تحقیر ایران شیوه‌ای برای ارج نهادن به اسرائیل است. واقعاً بسی جای شرم است. سیاستمداران آمریکا به جای وفاداری به آمریکا، وفاداری خود را به اسرائیل اعلام می‌کنند، آن‌ها بیشتر به فکر رفاه رژیم صهیونیستی هستند تا به فکر نیازهای ملت خودشان، آن‌ها همگی خائن‌اند.

اکثریت آمریکایی‌ها از واقعیت ایران بی‌خبرند. ایران کشوری بسیار زیبا با تاریخی قدیمی و سحرانگیز، ادبیاتی غنی، غذاهایی خوشمزه، مردمی خوب و میهمان نواز است. من همه غربی‌ها را به دیدار از ایران ترغیب می‌کنم. آنها باید به عنوان توریست به ایران بروند و به چشم خودشان ببینند ایران پرشکوه با آنچه معرفی می‌شود چقدر متفاوت است، به عقیده من ایران، مروارید شرق است. من نمی‌توانم کره زمین را بدون این کشور ارزشمند تصور کنم. خداوند حافظ و نگهبان آن باد.

The Covenants of the Prophet Reviewed by Mehraj ud Din in Islam and Muslim Societies: a Social Science Journal

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by John Morrow. Angelico Press:2012 Mehraj ud din

Mehraj ud din, Ph.D Research Scholar, Shah-i-Hamadan Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir, SriNagar, (India) Email ID: bhat.mehraj7@gmail.com

Islam and Muslim Societies : A Social Science Journal Vol. 9, No. 1-2, (2016)

http://www.muslimsocieties.org

The very idea of human existence in every civilizational discourse emerges from its onto-epistemological premise and every institutional offshoot develops in subservience of that world view. Islam being an egalitarian system, is quintessentially based on its onto— metaphysical premise intending to establish a welfare society based on Justice. The creation of Medinan state can be simply dubbed as a beginning of culminating the idea of “welfare state” inspired from the onto-epistemological glasses of Islamic worldview. After the migration to Medina, Muhammad drafted the first legal constitution, inclusive with diverse pluralistic underpinnings for existing faith systems—Christianity and Judaism—and other religious traditions known in history as like the people of the book “mushabah bi ahl alkitab”. The book under review is a serious contribution in contextualizing the engagement of Prophet Muhammad with the Christian faith. Andrew Morrow sets out to offer concrete textual reasons, from the Prophet Mohammed himself, for an understanding of Islam that moves beyond stereotypes and reasserts the truly inclusive foundations of Islamic belief.

The book includes short introduction, three parts divided into seventeen chapters and end-matters (two appendices, bibliography and index). The author has collected, translated and contextualized Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be on him) covenants with different Christian communities of his respective time including the Monks of Mount Sinai, Christians of Persia, Christians of Najran, Armenian Christians of Jerusalem, Christians of Assyria, and the Christians of the World. Andrew argues that these letters and treaties, which proclaim and define peaceful and mutually respectful relationships with Christians, have the potential to serve as a foundational source of Islamic belief and practice, on “equal footing” with the Koran and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad.

This work is divided into four parts (a) context of the covenants (b) original and translated text of covenants (c) Challenges of determining the authenticity of the covenants (d) witnesses and possible mode of transmitting the covenants. Due to the immense size and content of the book, the reviewer intends to review the first section of the book comprised of seven chapters (from page 1-201) and highlight its importance for achieving the target of Dialogue and possible peace between Christian and Muslim faith.

The first section “The Prophet Muhammad and the People of the Book” is divided into seven chapters. The first chapter “The Prophet Muhammad and the People of the Book” contextualizes the early life of Prophet Muhammad and dug deep to trace the roots of his encounters with the Christians. Andrew has presented a critical analysis of the constitution of Medina and its undisputed authenticity in Eastern and western academic circles. As Robert Hoyland argues that “the authenticity of the constitution of Medina is accepted by most of the scholars and even points out that Patricia Crone, a person with little love towards Islam and Muslims, admitted to its authenticity”. (p.31) Furthering the debate, Andrew discusses the response of Judeo-Christian religions to the advent of Islam and the outright opposition of the Jews especially of Banu Qaynuqa, Banu Nadir and Banu Qurayzah. Dismantling the Orientalist Myth of expanding the Islamic rule under the banner of “peace Jihad”, Morrow invokes the inherent argumentative “beauty of Quran, Prophet’s sublime ethics and his generous and benevolent treaties, accords and covenants to those communities which willingly submitted to the Islamic state”. (p. 42) His letters to the Emperor of Abyssinia, to Heraclius, to Muqawqis (Egypt), and to the Rulers of Oman and Ghassanids shows his will to invite all the factions across the territorial boundaries to the umbrella of Islam.

In Chapter 2 “The Prophet Muhammad and the Monks of Mount Sinai”, Morrow discussed the controversial and highly disputed document “The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai” concluded in the second year of the Hijrah, which many Orientalists summarily disputes as spurious. Despite its importance as a major milestone in Muslim-Christian relations, the covenant of the Prophet is virtually unknown to most Muslims and has historically received greater circulation and recognition among Arabic, Latin, and English—speaking Christians. This chapter mostly focuses on the unending diverse approaches to seek the “authenticity” of this covenant as some dates it to 1517 CE. (p. 75) Andrew while arguing that most traditional Muslim “ulama” accept the covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the monks of Mount Sinai as authentic, its content is roundly rejected by certain groups of Islamic extremists. (p.77)

In Chapter 3—“The Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of Persia”, is also one of the important documents of historical importance and equally is seen with the doubt. Andrew assumes of three possibilities 1) the Persian version is the product of a very free translation of the Arabic original; 2) the Persian version has been tampered by Shi’ite scholars; or as farfetched as it may seem, 3) the Arabic version of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Mount Sinai is actually a translation from the original Persian. Seta B. Dadoyan argues that the covenant’s authenticity “cannot be established” but Andrew castigates it with the counter—argument that “it is not even disproved yet as well”. (p. 107)

While in Chapter 4—“The Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of Najran”, Andrew discusses the authenticity of its document as the covenant concluded between the Prophet and Christians from Sinai has received mixed reviews, with some scholars attesting to its authenticity and others considering it spurious, the “covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Najran has been castigated by both the Orientalist who brought it to light and by the few others who are familiar with it”. (p. 115) Arguing the growing rift between Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of the Najran culminated into a treaty in the year of 10 A.H. was written by Abd Allah ibn Bakr to negotiate a more extensive understanding to establish certain rights and obligations between Christians and Muslims.

Chapter 5—“The Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of the World”, known in Arabic as al-Ahd wa al-shurut allati sharataha Muhammad rasul Allah li ahl al-millah al-nasraniyyah, literally, the Treaty and covenant which Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, concluded with the Christian community, the covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the world. Like the covenant of Mount Sinai, there are debates on the issues of its authenticity due to its resemblance in content with the covenant of Sinai and Najran. But that doesn’t make them forgeries rather show the shared common elements and conditions which were already present in the already written/signed covenants with the Christians of different communities.

Chapter 6—“he Prophet Muhammad and the Assyrian Christians” is a covenant discovered before a century about which George Malech describes as the Agreement between Prophet Muhammad and Nazarene Christians of the East. Preserving the document until Selim I (1512-1520 CE), and then the same being shifted to Istanbul in 1517 according to George Malech and William Chauncey. Paradoxically, the Surma D’Bait, sister of Marshimun Benyamin, the patriarch of the Assyrian church of the east (1887-1918 CE) denies such transfer. Tracing its roots further, Andrew quotes Wigram and argues that “this document was preserved until the middle of the 19th century, when Kurdish hatred of Christians overcame their reverence for the Prophet and the grant perished in the “Massacres of Bedr Khan Beg” in 1847 and resulted in the destruction of this ferman (document)”. (p. 188)

Chapter 7—“The Prophet Muhammad and the Armenian Christians of Jerusalem”— establishes the commitment of Muhammad for not only reaching to Greek Orthodox Christians from Mount Sinai, the Coptic Christians of Egypt, the Assyrian Christians of upper Mesopotamia, and the Christians of Persia, but to the Armenian Christians of Jerusalem. Since the Eastern Roman Empire had expressed hostility towards him, Muhammad’s strategy seems to have been to create a better zone of Greek, Assyrian, Armenian, and Persian Christian sympathizers, to extend his message and fine a common ground against its enemy. Now preserved in St. James Library in the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem is actually the culmination of “Patriarch Abraham I tiresome efforts who travelled to Mecca in the 7th century to secure special privileges for the Armenian Christians from the Prophet Muhammad himself”. (p. 191)

In concluding the review of this path breaking scholarly work, I must admit the efforts of John Andrew Morrow to create a bridge out of this book between those of the Abrahamic faiths. Collecting the original manuscripts and the translations of these covenants vis-à-vis contextualizing and putting them in the test of objective historical comparative tests must be admired and applauded. Being academically objective and emotionally faithful seems to be missing the contemporary academic works which a reader or even a critical reviewer experiences at different instances of this book. This book can be used a key text in rethinking and redefining the relationship of Muslims with the Christians of the world and dismantle the “crafted hatred” between the two majoritarian faiths of contemporary world.

Countering Islamophobia – Dr John Andrew Morrow speaks up

Countering Islamophobia – Dr John Andrew Morrow speaks up

SHAFAQNA – (Delivered at the 12th Annual Muslim Congress in Dearborn, Michigan, on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

It is a blessing, a privilege, and an honor to speak at the 2016 Muslim Congress on a subject that impacts us all: Islamophobia, the dislike of Islam and Muslims; the prejudice against Islam and Muslims; and the fear and hatred against Islam and Muslims. I wish I could tell you that everyone loved us. Unfortunately, a hell of lot of people hate us.

Although we have hit rock bottom and our popularity rating is the pits, we should not despair. We should view this as an opportunity and challenge as well as a test and a trial. When you are down, the only way is up. We might be in the darkest part of the night; however, rest assured that the dawn will come and the sun will rise.

As followers of Ahl al-Bayt, ‘alayhim al-salām, I am sure you know what I mean, and who I mean, when I speak of the Sun behind the clouds. I speak of the Light of Islam, the Axis of the Universe, and the Imam of the Age. Ṣalawāt ‘alā Muḥammad wa āli Muḥammad

Rest assured that we are not alone. Allah is with us. Rasūl Allāh is with us. The A’immahare with us. And the Malā’ikah are with us. Consider these our Meccan days: a period of persecution and a period of sadness and tears. Do not despair. Do not lose faith. Almighty Allah has promised us victory in both this world and the hereafter. Verily, we will be triumphant.

During this age of intolerance and ignorance, in which Islam and Muslims are victimized and demonized in generalized fashion, we should not feel helpless and hopeless. There are many things that we can do, and that we must do, for our sake, the sake of Islam, the sake of Muslims, and the sake of humanity as a whole.

First and foremost, we must teach Muslims to truly represent Islam. One of the most effective ways of combating Islamophobia is to show non-Muslims that the things and they hate and fear about Islam and Muslims have nothing to do with Islam. As Imam ‘Ali, may peace be upon him, has said: “People are enemies of what they don’t know.”

If al-Qaedah, the Taliban, the recently rebranded al-Nusrah, Boko Haram, al-Shabab, and ISIS represent Islam, then people have every right to hate Islam. If the Salafi-Jihadis, the Wahhabis, the Khawarij, the Najdis, the Nawasib, and the Takfiris are Muslims, then people have every right to hate Muslims.

In reality, Islam and Muslims are the target of a massive campaign of negative marketing on a global scale. Efforts to distort Islam and to dehumanize Muslims date back to medieval times. These efforts intensified during colonial times.

However, nothing can be compared to the all-encompassing propaganda that has been polluting the planet for the past few decades. Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent to portray Muslims as terrorists and savages who threaten civilization as a whole.

While our resources are limited, we must fight ignorance with knowledge. We must fight misinformation with information. We must fight propaganda with facts. We must fight falsehood with truth. We must fight fake Islam with true Islam. How, then, should we proceed?

In order to combat Islamophobia, we must combat extremism and terrorism ideologically, informationally, and religiously.

On the ideological front, we have an immense challenge. There are approximately 100,000 Takfiri terrorists. 7% of self-professed Muslims support them. However, the number is significantly higher when we ask Muslims whether they share the same ideology.

The Takfiri ideology could never have spread without an immense and widespread ignorance of the depth and greatness of the Islamic social, intellectual, and spiritual tradition, an ignorance that is traceable back to the destruction of the traditional Muslim educational system under western colonialism.

Islam must get beyond the barren dialectic between the liberal modernizers who attempt to take various secular forms of social organization as models in order to “bring Islam into the 21st century” by a process of voluntary re-colonization through imitation of the west, and the blind and violent reactionaries who wish to return Islam to its so-called “original purity.”

The only alternative to this poisonous dichotomy is to re-discover the supremely just, intelligent and humane forms of social organization established by the Prophet Muhammad himself, peace and blessings be upon him and his household, in his Covenants, his Treaties, and in the Constitution of Medina.

Within these documents can be found the fertile seed of a “universal declaration of human rights” that owes nothing to the atheistic ideologies of the west, one capable of growing into a great tree providing shelter to the nations, a tree springing directly from the soil of Islam itself.

If, however, Islam fails to dedicate itself to recovering its greatness–not so much the greatness of its past but the greatness of its essence–then Daesh and its various litter-mates will occupy the burned-out heart of our religion, and Islam will be destroyed.

On the Information Front, every effort must be made to make the world’s population aware of the many actions presently undertaken by Muslims from both the governmental and the private sectors against ISIS and other Takfiris, while at the same time providing expanded opportunities for public participation in these actions. Unless the war of information is won, the war between true and false Islam for the hearts and minds of the Ummah, Islam will be destroyed.

As for the Religious Front, it cannot be limited to the ideological sphere. It should certainly include the establishment of ongoing diplomatic liaisons with the leaderships of the non-Muslim religions presently being persecuted by Daesh, for purposes of developing a common strategy to defeat them.

The central strategy and tactic on the Religious Front, however, must be to make ferventdu’as to Allah, to implore His guidance in the war against His enemies. It was not you who threw when you threw, but God threw. If we do not put Allah first, if we do not exalt His Will and His Agenda over whatever strategies and agendas we may decide upon in this gathering, then it will not matter if Islam is destroyed, because–in terms of this assembly at least–it will be dead already.

In our collective struggle against Islamopobia; in our fight against extremism and terrorism, please allow me to propose a few concrete steps that any ordinary Muslim take.

1) Spread Islam. Spread traditional, civilizational, Islam. Spread non-sectarian Islam. Spread an inclusive Islam; an Islam of diversity, tolerance, love, mercy and justice. Spread it by word and spread it by action. Put Islamic morals and ethics into practice.

2) Fight fake Islam with true Islam. Compare and contrast: present a verse from the Qur’an and then contrast it with the actions of extremists; present a hadith from the Prophet and then contrast it with the actions of extremists; thus delegitimizing the discourse of the extremists.

3) Disseminate the Constitution of Medina. Islamists claim that they wish to create an Islamic State; however, they ignore the fact that the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and his household, produced the first political constitution in the history of humanity, an inclusive and pluralistic Political Charter that granted equality to all citizens regardless of religion, race, or gender. From day one, the Ummah of Islam was composed of Muslims and non-Muslims. The Prophet, his Companions, and his Holy Household, all respected the People of the Book who were friends and allies of the Muslims. They were one Ummah united on universal and primordial principles.

4) Disseminate the covenants and treaties that the Prophet Muhammad concluded with Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian communities. These include the Treaty of Maqnah, the Treaty of Aylah, the Treaty of Najran, the Covenant with Monks from Mount Sinai, the Covenant with the Christians of Persia, the Covenant with the Assyrian Christians, the Covenant with the Armenian Christians, the Covenant with the Coptic Christians, and the Covenant with the Parsees…

5) Disseminate the covenants that the Caliphs and Sultans concluded with non-Muslim communities. These include the Covenant of Abu Bakr, the Covenant of ‘Umar, the Covenant of ‘Ali, the Covenant of Salah al-Din, and the Covenant of Sultan Mehmet.

6) Pressure leaders in the Muslim world to protect Christian minorities from persecution. Demand that Muslims minorities around the world receive the same protections.

7) Join or organize demonstrations calling for the protection of persecuted Muslims and Christians.

8) Join or organize demonstrations calling for the protection of sacred sites and places of worship as Christian, Sunni, Shi‘ite and Sufi spaces are the preferred targets of Takfiri terrorists.

9) Denounce any government, Muslim or non-Muslim, that supports, directly or indirectly, Takfiri terrorists who persecute Christians, Sunnis, Shi‘ites, and Sufis. They include the United States, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and Israel.

10) Oppose foreign interference in our Islamic affairs in the Western world. Denounce religious colonialism. Mosques and Muslim organizations in the West should be concerned about the interests of Western Muslims and should not serve the strategic plans of any so-called Muslim country.

11) When people slander Islam, the Qur’an and the Prophet, point them to The Covenants of the Prophet and let Muhammad ibn Abdullah, peace and blessings be upon him and his household, speak for himself.

12) Share the Covenants of the Prophet with the People of the Book in word and in action. Build bridges of understanding between all believers.

13) Volunteer your time and skills. We need translators. We need people with expertise in business, marketing, advertising, social media… Everyone has something to offer.

14) If you cannot donate your time, donate your money. Support the Covenants Initiative or other efforts. Give sadaqah. Give zakat. Give khums.

15) Familiarize Muslims, and non-Muslims, with all the initiatives against extremism and radicalization, efforts that are deliberately unreported or underreported for political purposes. They include:

1) ISNA’s Muslim Code of Honor. Signed in September, 2007, it denounces extremism and violence, calls for Islamic unity between all believers, and prohibits takfīr or excommunication.

2) A Common Word Between Us and You. This open letter, which was jointly composed by Muslim and Christian leaders, was released in October of 2007. It calls for peace between both major world religions and encourages them to work for common ground. A Common Word has been critical in fostering interfaith dialogue.

3) Shoulder to Shoulder. Since 2010, the Islamic Society of North America has joined with 27 national faith-based interfaith organizations to address anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

4) The Fatwa against Terrorism and Suicide Bombing. It was issued by Dr. Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri in 2010. It states that “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it.”

5) The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. This book, which was published in 2013, consists of a study of the treaties that the Messenger of Allah made with the People of the Book. It features long-forgotten documents, some of which were rediscovered in ancient monasteries and archives, and which were translated from Arabic into English.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad prove that the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his household, was committed to creating an inclusive, pluralistic, community of believers. The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, explicitly stated that Muslims are required to protect religious sites and institutions; not destroy them.

As the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him and his household, commands in his covenants: wa lā tughayyir usquf ‘an usqufiyyah, wa lā rāhib min rahbāniyyah, wa lā naṣrānī min naṣrāniyyah, wa lā rāhib  min ṣawma‘atihi, wa lā sā’iḥ min siyāḥatihi, wa lā yuhdamu bayt min buyūti kanā’isahim wa baya‘ihim, wa la yadkhulu shay’in min manāzilihim fī shay’in min al-masājid wa lā manāzil al-mu’minīn al-muslimīn, fa man fa‘ala dhalika faqad nakatha ‘ahd Allāh wa khalafa Rasūl Allāh wa khā’in dhimmat Allāh.

It is not permitted to remove a bishop from his bishopric or a Christian from his Christianity, a monk from his monastic life or a pilgrim from his pilgrimage or a hermit monk from his tower. Nor is it permitted to destroy any part of their churches, to take parts of their buildings to construct mosques or the homes of Muslims. Whoever does such a thing will have violated the covenant of Allah, disobeyed the Messenger of Allah, and deviated from His Divine Alliance.

The covenants date from the second year of the establishment of the Muslim Community in Medina to the final years of his life, demonstrating that they represented permanent policy. The documents state that they are binding upon Muslims until the End of Times and some include a stern warning: Wa man ẓalama ba‘da dhalika dhimmiyyan wa naqaḍa al-‘ahd wa rafaḍuhu kuntu khaṣmahu yawm al-qiyyamah min jami‘ al-muslimīn kāfatan /Whoever is unjust after this towards a [Christian] subject [dhimmi], breaks the covenant and rejects it, I will be his enemy on the Day of Judgment among all the Muslims.

6) The Covenants Initiative. Inspired by The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, Charles Upton, known also as Sidi Akram, created the Covenants Initiative, an international movement committed to protecting persecuted Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

The Covenants Initiative, which calls upon Muslims to renew their oath to the Prophet Muhammad and abide by the treaties that he concluded with the People of the Book, has been signed by several hundred leading Sunni, Shii, and Sufi scholars, academics, and activists.

7) Bin Bayyah’s fatwa. In September of 2014, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, one of the most influential scholars in Sunni Islam, passed a lengthy fatwa condemning ISIS.

8) The letter to Baghdadi. The Letter to Baghdadi, released in September of 2014, is a meticulously detailed refutation of ISIS. It was signed by over one hundred of Islam’s leading scholars and personally directed to the leader of the pseudo-Islamic State.

9) The Amman Message. Issued in November 2014, and signed by 200 Islamic scholars from over 50 countries, this call for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world provides an inclusive definition of what it means to be Muslim and denounces the practice of takfir or excommunication.

10) The statement from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Released in 2014, it declares that the Islamic State has “nothing to do with Islam” and has committed crimes “that cannot be tolerated.”

11) The fatwa from al-Azhar. Issued in 2014, it states that ISIS is “a danger to Islam.”

12) The Statement from the Arab League. Released in 2014, it denounces the “crimes against humanity” carried out by ISIS.

13) The fatwa that was passed by Turkey’s top cleric, Mufti Mehmet Gormez. Issued in 2014, it states that ISIS is “hugely damaging” to Islam and Muslims.

14) The condemnations made against ISIS by CAIR. Since 2014, they have repeatedly condemned ISIS as “Un-Islamic and morally repugnant.”

15) The declaration made by the Muslim Council of Great Britain. Released in 2014, it affirms that “violence has no place in religion.”

16) The fatwa published by the Fiqh Council of the Islamic Society of North America. Issued in 2014, and signed by 126 leading Muslim scholars, it asserts that the actions of ISIS are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.

17) The Joint Sunni-Shiite Fatwa issued by 100 U.K. Imams. Released in 2014, it describes ISIS as an “illegitimate” and “vicious group.”

18) The statement issued by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Published in 2014, it condemns ISIS and calls upon Muslims to “stand against extremism.”

19) The campaign by the Nahdlatul-Ulama. The NU is the largest Islamic organization in the world, representing 50 million Indonesian Muslims. In 2014, it launched a global campaign against extremism and Wahhabism.

20) The statements of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqubi. In an interview conducted in 2014, he asserted that “ISIS has no nationality. Its nationality is terror, savagery, and hatred.” Furthermore, he asserted that “Baghdadi is going to hell.”

In 2015, Shaykh al-Yaqubi published a lecture titled Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal of its Religious and Ideological Foundations. In his booklet, he states that ISIS constitutes the most serious threat that Islam has ever faced. Consequently, he has provided a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance. In short, he demonstrates that the actions of ISIS are not representative of Islam.

21) The jihad that was declared by the Muslim Youth Group in the UK. In 2015, a group of young Muslims declared an ideological holy war against extremists and terrorists who hijack Islam, asserting, in no uncertain terms, that groups like ISIS have “no link with Islam or the Muslim community.”

22) The Historic Islamic Edict or Fatwa on Joining ISIS/ISIL that was passed by the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada in March of 2015. Signing by dozens of traditional Muslim scholars, it states, quite explicitly, that anyone who joins Daesh leaves the Ummah of Islam.

23) The condemnation against ISIS that I issued in November of 2015. The statement in question was disseminated to over one million Muslims and directly inspired numerous other edicts.

24) The mass fatwa against ISIS. In December of 2015, 70,000 Muslim clerics from India signed a joint fatwa against ISIS that was subsequently endorsed by 1.5 million Muslims.

24) Dr. Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri’s denunciations of Daesh. In a statement he made in 2016, he stated that: “The ISIS ideology is Kufr (disbelief in Islam). It is anti-Islam; against the teachings of the prophet of Islam.”

25) The Marrakesh Declaration. The Marrakesh Declaration was the product of a global conference that brought together hundreds of major Muslim leaders, both religious and political.

Muslims leaders from around the world, Sunnis, Shiis, and Sufis, gathered in Morocco to express their collective commitment to the cause of human, civil, religious, and minority rights in Muslim countries.

The Marrakesh Declaration reasserts the rights of non-Muslim minorities. The manifesto is rooted in the Constitution of Medina, the first political charter in the history of humanity, produced by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century, which recognized all the members of the Muslim Ummah and Monotheistic Movement of Believers as citizens, regardless of their religion.

According to Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America, the Marrakesh Declaration was inspired by the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and the Covenants Initiative. In fact, ISNA has officially endorsed the Covenants Initiative and adopted the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad.

While many Americans are aware that the Government of the United States has recognized ISIS as culpable of genocide, few know that Muslim activists were intimately involved at every single step that led to this decision.

As a result of the success of the Covenants Initiative, the Genocide Initiative was created in August of 2015. While the Covenants Initiative focused on interfaith community building, the Genocide Initiative had a concrete political aim, namely to accuse ISIS of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

The Genocide Initiative, along with many similar efforts spearheaded by our Jewish and Christian partners, led to the passage of the Fortenberry Resolution in the House of Representatives in March of 2016. The resolution defined the actions of ISIS as genocide, a declaration that was immediately echoed by Secretary of State John Kerry.

While certain political sectors wish to present the war in Syria and Iraq as a Sunni/Shia conflict, the scholarly centers of both Sunnism and Shiism, are united in their condemnation of ISIS. Whether it is the University of al-Azhar in Egypt or the Hawzah ‘Ilmiyyah in Najaf and Qum, Sunni and Shii scholars have all repudiated ISIS.

At international, national, local, and community level, Muslims have vociferously denounced ISIS and disassociated themselves from their evil ideology and deeds. From Shaykh al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri’s efforts emanating from the United Arab Emirates to the creation of an anti-ISIS community guide by Daisy Khan of WISE Muslim Women, Muslims are actively involved in counter-radicalization. In fact, there are over 300 anti-ISIS and anti-extremist initiatives being led by Muslims. I only gave you a brief summary of 25 of them. If I compiled them all, they would easily fill a 500-page book.

Get involved. Read The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World and spread the word. Sign the Covenants Initiative and the Genocide Initiative. If you are a scholar of Islam, sign A Common Word, The Amman Declaration, The Letter to Baghdadi, and the various edicts against ISIS. Engage in interfaith work and intrafaith work. Build bonds between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Build bonds between Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis. Build bonds as human beings first and foremost. Ṣalawāt ‘alā Muḥammad wa āli Muḥammad.

از نقش ترامپ در عادی‌سازی اسلام‌هراسی تا تأثیر لابی یهودی بر انتخابات

پژوهشگر آمریکایی تبیین کرد؛
گروه بین الملل: ترامپ در حال عادی‌سازی بیان احساسات ضد اسلامی است؛ نژاد‌پرستی اصل و اساس فرهنگ آمریکایی را تشکیل می‌دهد و حتی اگر آمریکا‌یی‌ها طی دهه‌های اخیر نسبتاً متمدن شده باشند، عدم تساهل همچنان زیر پوست این کشور باقی مانده و به لطف ترامپ این لایه‌های نفرت اکنون نمود پیدا می‌کنند.
از نقش ترامپ در عادی‌سازی اسلام‌هراسی تا لابی یهودی برای تأثیر بر انتخابات

«جان اندرو مورو»، استاد دانشگاه، نویسنده و پژوهشگر اهل ایالت کبک کاناداست که در زمینه مطالعات اسلامی، اسپانیایی و بومیان آمریکا تخصص دارد. این استاد کانادایی ـ آمریکایی مسلمان در گفت‌وگو با خبرگزاری بین‌المللی قرآن(ایکنا) درباره تبلیغات انتخاباتی «دونالد ترامپ»، نامزد جمهوری‌خواهان در انتخابات ریاست جمهوری آمریکا، که خواستار ممنوعیت ورود مسلمانان به خاک آمریکا شده است، اظهار کرد: دونالد ترامپ یک نظریه‌پرداز نیست او یک پوپولیست فرصت‌طلب است که قصد دارد از مسئله مسلمانان و اقلیت‌ها به نفع خود سود ببرد. او ایجاد وحشت می‌کند تا از ناامنی مردم بهره‌برداری کند. این بدان معنا نیست افرادی که از ترامپ حمایت می‌کنند از وضع موجود راضی هستند. سفیدپوستان محافظه‌کار و مسیحی نیمی از مردم آمریکا را تشکیل می‌دهند و در حال ناپدیدشدن هستند. سرمایه‌داران فرصت‌های شغلی را به خارج انتقال داده‌اند و انگلو آمریکن‌ها بیکار هستند.

وی افزود: در کشوری که مدعی آزادی دینی است، حکومت به زور یک لائیسیته غیر اخلاقی را تحمیل می‌کند. دولت به جای دفاع از منافع آمریکایی‌ها در خدمت هواداران جهانی‌سازی است. طرفداران ترامپ خشمگین‌اند و حق هم دارند مشکل اینجاست که ترامپ به منشأ مشکلات مردم که همانا یک نظام سرمایه‌داری وحشی است حمله نمی‌کند. به عکس بزرگترین قربانیان این نظام اقتصادی سیاسی شیطانی را که همان سیاهان، اسپانیانی‌زبانان، بومیان، مسلمانان و مهاجران هستند، هدف قرار داده است. او به جای آنکه مردم را به نیکی، تساهل، همبستگی اجتماعی و وحدت ملی فرا بخواند آنها را به عدم شکیبایی و پراکندگی دعوت می‌کند؛ اگر ترامپ ممنوعیت و ورود مسلمانان به آمریکا را پیشنهاد می‌کند به این دلیل است که پیشنهادش، آراء را به سوی او جلب می‌کند.

این استاد کانادایی ـ آمریکایی تصریح کرد: ترامپ برای آمریکایی‌های اروپائی‌الاصل حکم مسیح را دارد. او آخرین امید آن‌هاست. ولی ترامپ مسیح نیست، به عکس او ضد مسیح است، میلیاردی خودخواه و نزدیک به طرفداران جهانی شدن. او هیچگاه برای کمک به کشاورزان، کارگران، افراد به حاشیه رانده شده و محروم قدمی برنداشته است، اگر او واقعا راست می‌گوید از ثروتش برای کمک به آمریکایی‌ها استفاده کند.

نویسنده کتاب «میثاق محمد(ص) با مسیحیان» تصریح کرد: «برنی ساندرز» هم نمایانگر نارضایتی آمریکایی‌هاست. این نظام کارآیی خود را از دست داده و مردم از سیاستمداران ریاکار و دروغ‌گو خسته شده‌ا‌ند. جامعه‌شناسان مدت‌هاست از جنگ فرهنگی سخن می‌گویند. کارشناسان علم سیاست حق دارند نگران باشند. آنها خیلی خوب می‌دانند که یک جنگ فرهنگی می‌تواند به جنگ داخلی منجر شود. کشور روی انبار باروت قرار گرفته و مردم تا دندان مسلح‌ هستند، فقط یک کبریت لازم است تا آمریکا به سوریه و عراق تبدیل شود.

ترامپ و موج‌سواری بر جریان اسلام‌هراسی

این متخصص مطالعات اسلامی، اسپانیایی و بومی دانشگاه‌های آمریکا درباره هدف ترامپ از ایجاد موج اسلام‌هراسی می‌گوید: اگر ترامپ به حمایت اعراب و مسلمانان نیاز داشت خود را بهترین دوست ایشان معرفی می‌کرد. در حال حاضر تنفر زیادی از مسلمانان وجود دارد، ترامپ از اسلام‌هراسی برای مقاصد سیاسی بهره‌برداری می‌کند. در عین حال او در حال تبدیل کردن بیان احساسات ضد اسلامی به امری عادی است. نژاد‌پرستی اصل و اساس فرهنگ آمریکایی را تشکیل می‌دهد. آمریکا کشوری است که بر کشتار، نابودی مردمان بومی و بردگی سیاهان پایه‌گذاری شده؛ حتی اگر آمریکا‌یی‌ها طی دهه‌های اخیر نسبتا متمدن شده باشند، عدم تساهل همچنان زیر پوست این کشور باقی مانده و به لطف ترامپ این لایه‌های نفرت اکنون نمود پیدا می‌کنند. آنچه بخش عظیمی از آمریکایی‌ها احساس می‌کردند بدون اینکه آن  را بیان کنند حال آشکارا اظهار می‌شود. فرهنگ آمریکایی حالا گامی به عقب برداشته و به جای بهتر شدن رو به انحطاط می‌رود؛ چه در آمریکا و چه در اروپا به لحاظ فرهنگی شاهد دوره‌ای شرم‌آور هستیم؛ گویی در اروپای دهه ۳۰ و در آستانه ظهور فاشیسم حضور داریم.

اندرو مورو درباره پیشنهاد ممنوع کردن ورود مسلمانان به آمریکا می‌گوید: ترامپ انسان معتقدی نیست، او اصلا مذهبی نیست. فردی نیست که از خدا بترسد. او بی‌دینی مغرور و ماتریالیست است. پیشنهاد ممنوعت ورود مسلمانان از احساسات دینی شخصی او سرچشمه نمی‌گیرد. او حرف‌های مسیحیان صهیونیست آمریکا را تکرار می‌کند؛ مسیحیانی که ادعا می‌کنند اسلام یک ایدئولوژی سیاسی خشن و بر پایه تنفر است. اگر آن‌ها سلفیت، وهابیت و یا تکفیر را جایگزین واژه «اسلام» می‌کردند ما با آن‌ها موافق بودیم. اشتباه بزرگ و عمدی آن‌ها اینجاست که آنها اسلام را که دینی شریف است با تکفیر که آئینی شیطانی و نادرست است، یکی می‌دانند.

تکفیر برابر با شیطان‌پرستی و تکفیری ستون پنجم دشمن در جهان اسلام است

مدیر بنیاد «میثاق‌های محمد(ص)» تصریح کرد: آئین تکفیر همان آئین شیطان‌پرستی است و تکفیری‌ها همان تروریست‌های هوادار شیطان‌ هستند، اینکه گروهی شیطان را خدا و خدا را شیطان تلقی کنند؛ از خدا شیطان نمی‌سازد. آن‌ها می‌توانند «الله» را هرگونه که می‌خواهند بخوانند ما می‌دانیم که مقصود ایشان همان ابلیس است. تکفیری‌ها خوارج و همان کفاری هستند که ادعای مسلمانان بودن دارند. اسلاف ایشان توطئه کردند تا خلافت و امامت را تصاحب و اسلام را از درون نابود کنند. ما آن‌ها را از طریق رفتارشان که مغایر همه اصول، ارزش‌ها و قوانین اسلام واقعی و محمدی است، می‌شناسیم. همان کفار گذشته یا مشرکان عصر پیامبر(ص) که قربانیان را شکنجه می‌دادند، مثله می‌کردند، به آن‌ها تجاوز می‌کردند و آن‌ها را برای نیروهای شر به عنوان قربانی می‌سوزاندند.

این استاد آمریکایی که پس از اسلام آوردن نام «الیاس اسلام» را برای خود برگزیده است، با اشاره به اینکه همین تکفیر‌ی‌ها از سوی انگلیسی‌ها برای نابود کردن امپراطوری عثمانی مورد استفاده قرار گرفته‌اند، تصریح می‌کند: قدرت‌های غربی در طول جنگ‌های اول و دوم جهانی از همین تروریست‌های «اسلام‌گرا» برای اهداف ژئوپولتیک استفاده کردند. آمریکایی‌ها از همین اصول‌گرایان برای جنگ با اتحاد شوروی در افغانستان سود بردند و این‌ها همان روان‌پریشانی هستند که آمریکا، عربستان، قطر و ترکیه ایشان را در عراق و سوریه رها کرده‌اند تا جهان اسلام را تضعیف و نابود کنند.

وی افزود: طرفداران جهانی‌سازی از اسلام بیم دارند چون می‌دانند اسلام به حیات استثمارگران و ظالمان خاتمه می‌دهد، آن‌ها خیلی خوب می‌دانند که اسلام به حیات فروشندگان سلاح و مواد مخدر، زن و کودک و اندام انسان پایان می‌دهد. آنها می‌خواهند به هر قیمتی چهره اسلام را تخریب کنند و مسلمانان را انسان‌هایی شرور نشان دهند. بنابراین باید برای ارتقاء، اسلام سنتی و معنوی، اسلامی متساهل، دربرگیرنده و پلورالیست و مبلغ عدالت اجتماعی، اقتصادی و سیاسی را تبلیغ کرد. در واقع کسانی که اسلام رادیکال را تبلیغ می‌کنند همان کسانی هستند که چنین اسلامی را تولید و کنترل کرده، آن را مسلح نموده و گسترش می‌دهند. باید درباره این واقعیت نگران کننده از طریق ارائه مستندات به مردم آگاهی داد؛ تکفیری‌ها، ستون پنجم دشمن در جهان اسلام‌اند.

لابی یهودی برای تأثیر بر نتایج انتخابات

این پژوهشگر مطالعات اسلامی همچنین درباره توان مسلمانان برای مقابله با موج اسلام‌هراسی در تبلیغات انتخاباتی کاندیداها می‌گوید: مسلمانان درصد اندکی از جمعیت آمریکا را تشکیل می‌دهند. آنها نمی‌توانند نتایج انتخابات ریاست جمهوری را تغییر دهند. یهودیان به عکس تعداد اندکشان بر نتایج انتخابات تأثیر می‌گذارند، زیرا متحد و سازماندهی شده عمل می‌کنند. آنها از پول خود برای اعمال فشار بر سیاستمداران و دولت استفاده می‌کنند. مسلمانان باید از یهودیان سرمشق بگیرند. احتمال زیادی وجود دارد که یهودیان نتایج انتخابات را تغییر دهند. یهودیان آمریکا نمی‌خواهند دوباره وحشت دوران نازی‌ها را تجربه کنند. آنها یک هیتلر بالقوه را در ترامپ می‌بینند. تلاش‌های مسلمانان آمریکا مهم است. آن‌ها سازماندهی می‌شوند ولی مشکل اینجاست که این کار باید از ده‌ها و حتی یک قرن پیش انجام می‌شد.

وی با تأکید بر اینکه تلاش کنونی مسلمانان اندک و شاید دیر هنگام باشد، ادامه می‌دهد: فرهنگ علیه ماست، ما همگی مسئول شکستمان هستیم. اگر خدا به یاری ما نیاید همگی باید جزای بی‌عملی‌مان را بپردازیم. یا خود ترامپ، خودش را نابود می‌کند یا برخی دیگر او را نابود خواهند کرد. او مردی بی‌ثبات است. برخی روانشناسان ترامپ را فردی خودشیفته می‌دانند که اگر کدهای سلاح‌های هسته‌ای را در اختیار داشته باشد، معلوم نیست چه فاجعه‌ای را رقم بزند.

این استاد مسلمان درباره تأثیر انتخاب ترامپ در روابط آمریکا با اسرائیل می‌گوید: ترامپ سرشار از ضد و نقیض‌هاست. یک روز می‌گوید آنچنان ثروتمند است که نیازی به لابی اسرائیل ندارد روز بعد از اسرائیل تمجید می‌کند. واقعا ترامپ کیست؟ یک ابله یا سیاستمداری حیله‌گر؟ یک دوست و متحد هیلاری کلینتون که می‌خواهد حزب جمهوری‌خواه را نابود کند؟ الله اعلم.

وی در پایان خاطرنشان کرد: آنچه به یقین می‌توان گفت این است که او شایستگی بودن در جایگاه مرد شماره یک آمریکا را ندارد. خدا همگان را از شر او حفظ کند. در مورد هیلاری کلینتون نیز می‌توان گفت که او بهتر از ترامپ نیست. هر دو افرادی مشمئز کنند‌ه‌اند؛ اولی چون بیش از حد رک و راست است و دیگری بیش از حد دروغگو؛ انتخاب بین آن‌ها مثل انتخاب بین بد و بدتر است. آن‌ها دو سر یک جانور‌ هستند. ولی هر کدام که انتخاب شوند درباره حمایت آمریکا از اسرائیل شکی وجود ندارد.

Trump vise les plus grandes victimes d’un ordre économique et politique diabolique

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La campagne électorale bat son plein aux Etats-Unis et les candidats républicain et démocrate essaient d’utiliser toutes les cartes à leur profit. Donald Trump, candidat républicain aux présidentielles cherchent de profiter de la vague d’islamophobie pour se consacrer plus de vote. Nous avons interviewé un musulman, le docteur John Andrew Morrow, pour savoir plus sur le processus de cette campagne, la place des musulmans dans ces élections et les réels motifs des candidats.
Pourquoi Trump a fait de l’interdiction de l’émigration des musulmans aux Etats-Unis, le cheval de bataille de sa campagne électorale?
Donald Trump n’est pas un idéologue; c’est un populiste et un opportuniste. Comme tous les fascistes, il cherche un bouc émissaire : que ça soit les juifs pour les nazis, les gauchistes pour les dictateurs d’extrême droite de l’Amérique Latine ou, dans le cas de Trump, les musulmans et les minorités. L’islamophobie, la xénophobie, le racisme et le sexisme mettent le vent dans les ailes de Trump. Il cultive la peur et exploite l’insécurité des gens. Cela ne veut pas dire que les gens qui soutiennent Trump n’ont pas de plaintes légitimes : ils en ont énormément.
Les blancs conservateurs et chrétiens représentent la moitié du pays et ils sont en voie de disparition. Les capitalistes ont exporté leurs emplois à l’étranger. Les anglo-américains  chôment tandis que le pays laisse ses portes grandes ouvertes à l’immigration clandestine. Dans un pays qui prétend de protéger la liberté religieuse, l’État leur impose un laïcisme immoral à la force. Au lieu de défendre les intérêts des américains, le gouvernement est au service des globalistes. Les partisans de Trump sont furieux et ils ont raison de l’être.
Trump vise les plus grandes victimes d'un ordre économique et politique diabolique
Le problème c’est que Trump n’attaque pas la source de leurs problèmes, le système sauvage du capitalisme. Au contraire, il vise les plus grandes victimes de cet ordre économique et politique diabolique ; c’est-à-dire, les noirs, les hispaniques, les autochtones, les musulmans, et les immigrés. Au lieu de faire appel au bien, c’est-à-dire, à la tolérance, la compassion, la solidarité sociale et l’unité nationale, il fait appel au mal, à l’intolérance, l’insensibilité, l’insularité et la désunion. Si Trump propose d’interdire l’entrée des musulmans aux États-Unis, c’est parce qu’il sait très bien que cela va lui gagner des votes.
Pour les américains de souche européenne et populaire, Trump est le Messie : c’est leur dernier espoir. Mais Trump n’est pas le Christ ; au contraire, c’est un véritable anti-Christ. C’est un milliardaire hédoniste, matérialiste et égoïste. Il est plus proche des globalistes que des gens simples. Il n’a jamais fait quoi que ce soit pour aider les fermiers, les ouvriers, les marginalisés et les exploités. Il vit comme un maharaja dans l’excès et la débauche tandis qu’il prétend être un homme du peuple. S’il est vraiment sincère, qu’il commence par utiliser sa fortune obscène pour aider les américains.
La rage qui règne aux États-Unis est présente autant à la gauche qu’à la droite. Bernie Sanders, autant que Donald Trump, représente le mécontentement des américains. Leur système ne fonctionne plus ; il ne fonctionne pas. Les gens ont marre des politiciens hypocrites et menteurs qui n’ont aucune loyauté et aucune éthique et qui servent des intérêts étrangers. Au lieu de se rencontrer au milieu, les américains sont polarisés, entre droite et gauche, et entre croyants et laïques. C’est une situation extrêmement précaire et dangereuse.
Les sociologues parlent depuis longtemps de la guerre culturelle. Ceux qui étudient la science politique ont raison à craindre. Ils savent très bien que cette guerre culturelle peut se transformer en guerre civile. Le pays est saupoudré de poudre à canon et les gens sont armés jusqu’aux dents. Il ne faut que jeter une allumette et les États-Unis vont ressembler à la Syrie et à l’Iraq. D’un côté nous trouverons les miliciens protestants blancs tandis que de l’autre côté nous trouverons les blancs laïques et libéraux, les latino-américains, les africains américains, les autochtones, les juifs, les musulmans, les immigrés et toutes les autres minorités. Il s’agit d’un réel danger.
Est ce que les positions anti-islamiques de Trump visent à renforcer sa place au niveau social?
Que ça soit Francisco Franco en Espagne, Benito Mussolini en Italie ou Adolf Hitler en Allemagne, les fascistes ont prétendu être les amis, les alliés, et les défenseurs des musulmans pour pouvoir compter sur leur soutien. C’est ce qui les convenait à l’époque. Si Trump avait besoin du soutien des arabes ou des musulmans, il se présenterait comme leur meilleur ami au monde. A l’instant, la haine envers les musulmans est énorme. Trump exploite l’islamophobie pour des avantages politiques. En même temps, il aide à normaliser l’expression de sentiments anti-islamiques. Le racisme représente la fondation même de la culture américaine. Il s’agit d’un pays basé sur le génocide, l’extermination des peuples autochtones et l’esclavage des noirs. Même si les américains se sont civilisés jusqu’à un certain point depuis les dernières décennies, l’intolérance a continué à circuler sous la surface et, grâce à Trump, cette lave de haine a maintenant fait surface. Ce que grande part des américains ressentaient, mais ne disaient pas, s’exprime désormais ouvertement. La culture occidentale est en train de faire un pas arrière. Au lieu d’évoluer, elle est en train de dégénérer, tant en Amérique qu’en Europe. C’est un tournant culturel honteux et cataclysmique. C’est comme si on était en Europe dans les années trente à l’aube de la montée du fascisme.
Dans quelle mesure cette proposition (interdiction de l’émigration musulmane), est liée au terrorisme et dans quelle mesure à la religion?
Donald Trump n’est pas un croyant. Ce n’est pas un homme religieux. Ce n’est pas un homme pieux. Ce n’est pas un homme qui craint Dieu. C’est un laïque égocentrique et un matérialiste. En autres mots, sa proposition d’interdire l’émigration musulmane n’est pas motivée par des sentiments religieux personnels. Il ne fait que répéter la propagande des chrétiens sionistes américains qui prétendent que l’Islam est une idéologie politique violente et haineuse. S’ils remplaçaient le mot « Islam » par salafisme, wahhabisme, ou takfirisme, nous serions entièrement d’accord avec eux. L’erreur grossière et intentionnelle est d’associer l’Islam, une religion noble et juste, avec le takfirisme, un culte diabolique ignoble et injuste.
Il ne faut pas être gêné de le dire : le takfirisme est le satanisme. Les terroristes sont les partisans de Satan. Le fait qu’ils traitent le diable comme Dieu et Dieu comme le diable ne fait pas de Dieu le diable. Ils peuvent invoquer « Allah » comme ils veulent : nous savons très bien qu’ils invoquent Iblis. Les takfiristes, les kharijites, et les nawasib sont des païens qui prétendent être musulmans. Leurs prédécesseurs ont comploté pour saisir le pouvoir du Califat et de l’Imamat pour détruire l’Islam de l’intérieur. Nous les connaissons clairement par leur comportement qui viole toutes les normes, les valeurs, et les lois de l’Islam authentique et prophétique. Comme les païens d’antant, comme les polythéistes du temps du Prophète (psl) , ils torturent, mutilent, violent, et immolent leurs victimes en sacrifice aux forces du mal.
Ce sont ces même takfiristes qui ont été utilisé par les anglais pour détruire l’Empire Ottoman. Ce sont ces mêmes terroristes « islamistes » que les puissances occidentales ont employé pour des fins géopolitiques pendant la première et deuxième guerre mondiales. Ce sont ces mêmes fondamentalistes que les Américains ont déployés en Afghanistan pour combattre l’Union Soviétique. Ce sont ces mêmes psychopathes intégristes que les États-Unis, l’Arabie Saoudite, le Qatar et la Turquie ont déchainé en Iraq et en Syrie pour détruire et affaiblir le monde musulman pour l’empêcher de se joindre au bloc constitué par l’Iran, la Russie et la Chine.
Les globalistes sont terrifiés de l’Islam. Ils savent très bien que l’Islam mettra fin aux exploiteurs et aux oppresseurs. Ils savent très bien que l’Islam mettra fin aux trafiquants d’armes, de stupéfiants, de femmes, d’enfants, et d’organes. Ils veulent à tout prix souiller l’image de l’Islam et démoniser les musulmans. Nous devons donc redoubler nos efforts pour promouvoir l’Islam traditionnel et spirituel ; un Islam tolérant, inclusif et pluraliste qui est dévoué à la justice socio-économique et politique. En bref, les gens qui dénoncent « l’islamisme radical » sont les mêmes gens qui le fabrique, le contrôle, l’entraine, l’arme et le déploie. Il faut informer les gens au sujet de cette réalité troublante avec des faits bien fondés. Les takfiristes constituent une cinquième colonne au sein même de l’Islam. Ils sont comme des magots à l’intérieur d’un organisme. Ils sont comme des termites qui rongent la fondation même de notre foi.
Les musulmans américains ont lancé différentes campagnes contre la vague d’islamophobie suscitée par les propos de Trump, y compris “un million de vote contre Trump”. Est ce que ces mouvements peuvent changer le résultat des élections?
Non, pas du tout. Les musulmans ne représentent qu’un minuscule pourcentage de la population des États-Unis. Ils ne peuvent nullement changer les résultats des élections présidentielles. Les juifs, par contre, qui représentent le même pourcentage de la population peuvent influencer les résultats des élections, parce qu’ils sont unis et bien organisés. Parce qu’ils utilisent leur argent pour mettre pression sur les politiciens et le gouvernement. Les musulmans doivent prendre les juifs comme exemple. Il y a plus de chance que les juifs vont aider à changer les résultats des élections. Les juifs américains ne veulent pas revivre le cauchemar des nazis. Ils voient en Trump un nouvel Hitler en potence. Les efforts des musulmans américains sont importants. Ils s’organisent. Le problème c’est qu’ils auraient dû le faire il y a des décennies ou il y a un siècle. Ce que certains musulmans font maintenant est trop peu et peut-être même trop tard. La culture a tourné contre nous. Nous sommes tous responsables pour notre faillite. Si Dieu ne vient pas à notre rescousse, nous allons tous payer le prix de notre manque d’action. Ou Trump va se détruire lui-même ou il va être détruit par certain secteurs. C’est un homme instable. Au fait, certains psychologues affirment que Trump est un psychopathe narcissiste. Pouvons-nous permettre une telle personne d’avoir accès aux codes des bombes nucléaire ? Si Trump vient proche de prendre de pouvoir, je peux facilement imaginer un coup d’état militaire et des mesures de guerre pour canceller les résultats des élections.
Trump vise les plus grandes victimes d'un ordre économique et politique diabolique
Expliquez un peu la position de Trump en soutien à Israël. Il semble qu’il n’ait pris jusqu’à présent de position en soutien à Israël. Quel impact va laisser l’élection de Trump sur les relations avec Israël?
Trump, comme nous en avons l’habitude, est plein de contradictions. Un jour il se vente qu’il est si riche que les juifs du lobby israélien ne peuvent pas l’acheter. Le lendemain il chante les louages de l’État d’Israël et il flatte les sionistes. Qui est le vrai Trump ? Un imbécile et un vulgaire ? Un politicien astucieux ? Un allié et ami d’Hillary Clinton qui mène une campagne de fausse banniѐre pour détruire le parti républicain et assurer la victoire du parti démocrate ? Un mégalomane et un démagogue ? Comme ont dit en arabe, Allah ‘alam, Dieu sait mieux. Ce qui est certain c’est que Trump n’est pas digne d’être l’homme le plus puissant du monde. Que Dieu nous en garde. En ce qui concerne Clinton, Hillary n’est point meilleure que Trump. Les deux sont des gens détestables et sans scrupules. L’un pour être trop franc ; l’autre pour être trop menteuse. Choisir entre Trump et Clinton c’est comme choisir entre Sodome et Gomorrhe. Ils représentent deux têtes de la même bête. Dans ce cas-là, il semble qu’une chose est certaine : que ce soit Trump, qui est imprévisible, ou que ce soit Clinton, qui représente la continuation du statu quo, le soutien des États-Unis pour Israël est assuré.

Commentaire sur l’Alliance du Prophète Mahomet avec les moines du Mont Sinaï

Société des Missions Africaines (SMA)

Je suppose que la plupart d’entre nous réfléchissent profondément sur la situation actuelle de l’Islam dans le monde et sa position à l’égard de la violence répandue et les actes de terrorisme que le monde connaît. Il nous serait intéressant de consulter le site ci-dessous qui détaille les différentes interventions faites par des Musulmans :
https://serdargunes.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/muslimische-quellen-gegen-den-terrorismus/

C’est dans ce site que j’ai pu lire l’Alliance du prophète Mahomet avec les moines du mont Sinaï que je vais partager avec vous ci-dessous, comme commentée par le Dr John Andrew Morrow.

Mt. Sinaï, qui est également connu comme Mt. Horeb et Mt. Moïse a une hauteur de 2385 mètres. Cette montagne est située dans la péninsule du Sinaï de l’Égypte. Au pied de cette montagne, nous trouvons le monastère Grec Orthodoxe de Sainte Catherine, qui est en existence sur ce site depuis plus de 17 siècles, précédant les divisions du monde Chrétien. Cela le positionne comme le plus ancien monastère Chrétien continuellement habité. Il est répertorié comme l’un des sites du patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO. Après le Vatican, Sainte-Catherine possède la plus grande collection de manuscrits et d’icônes Chrétiens en raison du fait qu’il n’a jamais été détruit dans toute son histoire.

L’un des manuscrits les plus importants et précieux est la copie d’un document nommé Ashtiname (mot perse signifiant « Livre de la Paix » – Pacte), donné aux moines Chrétiens par le prophète Mahomet en l’an 628 AD lorsqu’une délégation de moines l’a approché pour lui demander la protection compte tenu de l’influence croissante de l’islam en Arabie.

Ce document et son historicité reste un débat académique qui concerne aussi bien les Chrétiens et les Musulmans. Mais il est intéressant de lire les nombreux arguments et les preuves de son authenticité :

(http://www.lastprophet.info/covenant-of-the-prophet-muhammad-with-the-monks-of-mt-sinai).

Néanmoins, c’est l’esprit de cette alliance qui lui donne de l’importance dans les circonstances actuelles et non les détails. En tant que missionnaires, cela pourrait-il être un point de départ à nos initiatives de dialogue pacifique avec nos voisins Musulmans ?

Lisons le Ashtiname ci-dessous :

C’est le certificat écrit par Mohammed fils d’Abdallah, le Prophète de Dieu et Son messager à toute l’humanité, livrant à la fois des promesses et des menaces, et ayant dans sa garde le dépôt de Dieu pour Sa Création, que les hommes n’aient aucun plaidoyer après la venue des messagers. Et Dieu est puissant et sage. C’est ce qu’il a écrit au peuple de la religion Chrétienne, et à ceux qui professent la religion Chrétienne dans l’Est et l’Ouest, de près ou de loin, parlant clairement et barbare, connu et inconnu. Il l’a écrit pour eux comme une charte, et quiconque viole, modifie ou transgresse l’alliance à cet égard, aura violé l’alliance de Dieu, rompu sa promesse, ridiculisé sa religion, et obtenu sa malédiction, qu’il soit un souverain ou tout autre Musulman. Si un moine ou pèlerin se retranche dans la montagne, vallée, grotte, canton, sur le sable ou à l’église, je serai derrière eux pour les défendre de tous qui vont les envier, par moi-même, par mes compagnons, par mon peuple, par ma secte et par mes disciples, dans la mesure où ils sont mes sujets et le peuple de mon alliance. Et je les dispense des contrariétés de victuailles qui sont endurées par le peuple du Pacte en ce qu’ils doivent payer la taxe, sauf dans la mesure où ils l’offrent de leur propre gré, et il doit y avoir aucune contrainte ni force utilisées. Aucun évêque sera retiré de son diocèse, ni moine de son monastère, ni ascétique de sa cellule, ni pèlerin de son pèlerinage, ni aucun de leurs lieux d’assemblée ou églises sera démoli, et nul de la richesse de leurs églises sera utilisée pour la construction de mosquées ou des maisons des Musulmans ; et celui qui fait cela aura violé la charte de Dieu et celui de Son Prophète ; en plus, aucun impôt ni amende sera pris des moines, évêques ou ministres. Je maintiendrai leur sécurité partout où qu’ils soient, que ce soit sur terre ou sur mer, à l’est, ouest, nord ou sud. Ils doivent être en tout temps et en tous lieux sous ma protection et inscrits dans mon alliance et dans l’immunité de tout méfait. De même, les ermites dans les montagnes et les lieux bénis ne doivent pas payer l’impôt foncier, ni la dîme sur ce qu’ils sèment, ni une partie de leur part sera prise puisque celle-ci est assez juste pour leur propre bouche. Ils n’auront pas non plus l’obligation de prêter assistance au moment de la récolte, ils ne seront forcés de sortir pour le service en temps de guerre. Pas plus de douze dirhams par an seront exigés de ceux d’entre eux qui paient l’impôt foncier et des propriétaires de biens et domaines et ceux qui s’engagent dans des marchandises. Aucun d’entre eux doit être obligé de payer plus que ce qui est dû et ils ne seront pas efforcés sauf dans une bonne affaire. Ils doivent les garder sous l’aile de la miséricorde en les gardant loin de tout méfait, où qu’ils soient et où qu’ils habitent. Et si les Chrétiens habitent chez les Musulmans, ces derniers doivent les satisfaire et les permettre de prier dans leurs églises, et ne doivent pas gêner en aucune façon avec la pratique de leur religion. Et quiconque viole la Charte de Dieu et fait le contraire de celle-ci, est considéré comme un rebelle contre son alliance et contre son messager. En plus, les Musulmans doivent aider à la réparation des églises et lieux Chrétiens, qui resteront à la garde des Chrétiens à condition qu’ils maintiennent dans leur religion et qu’ils agissent selon la charte. Aucun d’entre eux ne sera contraint de porter les armes, puisque les Musulmans vont les protéger. Et personne ne violera cette charte pour tous les temps, jusqu’au Jour du Jugement et la fin du monde. (Cité. Zaydan 123-124)

P. ROBBIN KAMEMBA, SMA

Que disent de l’État islamique les pactes du Prophète Mohammed avec les chrétiens ?

Que disent de l’État islamique les pactes du Prophète Mohammed avec les chrétiens ?

10 juin 2016

D’après les pactes du Prophète Mohammed, les musulmans ont le devoir de protéger les chrétiens. Il est temps pour les sympathisants de l’État islamique de prêter attention à cet appel

Imaginez : un chef musulman tend la main à un groupe de chrétiens et les invite dans son pays. Les chrétiens acceptent volontiers l’invitation, tandis que le chef musulman prépare son peuple à leur arrivée. C’est la première fois que les deux communautés se rencontrent dans une délégation officielle. Les affaires d’État, la politique et la religion sont les sujets de discussion. Les deux groupes sont d’accord sur la plupart des questions mais conviennent également d’être en désaccord sur des questions théologiques. Si une expression pouvait décrire au mieux leur rencontre, ce serait « respect mutuel ».

À la fin de leurs pourparlers, les chrétiens disent aux musulmans : « Il est temps pour nous de prier ». Le problème pour les chrétiens est qu’il n’y a pas d’église à proximité pour pratiquer leur culte. Au lieu de laisser les chrétiens prier dans les rues sales, le chef musulman dit aux chrétiens : « Vous êtes des adeptes du Dieu unique et véritable ; s’il vous plaît, venez prier dans ma mosquée. Nous sommes tous frères en humanité. » Les chrétiens conviennent d’utiliser l’« espace islamique » comme le leur. Un pont entre ces communautés religieuses est établi au nom de la paix et de la bienveillance.

Cette histoire n’est pas un conte de fées. C’est un fait historique (même si j’ai imaginé des citations pour illustrer la façon dont l’interaction pourrait s’être déroulée). Le chef musulman dans cette histoire est le Prophète Mohammed et les chrétiens sont originaires de Najran, l’actuel Yémen. L’événement en question a eu lieu à Médine, en 631. Ce moment constitue l’un des premiers exemples de dialogue islamo-chrétien, mais surtout l’un des premiers actes de pluralisme religieux dans l’histoire de l’islam.

Revenons maintenant à l’an 2016, à Damas, en Syrie. La ville, comme une grande partie du Moyen-Orient, est plongée dans les ténèbres. Le pasteur Edward Awabdeh dirige une prière dans une église malgré les menaces prononcées contre sa vie par le groupe militant autoproclamé « État islamique ». Le pasteur Awabdeh entretient la foi chrétienne, bien que beaucoup de ses coreligionnaires aient fui un pays désormais classé comme étant le cinquième pays le plus dangereux au monde pour les chrétiens.

Le groupe militant persécute régulièrement les minorités religieuses dans les vastes étendues de territoire syrien qu’il a conquises et son but ultime est de détruire toute trace de christianisme au Moyen-Orient.

Mais pour dire les choses sans ménagement, les enlèvements, meurtres, décapitations et destructions perpétrés quotidiennement par les fanatiques de l’État islamique contre les chrétiens vulnérables du Moyen-Orient entrent en contradiction directe avec la vision que le Prophète Mohammed avait d’un État islamique.

D’après les pactes du Prophète Mohammed avec les chrétiens de son époque, les chrétiens vivant au sein de l’oumma (terme arabe pour désigner la communauté islamique) étaient protégés et défendus. Ces pactes ont été rédigés entre 622 et 632 et ont été conçus pour protéger les communautés chrétiennes pacifiques, pas pour les attaquer.

Ils ont été localisés dans des monastères obscurs du monde entier et dans des livres épuisés depuis des siècles. John Andrew Morrow, islamologue et auteur de Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time (Angelico Press, 2013), est responsable de la traduction des documents et de leur distribution à un large public. Les chercheurs comme moi se tournent désormais vers ces derniers dans l’espoir de contrer la violence généralisée contre les chrétiens au Moyen-Orient.

Dans « Le Pacte du Prophète avec les chrétiens de Najran », le prophète s’est montré catégorique sur la question de la liberté totale de religion. Il ne reléguait pas les chrétiens au statut de citoyens de seconde classe. Au contraire, le prophète les traitait comme des citoyens égaux de l’État islamique.

Mohammed a ainsi écrit ces mots : « [Je déclare] protéger par mes cavaliers, mes fantassins, mes armées, mes ressources et mes partisans musulmans, les chrétiens jusqu’aux plus éloignés […] Je m’engage à les appuyer, à prendre sous ma protection leurs personnes, leurs églises, leurs chapelles, leurs oratoires, les établissements de leurs moines et les demeures de leurs anachorètes partout où ils seront […] Je protégerai leur religion et leur Église […] [Je m’engage] à les préserver de tout mal et de tout dommage, a les exempter de toute réquisition et de toute obligation onéreuse, et à les protéger par moi-même, par mes auxiliaires, mes suivants et ma nation contre tout ennemi, qui m’en voudrait à moi, et à eux. »

Le Prophète Mohammed l’indique clairement : les chrétiens doivent être libres d’être chrétiens lorsqu’ils vivent dans l’oumma. Ceci fait partie intégrante de tout « État islamique ». Des passages similaires voire identiques figurent dans d’autres pactes du prophète avec les chrétiens qui vivaient en Égypte, en Perse et à Jérusalem.

« Le Pacte du Prophète avec les chrétiens de Najran » va au-delà du simple fait de tolérer ou de soutenir les chrétiens dans la pratique de leur religion. Mohammed a stipulé que les musulmans avaient le devoir d’aider les chrétiens et de prendre soin d’eux.

Dans un récent article examiné par des pairs publié dans la revue académique Religions, je soutiens que le principe du pluralisme religieux adopté dans les pactes par Mohammed peut et doit être utilisé pour améliorer encore les relations entre les musulmans et les chrétiens non seulement dans les « États islamiques », mais aussi dans le monde entier.

Les pactes révèlent que Mohammed préfère le pluralisme religieux à la simple idée de tolérance. Il a appelé les musulmans à participer énergiquement à la diversité à la fois culturelle et religieuse et a appelé ses fidèles à adhérer à des engagements et à des accords dépassant le clivage religieux. En fin de compte, les pactes montrent que le prophète de l’islam a encouragé les membres de l’oumma à célébrer la différence au lieu de la dénoncer. La tolérance est après tout une fondation trop mince pour une communauté faite de différence et de proximité religieuses.

Les pactes du Prophète Mohammed avec les chrétiens de son époque montrent clairement que les « États islamiques » modernes qui maltraitent les chrétiens ne peuvent être justifiés à la lumière des commandements et de la vision du Prophète Mohammed. En tenant compte du fait que le traitement des chrétiens par l’État islamique est si sévère qu’il a été qualifié de « génocide » par les États-Unis, il est difficile d’harmoniser les visions de Mohammed avec les actes de l’État islamique.

L’héritage chrétien fait partie du tissu social du Moyen-Orient et en a toujours fait partie. Le traitement des chrétiens par le Prophète Mohammed en est un témoignage. Ses pactes peuvent être considérés comme une sorte de médicament pour guérir les maladies que sont l’islamophobie et l’extrémisme islamique. Il est temps pour l’État islamique et ses sympathisants de prêter attention à cet appel.

 

– Craig Considine, titulaire d’un doctorat du Trinity College de Dublin, est maître de conférences au département de sociologie de l’Université Rice de Houston, au Texas (États-Unis). Ses recherches portent notamment sur les relations islamo-chrétiennes, l’islamophobie, le Prophète Mohammed et la relation entre l’islam et l’identité américaine. Son site web se trouve à l’adresse craigconsidinetcd.com. Vous pouvez le suivre sur Twitter : @CraigCons

Les opinions exprimées dans cet article n’engagent que leur auteur et ne reflètent pas nécessairement la politique éditoriale de Middle East Eye.

Photo : des pèlerins musulmans marchent à l’extérieur de la mosquée du Prophète Mohammed, dans la ville sainte de Médine (Arabie saoudite), le 13 décembre 2008 (AFP).

Traduit de l’anglais (original) par VECTranslation.

Договор Пророка Мухаммада с христианами: пусть приверженцы ИГИЛ прислушаются

Договор Пророка Мухаммада с христианами: пусть приверженцы ИГИЛ прислушаются

Договор Пророка Мухаммада (мир ему и благословение) обязывает мусульман защищать христиан: пусть приверженцы ИГИЛ прислушаются к его призыву.

Представьте. Некий мусульманский лидер связывается с группой христиан и приглашает их в свою страну. Христиане с радостью соглашаются, а мусульманский лидер тем временем подготавливает свой народ к их прибытию. Происходит первая официальная встреча делегаций двух общин. Обсуждаются вопросы государства, политики и религии. Стороны сходятся во взглядах по большинству вопросов, по теологическим вопросам есть некоторые разногласия. «Взаимное уважение» — так можно описать атмосферу этой встречи.

По окончании переговоров христиане говорят мусульманам: «А сейчас время нашей молитвы», но поблизости нет ни одной церкви. Мусульманский лидер не допускает, чтобы христиане молились прямо среди уличной пыли и говорит: «Вы верите в Единого Истинного Бога, поэтому, пожалуйста, вы можете молиться в мечети. Так как все мы, люди, братья». Христиане соглашаются совершить свое богослужение там, где поклоняются последователи ислама. Итак, во имя мира и доброй воли между двумя религиозными сообществами устанавливается мост доверия.

Это вовсе не сказочный сюжет, а исторический факт (хотя мы вставили прямую речь, предположив, каким мог бы быть их диалог). Мусульманского лидера из этой истории зовут Пророком Мухаммадом (мир ему и благословение), а делегация христиан прибыла из Наджрана, что в современном Йемене. Их встреча произошла в Медине в 631 году и была одним из первых примеров мусульманско-христианского диалога, и, что еще важнее, одним из первых в исламской истории проявлений религиозного плюрализма.

А сейчас перенесемся в Дамаск 2016 года. Этот сирийский город – как и большая часть Ближнего Востока – пребывает во мраке. Пастор Эдвард Авабдех (Edward Awabdeh) возглавляет церковную службу, несмотря на угрозы самопровозглашенного «Исламского государства». Пастор Авабдех пытается отстоять христианство, хотя многие его единоверцы бежали из страны, которая на сегодняшний день занимает пятое место среди стран мира, признанных самыми опасными для христиан.

Военная группировка ИГИЛ преследует религиозные меньшинства, проживающие на больших участках захваченной ими сирийской территории, и ее конечная цель – уничтожить все следы христианства на Ближнем Востоке.

Но, если говорить начистоту, то каждодневные похищения, убийства, обезглавливания и в целом уничтожение беззащитных христиан фанатиками ИГИЛ – все это прямо противоречит идее исламского государства, каким оно представлялось Пророку Мухаммаду (мир ему и благословение).

Пророк Мухаммад заключал с христианами договора, которые обеспечивали христианам, живущим среди мусульман, безопасность и защиту. Эти договора подписывались в период с 622 по 632 год и предназначались для того, чтобы защитить мирных христиан, а не нападать на них.

Эти соглашения веками хранились в мрачных монастырях по всему миру и в книгах, которых не видел свет. Автор книги о договорах Пророка Мухаммада (мир ему и благословение) с современниками-христианами ‘TheCovenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time’ специалист по исламу Джон Эндрю Морроу (John Andrew Morrow) взялся перевести эти документы и познакомить с ними широкий круг читателей. Теперь мы обращаемся к этим документам в надежде противодействовать насилию над христианами на Ближнем Востоке.

В «Договоре Пророка с христианами Наджрана», Пророк (мир ему и благословение) подчеркивает вопрос о полной свободе вероисповедания. Он не низводит христиан до людей второго сорта, а обращается к ним как к равноправным гражданам исламского государства.

В Договоре написано:

«Настоящим объявляю, что мои войска, ресурсы и мои сторонники будут защищать христиан, как бы далеко они ни находились… Обязуюсь им помогать, беру под мою защиту их людей, церкви, часовни, молитвенные дома, монастыри с монахами и их обители, где бы они ни находились…. Буду защищать их религию и их Церковь… Обязуюсь защищать их от любого вреда и ущерба; освобождать от реквизиции имущества и любых обременительных обязательств и обеспечивать их защиту самолично, моими помощниками, последователями и моим народом от любого врага, нападающего на меня и на них».

Пророк Мухаммад (мир ему и благословение) изъясняется предельно ясно: христиане, живущие среди мусульман, должны свободно исповедовать свою религию. Это закон для любого «исламского государства». Точно такие же, если не полностью совпадающие формулировки, находим в других договоренностях, заключенных Пророком с христианами, жившими в Египте, Персии и Иерусалиме.

«Договор Пророка с христианами Наджрана» означает не просто терпимость к христианам и содействие им в исповедании веры – этим договором Посланник Аллаха (мир ему и благословение) возложил на мусульман обязанность помогать христианам и заботиться о них.

Принцип религиозного плюрализма, выраженный Мухаммадом в его охранных грамотах христианам и договорах с ними, можно и нужно применять для дальнейшего улучшения отношений между мусульманами и христианами не только в «исламских государствах», но и во всем мире.

Эти документы свидетельствуют о том, что Мухаммад (мир ему и благословение) предпочитал религиозный плюрализм простой толерантности. Он призывал мусульман энергично взаимодействовать с культурно-религиозным многообразием, призывал своих последователей соблюдать обязательства и соглашения с представителями других вероисповеданий. По большому счету можно сказать, что, судя по этим договорам, Пророк ислама призывал умму не отрицать религиозное разнообразие в обществе, а гордиться им, ибо обычной терпимости недостаточно для прочного скрепления социальной ткани.

Договора Пророка Мухаммада (мир ему и благословение) с его современниками-христианами явственно показывают, что политика притеснения христиан, существующая в современных так называемых «исламских государствах», не может быть оправдана в свете заповедей и идей Пророка Мухаммада. Учитывая, что обращение ИГИЛ с христианами настолько жестоко, что, по определению, является «геноцидом», нет никакой возможности как-то примирить действия ИГИЛ со взглядами Пророка (мир ему и благословение).

Христианство всегда было и есть неотъемлемой частью культуры, истории и социальной ткани Ближнего Востока. И это доказывает отношение к христианам Пророка Мухаммада (мир ему и благословение). Его договора с христианами можно рассматривать как лекарство от двух болезней: исламофобии и исламского экстремизма. ИГИЛ и его приверженцам пора услышать этот призыв.

What Prophet Muhammad’s covenants with Christians say about IS

What Prophet Muhammad’s covenants with Christians say about ISCraig Considine's picture

Prophet Muhammad’s covenants state that Muslims are duty bound to protect Christians. It is time that IS sympathizers heeded his call

Picture this. A Muslim leader reaches out to a group of Christians and invites them to his country. The Christians happily accept the invitation, while the Muslim leader prepares his people for their arrival. This is the first time the two communities have met in an official delegation. Matters of state, politics and religion are the topics of discussion. The two groups see eye-to-eye on most issues, but also agree to disagree on theological issues. If one phrase can best describe their meeting, it is “mutual respect”.

At the end of their talks, the Christians tell the Muslims, “It is time for us to pray”. The problem for the Christians is that there is no church nearby to worship. Instead of letting the Christians pray on the dirty street, the Muslim leader tells the Christians, “You are followers of the one true God, so please come pray inside my mosque. We are all brothers in humanity.” The Christians agree to use the “Islamic space” as their own. A bridge between these religious communities is made in the name of peace and goodwill.

This story is not some fairytale. It is a historical fact (I did, however, make-up quotes based on how the interaction might have played out). The Muslim leader of the story is Prophet Muhammad and the Christians are from Najran, or modern-day Yemen. The event happened in Medina in 631 AD. This moment in time represents one of the first examples of Muslim-Christian dialogue, but more importantly, one of the first acts of religious pluralism in Islamic history.

Now fast forward to 2016 in Damascus, Syria. The city – and much of the Middle East – has plunged into darkness. Pastor Edward Awabdeh leads a prayer in a Church despite threats on his life by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) militant group. Pastor Awabdeh maintains the Christian faith, although many of his religion have fled a country which is now ranked the fifth most dangerous country in the world to be a Christian.

The militant group regularly persecutes religious minorities in the large swathes of Syrian territory it has taken, and its ultimate aim is to destroy all traces of Christianity in the Middle East.

But to put it bluntly, the daily abductions, murders, beheadings and destruction perpetrated by IS fanatics on the vulnerable Christians of the Middle East directly contradict Prophet Muhammad’s vision of an Islamic state.

The covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his time indicate that Christians living within the ummah – Arabic for community – were protected and defended. These covenants were written between 622 and 632 AD and were designed to protect peaceful Christian communities, not attack them.

The covenants have been located in obscure monasteries around the world and books that have been out of print for centuries. Islamic scholar John Andrew Morrow, author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time (Angelico Press 2013), is responsible for translating the documents and distributing them to a wider audience. Scholars like myself are turning to them now in the hope of countering the widespread violence against Christians in the Middle East.

In “The Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians of Najran,” the prophet was emphatic on the issue of complete religious freedom. He was not relegating Christians to the status of second-class citizens. On the contrary, the prophet was treating them as equal citizens of the Islamic state.

Muhammad wrote: “I hereby declare that my horsemen, my foot-soldiers, my armies, my resources, and my Muslim partisans will protect the Christians as far away as they may be located… I commit myself to support them, to place their persons under my protection, as well as their churches, chapels, oratories, the monasteries of their monks, the residences of their anchorites wherever they are found… I will protect their religion and their Church… I commit myself to protect them from any harm or damage; to exempt them from any requisitions or any onerous obligations and to protect them myself, by means of my assistants, my followers and my nation against every enemy who targets me and them.”

Prophet Muhammad is clear – Christians should be free to be Christians while living in the ummah. This is an integral part of any “Islamic state.” Similar, if not identical passages are found in other covenants of the prophet with Christians that were living in Egypt, Persia and Jerusalem.

“The Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians of Najran” goes further than simply tolerating or supporting Christians in practicing their religion. Muhammad commanded that Muslims are duty bound to aid and care for Christians.

In a recent peer-reviewed paper that appeared in the academic journal Religions, I argue that the principle of religious pluralism espoused by Muhammad in the covenants can and should be used to further improve relations between Muslims and Christians not only in “Islamic states,” but also around the world.

The covenants reveal that Muhammad preferred religious pluralism over mere tolerance. He called on Muslims to energetically engage with diversity, both cultural and religious, and called on his followers to embrace commitments and agreements across the religious divide. Ultimately, the covenants show that the prophet of Islam encouraged members of the ummah to celebrate – instead of denounce – difference. Tolerance, after all, is too thin of a foundation for a community of religious difference and proximity.

The covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his time clearly show that modern-day “Islamic states” that mistreat Christians cannot be justified in light of Prophet Muhammad’s commandments and vision. Considering that IS’s treatment of Christians is so severe that it has been called “genocide” by the United States, it is difficult harmonise Muhammad’s views and the actions of IS.

Christian heritage is part of the social fabric of the Middle East and always has been. Prophet Muhammad’s treatment of Christians is a testament to that. His covenants can be viewed as a kind of medicine to cure the diseases of both Islamophobia and Islamic extremism. It is time that IS and its sympathizers heed his call.

-Craig Considine (PhD, Trinity College Dublin) is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at Rice University in Houston, TX. His research interests include Muslim-Christian Relations, Islamophobia, Prophet Muhammad and Islam and American identity. His website is craigconsidinetcd.com. You can follow him on Twitter @CraigCons

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Eye.

Photo: Muslim pilgrims walk outside the Prophet Mohammed Mosque in the holy city of Medina, Saudi Arabia, on 13 December, 2008 (AFP).

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Le vrai Islam est la solution à tous les problèmes

Le vrai Islam est la solution à tous les problèmes

16:20 – June 01, 2016

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Les droits que nous trouvons dans les traités du Prophète (PSL) n’apparaissent en Occident qu’avec la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme et des divers Chartes de Droits développés dans le 20ième siècle dans des sociétés démocratiques. Le Prophète (PSL) nous a donné les mêmes droits au 7ième siècle mais non sous le joug de la Laïcité sinon sous la force libératrice de la Religion car, en effet, ce sont des droits que nous recevons, non de l’Homme, mais de Dieu Lui-même.
Le docteur John Andrew Morrow est un canado-américain qui s’est converti à l’islam à l’âge de 16 ans. Il trouve l’islam une véritable épopée, composée d’éléments tragiques et cosmiques.
John Andrew Morrow qui se choisit le nom d’Ilyas Islam a étudié l’islam de diverses manières : il a appris l’Islam de manière indépendante et de la façon musulmane traditionnelle, c’est-à-dire, aux pieds de savants et de sages sunnites, chiites et soufis. Il a aussi appris l’islam à l’occidentale au sein du monde académique.
Il explique lui-même : « Quand j’étais adolescent, mon intention était d’aller étudier dans le monde musulman. Néanmoins, les ulémas m’ont expliqué que nous avions une pénurie de savants entrainés de façon occidentale. Donc, ils m’ont convaincu de compléter mes études occidentales et traditionnelles de façon simultanée. Le Séminaire Islamique n’est pas une place ; il se trouve partout où la sagesse et les sages sont présents. Au fait, ils ont insisté que les bibliothèques universitaires en Occident avaient des collections plus vastes de livres islamiques que les universités dans le monde musulman. »
Il ajoute : « J’ai donc entamé mes études occidentales et orientales concurremment. Du côté occidental, j’ai terminé une licence, une maîtrise, et un doctorat à l’Université de Toronto. Pendant mes dix ans d’études occidentales, je me suis consacré aux études hispaniques, autochtones et islamiques. Dans ce dernier champ, j’ai effectué des recherches au sujet des Morisques, de la littérature aljamiado, et de l’histoire du chiisme en Afrique du Nord et en Espagne. Si Dieu le veut, le fruit de mes enquêtes, un livre intitulé Shiism in the Maghreb and al-Andalus sera publié en 2017. Du côté oriental traditionnel, j’ai terminé le curriculum complet des séminaires islamiques. Non seulement suis-je un docteur en philosophie et un professeur titulaire de langues et de littératures, je suis aussi reconnu comme étant un ‘alim al-din, un hakim, et un shaykh. Cet équilibre me permet de coexister et d’opérer dans deux mondes différents. Le fait que les sciences religieuses m’ont été transmises de la part de savants sunnites, chiites, soufis, et d’académiques occidentaux me donne une liberté d’esprit exceptionnelle et une vision vaste et panoramique de l’Islam. »
Cet érudit musulman a surtout travaillé sur les pactes signé par le Prophète de l’islam (PSL) avec les autres communautés, travail pour lequel il a récemment obtenu le prix du meilleur service dans le domaine de la coopération interreligieuse. Ce que vous lisez ci-après ce sont des questions que nous lui avons posées sur ces pactes.
Qu’est-ce qui vous a conduit à étudier les pactes signés par le Prophète (PSL) avec les autres communautés ?
Nous pouvons bel et bien planifier mais Dieu est le meilleur de ceux qui planifient. Je n’ai jamais eu l’intention d’écrire un livre à ce sujet. Mais, évidemment, Dieu avait d’autres plans. L’origine du livre en question, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad  with the Christians of the World, c’est-à-dire, Les pactes du Prophète Muhammad avec les chrétiens du monde, remonte au premier cours que j’ai pris à l’université. C’était un cours au sujet de la philosophie de la religion. J’ai proposé d’écrire un essai au sujet du jihad dans l’Islam. Le professeur a accepté. J’ai étudié le sujet à fond et j’ai soumis une étude d’une trentaine de pages. Quand le professeur a retourné mon essai, j’ai été effondré : il m’avait échoué ! Étant humble et respectueux envers mes aînés, j’ai accepté la note qu’il m’avait donnée. C’est dans cet essai que j’avais cité le achtinamé ou Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les moines du Mont Sinaï. Au fait, c’était un des premiers documents islamiques auxquels j’avais été exposé quand j’étais adolescent. Donc, ce traité du Prophète (PSL) a toujours formé la base de ma conception de l’Islam.
Les années ont passé. J’ai terminé mes études. J’ai travaillé pour une douzaine d’années comme professeur d’université. J’ai publié toute sorte d’articles et de livres. Un jour, lorsque je fouillais à travers une boîte d’essais que j’avais composée étant étudiant j’ai tombé sur mon texte sur « Le Jihad dans l’Islam. » Je l’ai relue et j’ai constaté que l’étude n’était pas si mauvaise après tout. Je l’ai soumise pour évaluation dans une publication académique et, comble de surprise, l’essai a été approuvé ! C’est à ce moment que j’ai reconnu que mon ancien professeur de religion était incontestablement un islamophobe d’une subjectivité honteuse. Confiant que mon essai sur la lutte sacrée dans l’islam avait de la valeur, j’ai décidé de l’augmenter. Si j’avais cité une traduction anglaise du Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les moines du Mont Sinaï dans mon essai, maintenant j’insistais d’obtenir la version arabe. A ce moment, je n’avais aucune idée dans quelle sorte d’aventures j’allais m’embarquer.
J’ai bientôt trouvé un document qui prétendait être le pacte que le Prophète (PSL) avait fait avec les moines du monastère de Sainte Catherine au Mont Sinaï. Mais, après l’avoir bien examiné, il était évident qu’il s’agissait d’un pacte complètement différent. Au fait, c’était le ‘ahd wa al-shurut allati sharataha Muhammad Rasul Allah li ahl al-millah al-nasraniyyah, connu en Latin comme le Testamentum et Pactiones. Ce traité, qui a été publié à Paris en 1630 par Gabrielle Sionite, un prêtre maronite, avait été découvert au Levant par le Père Pacifique de Provins vers 1628 ou 1629. Ce document, qui était fameux parmi musulmans et chrétiens pendant des siècles, avait été essentiellement oublié depuis la chute de l’Empire Ottoman.
Si la majorité des savants musulmans et non-musulmans du 17ième au 20ième siècle acceptaient ce Pacte du Prophète (PSL) comme étant authentique, quelques-uns croyaient qu’il s’agissait d’une fraude commise par le Père Pacifique ; c’est-à-dire, ils accusaient le saint père de l’avoir écrit lui-même. Pour en avoir le cœur net, je me suis déterminé de retrouver l’original que le Père Pacifique avait ramené du Levant. Je savais que le Pacte du Prophète (PSL) avait passé de la main du Père Pacifique à celle de François Hotman et à celle de Gabriel Sionite. Qu’est-il arrivé au manuscrit après sa publication ? J’ai assumé qu’il s’est retrouvé dans la Bibliothèque du Roi Louis XIII. C’est alors que la crainte m’a pris. Est-ce que le document a été détruit lors de la Révolution Française ? Grâce à Dieu, ce n’était pas le cas car grande part de la collection de la Bibliothèque du Roi a été incorporée dans la Bibliothèque Nationale de France.
Lors de mes recherches, je me suis trouvé face à face avec une pile de divers documents chrétiens du 16ième siècle. J’ai lu l’index et, apparemment, il n’y avait rien de relevant dans ce tas de textes qui étaient reliés ensemble. Grâce à Dieu, je me suis mis à feuilleter le contenu. Là, à la fin du manuscrit, ce trouvait ce que je cherchais : une copie du Pacte du Prophète (PSL) que le Père Pacifique de Provins semble avoir ramené du Levant. En tout cas, la copie du document en question avait été faite en 1538. Cela démontrait nettement que le Testamentum et Pactiones n’était pas une supercherie ou une forgerie de Pacifique de Provins. Son honnêteté était intègre. La copie qu’il avait ramenée était déjà ancienne à l’époque.
J’ai continué mes recherches et j’ai trouvé un autre document semblable qui avait été découvert en Perse par le professeur Léon Arpee, un chercheur américain né en Turquie au sein d’une famille arménienne, dans les archives de la Cathédrale de la Nouvelle Jolfa et qu’il a traduit et publié en 1946. Il s’agissait d’une copie d’un pacte du Prophète (PSL) qui était certifié par le Chah Abbas et authentifié par les ulémas chiites safavides du 17ième siècle. Apparemment, le pacte en question avait fait surface durant l’époque du sixième Imam. Quand il a été présenté à l’Imam Jafar as-Sadiq, on rapporte qu’il est allé dans les archives de sa famille et qu’il est retourné avec une copie du même document qui avait été transmis par les Imams antérieurs. La redécouverte de ce document par Arpee était un grand évènement historique. Hélas, ce Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les chrétiens de la Perse fut complètement ignoré.
Déterminé de trouver une copie arabe du Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les moines du Mont Sinaï, j’ai redoublé mes efforts. Lors de mes recherches, j’ai trouvé une entente du Prophète (PSL) qui avait été publiée par le professeur George David Malech, un savant d’Urmia, en Perse, en 1910. Écrit dans un Persan archaïque, il s’agissait du Pacte du Prophète Muhammad (PSL) avec les chrétiens Assyriens. Même s’il s’agissait d’un trésor littéraire, culturel et religieux, ce pacte aussi était essentiellement oublié.
Motivé par toutes ces redécouvertes, j’ai persisté dans mes enquêtes. C’est alors que j’ai déniché le Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les chrétiens de Najran. Je connaissais fort bien les versions différentes de cette entente qui se trouve dans les sources historiques sunnites et chiites, mais j’ignorais que l’original de ce pacte avait été trouvé dans le Bayt al-Hikmah en 878/879 par le Moine Habib et qu’il avait été incorporé dans la Chronique de Séert au 9ième siècle. Grâce au travail de Addai Scher, un ecclésiastique et orientaliste, cette œuvre historique a été publiée en 1919. A l’exception d’un minuscule nombre de savants musulmans, ce pacte du Prophète (PSL) n’est connu que par des orientalistes occidentaux qui, pour la plupart, se consacre à le répudier. Néanmoins, la question n’est pas close. Au fait, selon certains savants, cette entente est bel et bien authentique.
Au cours de mes lectures, j’ai finalement trouvé une photo de l’achtinamé ou Pacte du Prophète Muhammad avec les moines du Mont Sinaï dans un livre. J’ai écrit à l’éditeur du livre pour voir si je pouvais obtenir une copie de l’image. On m’a suggéré de demander permission au père Justin. A ce moment, j’assumais qu’il s’agissait d’un prêtre catholique irlandais de Boston, par exemple, qui avait pris une photo du Pacte du Prophète (PSL) durant un voyage en Égypte. Je lui ai envoyé un courriel demandant : « Père Justin, pourriez-vous m’envoyer une photo de haute résolution du Pacte du Prophète ? » Il m’a répondu presque immédiatement, disant : « Bien sûr. Laissez-moi descendre en bas. » « Descendre en bas ? » Je me suis demandé. C’est à ce moment que j’ai réalisé que j’étais en train de communiquer avec le père Justin du Sinaï, l’homme même qui était en charge des archives du Monastère de Sainte Catherine. Quelques minutes plus tard, j’ai reçu une photo du Pacte du Prophète (PSL) de la meilleure qualité imaginable. Je lui ai demandé : « Père Justin. Est-ce que vous savez s’il existe d’autres copies de pactes du Prophète ? » Il m’a dit : « Oui, ils ont une copie au Monastère Simonopetra sur le Mont Athos. Mais, bonne chance. C’est presque impossible d’y accéder. Ils ne répondent même pas à nous, et nous sommes des grecques orthodoxes ! »
Les mois ont passé. J’ai terminé mes recherches. J’avais finalement des copies arabes du Pacte du Prophète Muhammad (PSL) avec les moines du Mont Sinaï. J’ai publié les résultats de mes recherches : The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. C’était un succès immédiat et foudroyant. Des centaines d’articles ont été publiés au sujet du livre. On m’invite à parler partout à travers le monde. Durant un discours à l’université Georgetown à Washington DC, je me suis moqué du fait que les moines du Mont Athos n’ont jamais répondu à mes questions et ne m’ont jamais donné accès à leurs archives. « Comparé au Monastère Simonopetra, » j’ai dit de façon comique, l’université de Georgetown est un collège communautaire d’admission ouverte. » Le moment même que je suis retourné à la maison dans l’état de l’Indiana, j’ai ouvert mon courriel et j’ai trouvé un message d’un moine appelé Kosmas : « Il paraît que vous cherchez quelque chose ? » il a débuté, « Nous avons non seulement une copie du Pacte du Prophète ; nous en avons deux. » Et voilà, attaché au courriel se trouvaient de nombreuses photos des documents en question.
La quête a continué et la quête continue de ce jour. J’ai déterré des pactes que le Prophète Muhammad (PSL) a conclus avec d’autres communautés juives, chrétiennes, et zoroastriennes. Un jour, j’ai reçu un courriel d’un moine syrien. Il m’a révélé que sa communauté avait, non seulement une copie d’un pacte de protection du Prophète (PSL), sinon une version originelle du 7ième siècle. Ironiquement, ce monastère, qui fut jadis protégé par le Messager de Dieu, était encerclé de terroristes takfiristes qui étaient déterminés de le détruire.
Tous ces pactes, du Prophète (PSL), des Imams (as), des Califes et des Sultans, font le sujet d’une autre œuvre, Islam and the People of the Book : Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet, c’est-à-dire L’Islam et les Gens du Livre : Études critiques sur les Pactes du Prophète. Ce livre se compose de deux volumes. C’est un livre édité. J’ai écrit la moitié des chapitres. L’autre moitié est écrite par une équipe de savants musulmans de plusieurs pays différents. Si Dieu le veut, de nombreuses autres œuvres vont apparaître dans l’avenir. Il s’agit d’un nouveau domaine d’études. Nous prions que les savants musulmans seront au niveau et assumeront leur responsabilité. Les Pactes du Prophète (PSL) nous appartiennent : il faut en être digne.
Quels sont les points essentiels et dignes d’intérêt dans ces traités ?
J’ai toujours été épaté de la justice et la miséricorde du Messager de Dieu (PSL) et de son traitement des non-musulmans. Historiquement, l’intolérance était la règle. Les chefs d’état imposaient leur volonté et leurs croyances sur les populations qu’ils gouvernaient. Si l’Empereur était Chrétien, tous ses sujets devaient être chrétiens et gare à ceux qui n’appartenaient pas à la même dénomination chrétienne et gare à ceux qui adhéraient à d’autres religions, comme les juifs, par exemple. Très souvent, en matière de guerre, les vaincus étaient réduits à l’esclavage ou simplement exterminés. Ce n’était nullement le cas avec le Prophète Muhammad (PSL). Il n’a jamais imposé sa religion sur qui que ce soit. Il n’a jamais converti une seule âme à l’islam par la force. Au contraire, Muhammad (PSL) était un messager, un guide et un avertisseur. Il invitait les gens à l’islam par la parole et par l’exemple. Les principes qu’il enseignait et la société juste qu’il proposait suffisaient pour attirer les gens envers l’islam comme religion, système socio-politique, mode de vie et cosmovision spirituelle.
Les traités du Prophète (PSL) établissent, pour la première fois, la liberté de croyance et la liberté de culte. Ils protègent les sites religieux ce qui est en accord absolu avec le Coran qui parle des ermitages, des églises, et des synagogues où le nom de Dieu est beaucoup invoqué. Dans le cas où les établissements ecclésiastiques des chrétiens ont besoin d’être réparés, les musulmans sont supposés de les aider. Les accords du Prophète (PSL) interdisent de convertir les gens par la force. Dans le cas de mariage mixte, où le mari est musulman et la femme est chrétienne, l’époux doit respecter la religion de son épouse et lui permettre de pratiquer sa foi. Selon les ententes du Prophète (PSL), les musulmans ne doivent pas simplement tolérer les chrétiens, ils doivent les aimer, les respecter et les protéger. La liste des droits est impressionnante mais elle est aussi accompagnée d’obligations importantes de la part des Gens du Livre. Par exemple, ils doivent toujours rester fidèles aux musulmans et ne peuvent jamais aider leurs ennemis. Il n’est point question de protéger les croisés, les colonialistes et les impérialistes. Comme musulmans, nous devons protéger les Gens du Livre qui sont nos voisins, qui sont nos alliés, ou qui vivent sous notre règne.
Les droits que nous trouvons dans les traités du Prophète (PSL) n’apparaissent en Occident qu’avec la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme et des divers Chartes de Droits développés dans le 20ième siècle dans des sociétés démocratiques. Le Prophète (PSL) nous a donné les mêmes droits au 7ième siècle mais non sous le joug de la Laïcité sinon sous la force libératrice de la Religion car, en effet, ce sont des droits que nous recevons, non de l’Homme, mais de Dieu Lui-même. Donc, en tant que musulmans, nous n’avons point besoin d’imiter l’Occident pour avoir nos droits, des droits qui viennent aux dépens de la Foi et des valeurs morales et étiques traditionnelles. Au contraire, nous n’avons qu’appliquer nos propres sources, d’origine divine, pour pouvoir nous épanouir pleinement. L’islam, le vrai Islam, l’Islam traditionnel et universel n’est point le problème : c’est la solution à tous les problèmes que nous confrontons comme croyants et comme êtres humains.
Quels sont les objectifs suivis par le Prophète (PSL) dans ces traités ?
Le Prophète était un homme brillant et visionnaire. Il était plus de mille ans et demi avant son temps. Le premier traité majeur du Messager de Dieu était le Pacte de Médine qu’il a composé au moment d’établir son Oumma, sa Patrie ou, meilleur dit, sa Matrie. Vous noterez bien que je n’utilise point le mot « état » ou « Nation » et je n’ajoute pas le terme « islamique » ou « musulman » car le Messager de Dieu n’a jamais utilisé tel terminologie.
Le Prophète (PSL) a non seulement rédigé la première constitution politique dans l’histoire de l’humanité, mais le gouvernement qu’il a créé était inclusif et pluraliste. A cette époque, la moitié de la population de la ville de dix à trente mille était juive tandis que l’autre moitié était païenne. Il y avait aussi des chrétiens à Médine. Les musulmans, par contre, pouvaient se compter par centaines. Même si les musulmans étaient minoritaires, la population de Médine, qui était lasse des guerres fratricides entre juifs et arabes païens, avait accepté le Prophète (PSL) comme leur dirigeant politique. Au fait, ils l’ont invité.
Le Pacte de Médine, qui s’appliquait à tous les habitants, était fondé sur l’égalité. Juifs, musulmans, chrétiens ou même païens, tous ceux qui acceptaient et suivaient le Prophète (PSL), étaient tous citoyens égaux. Pour l’époque en question, c’était un concept complètement révolutionnaire. C’était du jamais vu. C’était absolument génial. L’identité n’était plus basée sur la tribu, la famille, la race, ou même la religion, c’est-à-dire, les querelles et divisions religieuses qui existaient avant entre juifs, chrétiens, et païens. Dorénavant, l’identité serait basée sur l’appartenance à l’Oumma : une sorte de Fédération des Croyants.
Il est triste de constater que la Constitution de Médine est ignorée par la majorité des musulmans et que ce document primordial et central à l’Islam a été marginalisé par des clercs de tribunal qui étaient au service des régimes despotiques. C’est également ironique de voir des « islamistes » auto-proclamés qui prétendent se battre pour créer un « état islamique » exclusiviste et intolérant tandis qu’ils ignorent le fait que le Prophète (PSL) a produit une constitution qui était inclusive et tolérante. Il était à la tête d’une Communauté de Croyants qui était pluraliste. On ne peut pas être croyant et musulman quand on contrarie les commandements du Prophète.
L’objectif principal du Prophète (PSL) était de propager l’islam. Ceux qui acceptaient l’islam s’intégraient, comme musulmans, à l’Oumma. Ceux qui répondaient de façon hostile envers le Prophète, le menaçaient, et préparaient leurs troupes pour l’attaquer devenaient des ennemis à combattre. Par contre, ceux qui aimaient et respectaient le Prophète, l’islam, et les musulmans, mais voulaient préserver leurs religions, qu’ils soient juifs, chrétiens, zoroastriens, ou membres d’autres religions, étaient également invités à s’intégrer à la Fédération des Croyants comme citoyens de plein droit.
À Médine, le Prophète (PSL) était menacé par les païens de la Mecque qui se trouvaient au sud. Donc, il a signé un accord avec les chrétiens de Najran, les chrétiens de l’Abyssinie, et les juifs du Yémen.  Au nord, il était menacé par l’Empire Byzantin. Donc, il a conclu des pactes de protection avec les chrétiens du Sinaï, de l’Égypte, de Jérusalem, du Levant, et de la Syrie. Il a aussi fait un accord avec les juifs du nord-ouest de l’Arabie. A l’est, le Prophète était menacé par l’Empire Sassanide. Donc, il a fait des traités avec les chrétiens de la Perse.
Il faut se rappeler que les Byzantins ont convertis les juifs de leur Empire par force durant la vie du Prophète. L’Empire Byzantin était extrêmement intolérant envers les chrétiens qu’ils considéraient comment étant hétérodoxes or hérétiques. Le cas était semblable en Perse où l’Empire Sassanide opprimait la population chrétienne. Le Prophète (PSL), sage comme il était, a signé des accords avec ces populations persécutées et leurs a promis la liberté de culte et la justice sociale, économique, et politique.
Si le Prophète (PSL) avait été attaqué par les païens du Sud, les Byzantins du Nord, et les Perses de l’Ouest, l’islam aurait été anéanti. Muhammad ne formerait qu’une note dans les livres d’histoire. En réalité, les amis et alliés du Prophète  représentaient une zone tampon, c’est-à-dire, ils l’informaient des mouvements des troupes dans la région. Comme les archéologues et historiens confirment, il n’y a jamais eu de conquête islamique violente dans le Levant. C’était une transition principalement paisible. Au fait, les documents historiques nous confirment que, ville après ville, les chrétiens et les juifs offraient les clés de leurs citadelles aux musulmans, les acceptaient comme des sauveurs, et les encourageaient de les libérer des Byzantins qui les opprimaient. Nous ne pouvons pas parler d’évènements spontanés. Non, au contraire, tous ces évènements étaient calculés. Ils représentent la culmination de la stratégie du Prophète (PSL) qui est articulée dans ses Pactes.
Pensez-vous que ces traités peuvent être exploités de nos jours pour rapprocher les différentes communautés et contribuer à l’établissement de la paix et de la tolérance dans les sociétés multiculturelles voire à l’instauration de la paix entre les pays ?
Les Pactes du Prophète (PSL) ont fait partie de la politique intérieure et extérieure de l’islam pour plus de 1300 ans. Ils ont été respectés par le Prophète (PSL), les Quatre Premiers Califes, et par la grande part des dirigeants omeyades, abbassides, ayyoubides, mameloukes, safavides et ottomans. Ce ne veut pas dire que tous les califes, les sultans et les chahs ont honoré les Pacte du Prophète. Non : il faut l’admettre. Il y a eu des cas de persécution et d’intolérance et nous devons les dénoncer ouvertement, clairement et sans hésitation. Néanmoins, c’était la tolérance et non l’intolérance qui était la règle générale dans l’histoire de la civilisation musulmane que ça soit en Andalousie, en Sicile, en Afrique du Nord, au Moyen Orient, en Inde ou en Asie du Sud.
Lamentablement, certains chefs musulmans, tant politiques que religieux, se sont éloignés des Traités du Prophète (PSL) et ce sont concentrés sur le faux Pacte d’Umar, une forgerie intolérante, qui convenait plus à leur esprit oppressif. Il existe plusieurs versions de cette fraude qui contrarie le Coran et la Sunna. Néanmoins, il existe une version authentique et celle-là est en conformité avec le contenu des Pacte du Prophète et les confirme explicitement. Si certains musulmans sont devenus de plus en plus intransigeant envers les non-musulmans, ce ne pas sans raison. Les lois les plus sévères envers les non-musulmans sont le produit des Croisades et de l’invasion du Moyen Orient par les Mongoles.
Si certaines dynasties étaient moins tolérantes que d’autres, les Ottomans étaient, sans doute, les plus grands défenseurs des Pactes du Prophète (PSL). Dans le domaine domestique, ils ont fait un grand effort pour imiter le modèle du Prophète en créant une société composée de communautés de croyants, musulmans, chrétiens, et juifs, qui coexistaient harmonieusement mais qui jouissaient de grande indépendance, voire de souveraineté. Ils renouvelaient les Accords du Prophète avec les communautés chrétiennes de leur Empire régulièrement. Dans le domaine international, les Ottomans ont offert des Pactes de Protection, inspiré des Pactes du Prophète, à leurs alliés chrétiens en Europe et en Amérique.
Les Pactes du Prophète (PSL) étaient le modèle ; ils sont le modèle, et ils devraient toujours être le modèle pour les pays musulmans. Ils peuvent garantir les droits des populations non-musulmanes dans le monde musulman. Ils peuvent aussi garantir les droits des minorités musulmanes en Occident et ailleurs. Finalement, les Pactes du Prophète peuvent aussi aider à encourager la paix entre les musulmans eux-mêmes. Si le Prophète nous commandait de protéger les droits des Gens du Livre, et des êtres humains en général, comment est-ce qu’un musulman peut tuer un autre musulman pour être chiite, sunnite ou soufie ?
Quels sont les projets que vous suivez pour rapprocher les communautés musulmanes d’une part, et de l’autre part, la communauté musulmane avec les autres communautés ?
Je suis un simple chercheur. J’écris un livre, je le publie, et je débute un autre livre. C’est le rythme de ma vie. Une des premières personnes qui a lu mon manuscrit sur les Pactes du Prophète  avec les chrétiens du monde était Charles Upton, ou Sidi Akram, un écrivain musulman qui se spécialise dans le soufisme, c’est-à-dire, le tasawwuf et l’irfan, et dans la critique sociale. « Ceci n’est pas simplement un livre, » il m’a confié, « C’est la base d’un mouvement. »
Charles Upton a créé l’Initiative des Pactes (www.covenantsoftheprophet.com) qui encourage les musulmans à respecter les traités que le Prophète (PSL) a conclus avec les Gens du Livre. Cette déclaration a été signée par des centaines de savants, d’intellectuels et d’activistes musulmans. C’est une forme de renouveler son allégeance au Messager de Dieu.
Grâce à la demande de nos partenaires chrétiens, nous avons développé l’Initiative contre le Génocide (https://www.change.org/p/all-political-players-the-genocide-initiative) pour exiger que les gouvernements reconnaissent que les terroristes takfiristes de ISIS sont coupables de crimes de guerre, de crimes contre l’humanité et de génocide. Grâce à nos efforts, et aux démarches de nos frères et sœurs des Gens du Livre, la Maison a passé la Résolution de Fortenberry en Mars de 2016. Le Secrétaire d’État, John Kerry, a immédiatement fait écho à la résolution. Même si nous savons que les terroristes ne vont jamais échapper à la justice de Dieu, nous voulons faire tout le possible pour nous assurer qu’ils n’échapperont pas la justice de l’Homme (et de la Femme). Les criminels de telle souche ne méritent point de repos. Qu’on les chasse comme des criminels de guerre nazis jusqu’à la fin de leurs jours.
Inspiré par les Pactes du Prophète (PSL), j’ai émis une condamnation de Daesh en novembre de 2015 qui a atteint plus d’un million de musulmans. Le mois prochain, en décembre 2015, plus de 70,000 ulémas indiens ont passé une fatwa collective qui dénonce le groupe extrémiste en question.
Les Pactes du Prophète Muhammad (PSL) avec les chrétiens du monde a été traduit en italien, en espagnol et en arabe. Un volume, qui consiste seulement des six pactes du Prophète (PSL), et non de mon étude historique et critique, va être publié en septembre 2016 sous le titre : And the Muslims Shall Protect Them : Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christian Communities of His Time en anglais, français, espagnol, portugais, italien, hollandais, russe, persan et en arabe. Avec l’aide de Dieu et de quelques bons croyants bien formés, nous pourrons peut-être inclure d’autres langues. Nous voulons faire notre possible pour assurer que les Pactes du Prophète attirent autant d’attention dans d’autres langues qu’ils ont attirés dans le monde anglophone.
Durant les derniers trois ans, j’ai partagé les Pactes du Prophète (PSL) avec des diplomates et dirigeants musulmans en France, Belgique, le Royaume-Uni et les Pays-Bas. J’ai donné des présentations sur les Traités du Prophète aux Grand Muftis du monde musulmans durant une réunion organisée par le Shaykh al-Habib Ali al-Jifri à Dubaï. J’ai aussi partagé mes recherches avec des diplomates musulmans et non-musulmans ainsi qu’avec des professeurs et des intellectuels arabes. Je parle des Accords du Prophète avec les Gens du Livre dans des universités, des mosquées, et des congrès islamiques autour du monde. Nous sommes même en train de préparer une exposition sur les Pactes du Prophète pour le Musée International de Cultures Musulmanes à Jackson, Mississippi qui débutera en avril 2017 et qui, incha Allah, voyagera de musée en musée.
Mon livre sur les Pactes du Prophète  Muhammad avec les Chrétiens du Monde a reçu les bénédictions du Pape François, du Patriarche Théophile III, du Patriarche Bartholomé, et du Saint Conseil des Pères du Mont Sinaï. Des centaines de savant sunnites, chiites et soufies soutiennent les résultats de mes recherches. ISNA, l’organisation musulmane la plus grande des États-Unis et du Canada, a formellement adoptée les Pactes du Prophète (PSL). Ils m’ont même donné un prix en reconnaissance de mon livre et mes initiatives interconfessionnelles. Mais, évidemment, c’est le Prophète (PSL) qui mérite cet honneur et les louanges sont pour Dieu. Moi, je ne fais que partager la Parole.
Selon le docteur Sayyid Syeed, le Directeur National du Bureau d’Alliances Interconfessionnelles et Communautaires de la Société Islamique de l’Amérique du Nord, les Pactes du Prophète ont joué un rôle important dans la formulation de la Déclaration de Marrakech. Émise au Maroc par des centaines de leaders sunnites, chiites et soufies, la Déclaration exprime leur engagement collectif aux droits de l’Homme (et de la Femme), aux droit civils, et aux droits des minorités dans les pays musulmans. L’Organisation de la Coopération Islamique a embrassé la Déclaration de Marrakech et travaille actuellement à sa mise en œuvre dans le monde musulman.
Grâce à mon étude sur Les Pactes du Prophète Muhammad avec les chrétiens du monde, j’ai été invité à la Maison Blanche, au Congrès, et au Senat. Des pays musulmans et non-musulmans consultent avec moi dans leurs luttes idéologiques contre le takfirisme. Les Grands Muftis de la Russie m’ont lancé une invitation pour parler dans leur pays. Même l’Imam Ali Khamenei m’a invité de venir le rencontrer à Téhéran et l’Ayatollah Mohsen Araki m’a proposé de donner des conférences sur les Pactes du Prophète  dans le Séminaire Islamique de Qom. Dieu est grand et je ne suis que Son serviteur.
Ceci n’est qu’une synthèse de tout ce qui a été accomplis grâce aux Pactes du Prophète Muhammad (PSL). Et, si Dieu le veut, et Dieu me donne la force, le temps, la santé, et les moyens, ce n’est que le début. La vie est éphémère. Nous courons vers la mort. Nous serons enterrés, ressuscités, questionnés et jugés. Dieu est notre début et notre fin. Dieu est notre destin. Il faut planifier pour ce monde comme si nous allions vivre pour toujours tout en planifiant pour l’au-delà comme si nous allions mourir demain. C’est pour cela que j’invite tous les croyants à se joindre à la caravane qui mène à l’oasis éternel. Lisez les Pactes du Prophète! Étudiez les Pactes du Prophète! Partagez les Pactes du Prophète! Et mettez les Pactes du Prophète en pratique! Dieu nous a donné le plan d’une société et d’un monde juste : nous n’avons qu’à le suivre.

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The Muslim Response to ISIS: Setting the Record Straight

The Muslim Response to ISIS: Setting the Record Straight

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SHAFAQNA – (Delivered at The House of Islamic Wisdom in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, USA, on Sunday, May 1st, 2016)A‘udhu billahi min al-Shaytan al-rajim. Bismillah al-Rahman al-Rahim. Alhamdulillahi rabb al-‘alamin. Wa salatu wa salam ‘ala  ashraf al-mursalin, Muhammad al-Amin, sayyidina wa habibina wa nabiyyina, wa ‘ala alihi, al-ṭayyibin wa al-ṭahirin, ila yawm al-din.

I take refuge in Allah from Satan, the Rejected. In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. May peace and blessings be upon the best of the messengers of Allah, Muhammad, the Truthful and Trustworthy, our beloved lord and prophet, and upon his family, the good, the pure, until the Day of Judgment.  

I send you greetings of peace: al-salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh. May the peace and blessings of God be upon you.

Morrow Islamic House of Wisdom 6 (1)President Obama asserts that, in the war on ISIS, “Our most important partners are American Muslims.” But with no proof provided, his opponents can easily dismiss his claims. Rather than rectify misconceptions about U.S. Muslims, his lack of data reinforces it. In the absence of evidence, the President merely appears to be making excuses for Muslims, leading some to suspect his motives.

A search of mainstream media sources in the USA indicates an appalling apathy among Muslims as regards terrorism. But is this the reality? While it may be news to most Americans, Muslims have been at the forefront of an intellectual and spiritual war against ISIS, extremism, and terrorism, domestically and on a global scale.

How many people have heard of ISNA’s Muslim Code of Honor? Signed in September, 2007, it denounces extremism and violence, calls for Islamic unity between all believers, and prohibits takfir or excommunication.

How many people have heard of A Common Word Between Us and You. This open letter, which was jointly composed by Muslim and Christian leaders, was released in October of 2007. It calls for peace between both major world religions and encourages them to work for common ground. A Common Word has been critical in fostering interfaith dialogue.

How many people have heard of Shoulder to Shoulder? Since 2010, the Islamic Society of North America has joined with 27 national faith-based interfaith organizations to address anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.

How many people have heard of the Fatwa against Terrorism and Suicide Bombing? It was issued by Dr. Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri in 2010. It states that “Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it.”

How many people have heard of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World? This book, which I published in 2013, consists of a study of the treaties that the Messenger of Allah made with the People of the Book. It features long-forgotten documents, some of which I rediscovered in ancient monasteries and archives and which I translated from Arabic into English

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad prove that he was committed to creating an inclusive, pluralistic, community of believers. The Prophet explicitly stated that Muslims are required to protect religious sites and institutions. As the Messenger of Allah commands in his covenants: “A bishop shall not be removed from his bishopric, nor a monk from his monastery, nor a hermit from his tower, nor shall a pilgrim be hindered from his pilgrimage.”

The covenants date from the second year of the establishment of the Muslim Community in Medina to the final years of his life, demonstrating that they represented permanent policy. The documents state that they are binding upon Muslims until the End of Times and some include a stern warning. “If anyone oppresses the People of the Book, I will testify against him on the Day of Judgment.”

How many people have heard of the Covenants Initiative? Inspired by The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, Charles Upton, known also as Sidi Akram, created the Covenants Initiative, an international movement committed to protecting persecuted Jews, Christians, and Muslims.

The Covenants Initiative, which calls upon Muslims to renew their oath to the Prophet Muhammad and abide by the treaties that he concluded with the People of the Book, has been signed by several hundred leading Sunni, Shii, and Sufi scholars, academics, and activists.

How many people have heard of Bin Bayyah’s fatwa? In September of 2014, Shaykh Abdallah Bin Bayyah, one of the most influential scholars in Sunni Islam, passed a lengthy fatwa condemning ISIS.

How many people have heard of the Letter to Baghdadi? The Letter to Baghdadi, released in September of 2014, is a meticulously detailed refutation of ISIS. It was signed by over one hundred of Islam’s leading scholars and personally directed to the leader of the pseudo-Islamic State.

How many people have heard of the Amman Message, a statement calling for tolerance and unity in the Muslim world? Issued in November 2014, and signed by 200 Islamic scholars from over 50 countries, it provides an inclusive definition of what it means to be Muslim and denounces the practice of takfir or excommunication.

How many people have heard the statement from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation? Released in 2014, it declares that the Islamic State has “nothing to do with Islam” and has committed crimes “that cannot be tolerated.”

How many people have heard of the fatwa from al-Azhar? Issued in 2014, it states that ISIS is “a danger to Islam.”

How many people have heard of the Statement from the Arab League? Released in 2014, it denounces the “crimes against humanity” carried out by ISIS.

How many people have heard of the fatwa that was passed by Turkey’s top cleric, Mufti Mehmet Gormez? Issued in 2014, it states that ISIS is “hugely damaging” to Islam and Muslims.

How many people have heard of the condemnations made against ISIS by CAIR? Since 2014, they have repeatedly condemned ISIS as “Un-Islamic and morally repugnant.”

How many people have heard of the declaration made by the Muslim Council of Great Britain? Released in 2014, it affirms that “violence has no place in religion.”

How many people have heard of the fatwa published by the Fiqh Council of the Islamic Society of North America? Issued in 2014, and signed by 126 leading Muslim scholars, it asserts that the actions of ISIS are in no way representative of what Islam actually teaches.

How many people have heard of the Joint Sunni-Shiite Fatwa issued by 100 U.K. Imams? Released in 2014, it describes ISIS as an “illegitimate” and “vicious group.”

How many people have heard of the statement issued by the Muslim Public Affairs Council? Published in 2014, it condemns ISIS and calls upon Muslim to “stand against extremism.”

How many people have heard of Nahdlatul Ulama? It is the largest Islamic organization in the world, representing 50 million Indonesian Muslims. In 2014, the NU launched a global campaign against extremism and Wahhabism.

How many people have heard of Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqubi thoughts on ISIS? In an interview conducted in 2014, he asserted that “ISIS has no nationality. Its nationality is terror, savagery, and hatred.” Furthermore, he asserted that “Baghdadi is going to hell.”

In 2015, Shaykh al-Yaqubi published a lecture titled Refuting ISIS: A Rebuttal of its Religious and Ideological Foundations? In his booklet, he states that ISIS constitutes the most serious threat that Islam has ever faced. Consequently, he has provided a counter-narrative that elucidates the reality of Islam and its commitment to tolerance. In short, he demonstrates that the actions of ISIS are not representative of Islam.

How many people have heard of the jihad that was declared by the Muslim Youth Group in the UK? In 2015, a group of young Muslims declared an ideological holy war against extremists and terrorists who hijack Islam, asserting, in no uncertain terms, that groups like ISIS have “no link with Islam or the Muslim community.”

How many people have heard of the condemnation of ISIS that I released in November of 2015 and which was disseminated to over one million Muslims?

How many people have heard of the mass fatwa against ISIS? In December of 2015, 70,000 Muslim clerics from India signed a joint fatwa against ISIS that was subsequently endorsed by 1.5 million Muslims.

How many people have heard what Dr. Muhammad Tahir al-Qadri has to say about ISIS? In a statement he made in 2016, he stated that: “The ISIS ideology is Kufr (disbelief in Islam). It is anti-Islam; against the teachings of the prophet of Islam.”

How many people have heard of the Marrakesh Declaration? The Marrakesh Declaration was the product of a global conference that brought together hundreds of major Muslim leaders, both religious and political.

Muslims leaders from around the world, Sunnis, Shiis, and Sufis, gathered in Morocco to express their collective commitment to the cause of human, civil, religious, and minority rights in Muslim countries.

The Marrakesh Declaration reasserts the rights of non-Muslim minorities. The manifesto is rooted on the Constitution of Medina, the first political charter in the history of humanity, produced by the Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century, which recognized all the members of the Muslim Ummah and Monotheistic Movement of Believers as citizens, regardless of their religion.

“They are one community” said the Prophet Muhammad. “To the Jew…belongs help and equality. He shall not be wronged nor shall his enemies be aided.” As the Prophet said, “The Jews…are one community with the believers.” This suggests that the Prophet was not a proponent of syncretism.

Acutely aware of differences between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, yet understanding that unity does not require uniformity, he encouraged all parties to focus on the elements of truth shared by each tradition and to concentrate on commonality.

As he stated in the Treaty of Maqnah, a covenant he concluded with the Jews of northwestern Arabia shortly before his death: “Peace be with you… You shall be safe and you have the assurance of security from God and His Messenger. Verily, the Messenger of God has forgiven you… There shall be no oppression on you or hostility against you. The Prophet of God will protect you against whatever he protects himself.”

According to Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America, the Marrakesh Declaration was inspired by the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and the Covenants Initiative. In fact, ISNA has officially endorsed the Covenants Initiative and adopted the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad.

While many Americans are aware that the Government of the United States has recognized ISIS as culpable of genocide, few know that Muslim activists were intimately involved at every single step that led to this decision.

As a result of the success of the Covenants Initiative, the Genocide Initiative was created in August of 2015. While the Covenants Initiative focused on interfaith community building, the Genocide Initiative had a concrete political aim, namely to accuse ISIS of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

The Genocide Initiative, along with many similar efforts spearheaded by our Jewish and Christian partners, led to the passage of the Fortenberry Resolution in the House of Representatives in March of 2016. The resolution defined the actions of ISIS as genocide, a declaration that was immediately echoed by Secretary of State John Kerry.

While certain political sectors wish to present the war in Syria and Iraq as a Sunni/Shia conflict, the scholarly centers of both Sunnism and Shiism, are united in their condemnation of ISIS. Whether it is the University of al-Azhar in Egypt or the Hawzah ‘Ilmiyyah in Najaf and Qum, Sunni and Shii scholars have all repudiated ISIS.

At international, national, local, and community level, Muslims have vociferously denounced ISIS and disassociated themselves from their evil ideology and deeds. From Shaykh al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri’s efforts emanating from the United Arab Emirates to the creation of an anti-ISIS community guide by Daisy Khan of WISE Muslim Women, Muslims are actively involved in counter-radicalization.

Since most Americans rely on the media to obtain information to understand developments in the world, they expect, and are entitled to, comprehensive coverage and impartial analysis. Rather than provide the facts, and allow Americans to come to their own informed conclusions, they are fed a steady diet of one-sided, pre-digested, neatly packaged sound bites. This is not to infer that all the news in this country is propaganda; however, the imposition of strict editorial lines by certain news outlets has stifled freedom of expression and complete coverage of critical issues.

Enough! Americans want an independent news media with real content as opposed to gossip and sensationalism. They want the whole story as opposed to an oversimplified segment. They want coverage of important matters as opposed to celebrity “news.” They demand objectivity instead of subjectivity.

The media blackout of Muslim news and views does enormous damage, giving the false image that Muslims are silent supporters of so-called “Radical Islamists” who are, in reality, nothing but Wahhabi terrorists whose connection to Islam is as tenuous as the connection of the KKK to Christianity.

This media silence does not stem from Islam and Muslims. It stems from corporate and political interests, the direct result of profit-seeking having supplanted information-seeking and sharing.

Islam may or may not be our cup of tea. However, we have the right to hear Muslim voices and concerns without an endless parade of ideologically-motivated spin.

There are 1.5 billion Muslims in the world today, only 100,000 pseudo-Islamic terrorists. Islam is not at war with the West. On the contrary, ISIS is at war with Islam. Suppressing reports of Muslim opposition to ISIS aids the recruitment efforts of ISIS, playing into the hands of sworn enemies of the United States. It is nothing less than unpatriotic malingering in time of war. If we are to reclaim this great nation, we must reclaim our national media, and an important step in doing so is by reporting Muslim opposition to ISIS.

Imam Elahi and I recently returned from a trip to Washington, DC. Imam Elahi is one of the most active Muslim scholars in the field of interfaith work. We participated in a press conference at the National Press Building on the 14th of April. Every single major Sunni, Shiite, Christian, and Jewish leader was present. I spoke of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World and the Covenants Initiative. The ISNA Fiqh Council reissued their fatwa against ISIS. This edict was endorsed, not only by Muslim scholars, but also by Christian and Jewish leaders. Catholic cardinals, Jewish rabbis, and Greek orthodox priests all stood united, as believers and brothers, against ISIS. The room was jam-packed with interfaith leaders.

Who showed up? Only two media outlets. C-SPAN. Who on earth watches C-SPAN? And some US-funded Arabic-language Iraqi television station. Where was CNN? Where was Fox? Where was MSNBC? Where was the BBC? Where was Russia Today? Where was al-Jazeera? Where was al-Arabiyya? And where was Press TV? Nowhere to be found. Why? Because it is in the interest of the corporate elite; it is in the interest of the globalists; it is in the interest of the one-percenters to convey the image that Muslims are passive supporters of extremists and terrorists. It is a conspiracy of silence: a media blackout of Muslim opposition to ISIS.

God gave you a voice. Use it in the path of God. This is the real meaning of ‘amr bi al-ma‘ruf wa nahy an al-munkar namely, promoting good and forbidding evil. If God gave you money, use it in the path of God. Have you heard Ted Cruz? Have you heard Donald Trump? Muslims are paying a terrible price for their inability to influence culture, media, political discourse and policies.

Read The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World and spread the word. Sign the Covenants Initiative and the Genocide Initiative. If you are a scholar of Islam, sign A Common Word, The Amman Declaration, The Letter to Baghdadi, and the various edicts against ISIS. Engage in interfaith work and intrafaith work. Build bonds between Muslims, Christians, and Jews. Build bonds between Sunnis, Shiites, and Sufis. Build bonds as human beings first and foremost.

I have some very bad news for you. I am going to die. Yes, my doctor says I am going to die. According to him, I have thirty or forty years at most. Apparently, all human beings die. We have a 100% mortality rate. Whether it is today or seventy years from now, you will pass away, be buried, be resurrected, and be judged. So, work to improve this world as if you would live forever and work for the Hereafter as if you are going to die tomorrow. Salawat ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad.

By Dr John Andrew Morrow

Shafaqna Exclusive Interview with Laurence Rossignol – French Minister for Family

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SHAFAQNA – Earlier this April French Minister Laurence Rossignol made a series of rather controversial comments when she likened women wearing the headscarf to slave embracing tyranny -using racist and defaming adjectives when referring to Muslims, Islam and foreigners in general.

While she claimed that her outburst was misconstrued, arguing that her intentions were not to belittle or insult but instead empower women to take charge of their own life, Minister Rossignol’s logic vis a vis Islam, her position vis a vis Muslim women in particular, has been symptomatic of France’s rising Islamophobic narrative.

And though France continues to hide behind its Republican values to better rationalize its ethno-centrism, and disdain of Islam – a faith state officials have labelled as foreign, and antagonistic to Western values; it has become painfully clear that the French Republic is suffering from an acute case of fascism.

Keen to understand the rationale behind Islamophobia in France Shafaqna talked to Minister Laurence Rossignol.

If tolerance should always be frowned upon, it is important to also remember that only through dialogue can we hope to foster positive change. Muslims today suffer misrepresentation and oppression, and it is up to us, as a community to work to change that.

It is only by living up to Islam’s purest tradition and tenets that we can hope to oppose, and defeat radicalism, and violence. Education and dialogue of course stand core to any such efforts.

SHAFAQNA – Minister Rossignol, your recent remarks labelling women who wear headscarves as “negroes who support slavery” caused real frustration and anger among Muslim women who wear the headscarf as a requirement of their religious beliefs.

I would like to draw your attention to the danger of such stigmatizing remarks in a society like France, which has the largest Muslim population in Europe. As far as I know, there are 6 million Muslims in your country.

MINISTER ROSSIGNOL – My comments were really taken out of context here. The point I was trying to make is that France is facing a rise in radicalism. France Muslim community has systematically refused to abide by our Republican principles: laicity, which provision that state and religion remains strictly separate. Religion in France is a private matter which should not enter the public sphere.

France has been grappling with radicalism for years and we can no longer afford to tip toe around the issue. Women should not be denied their rights”

SHAFAQNA – You keep likening the headscarf to a tool of oppression! Is it difficult to fathom that Muslim women make their own choices, and that modesty is actually a form of emancipation?

MINISTER ROSSIGNOL – Women in Islamic countries have been systematically denied their rights: Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan … women and girls are kept out of school, and denied work opportunities. France has seen a rise on honour killing and other violence against women, all in the name of Islam. I’m not saying that all Muslims are radicals but there are issues which need addressing.

SHAFAQNA – All the examples you are citing relate to countries which have espoused Wahhabism – a radical expression of Islam, which many scholars, including Dr John Andrew Morrow, have actually accused of standing outside Islam. More importantly your government continues to entertain friendships with such countries. Don’t you think it is a little bit hypocritical for you to decry Muslims while opening yourself up to Wahhabism in exchange for lucrative contracts?

Do you deny that Riyadh has invested billions upon billions of dollars in promoting and exporting Wahhabism – the very Wahhabism you are now blaming for France’s radicalization problem. Is it true therefore that it is Wahhabism and not Islam which should warrant your wrath?

MINISTER ROSSIGNOL – I don’t see how France foreign policy has anything to do with Muslim communities in France. It is important for France to defend its values and ensure that our traditions are respected. We will not tolerate for our republican values to be challenged. France is a republic.

Local professor receives Muslim organization’s interfaith service award

By Kevin Kilbane, kkilbane@news-sentinel.com
Thursday, April 28, 2016 12:01 AM
John Andrew Morrow, a professor of foreign languages at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne and a Muslim scholar and cleric, recently was presented with the Interfaith Service Award by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) for his efforts to encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation.The award was presented April 15 during the Sunni-Shiite Summit held in Washington, D.C. Sunni and Shia are the major subgroups within the Islamic faith. ISNA is the largest Muslim organization in North America.In selecting Morrow for the award, ISNA cited his writing of the 2013 book “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” which discusses six covenants that Islam’s great prophet, Muhammad, signed with Christian groups before his death in A.D. 632. Muhammad also signed similar agreements with Jewish and other groups, Morrow has said.The covenants reportedly promise the groups protection of personal rights until the end of the world if the groups agree to live under the civil government of a Muslim confederation. Morrow believes the covenants serve as a model for how Muslims and non-Muslims can live together peacefully.

Morrow, who lives in Auburn, also helped found the Covenants Initiative, which works to create awareness about Muhammad’s covenants among Muslims and non-Muslims today.In addition, Morrow also served as editor of the related 2015 book “Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his Time: The Primary Documents.”In November 2015, Morrow also issued a fatwa, or religious ruling, condemning the Islamic State terrorist group as a “curse” and a band of mercenaries whose actions have no basis in the Islamic faith.

EXCLUSIVE – DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW SPEAKS AT SUNNI-SHIITE SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, DC

April 26, 2016
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SHAFAQNA – Dr. John Andrew Morrow, the Director of the Covenants Initiative, and the author of the ground-breaking Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, participated in a Sunni-Shiite Summit on April 15, 2016.

Organized by ISNA, participants also included Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances; Sayyid Mohammad Baqir Kashmiri, the representative of Ayatullah Sistani in the United States; M.J. Khan, the President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston; and Imam Mohammad Elahi, the spiritual leader of the Islamic House of Wisdom (IHW) in Dearborn Heights, among many others.

Dr. John Andrew Morrow related some of the traumatic experiences he faced when he entered Islam in the mid-1980s and how he was confronted with Takfiri Wahhabis who taught him their three pillars: haram, bid‘ah, and takfir, namely, prohibition, innovation, and excommunication.

An account of his initiation into pseudo-Islamic extremism, titled “Nightmares in Takfiristan: A Cautionary Tale,” can be found in his new book titled Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur’an and Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet’s Islam.

Morrow was quick to point out that although such Salafi gangs used to openly recruit fighters in mosques in the 1980s and 1990s, they were forced out of Islamic centers after 9/11, and now limit themselves primarily to cyber-radicalization.

In the comments he addressed to the participants in the intrafaith summit, Morrow expounded upon the importance of identifying the origin of extremist ideology and those who are responsible for spreading this plague across the planet.

He spoke of the importance of selecting imams carefully. As he explained, “We should select scholars who were trained in traditional centers of Islamic scholarship; namely, Tarim, Yemen; al-Azhar in Egypt; and al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco.”

“When I go to a Sunni mosque,” said Morrow, “I want to be attended by a Sunni Imam; not by a Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfiri Jihadi.”

He also insisted that mainstream Muslims should produce their own literature that accurately reflects the traditional teachings of Islam as opposed to rely upon the sectarian propaganda produced in places such as Saudi Arabia.

Morrow also voiced his concern that intrafaith efforts were not necessarily trickling down to common Muslims who attend mosques.

“We may meet once a month, share tea and crumpets, and express how much we appreciate one another; however, we are all educated, cultured, and generally affluent people. How much of this message is reaching our congregations?”

Moving forward, Morrow proposed that the Muslim Community should be independent, indigenous, and centrist. “We should be independent,” he explained, “namely, we should neither be agents of Saudi Arabia nor of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“As Muslims,” argued Morrow, “we should be loyal to our nations.” However, as he explained in an important caveat, “loving one’s nation does not necessarily imply loving one’s government or its policies.

Not only should Muslims be loyal to their nations, explained Morrow, they should be indigenous, namely, they should represent their own interests as American, Canadian or Western Muslims. Otherwise, he stressed, they would remain subjected to what he described as religious or reverse colonialism.

Finally, he emphasized that Muslims should be centrists. Acknowledging that there are extremists on both the Sunni and the Shiite sides, he called upon believers to move towards the center and to focus on commonality.

Stressing that importance of studying the full spectrum of Islam and appreciating the blessings that are inherent in diversity of opinion, he insisted that Western Muslims should promote traditional, civilizational Islam.

“There are those who speak of American Islam,” pointed out Morrow, “however, that could be misconstrued as meaning an Islam at the service of the American Empire. I am speaking of Universal Islam.”

EXCLUSIVE – DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW SPEAKS AT SUNNI-SHIITE SUMMIT IN WASHINGTON, DC

April 26, 2016
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SHAFAQNA – Dr. John Andrew Morrow, the Director of the Covenants Initiative, and the author of the ground-breaking Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, participated in a Sunni-Shiite Summit on April 15, 2016.

Organized by ISNA, participants also included Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances; Sayyid Mohammad Baqir Kashmiri, the representative of Ayatullah Sistani in the United States; M.J. Khan, the President of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston; and Imam Mohammad Elahi, the spiritual leader of the Islamic House of Wisdom (IHW) in Dearborn Heights, among many others.

Dr. John Andrew Morrow related some of the traumatic experiences he faced when he entered Islam in the mid-1980s and how he was confronted with Takfiri Wahhabis who taught him their three pillars: haram, bid‘ah, and takfir, namely, prohibition, innovation, and excommunication.

An account of his initiation into pseudo-Islamic extremism, titled “Nightmares in Takfiristan: A Cautionary Tale,” can be found in his new book titled Restoring the Balance: Using the Qur’an and Sunnah to Guide a Return to the Prophet’s Islam.

Morrow was quick to point out that although such Salafi gangs used to openly recruit fighters in mosques in the 1980s and 1990s, they were forced out of Islamic centers after 9/11, and now limit themselves primarily to cyber-radicalization.

In the comments he addressed to the participants in the intrafaith summit, Morrow expounded upon the importance of identifying the origin of extremist ideology and those who are responsible for spreading this plague across the planet.

He spoke of the importance of selecting imams carefully. As he explained, “We should select scholars who were trained in traditional centers of Islamic scholarship; namely, Tarim, Yemen; al-Azhar in Egypt; and al-Qarawiyyin in Morocco.”

“When I go to a Sunni mosque,” said Morrow, “I want to be attended by a Sunni Imam; not by a Salafi-Wahhabi-Takfiri Jihadi.”

He also insisted that mainstream Muslims should produce their own literature that accurately reflects the traditional teachings of Islam as opposed to rely upon the sectarian propaganda produced in places such as Saudi Arabia.

Morrow also voiced his concern that intrafaith efforts were not necessarily trickling down to common Muslims who attend mosques.

“We may meet once a month, share tea and crumpets, and express how much we appreciate one another; however, we are all educated, cultured, and generally affluent people. How much of this message is reaching our congregations?”

Moving forward, Morrow proposed that the Muslim Community should be independent, indigenous, and centrist. “We should be independent,” he explained, “namely, we should neither be agents of Saudi Arabia nor of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“As Muslims,” argued Morrow, “we should be loyal to our nations.” However, as he explained in an important caveat, “loving one’s nation does not necessarily imply loving one’s government or its policies.

Not only should Muslims be loyal to their nations, explained Morrow, they should be indigenous, namely, they should represent their own interests as American, Canadian or Western Muslims. Otherwise, he stressed, they would remain subjected to what he described as religious or reverse colonialism.

Finally, he emphasized that Muslims should be centrists. Acknowledging that there are extremists on both the Sunni and the Shiite sides, he called upon believers to move towards the center and to focus on commonality.

Stressing that importance of studying the full spectrum of Islam and appreciating the blessings that are inherent in diversity of opinion, he insisted that Western Muslims should promote traditional, civilizational Islam.

“There are those who speak of American Islam,” pointed out Morrow, “however, that could be misconstrued as meaning an Islam at the service of the American Empire. I am speaking of Universal Islam.”

EXCLUSIVE – DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW RECEIVES ISNA INTERFAITH SERVICE AWARD

April 26, 2016
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Dr John Andrew MorrowSHAFAQNA – Dr. John Andrew Morrow, the world-renowned academic and international peace activist, was recently awarded an Interfaith Service Award by the Islamic Society of North America in recognition of his outstanding contributions to interfaith dialogue and initiatives.

The ceremony, which took place in Washington, DC, on Friday April 15th, equally honored Dr. Jim Winkler, the President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches.

Morrow, a full professor of foreign languages and a senior scholar of Islam, rose to international prominence after the publication of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World in 2013 and Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time in 2016.

As a result of his game-changing research, Morrow brought to light many of the treaties—some largely forgotten, some untranslated, others entirely new—that the Prophet Muhammad concluded with over a dozen Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian communities.

These newly-revealed covenants prove that the Prophet Muhammad was committed to creating a tolerant, inclusive, and pluralistic state, in which the rights of all citizens were protected.

As legions of scholars have confirmed, the Covenants of the Prophet are completely consistent with the Covenant of Medina, the first political constitution, which was produced by the Messenger of God after he established a government in the year 622 CE.

These Muhammadan Covenants, unknown to many contemporary Muslims, inspired Charles Upton to create the Covenants Initiative, an international movement of Muslims devoted to defending persecuted religious minorities. The Initiative was first directed to Christians, (in line with The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World), but was later expanded to include Jews, Shiites, Sufis, traditional Sunnis, and Yezidis.

Upon the request of Christian leaders, the Covenants Initiative produced the Genocide Initiative, a political campaign aimed at accusing ISIS of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Working in conjunction with a large number of partners, the Genocide Initiative was instrumental in convincing the US Government to pass the Fortenberry Resolution, in March of 2016, decrying genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria.

According to Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad helped inspire the Marrakesh Declaration.

Issued in January 2016, and signed by more than 250 Muslim religious leaders, heads of states, and scholars, the Marrakesh Declaration reiterated the rights of religious minorities in predominantly Muslim countries.

Since its publication in 2013, over 350 articles have been written about The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. The work is also being used by many groups to counter radicalization.

In his acceptance speech, which he delivered after the screening of a video highlighting his journey to Islam and scholarly accomplishments, Morrow redirected all accolades to Allah and the Messenger of Allah:

“I humbly accept this award in the name of Allah, to whom all praise is due, and on behalf of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah, may peace and blessings be upon him, who deserves all credit and recognition. This is his work. These are his words. Although most of us only became aware of the Covenants of the Prophet over the past few years, they have a long, venerable, and well-documented history. They were well known to the Caliphs, Sultans, and Shahs of Islam until the fall of the Ottoman Empire. My role has been one of rediscovery, analysis, and advocacy. I am merely the medium. The one being honored here today is not me but the Messenger of Allah.”

Commenting upon the significance of the long-lost documents that resurfaced as a result of his scholarship, the Aboriginal Canadian/American professor made the following observations:

“The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, represent a revolution in our understanding of Islam. They grant Muslims, and non-Muslims, all the rights offered by secular, liberal, democracies, but under the auspices of God rather than Man. More than Human Rights given by human beings, we are dealing with Divine Rights granted to humanity by the Divinity. The Covenants reveal how Islam, from within its own tradition, offers a viable socio-political and economic alternative to Secularism, Capitalism, and Modernism. Consequently, I call Muslims to the Qur’an; I call Muslims to the Sunnah; and I call Muslims to the Covenants of Rasul Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace.”

He concluded his comments by thanking everyone at ISNA for supporting his scholarship.

ISNA ORGANIZES SUNNI-SHIITE DIALOGUE IN DC – EXCLUSIVE

April 26, 2016
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Morrow Intrafaith 2SHAFAQNA – An intrafaith leadership summit was held in Washington, DC, on April 15, 2016. Organized by the Islamic Society of North America, the gathering included Dr. Sayyid Syeed from ISNA, Dr. John Andrew Morrow from the Covenants Initiative, Sayyid Mohammad Baqir Kashmiri from IMAM, M.J. Khan from the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, and Imam Mohammad Elahi from the Islamic House of Wisdom, among various other Sunni and Shiite community leaders.

The summit, which was witnessed by prominent Jewish and Christian leaders, was scheduled to last only two hours. However, with the exception of congregational Friday prayers held in the Capitol Building, the group spent the entire day in fruitful discussion and dialogue.

Morrow Shia Sunni SummitDr. Sayyid Syeed, ISNA’s National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America, reiterated his organization’s commitment to Islamic unity. He observed that ISNA has included Shiites in top leadership positions in the past.

Syeed also stipulated that ISNA has never asked its members what kind of Muslims they were and that the organization has always been open to Sunnis and Shiites, Sushis, a comical combination of both, and those who simply identify as non-sectarian Muslims. He even joked that ISNA should now change its name to ISNA ASHARI, to acknowledge the presence of Twelver Shiites in its ranks.

The National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances shared ISNA’s “Muslim Code of Honor” with all participants. Issued in 2007, and signed by Asma Mirza, Jamal Badawi, AbolFazl Nahidian, Parvez I. Shah, Amir Mukhtar Faezi, Muzammil H. Siddiqi Ingrid Mattson, Mostafa Al-Qazwini, Khurshid Khan, Sheikh Muhammad Nur Abdullah, Sayyid M. Syeed, and Mohamed Magid, it reads:

Preamble

Reports of sectarian tension overseas, particularly in the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq, have prompted the Muslim American leadership to speak out against communal divisions and all sectarian violence. Such expressions of sectarianism, if unchecked, may add fuel to the fire, engulfing the Community in historical grievances that magnify theological differences and minimize the common “Pillars of Faith” on which all Muslims agree, irrespective of their schools of thought (madhhab).

 As Muslim Americans who live and struggle for a dignified existence for Islam and Muslims in a spirit of peaceful coexistence and respect for all, we believe that the practical challenges of the future supersede the ideological differences of the past.  Moreover, in recognition of our communal duty to promote goodness and peace, we remain eager to offer any help we can and to join hands with all those who wish well for the Family of Believers (Ummah) in stopping the senseless, inhumane violence in Iraq and elsewhere in the world.

 In our view, we must begin by preventing such tragic sectarianism from spilling over into our Muslim communities in the United States.  As a first step toward this goal, we agree to live in peace and respect each other in accordance with a “Muslim Code of Honor.” We remain committed to this Muslim Code of Honor not only during times of agreement and ease but, more importantly, when faced with contentious issues and in times of mutual disagreement.


Muslim Code of Honor

No group or individual shall use, spread or tolerate the rhetoric of branding others as nonbelievers (takfir) against anyone who believes in the oneness and supremacy of God, the prophethood of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah, peace be upon him, as the last of God’s messengers, and in the reality of the Last Day, agreeing on the authenticity of the Holy Qur’an and facing Makkah (qibla) in daily prayers. Muslims should respect one another and the people, places and events that any Muslim group or individual holds in esteem, even when they disagree about the relative importance of such people and events. Such disagreements, moreover, should only be expressed in a respectful manner, avoiding inflammatory language and insulting verbiage.

 As to differences in the performance of worship (ibadat), we agree to respect the rules in effect and the authority of the leadership that endorses them in a particular mosque or religious institution where they are the norm.

 We agree that steps should be taken to protect the general Muslim population in America from the distribution of divisive, inflammatory or irrelevant literature, primarily from overseas, in order to maintain the integrity and protect the future of Islam in America and curb the spread of harmful and misleading propaganda.

 As a gesture of its commitment to taqrib or rapprochement between the various schools of thought and law in Islam, Dr. Sayyid mentioned that ISNA would demand that all of its mosques place a sign in a prominent place stipulating that the places of prayer in question were inclusive and welcoming of all Muslims: Sunni, Shiite, and Sufi.

Dr. Sayyid Syeed closed the summit with assurances that such Sunni-Shiite meetings will continue to be held regularly and that intrafaith dialogue should be perpetual.

By Dr John Andrew Morrow – Exclusive to Shafaqna

EXCLUSIVE – DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW PARTICIPATES IN PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON, DC

April 26, 2016
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Morrow Press ConferenceSHAFAQNA – Dr. John Andrew Morrow recently returned from Washington, DC, where he participated in the Islamic Society of North America’s Annual Government and Interfaith Forum.

Morrow, a Muslim scholar, author, and activist, was the first to address at a Press Conference held at the National Press Club on April 14, 2016.

Called upon to launch the interfaith conference by Dr. Sayyid Syeed, the National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Morrow commented upon the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and the Covenants Initiative.

Described by Catherine Shakdam as “the book of our generation,” The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World is a scholarly study of the treaties that the Messenger of Allah concluded with the People of the Book.

Thanks to the vision of Charles Upton, the book morphed into the Covenants Initiative, an international movement of Muslims to protect persecuted Christians which later expanded to include Jews, Shiites, traditional Sunnis, and Yezidis.

The Press conference featured prominent Muslims leaders such as Azhar Azeez, the President of ISNA; Imam Mohamed Magid from the Adams Center; Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, Chairman of the Fiqh Council of North America, and ISNA executive Fatima Salman.

Interfaith leaders who attended the event included Rev. Ron Stief, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Rev. Dr. A. Roy Medley, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Rev. Richard Cizik, and Rev. Fr. Dimitrios J. Antokas.

ISNA leaders reissued the 2005 fatwa against terrorism, reaffirmed the rights of religious minorities in Muslim-majority nations by means of the recent Marrakesh Declaration, and committed themselves to working closely with administrations to help prevent radicalization.

While the press conference was well-attended by Muslim, Christian, and Jewish leaders, only two media outlets were observed: CSPAN and a US-funded Iraqi television station. The visible absence of Fox, CNN, MSNBC, al-Arabiya, al-Jazeera, Press TV, and Russia Today, suggest that mass media has little to no interest in broadcasting Muslim efforts to oppose extremism and terrorism.

When asked if they had any questions, the few reporters who bothered to show up to the press conference simply shook their heads. As Morrow commented, “There is a conspiracy of silence when it comes to reporting on Muslim opposition to ISIS. The goal is clear: to convey the impression that Muslims are passive terrorist supporters.”

Dr. Morrow to Speak at Islamic House of Wisdom

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Dr. John Andrew Morrow

Morrow is a professor, author, and research scholar. He has authored a large number of books and articles on a wide variety of topics, including: the Prophet Muhammad, Wallace Fard Muhammad, Malcolm X, Shi’ism, Sufism, Islamism, Aljamiado literature, the history of Shi’ism in North Africa and al-Andalus, the Arabic-Islamic influence on Spanish literature, the medicine of the Prophet and the Imams, as well as Arabic sociolinguistics. He is best known for his critically acclaimed study on “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” A social critic and activist, An outspoken opponent of social, political, economic, and environmental injustice, he stands side by side with the oppressed in their struggle against oppression.

EIGHTH COVENANTS INITIATIVE REPORT

EIGHTH COVENANTS INITIATIVE REPORT

Dear Signatories of the Covenants Initiative:

There is much to report since the last full Covenants Initiative Report, and there will be a lot more after this month is over.

Interest in the Covenants of the Prophet is exploding, as any one of you will have realized who has signed up for Google Alerts on “Covenants of the Prophet” and “John Andrew Morrow”. (This is something that I invite all signatories to do, since it is becoming more difficult for me to follow all the news.) The number of Dr. Morrow’s speaking engagements and media coverage of our efforts have grown exponentially, and many major events are planned for this year. I will do my best to report on the main developments.

ENDORSEMENTS

~~ ISNA, the largest Muslim organization in North America, has officially endorsed the Covenants Initiative; an article on the Initiative appears in the March/April edition of the ISNA publication Islamic Horizons, which has a large international readership:

https://issuu.com/isnacreative/docs/ih_mar-apr_16?e=5245782/33708252

~~ It will do no harm to remind everybody that Dr. Mostafa Gameaha, media representative of Al-Azhar University—the premier traditional authority in Sunni Islam—has signed the Covenants Initiative, and our colleague Gary Krupp of Pave the Way will be delivering a copy of Dr. Morrow’s book to the head Imam of that institution.

THE GENOCIDE INITIATIVE

Our Genocide Initiative calling on all political players to declare the actions of ISIS genocide has been credited by Stars and Stripes, the major U.S. armed services publication, as part of the effort which led to the passage of the Fortenberry resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives that actually did make that declaration—a resolution which led to Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement to the same effect in March of this year.

THE MARRAKESH DECLARATION

Many of you will have heard of the Marrakesh Declaration (I briefly reported on it earlier) which grew out of a conference of Muslim leaders on Morocco this last January; it re-asserts the traditional rights of religious minorities within Muslim nations, basing its conclusions on the Constitution of Medina and the Covenants of the Prophet. We were told by Sayyid M. Syeed, the interfaith director of ISNA, that The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World and the Covenants Initiative figured prominently in the conference and were among the factors that originally inspired it.

http://www.marrakeshdeclaration.org/

TRANSLATIONS OF

THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD

WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD

Dr. Morrow writes: “I would like to thank the Baydoun family from Dar al-Kutub al-‘Ilmiyyah for publishing the Arabic version of the book as well as Dr. Alain Saint-Saëns from the University Press of the South for publishing the Spanish translation.”

INDEPENDENT EFFORTS

Our movement is growing to the point where it is beginning to pass out of our hands. More and more people are making the Covenants of the Prophet their own, and this is only good. For example, Craig Considine, whose important paper “Religious Pluralism and Civic Rights in a ‘Muslim Nation’: An Analysis of Prophet Muhammad’s Covenants with Christians” I sent you not long ago, is becoming recognized as an expert in this field. He credits Dr. Morrow, but now he himself is being credited by others. His paper was reported on extensively in Britain and America, including in the Daily Mail.

~~ Taqwamedia is producing an on-line course on the Covenants of the Prophet.

~~ The International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi, is putting together a traveling show on the Covenants of the Prophet which will tour museums in the United States. It was sheduled to open this September but may be postponed till next year to allow time to secure more funding.

~~ Ali Panju, Director of Ridhayatullah Theatre in England, tells us that their one-act play on the Prophet Muhammad at the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mt. Sinai, to which he granted a covenant of protection, has been entered in the All England One Act Play Festival, where it was very well received.

~~ The Covenants are being integrated into academic courses on Islamic law, economics, ethics….the list goes on.

PAST EVENTS

~~ In October of last year, Dr. Morrow gave five talks in the New York area, at the Al-Khoei Center, the Long Island Muslim Society, and the Islamic Center of Long Island; where I introduced him. (He returned the favor when I spoke at the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Center in Manhattan.) Dr. Morrow also granted a TV interview at that time. Here are links to the interview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KglU0VQQnDw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tl4P3B1es4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDio6XBlR8Q

Further events were:

~~ A book signing at the Muslim Group Conference. Chicago. Dec. 2015.

~~ Talk entitled “The Covenants of the Holy Prophet”;  talk entitled “Can we truly know Muhammad?”,  Muslim Group Conference. Chicago. Dec. 2015. Here are the links to these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrCrIOjtzXU

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYkD541MPd8

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrgmcIoTzsE

~~ Talk entitled “Islam versus ISIS,” Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2015.

~~ Talk entitled “Early Christian-Muslim Encounters: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad

with the Christians of the World.” International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday, November 12th, 2015.

~~ The khutbah for the Friday prayer at the mosque in Jackson, Mississippi, on Friday, November 13th, 2015.

~~ On March 27 of this year, at Rutgers University, Dr. Morrow spoke denouncing Donald Trump at the conference “What should Muslims Say to Donald Trump?” The text of his talk (I wrote about half of it) appears at:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2016/03/30/muslims2trump/ , retitled as “Muslim Leaders Ask God to Water Board Trump for Eternity”. (I would like to take this opportunity to add, however, that if God elects not to water board Trump for eternity, I will gladly abide by His decision.)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Four upcoming events, three of them this month alone, fairly eclipse the earlier ones listed above:

~~ On April 14-15, Dr. Morrow will be speaking in Washington D.C. at the Annual ISNA  Interfaith and Government Outreach Forum on Capitol Hill; as part of this event he will be addressing the press conference at the National Press Building. At this event he will have an opportunity to meet senators, congressmen and other government officials, as well as important figures in the interfaith movement. He will also be receiving an award from ISNA for his work.

~~ On April 27-29, Dr. Morrow will be speaking in St. Petersburg, Russia, at a conference entitled “Inclusiveness of Divine Grace as a Principle of Interreligious Dialogue in the XXI Century”. The conference is sponsored by the Religious Board of Muslims of the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg State University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, the Moscow Islamic Institute and the State Hermitage, as well as the Grand Mufti of Russia.

~~ He will also be speaking at the 2016 ISNA National Convention in Chicago, Sept. 2-5; his presentation is still in the planning stage.

I will report on the first two events some time in May.

BEYOND THIS

Beyond this there have been more articles in the press than I’ve been able to keep track of, including interviews with both Dr. Morrow and myself in the Iranian journalThe Age of Reflection. For a complete list see http://www.covenantsoftheprophet.com/ , under “News & Events”.

Keep us in your prayers.

Charles Upton

for Dr. John Andrew Morrow

and the Covenants Initiative

Muslim Leaders ask God to Waterboard Trump for Eternity

Muslim leaders ask God to waterboard Trump for eternity

A "Muslim ban" would be a declaration of war - not just on Islam, but on the First Amendment - and all decent Americans would immediately have to take up arms and fight their "government" (which come to think of it might not be such a bad idea)

Introduction by Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor

I’m an American Muslim: Born here in 1959, reverted to Islam in 1993.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about Donald Trump.

I admire him for repeatedly referencing 9/11 truth and making the Jeb Bush campaign collapse at free-fall speed.

I admire Trump for saying that Martin Hill was  “on our side, a Trump guy” when Hill disrupted Trump’s speech in Grand Rapids by yelling that “Israel did 9/11, it was dancing Israelis, not dancing Muslims.”

I admire the way Trump has blown up the old elite-driven Republican Party and enraged the neocons.

I applaud Trump’s support for auditing the Federal Reserve.

I love Trump’s hints that he would pursue a Charles Lindberg-style “America-first” foreign policy (which the war-criminal establishment decries as “isolationist”) by eschewing foreign commitments, refusing to take sides in foreign quarrels including the Zionist genocide of Palestine, and “making other countries pay for their own defense” which of course means withdrawing hated American occupation forces from all of our 900 military bases in more than 80 countries and letting those countries be independent for a change … while unleashing the American domestic economy and enabling the rebuilding of our infrastructure.

Heck, I’m not even that outraged by Trump’s insistence that yes, it actually IS illegal to enter the country illegally.

If I thought he was really going to “reveal who really knocked down the World Trade Center,” audit and maybe end the Fed, shut down the American Empire, and genuinely make America great again, I would support him wholeheartedly, even if he occasionally says nasty things about Muslims.

But I don’t trust him to do those things, any more than I trusted Obama to fulfill his promises of “hope and change” back in 2008, when I voted for Cynthia McKinney.

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Trump strikes me as more of an ego-driven opportunist than principled reformer or honest patriot. His tendencies toward scapegoating minorities, enthusiastically endorsing torture, and kissing up to Zionists do not bode well.

I hope I’m wrong.

Meanwhile, most of the Muslims I know are not so ambivalent. In the article below, two leading American Muslim intellectuals and activists, John Andrew Morrow and Charles Upton, give The Donald a piece of their minds.

-KB

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What should Muslims say to Donald Trump? A Veterans Today exclusive

By Dr. John Andrew Morrow and Charles Upton

A speech delivered at Rutgers University on  Sunday, March 27, 2016

Organized by Muslims for Peace, Inc.

9th Annual Prophet Muhammad Day Interfaith Conference

 Introduction

Since some of you attending this conference today clearly belong to the Muslim faith, I feel it is appropriate for me to compare and contrast Donald Trump, who has called on his followers to take an oath of allegiance to him personally, with the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, who received the Pledge of Allegiance from his followers under the Tree at Hudaybiyyah.

I beg the believers in both the Messenger of Money and the Messenger of God to bear with me with patience and forbearance as I expound upon the radical differences between the respective ideologies and personal qualities of these two messengers.

FBI statistics show 94% of terrorist attacks in America are not attributed to Islamic extremists

Language

The Prophet Muhammad, may peace and blessings be upon him, preached to the people in the language of the people, in Classical Arabic, and presented to the people, the Qur’an, a masterpiece of eloquence, unparalleled and unsurpassed, that set the standard for Arabic grammar.

Donald Trump also speaks in the language of the people, at about the level of a fourth-grader, though he does indeed have a very good brain. When it comes to vocabulary, he has been well-advised by paleo-conservatives and closet Klansmen. He has attentively watched, read, and studied the speeches of such masters of semantic simplicity as Adolf Hilter, Benito Mussolini, and Francisco Franco. When appealing to angry, frightened people without the background or the resources to understand exactly who or what is destroying them, 20th century history has proved that radical simplifications and recognizable scapegoats are definitely the way to go.

Wealth and Wisdom

 The Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace, taught that “There is no greater wealth than wisdom.”

But all the wisdom in the world can’t buy you the Trump Tower—or even a cup of coffee for that matter. Donald Trump seems to believe that his billions are proof that he is a wise man, but he can only make the equation between wisdom and money by reducing wisdom to “the art of the deal,” to something that requires only insight into human greed and fear. But there’s a lot more to wisdom than that. Specifically, in terms of what it takes to be President of the United States, wisdom includes a knowledge of history, an understanding of different human cultures and psychologies, and a willingness to make hard and painful decisions tempered by enough human compassion to prevent the holder of that office from turning into a mad dog. Can anyone here imagine Donald Trump as a person capable of conducting the kind of “delicate diplomatic negotiations” that JKF did during the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Wisdom is also inseparable from human dignity because it is based on a true understanding of what a human being is. The Prophet Muhammad, his wives and his companions—unlike Donald M. Trump and some of those closest to him—were models of modesty and self-respect. The leader who has no interest in maintaining his own dignity can never respect or protect the dignity of the people he leads. Power without dignity has a fatal flaw in it; it will either crack under pressure or go to work destroying everything it sees.

Humility

The Prophet Muhammad, may God grant us his intercession, taught that “Humility increases dignity… Be humble and Allah will exalt you.” He said: “Indeed, the most beloved of you to me and the nearest of you to my position on the Day of Judgment are the best of you in nature and in humility; and the furthest of you from me are the vainglorious, that is the arrogant.” He also warned that “Most of those who go to hell are the arrogant.”

Donald Trump, however, is proud, haughty, and arrogant: qualities that are unfortunately admired by many Americans whose pride in their nation has been betrayed by the globalists, whose future has been stolen by the super-rich, whose human rights have been liquidated by the national security state, and who have been told by the regime of “political correctness” that they have no right to exist.

But the arrogance of the self-styled billionaire will never translate into the well-earned self-respect of a hard-working American husband or wife or parent. Self-respect comes from the love of family, the love of community, the love of country, the love of justice and the love of God, not the arrogance of the hate-monger or the threats of the bully.

Non-Violence and Just War

The Prophet Muhammad was persecuted for professing that God was one and that people should be good. Although he was oppressed, exiled and physically wounded by his enemies, and his followers assaulted, tortured, raped, starved, and murdered, he taught his followers to turn the other cheek. He said that: “The strong man is not the one who is the best at fighting; the strong man is the one who can control his anger.” And when the time came to fight to throw off oppression and establish justice, that battle was not to be carried on in a state of anger, or simply as a way of relieving one’s feelings, but according to the strict standards of just war.

On the other hand, Donald Trump said (and I quote): “If we’re attacked, we’ll beat the shit out of them….We have to beat the savages.” And given his often-expressed views on Blacks, Mexicans and Muslims, I think I have a pretty good idea who these “savages” are.

Civil Society

The Servant of Allah, Muhammad the son of ‘Abd Allah, immigrated to Medina, as a refugee, with many of his followers. The people of Medina, a town that was roughly half Jewish and half pagan, accepted him as their leader. Muslims, at that time, numbered in the hundreds. The non-Muslims were probably in the tens of thousands.

The first thing that the Prophet Muhammad did in Medina was prepare the Covenant of Medina, known also as the Charter or Constitution of Medina. He created an Ummah, a Motherland, or a State. Identity was no longer based on tribe or kinship. It was based on citizenship.

“They are one community” said the Prophet Muhammad. “To the Jew who follows us belong help and equality,” he wrote, “He shall not be wronged nor shall his enemies be aided.” As the Prophet said, “The Jews…are one community with the believers.” Jews, Muslims, and even polytheists, were one: so long as they were members of the Ummah.

Some scholars view Muhammad as the founder of secularism. Others, like myself, stress that he created a Confederation of Believers, a pluralistic and inclusive society under the cover of the Creator. He granted citizens all the rights and freedoms that we enjoy in Western, secular, democracies, with one fundamental difference: that these rights were bestowed, not by Man, with a capital M, but by God, with a capital G.

But Donald Trump, as he has repeatedly expressed, does not believe in civil society. He does not believe in diversity and multiculturalism. He wants to make America great again which means he wants to make America white again. But America was never “lily white” as Trump likes to believe.

There were millions of Black slaves before the Civil War, and—before the white race came—millions of Native Americans, as there are again today. But Blacks will never again be reduced to slavery, nor will Native Americans ever again submit to genocide. And we must never forget that the Prophet Muhammad accepted people of all races into his Ummah; Bilal, one of his closest companions and the first muezzin, was a freed Black slave. As the Prophet expressed so eloquently:

“All humankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab; also a white has no superiority over a black nor does a black have any superiority over white except by piety and good action.”

For Donald Trump, however, there is no room for Muslims in America. According to his supremely uneducated opinion we are a source of insecurity, we have never contributed anything to the building of this country. However, maybe 10% of the Black slaves imported into North America, who built much of the economic power of the nation, were Muslims. Some sources suggest that as many as 20 to 30% were Muslims.

(We must be careful never to let Trump find this out, however, or he might decide to start exporting their descendants.)

Setting aside the pseudo-scholarly fantasies of people who believe that my people, Native American people, were actually Arab Muslims—they insult us, and themselves too, with their condescending, paternalistic, fairy tales—Muslims have helped build and shape this nation from the 1800s to the present, starting with the Syrian-Lebanese settlers and homesteaders who settled in North and South Dakota. Traveling Muslim traders were also an important presence in the newly-settled West.

There are nearly 3 million Muslims in the United States. Some sources say 5 million. Some even claim 7 million. One quarter of them are African Americans. How can less than 1% of the population pose such a threat in the eyes of the majority? They themselves are under a much greater threat from hate speech and hate crimes.

Muslims are among the most highly educated Americans. Muslims are some of the most entrepreneurial people in this country. We don’t take jobs. We create jobs. We start businesses. We have excelled in every imaginable field. Is this any reason to boycott Muslims and ban them from entering the United States?

“If you cannot guarantee that there is no terrorist among them, then none of them should be allowed entry” says Trump.

Really, now? In that case, we should ban men from entering America. Yes, ban men.

The last time I checked most rapists were men. 18% of women are sexually assaulted, at some point in their lives, by men.

Hence, following Trump logic, we should ban men. After all, how can be guaranteed that no man who immigrates to the United States will sexually assault a woman. We can’t. So, ban them all.

Freedom of Religion

The Prophet Muhammad, may God shower him with prayers and salutations, protected and defended religious liberty: “To you your religion and to me mine.” In the proverbial words of the Holy Qur’an: “Let there be no compulsion in religion.”

He granted Covenants of Protection, and Charters of Rights and Freedoms, to Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian communities.

He personally protected the Christians of Najran, the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai, the Monastery of St. Macarius in Egypt, and the Monastery of St. George al-Humayrah in Syria. He protected the holy sites in Jerusalem and placed them under the guardianship of the Armenian Orthodox Church.

He protected the Christians of Persia. He protected the Zoroastrians.

And he protected the Jews in northeastern Arabia.

In the Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Najran, the Messenger of Allah says

“I commit myself to support them, to place their persons under my protection, as well as their churches, chapels, oratories, the monasteries of their monks, the residences of their anchorites, wherever they are found.”

He also adds:

“It is not permitted to remove a bishop from his bishopric, a monk from his monastic life, or an anchorite from his vocation as a hermit.”

Donald Trump, however, is committed to closing mosques, in clear violation of the American Constitution and the Universal Charter of Human Rights, both of which grant freedom of religion.

I have no objection to closing Salafi/Wahhabi/Jihadi/Takfiri mosques, though only if sedition and conspiracy and incitement to terror can be proved against them by due process of law. Mr. Trump, however, should beware of sweeping generalizations.

According to the FBI, only 0.001% of self-professed Muslims are terrorists. They have the passive support of maybe 7% of Muslims. So for Trump to deliberately alienate and potentially radicalize the moderate Muslim majority of the United States is a policy of sheer madness—unless it is his real plan to incite civil conflict in order to build his power, at which point we are no longer in the field of madness but in the field of evil. 

Some Trump supporters have openly voiced their support for placing American Muslims in internment camps, as they did with Japanese Americans, for “reasons of national security.”

This would not be anything new to us Muslims. After all, we suffered a boycott and were placed in what was effectively a concentration camp outside of Mecca for three years where we stood steadfast alongside our beloved Prophet. These were the Years of Sorrow. We remember them, and, if Trump has his wicked way, we are soon to relive them.

Torture

The Prophet Muhammad, may God grant him prosperity in the Hereafter, prohibited torture. The Christian world kept torturing people until recent centuries. Drowning witches. Burning people at the stake. Quartering them with horses. Who am I kidding? The Western world still tortures people today. It is called “extraordinary rendition.” It is called Abu Ghraib. It is called Guantanamo Bay. It is called state and federal prison. Muhammad, however, said that: “He who tortures in this life will be tortured in the hereafter.”

Trump however, may God grant him prosperity in this life and poverty in the Hereafter, has declared:“Torture works”—an idea which has been discredited as a method of gaining reliable intelligence by many studies—though if Trump’s real goal is to destroy civil and human rights and replace them with collective terror, then he is certainly right: torture works. Speaking of torture, he callously stated that: “Waterboarding is fine with me.” Well, if that is the case, then may he be water-boarded for eternity in the next world. Amen.

God is watching, Mr. Trump. God is listening. And, if you don’t believe in God, there is something called in the International War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague. Your statements concerning torture can and will be used in a court of law in the event you are accused of committing war crimes.

Retaliatory Assassinations

The Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, the son of ‘Abdullah, may countless blessings be upon him, forbade the killing of non-combatants. Apparently ISIS terrorists missed that class—but little can be expected from a group that is home to so many drug-addicted drop-outs, mercenaries and criminals. As you have heard, over and over again, the Qur’an is clear on the subject:

“Whosoever kills a human being for other than murder or corruption on earth, it shall be as if he had killed all of humankind.”

In the instructions given by the Prophet; in the instructions given by Abu Bakr; in the instructions given by ‘Ali, Muslim soldiers were formally and categorically prohibited from killing non-combatants.

Trump, however, has come with a new Talmud, a new Gospel, and a new Qur’an… Yes, he has come with a new Halakhah, a New Canon Law, and a New Shariah: “I would intentionally kill families to defeat ISIS.” 

Retaliatory killings. A crime against humanity. A war crime.

Islamic law and international law both allow the killing of combatants. They do not, however, permit the targeting of non-combatants.

“No bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another,” says the Qur’an.

We cannot punish Trump for the fact that his father was reportedly a Klansman. If U.S. law followed Trump’s principles, which we do not, then he most certainly would be.

Trump believes in pre-emptive strikes for reasons of national security—and many Americans fear that he is making himself the potential target of a pre-emptive strike.

Trump knows damn well that he cannot deliver on 99% of his promises, which means that he is going to make some of his supporters very, very, angry when they realize he has sold them out, as he already has done at the recent AIPAC convention where he pandered to the Zionists. So we have to be extremely careful to preserve the life of this reckless and dangerous man; his assassination could have dire consequences for the whole nation.

Muslims definitely do not want Trump dead—though some of them would apparently like to see him in an institution for the mentally, morally, and ethically insane.

Oath of Allegiance

Last, but not least, the “Prophet” Trump proposes that all American Muslims should be entered into a registry. And not only that, the Messenger of Materialism proposes that all American Muslims be made to take a loyalty oath to the United States of America.

No government, no candidate for office, no non-Muslim entity or individual has the right to demand that Muslims, specifically as Muslims, perform this or that action, or adhere to this or that belief. U.S. Muslims are bound by the shari‘ah, by same the civil laws that apply to all U.S. citizens, by their conscience, and by nothing else. As Muslims, as Americans, we are all bound to the American Constitution. 

As immigrants, millions of Muslims have pledged allegiance to the United States to become citizens. Our children, on a daily basis, pledge allegiance to this country. No way, no how, are we going to be forced to pledge allegiance specifically as Muslims to prove that we are loyal to this country. We refused to be targeted in such discriminatory fashion. We refuse to be scapegoated. We reject the implication that we are not faithful Americans. We refuse to apologize for crimes that we have not committed. We refuse to be forced to prove our loyalty when we prove our loyalty already on a daily basis, living in this country, developing this country, contributing to this country, and taking up arms to defend this country. There are 5000 Muslims bearing arms for the United States. Tens of thousands of Muslims have served in the US military. Show them some respect whether or not you agree with US foreign policy.

covenants

I propose that we respond to Donald Trump’s call for a loyalty oath to the U.S. Government with a loyalty oath to of our own to our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in the form of the Covenants Initiative, where Muslims swear to obey Muhammad’s command not to rob or vandalize peaceful Christian communities or kill peaceful Christians. We agree that there are scattered ISIS supporters among U.S. Muslims and that they need to be identified—but since we do not have the resources of the FBI, our contribution to this effort is the Covenants Initiative. After all, Muslims are much more likely to tell the truth when swearing allegiance to the Prophet on the Qur’an than when pledging loyalty to the Federal Government on the Bible. Here is our oath:

We the undersigned hold ourselves bound by the spirit and the letter of the covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) with the Christians of the world, in the understanding that these covenants, if accepted as genuine, have the force of law in the shari‘ahtoday and that nothing in the shari‘ah, as traditionally and correctly interpreted, has ever contradicted them. As fellow victims of the terror and godlessness, the spirit of militant secularism and false religiosity now abroad in the world, we understand your suffering as Christians through our suffering as Muslims, and gain greater insight into our own suffering through the contemplation of your suffering. May the Most Merciful of the Merciful regard the sufferings of the righteous and the innocent; may He strengthen us, in full submission to His will, to follow the spirit and the letter of the covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the world in all our dealings with them. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds.

Any Muslim who wants to sign this oath or learn more about the Covenants Initiative may go to www.covenantsoftheprophet.com. We urge all U.S. Muslims to sign, in the few remaining months before the general election, though we pass no judgment on those who do not; acts are judged by their intent, and we have no special insight into the reasons people make the choices they do. We only wish to emphasize is that the opportunity to choose has arrived.

Besides being eminently newsworthy as a bold Muslim challenge to Donald Trump, this loyalty oath to the Prophet Muhammad will have three visible effects:

1) The Covenants Initiative Oath resoundingly declares our unbending opposition, as Muslims, to ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists, but does so without committing us—as Muslims—to any specific U.S. government policy, or asking us to bow to the demands, or the threats, of any popular leader, or expecting us to surrender our freedom of religion to any government on earth. Like all other American citizens, Muslim Americans have the right to exercise individual freedom of choice as to which policies we will support, which leaders we will follow, and which candidates we will vote for.

2) The Covenants Initiative Oath opens the door to not simply to ceremonious expressions of mutual amity between Muslims and Christians, expressions with no teeth in them and little relevance to conditions on the ground, but to the possibility of real, working alliances between the religions in the face of a common enemy. This enemy has many faces: ISIS and other terrorists, who are happy to kill Muslims as well as Christians; Islamophobia; Christophobia; the slander of Christ in the media; the slander of Muhammad in the media; the burning of mosques; the burning of churches. When a mosque is burned, why can’t Christians come out in support of Muslims? When a church is burned, why can’t Muslims come out in support of Christians?

3) The Covenants Initiative Oath is the best way we can think of to respond to whatever good there may be in Donald Trump’s proposals, while uncompromisingly discrediting his unconscionable attacks on freedom of religion, his irresponsible statements that have gone a long way toward legitimizing hate crimes against Muslims in this country.

 We Muslims have all we need from our own religion and tradition to brand ISIS and the other Takfiris as the devil-worshippers they are. Instead of trying to meet some mark that secular culture sets for us—a culture that can only play the less-than-convincing role of guardian of human rights and civic virtue when matched against the worst criminals on earth—we need to recover, hopefully with the help an interested and open-minded media, our own supremely humane and civilized standard of what it is to be a human being. All we need to do then is act on it.

Muslims are coming out against ISIS all over the world. 70,000 Muslim clerics signed a mass fatwa against the “Islamic State” in India. 1.5 million Muslims have endorsed it. In Morocco, leaders and delegates from many Muslim nations have recently met to issue the Marrakesh Declaration, reaffirming the rights of non-Muslim religious minorities. In the United States, Daisy Khan of Wise Muslim Women is producing an anti-ISIS community guide for mosques, and working with Google to interrupt ISIS recruiting in cyberspace. Will Donald Trump credit any of these efforts? Is he even aware of them? Or would he rather see U.S. Muslims with no alternatives but to descend into terrified silence or drift into an equally terrified sympathy with the “Islamic State”? If he pleads ignorance of these efforts, we would be happy to educate him; the same offer goes for all the presidential candidates, Democratic, Republican or Independent.

Because if any candidate is foolish and short-sighted enough to reject the growing opposition to ISIS coming from Muslims themselves, then such a person does not deserve to be President of the United States. But if the candidates are willing to learn about our efforts and accept our help against ISIS and their ilk, who represent the worst threat to global civilization since the Nazis, the Stalinists and the Khmer Rouge, then we are more than willing to give it. But whatever decision they may make regarding us, we of the Covenants Initiative and its allies have already made our decision: ISIS must be stopped—and so must Trump. 

In Closing

The times of trials and tribulations have fallen upon us in the midst of the Great Apostasy of the Western world. During these dark days, a “prophet” has arisen, a “prophet” by the name of Donald Trump. And he is a false prophet. He is a false messiah. He will not lead the people to the Promised Land. Nay! He will lead them to death and destruction in the desert, while he retreats into his personal empire of properties and holdings and acquisitions.

Donald Trump is simply the face of a new fascist movement in the United States. In the 1960s this country was a primarily white, Anglo-Saxon, Christian nation. By 2016, a seismic shift had occurred, with minorities gradually becoming the majority and Christianity being replaced with secular liberalism. The silent majority, namely, white conservatives, who represent half of this nation, have been marginalized. They were convinced, for generations, to support country-club Republicans, people from Old Money, in the hope that wealth would trickle down. It didn’t and it will not. The wealthier they become the greedier they become.

Over the past decades, the one-percenters have seen their wealth increase exponentially while the income of white Americans has stagnated. The middle class, a status of stability, has disappeared. The so-called middle class is now no better off than the lower class. They live from paycheck to paycheck on the verge of homelessness. The Republicans, who were supposed to represent them, sold the country out to the obscenely rich, destroyed communities, and the country itself, through so-called Free Trade deals that only benefit multinational corporations. White, working-class, Americans are angry. We understand that. We need to understand that. They are angry for economic reasons and they are angry for religious reasons. This country, for good or bad, depending on how you view it, has undergone a shift in values that is staggering. The US is not the country that it used to be.

Noam Chomsky recently said this about the growing percentage of White Americans who are staring at the specter of poverty: “[they are facing] the dissolution of their lives and world…. [They] are sinking into hopelessness, despair and anger—not directed so much against the institutions that are the agents of the dissolution of their lives and world, but against those who are even more harshly victimized. Signs are familiar, and here it does evoke some memories of the rise of European Fascism.” But does Donald Trump direct their anger against the system that is impoverishing them? No. He directs their anger against their fellow victims, turning White against Black, Christian against Muslim, making sure that those whose economic security and civil rights are being stolen by the global elites can never see clearly enough to unite against them.

“I love the under-educated” says Trump. Why? Because he knows that the poorly-informed are easier to fool, nor does he show the slightest sign of wanting to better inform them. Tyranny loves to patronize ignorance because—like George Orwell said in his novel 1984—ignorance is its strength.

Donald Trump nonetheless is right about a number of things. He is right when he says that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was a disaster that destabilized the entire Middle East. He is right when he says that the U.S. was partly responsible for creating ISIS. And he is right that the U.S. immigration system needs to be overhauled to cut down on the chances of ISIS agents entering the U.S. If certain forms of immigration are now acceptable even if they are illegal, something is terribly wrong with immigration policy, since it creates an “official” underclass of persons who can be arrested at any time and who can be used to further erode the power of the unions, as well as providing a ready commodity for the human traffickers; anyone who wants to economically exploit or sexually abuse his or her servants or employees will find things much easier if there is a large pool of illegal immigrants available for these purposes.

BUT: When Trump proposes excluding every member of a particular religious group from the U.S.—Muslim in this case—he is dead wrong, unconstitutional, un-American, and playing with fire.

When Dalia Mogahed recently told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd that Muslims should not continually be challenged to condemn terrorism—especially in light of recent statements by Trump and others—she was right. No government, no president and no presidential candidate has the right to demand that Muslims—as Muslims—condemn terrorism; if the federal government or any agency thereof were to make such a demand, a demand based entirely on religious affiliation, that would be a great blow to freedom of religion in this country—and anyone who thinks that such a precedent would not be turned against other religions, probably beginning with Christianity, is politically naïve and has not been paying attention. If the U.S. government can demand that Muslims take what amounts to a loyalty oath, such as Donald Trump has proposed, it can certainly demand that Christian churches support this or that social agenda or lose their non-profit status.

But there is one group who has not only the right but the duty to denounce terrorism, and that group is—Muslims themselves. The Holy Qur’an, through many ayat; the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, in many hadiths and through his covenants with the Christians and Jews of his time; and the holy shari‘ah as well, absolutely prohibit terrorist actions against any group, just as they prohibit making any sort of war against, or misappropriating the property of, peaceful Christians, peaceful Jews, and law-abiding Muslims.

Groups such as ISIS have violated every one of these laws, rulings and commands, slaughtering Muslims as heartlessly as they have killed Christians, Yezidis and members of other religions, and in doing so have put themselves outside the Muslim fold. Consequently it is the duty of Muslims not only to renounce the methods of these bands of terrorist mad dogs who have falsely appropriated and viciously soiled the name of Islam and the reputation of our Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, but to actively oppose them by any means necessary, doing all we can to see that they are exposed, defeated, and brought to justice—as if merely making excuses for ourselves, tremulously protesting that we are “not all terrorists”, were in any way an adequate or an honorable response.

Donald Trump or Barack Hussein Obama may accuse us or defend us, may flatter us or slander us, but to us their words mean nothing; they are dust in the wind. As Americans we are bound by the civil laws of the nation in which we live, but as Muslims, the words of presidents and presidential hopefuls can in no way bind us: our loyalty is pledged to the Prophet, to the Holy Qur’an, to Almighty and All-Just Allah, and to no-one else.

Bear witness Almighty Allah, bear witness! 

And bear witness Donald Trump and al-Masih al-Dajjal! 

I pledge my allegiance to the Prophet Muhammad.

I leave you in peace in this dawn of war.

America finally catches up with Wahhabism’ genocidal agenda

America finally catches up with Wahhabism’ genocidal agenda

By Catherine Shakdam

American Herald Tribune

March 17, 2016

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In what can only be described as a rare moment of political clarity … that or Washington actually grew a conscience, US Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to Daesh (aka ISIL) dark genocidal agenda, validating once and for all those calls experts, academics, politicians, and religious clerics have made over the past few years.

It was Dr. Andrew Morrow, a prominent Islamic scholar, and author of The Covenants Of The Prophet Muhammad With The Christians Of The World, who, back in the summer of 2015 launched the Genocide Initiative hoping to shine a light on the reality of Wahhabism – the radicalism it has inspired, and the bloodshed it has rationalized.

Backed by religious figureheads such as Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Chaldean Catholic Church, Dr Morrow and his supporters have worked to mobilize the world’s attention; keen to raise a network of truth, tolerance, and compassion to oppose the evil which has permeated Daesh’s ideology.

If the road to recognition was a difficult one, it is clear those efforts Dr Morrow invested in denouncing Terror, and its armies have finally carried onto the political world, allowing for a few truths to be spoken, and dialogue to be restored.

For the second time in a week, the United States publicly recognized Daesh’s crimes against all religious minorities in the Middle East, thus offering victims the dignity of the truth. It is important to remember that if the Black Flag Army has in fact darkened the skies of Arabia with the miasmas of its hatred, it is the denial of Wahhabism’ perverse nature which most of all has angered victims.

From all corners of Arabia, beyond ethnicities and faiths, all manners of people have died before Daesh’s pernicious radicalism … this dogma which illegitimately claimed to be the carrier of Islam’s truest traditions.

Beyond all divides, whether east or west, north or south, communities have stood together in the fear of Wahhabism, threatened in their faith, and victimized in their flesh. It is this pain, and this injustice which so many suffered under, activists have campaigned to see recognized. Under Daesh’s blade Christians, Yezidis, and Muslims (Shiites and Sunnis) have stood as equal. All have seen their respective shrines and places of worship defiled; all have lost loved ones and precious memories of a time when faith stood a common denominator, and not a divider of men.

Branded heretics, and infidels those who cried God against Daesh have been hunted down with a ferocity reminiscent of the Crusades. A vengeful plague, Daesh armies have desecrated holy grounds across the Greater Levant, purposely working to eradicate History from men’s memory, so that only its hate would exist.

Under Daesh, under Wahhabism, all Believers have stood in the line of fire. Under this new radicalism it is all the sons of Abraham – the father of nations, who have been earmarked for annihilation. To see such injustice, cruelty, and rabid intolerance recognized will help towards the denunciation of the real evil of our times: Wahhabism – this diseased dogma which has sat behind false religious sanctity, while clamouring for bloodletting.

It is such an abject negation of the divine religious scholars wanted to see both exposed and denounced. Eventually … finally their calls were heard … not only that, their calls were answered.

Days after the House passed a nonbinding resolution by a 393-0 vote condemning ISIS atrocities as genocide, John Kerry said Thursday (March 17, 2016) that ISIS has been committing genocide against religious minorities in the Middle East.

“Daesh is genocidal by self-proclamation, by ideology and by actions,” Kerry said in a televised address, using another name for the Sunni militant group. “We must recognize what Daesh is doing to its victims. Naming these crimes is important but what is essential is to stop them.”

He went on:

“Daesh is also responsible for crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing directed at these same groups and in some cases also against Sunni Muslims, Kurds, and other minorities.”

While words, however damning and condemning will never evaporate the ignominy so many communities were put through for they dared walk a path Wahhabism could not, in its blindness, recognize as worthy, America’s testimony to the world will go a long way by way of vindication.

At such a time when the world stands divided along ethnic and sectarian lines, reason very much needed to re-enter the fray.

And while it is likely Kerry’s announcement was made under political duress, his words will nevertheless allow for a broader conversation to be held on the ideological nature of Wahhabism – the cornerstone upon which Daesh, and its other acronyms have rested upon.

Back in February the Obama administration came under fire at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing when lawmakers grilled Kerry over why the State Department had not yet branded ISIS massacres of Christians a genocide. “The whole world knows Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a California Republican and frequent critic of the Obama Administration, said at the hearing.

Five years after Daesh raised its odious flag, the world stands a step closer to recognize the true nature of its ideology, and finally come to terms with the fact that Wahhabism remains the very negation of Islam.

Contrary to popular belief, Islam absolutely forbids any form of persecution against religious communities. The Quran reads: “to me, my religion, to you, your religion.” The Prophet Muhammad himself wrote a series of covenants (peace treaty) with Christian communities which stipulate that no harm would, and should come to them by Muslims’ hands.

And while there is no denying that men have seldom abided to such commands, blame falls not on Islam, but those who failed to heed its calls for tolerance.

WRITER

Takfirism – Understanding the ideology of terror

Takfirism – Understanding the ideology of terror

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SHAFAQNA – ISIL, or Daesh as we should learn to use, is in the midst of adding another chapter to its spiralling violence and ideological cleansing of the Middle East.  Both a military plague and a dogmatic cancer onto the world, Daesh militants understand of faith and religion only violence, bloodshed, repression and utmost villainy.

And though the terror outfit has anchored its legitimacy within Islam, arguing only its clerics carry the true tradition of the last Prophet of God, Daesh is but a forgery, a negation many scholars have argued, of the very principles which define the Islamic faith.

Islam’s creed while pluralist cannot be claimed by those who stand in opposition to its core principles.

Key to understanding (and combatting) Daesh is an examination of its ideological underpinning: takfirism, the foundation upon which Wahhabism was risen into existence.

The definition of Takfir goes as follow: Pronouncement that someone is an unbeliever (kafir) and no longer Muslim. Takfir is used in the modern era for sanctioning violence against leaders of Islamic states who are deemed insufficiently religious. It has become a central ideology of militant groups such as those in Egypt, which reflect the ideas of Ibn Taymiyyah and Mohammad Ibn Abdelwahhab, the forefather of Wahhabism.

The principle of Takfi has long been rejected by both Shia and Sunni scholars on account it is based on bigotry.

Takfirism is a centuries-old practice of judging someone to be an unbeliever and rendering them an apostate or hypocrite through the most dogmatic of lenses. Those thirsty for power use it to legitimize inequities and de-legitimize anyone who disagrees with their authority.

“ISIS/TAKFIRIS ARE FRIENDS OF SATAN, THE ENEMIES OF ALLAH AND HIS MESSENGER, FOREMOST IN SHIRK, HYPOCRISY AND APOSTASY AND NO MUSLIM MUST SUPPORT THEM IN ANY FORM OR FASHION”, said Dr John Andrew Morrow, a prominent Islamic scholar, and author.

In an article posted in November 2015 Dr Morrow noted: ““My Mercy prevails over My Wrath,” says Almighty Allah in a sacred saying (narrated by Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah). For Takfiri terrorists like IS, the so-called “Islamic” State, it is wrath that prevails over mercy. When asked to curse the polytheists, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, responded that “I was sent as a mercy” (Muslim). If anything, the rapists, torturers, and mass murderers who have infiltrated Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, can only be seen as a curse, the likes of which have not been seen since the Mongol invasion of Genghis Khan in the 13th century.

While Islam does indeed permit Jihad, in the form of armed struggle, to combat certain oppressive conditions, it is highly regulated by a detailed code of norms and conduct. The killing of non-combatants, civilians, women, children, imams, priests, monks, nuns, and other members of religious orders, is categorically prohibited in Islam. Torture, rape, and the trafficking of women are all crimes which merit capital punishment under Islamic law. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, forbade Muslims from sacking sacred sites and places of worship, stating that anyone who destroyed a church or a monastery would receive the curse of Almighty Allah.

IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is a terrorist, mercenary, army at the service of imperial forces. They do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form. To describe such psychopaths as Sunnis is to insult the Sunnah. To describe Da‘ish as “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. The only terms that adequately describes the ideology of these demons is Takfiri, Wahhabi, Khariji, and Nasibi, Excommunicators, Wahhabis, Separatists, and Haters of the Household of the Prophet. While they call themselves Jihadists, they pervert the term jihad or sacred struggle. While they call themselves Salafi, followers of the pious predecessors, they are an offense to the true Salaf, the righteous Companions and their Followers.

As Almighty Allah, glorified and exalted be He, warns in the Holy Qur’an, “Do not exaggerate in your religion” (4:171), a verse that can also be translated as “Do not be fanatical in your faith.” The Qur’an also warns believers to “Beware of extremism in your religion” (5:77). In short, Muslims are supposed to be “a justly balanced nation” (2:143). Although some scholars may argue that the reproach against extremism contained in the Qur’an applies only to the People of Book, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, explained that it was equally applicable to Muslims. In fact, he warned his followers to “Beware of extremism in your religion for it is that which destroyed the nations which came before you” (Nasai and Ibn Majah). In another tradition, he stated that “The religious extremists are destroyed” (Muslim and Abu Dawud). The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, also warned: “There are two groups of people from my Ummah who will not receive my intercession: oppressive rulers, and religious extremists” (Tabarani)

It should be noted, however, that Takfiri combatants are not committed Muslims. In reality, they are all mercenaries. Large numbers of them are non-Muslim soldiers of fortune and guns-for-hire, and many are drawn from the criminal class. “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty,” says the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are hideously ugly. “Allah is good and only accepts that which is good,” said the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are devoid of good. Since “Allah is Just and loves justice,” and “Allah is Loving and loves love,” the true representatives of Islam are Ahl al-Hub and Ahl al-‘Adl, the People of Love and the People of Justice. As Almighty Allah warns in the Holy Qur’an: “Do not commit evil in the land for God does not love the evil-doers” (28:77)

Takfiri terrorists, such as ISIS/ISIL/IS, as well as al-Qa’edah, al-Shabab, the Taliban, al-Nusrah, Boko Haram, and other criminal organizations, do not speak for Islam or represent Islam. Not only are they not Ahl al-Sunnah (Sunnis), they are not members of the Ummah (Community) of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as a result of their own beliefs and actions. The Takfiriyyin, (those who believe that all Muslims, save themselves, are infidels), the Khawarij (those who broke away from the community in the early days of Islam, accusing both the Sunnis and the Shi‘ites of apostasy) and the Nawasib (those who hate the Household of the Prophet and their followers) are agents of the enemies of Islam.

We do not condemn the Takfiris as “infidels who may be legally killed” as they do in the case of traditional Sunnis, Shi‘ites, and Sufis. The traditional Muslim Shari’ah does not grant carte blanche to kill someone simply because he or she is an atheist, an agnostic, a Jew, a Christian, a Hindu, a Bahai or a Salafi-Jihadi. As Almighty Allah warns in the Qur’an:“Whosoever kills a human being unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all of humanity” (5:32).

Although people cannot be condemned to death on the basis of their beliefs, they can be killed in combat or receive the death penalty on the basis of their actions. Consequently, any and all terrorists who have committed crimes against humanity and the Divinity should be brought to justice. And while Shimr may have murdered Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, the true culprit was Yazid, his Commander in Chief, may the curse of God be upon him. Likewise, while Takfiri terrorists should be held accountable for their crimes, those who founded them, funded them, armed them, trained them, and supported them, in any form or fashion, should be exposed and face the sword of justice.

The so-called “Islamic State” should be known as the “Satanic State” as it does nothing but spread corruption on earth (Fasad fi al-Ard). Territory under the control of Takfiri terrorists is the abode of unbelief (Kufr), falsehood (Ifk), heresy (Ilhad), and immorality (Fawahish). They represent the path of error (Sirat Al-Dalala), the pulpit of discord (Minbar Al-Khilaf), the den of iniquity (‘Arin Al-Ghawayyah), and the land of criminals (Dawlat Al-Mujrimin). The Takfiris are the enemies of Allah and His Messenger (‘Adu Allah wa Rasulihi). As such, it is categorically prohibited to support them in any form or fashion. Moreover, it is the obligation of all Muslims from Ahl al-Sunnah, Ahl al-Tasawwuf, and Ahl al-Bayt (the Sunnis, the Sufis, and the Shi‘ites), to oppose the polytheism (Shirk), hypocrisy (Nifaq), apostasy (Irtidad), and schism (Shiqaq) that the Takfiris are spreading throughout the lands of Islam.

The only people authorized to establish the Government of God on Earth are the Mahdi and Jesus, the Son of Mary, peace be upon them both. As we anxiously await their rise, we must stand for peace and justice, uphold Islamic ethical values, defend human dignity, and respect and preserve human life. Do not be deceived during these times of trials and tribulations (Fitan). People, who rape, torture, mutilate and murder civilians, non-combatants, hostages and prisoners of war are not Friends of Allah (‘Auliya’ Allah). People who destroy places of worship and sacred sites, who burn churches and blow up mosques with copies of the Holy Qur’an still in them, are not Friends of Allah. People who violate the teachings of the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Shari‘ah, and the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, are not the Friends of Allah. If anything, they are the Friends of Satan (‘Auliya’ al-Shaytan). As Muslims, our response towards terrorists can only be one: “Fight the friends of Satan” (Qur’an 4:76); “And slay them wherever you may come upon them, and drive them away from wherever they drove you away for tumult and oppression is even worse than slaughter” (Qur’an 2:191).

In light of the non-Islamic character of the Takfiris and their role as agents of western and globalist imperialism against Islam, Muslims should find it easy to see through their absurd claim to be “defenders of Islam!””

Under the framework of takfirism, Daesh justifies an ideological cleansing of Kurds, Yazidis, Shia, Sufis, and anyone else who does not conform to its religious tyranny. Daesh is using takfirism to accomplish its goal of ridding the region of “impure” elements — like Christianity — and symbols — like the shrine of Jonah.

Takfirism turned violent in the late seventh century with the Kharijites, an early extremist group that rejected Muslims who did not accept their political and religious views. Known for their puritanism and fanaticism, this group engaged in campaigns of harassment and terror. The Kharijites’ violent extremism didn’t last long, as it was quickly dismissed as antithetical to Islam by the independent and authoritative ulema (religious leaders and scholars) of the time.

Today, takfirism has found new life within the structures of contemporary Gulf monarchies. The Gulf states used takfirism to eliminate political opponents and vulnerable populations, including religious minorities and women. They legitimized their modern takfirism by co-opting religious authority, fabricating religious texts, and spreading selective interpretations and applications of Islam by establishing schools and funding those that would teach their literal and absolutist Islamic narrative.

The diverse and principled interpretations of the Qur’an, hadith, and millions of other volumes written on theology, philosophy, and jurisprudence were eventually reduced to a whisper. The heart of the Qur’an — justice, equity, and compassion — became an inconvenient footnote because it was contrary to their agenda. Instead, the austere doctrine of takfirism was promoted as both a means to solidify power and create a duplicitous strand of anti-Western rhetoric while serving Western powers.

Now, these governments wield unanimous political and religious control. The result is an unholy alliance of clergy and state along with the disintegration of an independently authoritative ulema, consequently leading to the proliferation of groups like Daesh.

Also adding to their perceived legitimacy is the use of the term “jihadist” to classify these violent extremist groups. This misnomer serves the interest of groups like Daesh as they rely on framing themselves within fundamental Islamic concepts to recruit members. Jihad is translated as “struggle,” which can be taken to mean anything from an internal struggle against one’s desires to outright resisting oppression.

When groups like ISIL dress themselves in the pietistic robes of a righteous jihad, vulnerable and ostracized Muslims will see them as legitimate. Their violent ideology, while not grounded in Islamic jurisprudence or political thought, is effective propaganda nonetheless.

Education as always, as well as the promotion of Islam’s true tradition would go a long way in opposing the rise of terror, as without arms Takfirism cannot advance.

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

Muslims in Africa Protect Christians from Certain Death by Terrorists: Yet Trump and the GOP Want to Demonize the Entire Religion

By KJ McElrath

Dec. 22, 2015
The Ring of Fire Network
When a group of Islamic militant terrorists attacked a passenger bus in Kenya earlier this week, their objective was to find all Christians on board and murder every one of them. Those Christians were protected by their fellow passengers – who happened to be followers of Mohammed rather than Jesus.

The militant group that attacked is known as Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen, or “Al-Shabaab” for short. It translates from Arabic as “The Movement of Striving Youth,” and is essentially the East African branch of Al-Qaeda, based in Somalia. Al-Shabaab is the product of the Somali Civil War that began in 2006. Designated as a terrorist group by the U.S., the U.K., and six other nations, Al-Shabaab is at war with the Federal Government of Somalia, the peace-keeping African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) – and anyone else it perceives as “enemies of Islam.”

Al-Shabaab “declared war” on Kenya after the Kenyan military marched into Somalia in October 2011 in order to stop the militants from crossing its border with Somalia. Al-Shabaab blames Kenyan civilians for voting in the government that has gone to war against them. As a result, Kenyan civilians are their primary targets. Since September 2013, there have been six attacks on unarmed civilians, including a shopping mall in Nairobi, tourist hotels, a quarry, and most recently, Garissa University College. In one bus attack, members of Al-Shabaab executed 28 non-Muslim school teachers. To date, the death toll is 327 – most of whom were gunned down because they are followers of Jesus instead of Mohammed.

Al-Shabaab’s usual practice is to separate all the Muslims from the Christians, then release the former while murdering the latter. Monday’s incident was no different. Passengers on the bus were ordered to segregate themselves according to religion.

Except that it didn’t work out that way. Instead, the Muslims aboard the bus refused to co-operate. They even provided religious clothing to the Christians in order to confuse the attackers.  One of the Muslim passengers told reporters, “The militants threatened to shoot us but we still refused and protected our brothers and sisters.” A local magistrate, Ali Roba, confirmed the story: “They refused to separate from non-Muslims and told the attacks to kill all passengers or leave.”

There has been some speculation about why the Muslims aboard the bus were willing to stand up for their Christian compatriots. According to Roba, “The locals showed a sense of patriotism and belonging to each other by insisting that the al Shabaab should kill them together or leave them alone.” Another Kenyan official said, “We are all Kenyans, we are not separated by religion…we are one people as a nation. And this is a very good message from my brothers and sisters from the Muslim community.”

There is another aspect to this story. Religious scholar Dr. John Andrew Morrow has published translations of a document dating back to the early 7th Century, written and signed by the prophet Mohammed himself. Known as the Promise to St. Catherine, it says:

As a covenant to those who adopt Christianity…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 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…No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them…Their churches are to be respected…No one of the nation [of Muslims] is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day.

That seems pretty clear. Despite all the attention given to fanatical terrorist groups like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Shabaab by a corporate media that thrives on divisiveness and fear and sowing hatred, the vast majority of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims take their prophet’s directive seriously. Last year about this time, a group of 200 young Muslim men in Nigeria surrounded a Christian church in order to protect those within so they could conduct a Christmas service in peace. In 2013, Muslim men stood guard over a Catholic cathedral in Egypt in order to protect the building from vandalism and congregants from attacks while they celebrated Mass inside. In October of that year, Muslims in Lahore, Pakistan formed a “human chain” around a church in order to show solidarity in the wake of two suicide attacks on All Saints Church in Peshwar.

These actions, along with the courage shown by Muslims in Kenya this week, clearly demonstrate that ISIS and Al-Shabaab do not represent Islam any more than the Ku Klux Klan or the Westboro Baptist Church represent Christianity. These are the stories that need to be heard.

The battle for tolerance and acceptance will not be won by force and violent rhetoric. The outcome will be determined by quiet, courageous action on the part of those of all persuasions – Muslim, Christian, Jew, Hindu, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, Sikh, Wiccan or any other – who take their faith seriously and understand the core principle that underlies all religions: “Treat others as you yourself would be treated.”

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Professor’s journey led him to Islam

December 14, 2015 1:03 AM

Professor’s journey led him to Islam

| The Journal Gazette

When John Andrew Morrow was a 13-year-old boy growing up in Montreal, the French-speaking part of Quebec, he started on a spiritual quest.

Three years later, after studying Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and anything else he could find, he chose Islam.

“I like its simplicity. Islam is a belief in one god and to do good. That’s pretty much what Islam is all about. I read the whole Bible and read all kinds of lost books of the Bible and so on. I wanted to study all religions. I found religions very fascinating,” said Morrow, 44, who was raised Roman Catholic.

Six years ago, Morrow came to Fort Wayne as a language professor at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast. Mostly he teaches French and Spanish, but he offers Arabic 101 and Arabic 102 when there are enough students to fill a class.

It was a natural that he would learn Arabic, a study he began in Morocco after he finished his doctorate in Spanish-American literature from the University of Toronto. He has a master’s degree in the same subject and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French language and literature from the university as well.

“I love Spanish. I love the language, the culture and the civilization. I’m fascinated with Islamic Spain, the indigenous cultures. It was the one department where I could study all of those things,” Morrow said.

He has honed his talents in Arabic on his many trips to Morocco.

All of his study led him to become an imam, which simply means “leader” in the Islamic world. He has preached all over the world, most recently in Jackson, Mississippi, at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures.

“It’s a beautiful little museum strongly supported by the city of Jackson, the mayor, the local politicians and the business people. It makes perfect sense when you go to the South. They have a long history of the civil rights. This is part of the continuum,” Morrow said.

Morrow said he finds more racism and bigotry in the North, “especially in the Northeast,” he said. His travels and acceptance as an imam have led him to publish 20 books.

He is not the leader of a mosque, as some imams are, but he does give sermons.

His latest book is “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” published by Angelical Press.

He was moved to issue a “fatwa,” an edict, ruling or statement, on Nov. 19 in response to the terrorist attacks in Paris. The fatwa, condemning the Islamic State, was based on a declaration he had presented in the summer of 2014 when the Islamic State was starting to make headlines.

Morrow was on tour in Europe sponsored by the Canadian government that is “very strong with the religious freedom,” he said. Morrow spoke at embassies and mosques in Paris, Wales, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Belgium. He testified about the Islamic State at the House of Lords in the British Parliament, he said.

“I’m not afraid of ISIS. They should be afraid of people like me, and they should be afraid of God Almighty,” Morrow says.

“These people represent a small microscopic minority in the Muslim world. There are 1.5 billion Muslims, and yet they get an enormous amount of media attention and commit all these spectacular atrocities. It takes people like to me to speak out.”

As for the stereotype that Muslims treat women poorly, he said, there are Muslim countries that restrict women’s activities and some where women are far more active in government and in business than our own.  In Pakistan and Bangladesh, women have been elected as head of state.

In China, there are mosques for women led by female imams.

“You have to distinguish between religion and culture,” Morrow said. “Every country is different. Morocco and Tunisia are radically different from Malaysia that is radically different from the Gulf States.”

ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan, the Enemies of Allah and His Messenger, Foremost In Shirk, Hypocrisy and Apostasy and No Muslim Must Support Them in Any Form or Fashion

ISIS/Takfiris Are Friends of Satan, the Enemies of Allah and His Messenger, Foremost In Shirk, Hypocrisy and Apostasy and No Muslim Must Support Them in Any Form or Fashion

 

 

 

By Dr. John Andrew Morrow, New Age Islam

November 23, 2015

“My Mercy prevails over My Wrath,” says Almighty Allah in a sacred saying (narrated by Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah). For Takfiri terrorists like IS, the so-called “Islamic” State, it is wrath that prevails over mercy. When asked to curse the polytheists, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, responded that “I was sent as a mercy” (Muslim). If anything, the rapists, torturers, and mass murderers who have infiltrated Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, can only be seen as a curse, the likes of which have not been seen since the Mongol invasion of Genghis Khan in the 13th century.

While Islam does indeed permit Jihad, in the form of armed struggle, to combat certain oppressive conditions, it is highly regulated by a detailed code of norms and conduct. The killing of non-combatants, civilians, women, children, imams, priests, monks, nuns, and other members of religious orders, is categorically prohibited in Islam. Torture, rape, and the trafficking of women are all crimes which merit capital punishment under Islamic law. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, forbade Muslims from sacking sacred sites and places of worship, stating that anyone who destroyed a church or a monastery would receive the curse of Almighty Allah.

IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is a terrorist, mercenary, army at the service of imperial forces. They do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form. To describe such psychopaths as Sunnis is to insult the Sunnah. To describe Da‘ish as “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. The only terms that adequately describes the ideology of these demons is Takfiri, Wahhabi, Khariji, and Nasibi, Excommunicators, Wahhabis, Separatists, and Haters of the Household of the Prophet. While they call themselves Jihadists, they pervert the term jihad or sacred struggle. While they call themselves Salafi, followers of the pious predecessors, they are an offense to the true Salaf, the righteous Companions and their Followers.

As Almighty Allah, glorified and exalted be He, warns in the Holy Qur’an, “Do not exaggerate in your religion” (4:171), a verse that can also be translated as “Do not be fanatical in your faith.” The Qur’an also warns believers to “Beware of extremism in your religion” (5:77). In short, Muslims are supposed to be “a justly balanced nation” (2:143). Although some scholars may argue that the reproach against extremism contained in the Qur’an applies only to the People of Book, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, explained that it was equally applicable to Muslims. In fact, he warned his followers to “Beware of extremism in your religion for it is that which destroyed the nations which came before you” (Nasai and Ibn Majah). In another tradition, he stated that “The religious extremists are destroyed” (Muslim and Abu Dawud). The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, also warned: “There are two groups of people from my Ummah who will not receive my intercession: oppressive rulers, and religious extremists” (Tabarani)

It should be noted, however, that Takfiri combatants are not committed Muslims. In reality, they are all mercenaries. Large numbers of them are non-Muslim soldiers of fortune and guns-for-hire, and many are drawn from the criminal class. “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty,” says the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are hideously ugly. “Allah is good and only accepts that which is good,” said the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are devoid of good. Since “Allah is Just and loves justice,” and “Allah is Loving and loves love,” the true representatives of Islam are Ahl al-Hub and Ahl al-‘Adl, the People of Love and the People of Justice. As Almighty Allah warns in the Holy Qur’an: “Do not commit evil in the land for God does not love the evil-doers” (28:77)

Takfiri terrorists, such as ISIS/ISIL/IS, as well as al-Qa’edah, al-Shabab, the Taliban, al-Nusrah, Boko Haram, and other criminal organizations, do not speak for Islam or represent Islam. Not only are they not Ahl al-Sunnah (Sunnis), they are not members of the Ummah (Community) of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as a result of their own beliefs and actions. The Takfiriyyin, (those who believe that all Muslims, save themselves, are infidels), the Khawarij (those who broke away from the community in the early days of Islam, accusing both the Sunnis and the Shi‘ites of apostasy) and the Nawasib (those who hate the Household of the Prophet and their followers) are agents of the enemies of Islam.

We do not condemn the Takfiris as “infidels who may be legally killed” as they do in the case of traditional Sunnis, Shi‘ites, and Sufis. The traditional Muslim Shari’ah does not grant carte blanche to kill someone simply because he or she is an atheist, an agnostic, a Jew, a Christian, a Hindu, a Bahai or a Salafi-Jihadi. As Almighty Allah warns in the Qur’an: “Whosoever kills a human being unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all of humanity” (5:32).

Although people cannot be condemned to death on the basis of their beliefs, they can be killed in combat or receive the death penalty on the basis of their actions. Consequently, any and all terrorists who have committed crimes against humanity and the Divinity should be brought to justice. And while Shimr may have murdered Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, the true culprit was Yazid, his Commander in Chief, may the curse of God be upon him. Likewise, while Takfiri terrorists should be held accountable for their crimes, those who founded them, funded them, armed them, trained them, and supported them, in any form or fashion, should be exposed and face the sword of justice.

The so-called “Islamic State” should be known as the “Satanic State” as it does nothing but spread corruption on earth (Fasad fi al-Ard). Territory under the control of Takfiri terrorists is the abode of unbelief (Kufr), falsehood (Ifk), heresy (Ilhad), and immorality (Fawahish). They represent the path of error (Sirat Al-Dalala), the pulpit of discord (Minbar Al-Khilaf), the den of iniquity (‘Arin Al-Ghawayyah), and the land of criminals (Dawlat Al-Mujrimin). The Takfiris are the enemies of Allah and His Messenger (‘Adu Allah wa Rasulihi). As such, it is categorically prohibited to support them in any form or fashion. Moreover, it is the obligation of all Muslims from Ahl al-Sunnah, Ahl al-Tasawwuf, and Ahl al-Bayt (the Sunnis, the Sufis, and the Shi‘ites), to oppose the polytheism (Shirk), hypocrisy (Nifaq), apostasy (Irtidad), and schism (Shiqaq) that the Takfiris are spreading throughout the lands of Islam.

The only people authorized to establish the Government of God on Earth are the Mahdi and Jesus, the Son of Mary, peace be upon them both. As we anxiously await their rise, we must stand for peace and justice, uphold Islamic ethical values, defend human dignity, and respect and preserve human life. Do not be deceived during these times of trials and tribulations (Fitan). People, who rape, torture, mutilate and murder civilians, non-combatants, hostages and prisoners of war are not Friends of Allah (‘Auliya’ Allah). People who destroy places of worship and sacred sites, who burn churches and blow up mosques with copies of the Holy Qur’an still in them, are not Friends of Allah. People who violate the teachings of the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Shari‘ah, and the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, are not the Friends of Allah. If anything, they are the Friends of Satan (‘Auliya’ al-Shaytan). As Muslims, our response towards terrorists can only be one: “Fight the friends of Satan” (Qur’an 4:76); “And slay them wherever you may come upon them, and drive them away from wherever they drove you away for tumult and oppression is even worse than slaughter” (Qur’an 2:191).

In light of the non-Islamic character of the Takfiris and their role as agents of western and globalist imperialism against Islam, Muslims should find it easy to see through their absurd claim to be “defenders of Islam!”

John Andrew Morrrow (Imam Ilyas Islam) is a native North American, born into a Christian family and a revert to Islam. He represents a rare combination of Western and traditional religious education – PhD from University of Toronto majoring Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies, and full cycle of traditional Islamic seminary studies attaining the titles of ustadh, duktur, hakim, and shaykh. Dr. Morrow has spent over a decade in the United States working at various universities including Park University, Northern State University, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Virginia, and Ivy Tech where he was unanimously appointed to the rank of Full Professor. Aside from his academic duties, Dr. John Andrew Morrow (Imam Ilyas Islam) is the Director of the Covenants of the Prophet Foundation, an organization dedicated to disseminating traditional, civilizational, Islam; promoting Islamic unity; protecting persecuted Christians; and improving relations between Muslims and members of other faiths. He regularly travels the world to promote peace and justice

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Islam versus ISIS – the Truth against the deception

 

SHAFAQNA – Earlier this November 2015, Dr John Andrew Morrow delivered a powerful lecture on radicalism, its ideology and how it absolutely does not align with Islam’s teachings, philosophy and tenets at the Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Following is a transcript of his lecture:

“Ladies and gentlemen. Brothers and sisters. Children of Adam.

It is a blessing to be in your presence this afternoon at Ivy Tech Community College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

I commence by thanking Almighty God for this opportunity at the same time that I thank Professor Daniel Hall and all the administration here at Ivy Tech for making this event possible. For verily, as the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “He who does not thank people does not thank God” (Tirmidhi, Ibn Hibban).

I would also like to thank our audience and all of our guests for taking the time to attend this event which, I hope and pray, will open minds and hearts, and succeed, not only in the theoretical sphere but also in the practical sphere.

Islam vs. ISIS. ISIS vs. Islam. The topic is timely. It is very much a matter of life or death.

If, God forbid, we listen to right-wing radio headed by hate-mongers who follow in the footsteps of Paul Joseph Goebells, or read the writings of political pundits who pretend to be experts on Islam; you know, people like Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, we will have inevitably come to the conclusion that Islam is the mother of all evil and that ISIS is the embodiment of Islam. To be fair, you will come to same conclusion, namely, that Islam is inherently evil, even if you listen to the liberal media. Just ask Bill Maher.

For educated individuals, however, with a capacity for critical thinking this conclusion is unwarranted, ignorant, and ill-informed. There is a great deal of anti-Jewish propaganda yet I have never accepted it blindly. There is a great deal of racist propaganda yet I have never accepted it blindly.

As intelligent adults we have an obligation to investigate matters, to question claims, to seek verification, and to examine counter-arguments. We need to see all sides of a story. We need to draw our information from credible sources. We must come to a balanced and informed conclusion concerning any topic.

When I see Western powers invade, occupy, and colonize the Americas, leading to the death of 80 million indigenous people, my people, I do not blame the Cross despite the fact that the perpetrators of this physical and cultural genocide claimed to act in its name.

When I see 100 million Africans enslaved by self-professed Christians, I do not blame the Gospels.

When I see the suffering caused by Western imperialism and colonialism all around the world, I do not condemn the Christian faith.

When I see self-professed Christian fundamentalists and Dominionists spewing hatred like volcano spews lava, I do not blame Jesus.

When I see images of the Ku Klux Klan castrating and killing Irish Catholics and African Americans, I do not blame Christianity.

When I see so-called German Christians exterminate Jews, Muslims, gypsies, homosexuals, and the disabled, I do not blame Christ.

When I see nuclear bombs dropped on civilian populations in Hiroshima and Nagasaki—Nagasaki, which was then the most Christian city in Japan, whose cathedral towers were used by the B-29 crew to mark ground zero—in two of the greatest acts of terrorism the world has ever seen, I do not blame the Bible.

When I see millions of Vietnamese civilians massacred by the US army, I do not blame the Church.

When I see the Israeli Defense Forces bomb schools and hospitals and kill civilians by the thousands, I do not blame the Torah; I do not disrespect Judaism.

When I see over one million Iraqi civilians murdered in the course of two illegal invasions, I do not blame Christianity.

When I see the brutal government in Burma strip its indigenous Muslim population of its citizenship, confine them to concentration camps, engage in pogroms, and expel them from their country in a campaign of ethnic, linguistic and religious cleansing, I do not blame Buddha.

Likewise, when we see the likes of the Taliban, al-Qaedah, al-Nusrah, and ISIS committing war crimes and acts of genocide, we should not be so quick to condemn the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur’an, and Islam.

My intention is not to offend. My intention is to clear the table. Set things straight. Get God out of the picture. Get religion out of the picture. Get the prophets of God out of the picture. And put the blame where the blame belongs: on human beings regardless of their race, ethnicity, nationality, culture or religion.

I will admit that things are not always clear, particularly when the criminals in question commit atrocities in the name of Allah, in the name of Muhammad, in the name of Islam, in the name of the Qur’an, and in the name of the Shari‘ah.

Yes, even generally well informed people; good, kind, generous and tolerant people, can get confused; and can entertain doubts about the true nature of Islam. This is why I am here. This is why you are here. We are all here to learn or at least to remind ourselves of what Islam really is and what Islam really teaches.

MURDER

Islam prohibits murder. ISIS murders indiscriminately.

As we read in the Qur’an: “Whosoever kills a human being for other than murder or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all humankind, and whoever saves a human life, it is as if he has saved all of humankind” (5:32).

KILLING CIVILIANS

Islam prohibits the killing of civilians. ISIS encourages the killing of civilians.

KILLING THE ELDERY,THE SICK, AND THE BLIND

Islam prohibits killing the elderly, the sick, and the blind in times of military conflict. ISIS encourages such cowardly crimes.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Do not kill old men” (Muslim, Bayhaqi).

Abdullah Azzam, the godfather of terrorism, wrote that: “Those who can be useful to the unbelievers and to others must be killed, whether they are old people, priests or invalids.”

It’s the exact opposite of what Islam teaches.

KILLING WOMEN

Islam prohibits the killing of women during times of war. ISIS not only kills women, they make sure to rape them, degrade them and humiliate them before doing so.

KILLING CHILDREN

Islam prohibits the killing of children. ISIS encourages the killing of children.

In fact, Islam prohibits the use of child combatants. However, ISIS is eager to use child combatants and even go to schools, with a handy apostate or infidel in hand, to show children, hands on, how to behead a so-called unbeliever.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Do not kill children” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Muslim, Bayhaqi)

KILLING PRISONERS

Islam prohibits the killing of prisoners. The only exception is made for those who have committed war crimes. ISIS, however, routinely executes prisoners.

RAPE

Islam prohibits rape. ISIS encourages rape.

ISIS terrorists go door to door in search for girls to sexually assault. If they resist, they are gang-raped, crucified or decapitated. Tens of thousands of girls have been sold into prostitution by ISIS, some, for as little as a pack of cigarettes. ISIS encourages its fighters to enslave Yazidi women, Christian women, and Apostate women. By Apostate, they mean Muslim women who are not Wahhabis. They allow a single girl or woman to be owned collectively by a group of men, all of whom have the right to rape her even if she has not reached the age of puberty.

DISREPECTING CHRISTIANS

Islam commands Muslims to respect Christians. ISIS has nothing but contempt for them.

As Almighty God says in the Qur’an: “You will find the nearest in love to those who believe to be those who say: Verily, we are Christians. That is because there are among them priests and monks, and they are not proud” (5:82).

For ISIS, however, all Christians are infidels whose blood is legal to shed.

This is not to say that there are no bad Christians. That would be like saying there are no bad Muslims.

The world, however, is not black and white. Islam’s view of the Other is nuanced. As Almighty God says in the Holy Qur’an: “They are not all alike. Among the People of Book is an upright community, who recite the verses of God in the watches of the night, and who prostrate [to Him]; they believe in God and the Last Day, enjoin the good and forbid the evil, and hasten unto good works; they are among the righteous” (3:13).

Early Muslims distinguished between Christians who were friends and allies and Christians who were enemies. Muslims never described Western colonizers, and imperialists, as Christians. They described them as crusaders and infidels. The Christians of the Middle East, those who had been granted covenants of protection by the Prophet, and who had harbored and protected him when his own people, the Arab pagans, persecuted him, were described as “our Christian brothers.” In the Middle East, Muslims, Christians, and Jews, fought together against their common foes.

KILLING CHRISTIANS

Islam prohibits the killing of Christians. ISIS encourages it.

As the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Whoever kills a Christian shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise though its fragrance can be smelled at a distance of forty years [of traveling]” (Bukhari).

As Abu Bakr, the first Caliph, said: “Beware not to kill those who benefit from the protection of Allah for Allah will ask you about His protection and will cast you into the Fire face-first” (Hajjar).

KILLING MONKS

Islam prohibits the killing of monks. ISIS encourages it.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Do not kill monks” (Abu Dawud, Ahmad, Tirmidhi).

Abdullah Azzam, the forefather of al-Qaedah, al-Nusrah, and ISIS, said: “Monks living in society must be killed.” He wrote this in his ironically titled Morals and Jurisprudence of Jihad; written by a man devoid of morals and values.

OPPRESSING CHRISTIANS

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “If anyone wrongs a man or a woman with whom a covenant has been made, or curtails any right of his, or imposes on him more than he can bear, or takes anything from him without ready agreement, I shall be his adversary on the Day of Resurrection” (Abu Dawud, Abu Yusuf).

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “He who robs a Christian or imposes on him more than he can bear will have me as his opponent [on the Day of Judgment]” (Abu Yusuf).

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Whoever oppresses a Christian, I will testify against him on the Day of Judgment” (Bukhari and Abu Dawud).

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “He who causes damage to a Muslim or non-Muslim is to be cursed!” (Abu Yusuf).

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Observe scrupulously the protection accorded by me to non-Muslim subjects. Whoever oppresses non-Muslim subjects, shall find me to be their advocate on the day of Resurrection (against the oppressor)” (Muslim and Mawardi).

‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, the second Caliph, was even more explicit: “I warn you concerning those who have been placed under the protection of Allah for the protection of your Prophet covers them” (Hajjar).

DESTROYING CHURCHES AND MONASTERIES

Islam prohibits the destruction of churches and monasteries. Not only does ISIS destroy churches and monasteries, they take particular pleasure in blowing up mosques, without bothering to remove the Qur’ans that were inside, of course, showing how much they really respect the Word of God. They take pleasure in blowing up the graves of prophets, messengers, companions of the Prophet, and other saintly figures. How much respect to you have for these figures if you desecrate their graves and scatter their remains?

CONVERTING PEOPLE BY FORCE

Islam prohibits converting people to Islam by force. ISIS encourages it.

As Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256). As Almighty Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “To you your religion and to me mine” (109:6).

ISIS routinely offers people the choice of conversion or death. Recently, they crucified a Christian boy because his father refused to convert to Islam.

TORTURING PEOPLE

Islam prohibits torture. ISIS tortures people for pleasure. They torture prisoners routinely and they torture the populations under their control.

As the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him said: “The punishment by fire does not behoove anyone except the Master of the Fire (God Himself)” (Abu Dawud). Who the hell is ISIS to burn prisoners alive?

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, is also reported to have said that “He who tortures people will be tortured by God” and “Those who torture people in this world will be tortured in the other world” (Abu Yusuf 86).

And yet we find ISIS gouging out people’s eyes, throwing people of building, crucifying them, drowning them, dousing them with gasoline, and burning them alive. We see them make a mockery of shari‘ah punishments, which are supposed to be swift, hacking away at a man’s hand or neck with a dull knife.

CANNIBALISM

Islam prohibits cannibalism. The terrorists from al-Nusrah, however, cannibalize corpses and ISIS terrorists have forced prisoners to eat their dead relatives.

Do you seek how ridiculous this gets?

It’s like asking Christians to prove that Christianity is opposed to fornication, adultery, murder, pornography, pedophilia… If Christians engage in these activities, then Christianity is to blame…

We, as Muslims, should not be forced to apologize for crimes committed by Muslims anymore than Jews, Christians, Buddhists or Hindus should be forced to apologize every time a person who claims to profess their faith commits a sin or a crime.

ISLAM VS. ANTI-ISLAM

Although we speak of Islam vs. ISIS or ISIS vs. Islam, it is clear that we are speaking of Islam vs. Anti-Islam.

When we are talking about ISIS, al-Nusrah, al-Qa’idah, and the Taliban, these modern-day Kharijites and Nawasib, we are not talking about misinterpretations of Islam.

When we are talking about Takfiri/Wahhabi/Islamist/Jihadists, we are not talking about aberrations of Islam.

THE ISLAMIC STATE IS NOT ISLAMIC: IT IS SATANIC.

ISIS IS NOT SUNNI

ISIS IS AN EXISTENCIAL THREAT TO SUNNI ISLAM

To put things into a Christian framework, it is like comparing Christianity to the Klan or Christianity to Apartheid, or Christianity to White Supremacy.

You insult Christianity by considering such people to be Christians.

Let us take some of the Ten Commandments for example, something Jews, Christians, and Muslims all agree upon.

God says: “You shall have no other gods but Me and You shall not make idols.”

And then you have someone who usurps divine authority, acts as God, arrogantly believing that he can judge a person’s faith; and that he can act as judge, jury, and executioner.

God says: “You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain.”

And then you have these people who invoke the name of God, blasphemously, while they rape, torture, mutilate, and murder, soiling the name of God and spitting on the name of God.

God says: “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

While there is no Sabbath in Islam, there are plenty of holy days, days that have been desecrated; and sacred celebrations like ‘Id al-Adha that have been outlawed.

God says: “Honor your father and your mother.”

And then you have someone who disrespects his mother, his father, his family, and his community, by accusing them of being apostates whose blood is permissible to shed. You don’t honor your Muslim mother by calling her an infidel. You don’t honor your Muslim father by calling him an unbeliever.

God says: “You shall not murder.”

And then you have someone who murders and promotes murder.

God says: “You shall not commit adultery.”

And then you have someone who rapes, gang-rapes, traffics women, and forces them into sexual slavery.

God says: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

And then you have someone who bears false witness against his neighbors, accusing them of infidelity, heresy, and apostasy in order to get them executed and to steal their homes.

God says: “You shall not covet.”

And then you have someone who robs, steals, and pillages, and who profits from the sale of archeological and historical treasures.

If Judaism has a certain set of beliefs and practices, and a person, who professes to be Jewish, violates them all, not just as a sinner, but with conviction, can he be considered Jewish?

If Christianity has a set of beliefs and laws, and a person, who professes to be Christian, does the complete and total opposite and holds beliefs that are diametrically opposed and contradictory, can that person truly be considered a Christian?

Certainly there are different interpretations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; there is a spectrum. Some people are in the center. Some people are center right. Some people are center left. Some people are on the periphery of both sides. And then, there are people who are outside of the religious tradition completely and totally.

There are different interpretations of Islam. There are different schools of thought, law, and theology in Islam: but they all form part of the Islamic Tradition. Takfiri terrorists, however, people like the Pseudo-Islamic-State systematically violate the teachings of the Qur’an and the teachings of the Prophet. Consequently, they cannot be remotely connected to Islam.

As al-Shaykh al-Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri said to me, “We must make a clear break between Muslims and Takfiris.” They are not Sunnis. They do not belong to Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama‘at. It is not even an issue of them having left the Jama‘at. Wa Allahi, they were never part of it to begin with! In fact, they have declared war against Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama‘at. They have destroyed hundreds of Sunni mosques and they have executed hundreds of Sunni Imams.

Islam is a religion; a world religion, founded by a man of sublime character, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah, peace and blessings be upon him.

ISIS, on the other hand, is a diabolical death cult that serves imperial interests.

So, what can we do? What can be done?

We do not have private armies

But we have our voices.

And our voices need to be heard.

And to make sure that this important gathering doesn’t turn out to have been a flash in the pan, I want to leave you with a set a concrete steps that you can take as a Muslim, as a Christian, as a Jewish person, or simply as a decent human being.

Interfaith Work

Engage in Interfaith Work. Get to know your neighbor. Christians! You will be surprised. Most Muslim are perfectly normal human beings. Muslims! You will be surprised: Most Jewish people are perfectly normal human beings.

I know some people think interfaith work is pointless. Some think that it is counterproductive. Some think that it weakens and dilutes different traditions. No; on the contrary; unity does not mean uniformity. What is more, interfaith work has shown its power.

Dozens upon dozens of violent, armed, anti-Muslim protests have been organized around this country. It could easily have gotten ugly. Do you think we aren’t willing and able to respond to threats of force with some serious force of our own? God have mercy on anyone who dares aim a gun at our women and children. It’s called an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth and a life for a life.

But we didn’t respond to threats of violence with more threats and more violence. Why? Because the Qur’an does not teach us to fight fire with fire. Because the Qur’an teaches us to fight evil with good; to fight wrong with what is better. So, we greeted violent, ignorant bigots, racists, and hate-mongers with hugs, with tea and crumpets, and with hospitality. And we won many of them over. We brought them into our mosques. We gave them tours. And they saw, that we are university professors, lawyers, engineers, medical doctors, business owner, entrepreneurs, and hard-working loyal Americans who love this country and would not hesitate to fight anyone who tries to harm it.

How ironic it is, that many of those people who came to protest Islam actually ended up embracing Islam or, at the very least, realizing that what was being falsely presented as Islam by certain sectors in the mass media and political establishment was not, and is not, Islam.

Interfaith work begins with the recognition of our mutual humanity; the next step is the recognition of our common enemy—ISIS, for example, along with its outside supporters whose names and agendas we should learn. The third step is to begin to talk about concrete plans for our mutual defense.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad

Spread the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad. I encourage all of you to read The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, available through Amazon.com, and available right here right now, to share it with friends and family, and to ask your public and university libraries to acquire it for their collections.

The work provides an overview of Christian-Muslim relations from the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to the present, focusing on the treaties, and covenants that he concluded with the Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian communities of his time.

The full study, which is available in English, Spanish, Italian, and Arabic, is nearly 500 pages long. There is also a shorter booklet, titled Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time, which is available in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Portuguese, and a half a dozen other languages.

ISIS does not speak for Islam. ISIS does not represent Islam. It is the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, who speaks for Islam. See for yourself the rights, privileges, and protections that he granted non-Muslim minorities, Jews, Christians, and others.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, granted covenants of protection to the Jews, to Zoroastrians, to Greek Orthodox Christians, to Assyrian Christians, to Syriac Orthodox Christians, to the Coptic Christians, to Armenian Orthodox Christians, to the Christians of Persia, and to the Christians of the world.

He granted them freedom of religion; freedom of belief; and freedom of religious practice. He protected churches, monasteries, and synagogues. He protected monks, priests, and rabbis. He granted them religious autonomy. He protected pilgrims. He prohibited forced conversions. He prohibited excessive taxation. He prohibited Muslim men from taking non-Muslim women by force or coercing them into marriage. In the event a Muslim man married a Jewish or Christian woman, he was obliged to respect her religion and take her to church or to the synagogue. He commanded Muslims to help Jews and Christians maintain and rebuild their places of worship in order to help keep them loyal to their alliance. He exempted clerics from military service. He commanded Muslims to treat non-Muslim with love and care. He prohibited Muslims from oppressing them. In the case of conflict, he commanded dialogue and urged reconciliation. He commanded Muslims to protect Jews and Christians from their enemies. Finally, he made these covenants binding upon all parties until the end of times and prohibited Muslims from changing them.

The Covenants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, are found in Jewish sources; they are found in Christian sources; and they are found in Muslim sources. They all confirm each other.

If you want Arabic and Muslim names, I will give you names: Waqidi, Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Hisham, Tabari, Mas‘udi, Abu Yusuf, Yahya ibn Adam, Abu ‘Ubaydah, Abu Dawud, Baladhuri, Ya‘qubi, Ibn al-‘Athir, Shaykh al-Mufid, Fakhr al-Din al-Razi, Qalqashandi, Ibn Kathir and Ibn Hawqal… These are only some of the early Arab and Muslim sources that support the Muhammadan Covenants.

If you want Christian names, I will give you names: Latin names, Greek names, Assyrian names, and Armenian names: Sebeos, Sahak, Yohanes, Samuel, Kirakos, Grigor, Ahmad ibn Yusuf, Abu al-Fidah, Ibn al-‘Amid, Habib, Bar Hebraeus, Mari ibn Sulayman, Nektarios of Sinai, Amrus, Assemani, Scaliger and Sionita… These are only some of the early Christian sources that support the Muhammadan Covenants…

The Covenants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, were respected by the Four Rightly Guided Caliphs and by all the righteous rulers that followed them.

I am not saying that all the Caliphs abided by them. Just like we have good presidents and bad presidents, we have had good Muslim rulers and bad Muslim rulers. However, if one looks at Islamic history as a whole, we find that most of the Ummayads, ‘Abbasids, Ayyubids, Fatimids, Safavids, and Ottomans respected the Covenants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.

The Muhammadan Covenants were well known throughout most of Islamic history; and were renewed until the end of the Ottoman Empire. However, after the collapse of Islam as a political power, a mere century ago, the Covenants of the Prophet have been forgotten and have fallen into oblivion.

It is therefore our duty, as Muslims, and as non-Muslims, to resurrect these covenants of protection as they represent a solution to many of the problems we face today in the Muslim world.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, are ancient equivalents of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms or the Bill of Rights. As Muslims, we have the solution to all our problems in our own religious tradition. We just need to follow it.

The Covenants Initiative

If you are a Muslim, I encourage you to sign the Covenants Initiative available on covenantsoftheprophet.com. Simply put, the signatories agree to abide by the letter and spirit of the Covenants of the Prophet in their dealing with the People of the Book. The Covenants Initiative, available at covenantsoftheprophet.com has been signed by over one hundred and fifty leading Muslim scholars, academics, and activists.

The Genocide Initiative

Finally, we call upon all parties, regardless of their religion or lack thereof, to sign the Genocide Initiative which is available onchange.org (https://www.change.org/p/all-political-players-the-genocide-initiative). It reads:

We, the undersigned, call upon all political powers: beyond all questions of political affiliation, and in the true spirit of human solidarity and decency, to categorize the crimes being committed by ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists against Christians, Twelver Shiites, Ismailis, Alawis, Sufis, traditional Sunnis, and others, as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide.

Before ISIS, all religious denominations stand in the line of fire. Christians and Muslims know only too well the bitterness and despair of a life spent under the ominous flag of Takfirism—a heretical perversion of Islam, also known as Wahhabism, which reared its hideous head a mere two centuries ago.  Evil has a new face and it is Takfirism! Doing nothing while millions of lives are at risk is tantamount to murder. We owe it to our children to carry on this fight so as to prevent the shadow of our shameful inaction from falling on future generations.

Before the threat of Wahhabi-inspired radicalism the world can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines—the enemy needs to be engaged on all fronts: ideologically through the denunciation of its nefarious dogma, religiously through the coming together of people of all faiths, politically, militarily, financially … everything conceivable must be done and no effort should be spared.

We demand that local, regional, and international powers act decisively to neutralize ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists by cutting off their legs from under them—systematically dismantling their networks, whether financial, political or religious.

While we remain committed to peace, local populations have the right to defend themselves; and we have a duty of care towards them. Therefore, concerted efforts, in keeping with international and territorial sovereignty, should be made to combat this evil by all means necessary.

We urge political and economic powers to freeze all bank accounts of ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists; to seize their assets; and to prosecute any and all who provide material support to genocidalist war criminals.

We further urge these powers to do all they can to determine how the black market trade in oil, drugs, arms, art treasures and enslaved human beings that ISIS and other Takfiri groups rely upon to fund their efforts can be interrupted and brought to a halt, and how anyone involved in any aspect of this trade, as either seller or buyer, can be prosecuted under existing laws.

We challenge all international organizations, human rights groups, intelligence agencies, national security agencies, law enforcement agencies, and military forces to coordinate their efforts to locate, arrest, indict, try, and convict any and all parties responsible for supporting ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists in any form or fashion, including, but not limited to, financial, military, strategic, political or ideological assistance. We call upon members of the legal profession to determine how the perpetrators of these crimes can be indicted under existing laws, including but not limited to those against criminal conspiracy, hate speech, and providing aid to the enemy in time of war.

Finally, we demand that any and all parties who have supported ISIS and other Takfiri groups, in any form or fashion, be labeled as war criminals guilty of genocide.

Google: Genocide Initiative and Change.org and sign the petition

What’s the point? You may ask. What difference will it make? It has already made a difference. The Genocide Initiative has been picked up by media sources all around the world. Thanks to our efforts and those of our partners, a resolution was introduced in Congress in September.

The resolution, introduced in part by our change.org petition, is “House Congressional Resolution 75.” It reads:

H.Con.Res.75 – Expressing the sense of Congress that those who commit or support atrocities against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities, including Yezidis, Turkmen, Sabea-Mandeans, Kaka’e, and Kurds, and who target them specifically for ethnic or religious reasons, are committing, and are hereby declared to be committing, “war crimes,” “crimes against humanity,” and “genocide.”

Introduced in House (09/09/2015)

Declares that:

  • the atrocities committed against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities targeted specifically for religious reasons are crimes against humanity and genocide;
  • each of the Contracting Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and other international agreements forbidding war crimes and crimes against humanity, particularly the governments of countries and their nationals who are in any way supporting these crimes, are reminded of their legal obligations under the Convention and these international agreements;
  • the United Nations (U.N.) and the Secretary-General are called upon to assert leadership by calling the atrocities war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide;
  • the member states of the U.N., with an appeal to the Arab States that wish to uphold religious freedom and justice, should collaborate on measures to prevent further war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and collaborate on the establishment of tribunals to punish those responsible for the ongoing crimes;
  • the governments of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and other countries are commended for having undertaken to shelter and protect those fleeing extremist violence;
  • those who force the migration of religious communities from their ancestral homelands, including specifically the Nineveh Plain and Mount Sinjar, should be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the place where their crimes were committed and under applicable international criminal statutes and conventions.

We need you to pressure policy makers and politicians. We need you to pressure your elected representatives to support this resolution. We need to get it passed in the House and passed in the Senate. You can help make this happen.

There is no more time or space in the Interfaith Movement for smiles, cordial handshakes and expressions of undying friendship on the part of those who still choose to ignore the crimes and attacks of our common enemies. If we do not band together to defend ourselves against these enemies, then all our expressions of interfaith amity are worse than irrelevant: they are hypocritical. Actions speak louder than words – or, in the words of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, “when you pray, pray with your hands.”

ISLAM VS. ISIS, WHAT WOULD THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD DO?

HE WOULD ACT.

HENCE, I CALL UPON YOU TO ACT.

This is our country. This is our home. We are not leaving.

We all share the same planet.

We must do unto others as we would have them do unto us.

We need to unite, as believers, as Jews, Christians, and Muslims–as fellow human beings–against the plague of extremism and hatred that threatens us all.

To injustice and hatred with respond with justice and love.

I leave you in peace: Salam and Shalom!

Fort Wayne Muslim scholar issues religious ruling condemning ISIS and calling Muslims to fight it

By Kevin Kilbane, News-Sentinel
Saturday, November 21, 2015 12:01 AM
A Fort Wayne Muslim scholar and imam has issued a religious ruling, or fatwa, condemning terrorist group Islamic State as a “curse” and a band of mercenaries whose actions have no basis in the Islamic faith.
John Andrew Morrow is a professor of foreign languages at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast in Fort Wayne. Also a Muslim scholar and cleric, his sent his fatwa to various news organizations. It was published Friday by the Shia International News Association.Shia and Sunni are the major subgroups within the Islamic faith.
In a reply to an email from The News-Sentinel, Morrow says Muslims around the world constantly condemn the Islamic State, terrorism and extremism, but those views rarely get reported by mainstream media, creating the misconception of passive support.
Muslims despise groups such as Islamic State, the Taliban, al-Shabaab and Boko Haram because the majority of the people they kill are Muslims, says Morrow, who gave a lecture Thursday at Ivy Tech on “ISIS vs. Islam.” In the fatwa, Morrow, who lives in Auburn, describes the Islamic State group as “a curse, the likes of which have not been seen since the Mongol invasion of Genghis Khan in the 13th century.”
While Islam does indeed permit jihad, in the form of armed struggle, to combat certain oppressive conditions, it is highly regulated by a detailed code of norms and conduct,” Morrow writes. “The killing of non-combatants, civilians, women, children, imams, priests, monks, nuns and other members of religious orders, is categorically prohibited in Islam. Torture, rape and the trafficking of women are all crimes which merit capital punishment under Islamic law.
Islam’s great prophet, Muhammad, also “forbade Muslims from sacking sacred sites and places of worship, stating that anyone who destroyed a church or a monastery would receive the curse of Almighty Allah,” Morrow writes.
Islamic State members “do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form,” he writes.
Muhammad warned Muslims about extremists, and he rejected and excommunicated those he faced during his lifetime, Morrow writes.
All terrorists should be brought to justice, Morrow notes, as should all people who helped found, fund, train, arm and support them. He urges Muslims to stand for peace and justice, to uphold Islamic ethical values, to defend human dignity, and to respect and preserve human life.
Citing verse 4:76 in the Quran, Islam’s holy book, Morrow writes, “As Muslims, our response towards terrorists can only be one: ‘Fight the friends of Satan.’”
When he has shown his fatwa to Muslims, they support it, Morrow says in his email.
“I stand firmly for justice and proclaim without fear: It is the collective obligation of all Muslims to annihilate ISIS and other terrorists by all legitimate means,” he says.
“ISIS has declared war on Islam, Muslims and all faiths,” he adds. “Muslims have a moral, legal and ethical responsibility to defend themselves and their faith. Since ISIS has declared war on humanity, all human beings, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity or nationality, should join forces to combat this evil that threatens us all.”

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Other efforts

Professor John Andrew Morrow of Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast also is involved in efforts to bring about peace in the Middle East.

He wrote the 2013 book “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” which discusses six covenants that Islam’s great prophet, Muhammad, signed with Christian groups before his death in A.D. 632. Muhammad also signed similar agreements with Jewish and other groups, Morrow has said.

The covenants reportedly promise the groups protection until the end of the world if the groups agree to live under the civil government of a Muslim confederation. Morrow believes the covenants serve as a model for how Muslims and non-Muslims can live together peacefully.

Morrow also is a leader the Genocide Initiative, an effort calling on nations and human rights groups to recognize as genocide the killings by ISIS of Christians, Shia Muslims and members of various tribal and ethnic groups in the Middle East. The Genocide Initiative also applies to other groups there, such as the Free Syrian Army, that want to kill people of other faiths or backgrounds or to force them to leave the area.

If the actions are recognized as genocide, countries such as the United States would have a moral obligation to stop the killing, Morrow said previously.

Another voice

The Universal Education Foundation, a Muslim organization in Fort Wayne, also issued a statement condemning the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris.

The Associated Press

Prominent scholar speaks against Wahhabism – Dr John Andrew Morrow

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SHAFAQNA – The following is a statement by Dr John Andrew Morrow, also know as Imam Ilyas Islam. A scholar of Islam, an Imam and a man of letters, Dr Morrow has been a voice of reason amid a torrent of bigotry and misplaced sectarian hatred.

A student of Islam and a follower of Ahlul Bayt, Dr Morrow stands for Islam in the universality of its message, such as it was conveyed by the Prophet Muhammad and his progeny.

Dr Morrow’s work and efforts have been spent in the service of Islam and others. Following is his rejection of radicalism and Wahhabism.

We join him in our absolute denunciation of terror, hatred, sectarianism and ignorance. We remain the people of the middle, we remain the people of Ghadeer Khumm, and we will remain true to the oath given.

“…men may have no argument against you except those of them that are wrong-doers, so fear them not, but fear Me!” Quran

 

Dr John Andrew Morrow:

“My Mercy prevails over My Wrath,” says Almighty Allah in a sacred saying (narrated by Bukhari, Muslim, Nasa’i and Ibn Majah). For Takfiri terrorists like IS, the so-called “Islamic” State, it is wrath that prevails over mercy. When asked to curse the polytheists, the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, responded that “I was sent as a mercy” (Muslim). If anything, the rapists, torturers, and mass murderers who have infiltrated Syria, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, and other parts of the world, can only be seen as a curse, the likes of which have not been seen since the Mongol invasion of Genghis Khan in the 13th century.

While Islam does indeed permit jihad, in the form of armed struggle, to combat certain oppressive conditions, it is highly regulated by a detailed code of norms and conduct. The killing of non-combatants, civilians, women, children, imams, priests, monks, nuns, and other members of religious orders, is categorically prohibited in Islam. Torture, rape, and the trafficking of women are all crimes which merit capital punishment under Islamic law. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, forbade Muslims from sacking sacred sites and places of worship, stating that anyone who destroyed a church or a monastery would receive the curse of Almighty Allah.

IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh is a terrorist, mercenary, army at the service of imperial forces. They do not speak for Islam or represent Islam in any shape or form. To describe such psychopaths as Sunnis is to insult the Sunnah. To describe Da‘ish as “Islamic” is an insult to Islam. The only terms that adequately describes the ideology of these demons is Takfiri, Wahhabi, Khariji, and Nasibi,Excommunicators, Wahhabis, Separatists, and Haters of the Household of the Prophet. While they call themselves Jihadists, they pervert the term jihad or sacred struggle. While they call themselves Salafi, followers of the pious predecessors, they are an offense to the true Salaf, the righteous Companions and their Followers.

As Almighty Allah, glorified and exalted be He, warns in the Holy Qur’an, “Do not exaggerate in your religion” (4:171), a verse that can also be translated as “Do not be fanatical in your faith.” The Qur’an also warns believers to “Beware of extremism in your religion” (5:77). In short, Muslims are supposed to be “a justly balanced nation” (2:143). Although some scholars may argue that the reproach against extremism contained in the Qur’an applies only to the People of Book, the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, explained that it was equally applicable to Muslims. In fact, he warned his followers to “Beware of extremism in your religion for it is that which destroyed the nations which came before you” (Nasai and Ibn Majah). In another tradition, he stated that “The religious extremists are destroyed” (Muslim and Abu Dawud). The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, also warned: “There are two groups of people from my Ummah who will not receive my intercession: oppressive rulers, and religious extremists” (Tabarani).

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was confronted with extremists during his lifetime, fanatics that he himself rejected and excommunicated saying that they did not belong to his Ummah or Community. As the Prophet Muhammad, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Kharijites are the dogs of Hell” (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and al-Hakim). He also warned his future followers that the Horn of Satan would rise in the Najd, the very region in Arabia where the Wahhabi heresy took hold a mere two hundred years ago (Bukhari). As Imam ‘Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, advised in Nu‘aym ibn Hammad’sKitab al-Fitan or Book of Tribulations,

When you see the black flags, remain where you are and do not move your hands or your feet (namely, “Stay put and do not get involved in the fighting”). Thereafter there shall appear a feeble folk to whom no concern is given. Their hearts will be like fragments of iron. They are the representatives of the State (Ashab al-Dawlah). They will fulfill neither covenant nor agreement. They will invite to the truth, though they are not from its people. Their names will be agnomens (i.e., Abu So-and-so), and their ascriptions will be to villages. Their hair will be long like that of women. (They shall remain so) till they differ among themselves, and then Allah will bring forth the truth from whomever He wills.

It should be noted, however, that Takfiri combatants are not committed Muslims. In reality, they are all mercenaries. Large numbers of them are non-Muslim soldiers of fortune and guns-for-hire, and many are drawn from the criminal class. “Allah is Beautiful and loves beauty,” says the Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are hideously ugly. “Allah is good and only accepts that which is good,” said the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him (Muslim). Takfiri terrorists, however, are devoid of good. Since “Allah is Just and loves justice,” and “Allah is Loving and loves love,” the true representatives of Islam are Ahl al-Hub and Ahl al-‘Adl, the People of Love and the People of Justice. As Almighty Allah warns in the Holy Qur’an: “Do not commit evil in the land for God does not love the evil-doers” (28:77).

Takfiri terrorists, such as ISIS/ISIL/IS, as well as al-Qa’edah, al-Shabab, the Taliban, al-Nusrah, Boko Haram, and other criminal organizations, do not speak for Islam or represent Islam. Not only are they not Ahl al-Sunnah (Sunnis), they are not members of the Ummah (Community) of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, as a result of their own beliefs and actions. TheTakfiriyyin, (those who believe that all Muslims, save themselves, are infidels), the Khawarij (those who broke away from the community in the early days of Islam, accusing both the Sunnis and the Shi‘ites of apostasy) and the Nawasib (those who hate the Household of the Prophet and their followers) are agents of the enemies of Islam.

We do not condemn the Takfiris as “infidels who may be legally killed” as they do in the case of traditional Sunnis, Shi‘ites, and Sufis. The traditional Muslim shari‘ah does not grant carte blanche to kill someone simply because he or she is an atheist, an agnostic, a Jew, a Christian, a Hindu, a Bahai or a Salafi-Jihadi. As Almighty Allah warns in the Qur’an: “Whosoever kills a human being unless it be for manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it shall be as if he had killed all of humanity” (5:32).

Although people cannot be condemned to death on the basis of their beliefs, they can be killed in combat or receive the death penalty on the basis of their actions. Consequently, any and all terrorists who have committed crimes against humanity and the Divinity should be brought to justice. And while Shimr may have murdered Imam Husayn, the grandson of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, the true culprit was Yazid, his Commander in Chief, may the curse of God be upon him. Likewise, while Takfiri terrorists should be held accountable for their crimes, those who founded them, funded them, armed them, trained them, and supported them, in any form or fashion, should be exposed and face the sword of justice.

The so-called “Islamic State” should be known as the “Satanic State” as it does nothing but spread corruption on earth (fasad fi al-ard). Territory under the control of Takfiri terrorists is the abode of unbelief (kufr), falsehood (ifk), heresy (ilhad), and immorality (fawahish). They represent the path of error (sirat al-dalala), the pulpit of discord (minbar al-khilaf), the den of iniquity (‘arin al-ghawayyah), and the land of criminals (dawlat al-mujrimin). The Takfiris are the enemies of Allah and His Messenger (‘adu Allah wa rasulihi). As such, it is categorically prohibited to support them in any form or fashion. Moreover, it is the obligation of all Muslims from Ahl al-Sunnah, Ahl al-Tasawwuf, and Ahl al-Bayt (the Sunnis, the Sufis, and the Shi‘ites), to oppose the polytheism (shirk), hypocrisy (nifaq), apostasy (irtidad), and schism (shiqaq) that the Takfiris are spreading throughout the lands of Islam.

The only people authorized to establish the Government of God on Earth are the Mahdi and Jesus, the Son of Mary, peace be upon them both. As we anxiously await their rise, we must stand for peace and justice, uphold Islamic ethical values, defend human dignity, and respect and preserve human life. Do not be deceived during these times of trials and tribulations (fitan). People who rape, torture, mutilate and murder civilians, non-combatants, hostages and prisoners of war are not Friends of Allah (‘awliyya’ Allah). People who destroy places of worship and sacred sites, who burn churches and blow up mosques with copies of the Holy Qur’an still in them, are not Friends of Allah. People who violate the teachings of the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the shari‘ah, and the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, are not the Friends of Allah. If anything, they are the Friends of Satan (‘awliyya’ al-Shaytan). As Muslims, our response towards terrorists can only be one: “Fight the friends of Satan” (Qur’an 4:76); “And slay them wherever you may come upon them, and drive them away from wherever they drove you away for tumult and oppression is even worse than slaughter” (Qur’an 2:191).

In light of the non-Islamic character of the Takfiris and their role as agents of western and globalist imperialism against Islam, Muslims should find it easy to see through their absurd claim to be “defenders of Islam!” In light of the great deceptions of these times, lets us pray – in the words of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him – “O Lord, show me things as they really are.”

Early Christian-Muslim Encounters: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World

“Early Christian-Muslim Encounters: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World”

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SHAFAQNA – The following is the transcript of a lecture Dr John Andrew Morrow, a prominent cleric and acclaimed author, delivered at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi, on Thursday, November 12th, 2015.

A‘udhu billāhi min al-Shayṭān al-rajīm.
Bismillāh al-Rahmān al-Rahīm. 
Alḥamdulillāhi Rabb al-alamīn

Ṣalawātu wa salām ‘alā Muḥammad al-Amīn ashraf al-mursalīn wa khātim al-nabiyyīn.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sisters and brothers, Supporters and skeptics, Friends and foes

Or should I say

Foes whom we hope to make friends; people who are misinformed due to erroneous information that is spread incessantly by a multitude of means. Welcome.

I thank you all for attending this lecture on “Early Christian Muslim Encounters: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.”

And I thank Sidi Emad al-Turk, and everyone at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures here in Jackson, Mississippi, for making this presentation possible.

Tonight I take you on a journey.

I take you from the present to the past to show you that the horrors of the present are not rooted in the past, and that the past can serve as a model for creating a more positive present.

This is not to say that there have not been past horrors. Wrongdoings have been committed by the followers of all major religions. However, these mistakes from the past should serve as lessons for the present. We should not be condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past. We should take steps to ensure they never occur again.

I invite you, I urge you, and I implore you to put aside your preconceived notions for a time; set aside your prejudices for a moment; and cast aside your value judgments for the duration of this presentation.

I admit: this is no easy task. We are very much the product of our environment, upbringing, and culture. We have been bombarded with certain beliefs, some true and some false. We need, to try, at the very least, to clear the clutter from our minds and our hearts in order to be receptive to truth.

As difficult as it may be, as a scholar, I have been trained to do it. To assume ignorance. To clean the table. To purge the mind. To commence with a blank slate. Let us all take a deep breath and begin…

A child is born in Mecca in the sixth century. His childhood is filled with miraculous signs. Priests, monks, and mystics predict that he will be a great prophet. Twice orphaned, his life is endangered by unbelievers. Monks approach his mother, and later his uncle, offering to take him into their protective custody; to guard and protect him in the safety of their isolated monasteries. Guarded by angels, he is kept safe. He works as a shepherd, contemplation the beauty of God’s creation. He joins the caravans of his uncle and travels throughout all of Arabia and the Middle East, reaching what is now modern day Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, and Armenia… and, according to some sources, as far as North Africa and Spain, as well as Abyssinia.

According to ancient accounts, he supplied the monks from the Monastery of St. Catherine’s at Mount Sinai where he discussed matters of theology and philosophy with the monks; where he visited to sacred sites associated with the prophets of the Old Testament; and where he used to mediate in the cave of Moses, on the top of Mount Sinai, emulating his prophetic predecessor.

One day, while resting in front of the monastery, an eagle appeared, and circled around the young Muhammad, much like that cloud that had followed him on his journeys to Syria, where he was recognized as a prophet by Bahira the Monk and Nestor the Monk.

The Abbot from St. Catherine’s Monastery perceived the sign. He foretold that Muhammad would become a mighty leader. He invited him into the monastery; treated him with utmost hospitality; and asked him to grant the monastery a patent of protection, a covenant, writ, a letter of protection… Muhammad, in all humility, said that he was not in a position to do so… after all, he was but a poor orphan…

Nonetheless, the Abbot was adamant. He brought a piece of parchment, papyrus or paper, along with a bowl of ink. Muhammad dipped his hand in the ink and stamped the paper symbolizing his promise of protection.

The years pass and Muhammad receives revelation. He is persecuted for a decade. Finally, he established a State in Medina. Shortly after his arrival in Medina, he creates the Constitution of Medina; it was a social contract between the State and the citizens of that State. It established, first and foremost, equality between all parties: Jews, Muslims, and pagans, regardless of race, gender, or religion. It provided for the protection of all parties, including women and the poor. It eradicated racism, social superiority, and gender privilege. It created a multilingual, multicultural, multiethnic, multireligious, and multiracial society: a tolerant, cosmopolitan, society; an island of social, economic, and political justice in an ocean of racism, sexism, elitism, hedonism, violence, oppression and exploitation.

Word of Muhammad’s success, and the creation of a new social system spreads throughout Arabia and beyond.

Christians, Jews, and Zoroastrians, all of whom were oppressed by the Byzantine and Persian Empires are exposed to an entirely new idea: freedom of religion, participative democracy, and justice for all.

In the second year of hijrah, the monks from St. Catherine’s monastery send a delegation to Medina and remind him of his promise. It was then and there, in his mosque in Medina, in the presence of his companions, that he dictated to Ali a set of rights and privileges that he was granting, not only to the monks from Mount Sinai, but to all the Christians of the World who would be his friends and allies. The document, known in Turkish and Persian as the ashtiname or in Arabic as the ‘ahd nabawi, would remain on display in the Monastery of St. Catherine’s until 1517 when Sultan Selim had the original placed in the Treasury of the Ottoman Empire for safe-keeping, granting the monks certified copies and translations of the original.

Attacked by the pagans from southern Arabia, the Prophet makes peace with the Christians of southern Arabia. Betrayed by a few Jewish tribes surrounding Medina, he makes peace with the Jews of southern Arabia and the Jews of northern Arabia.

Persecuted by the Byzantine Empire, many Christian denominations were branded as heterodox and heretical. The Prophet Muhammad reached out to them, promising them freedom of faith and protection. Soon, Muhammad had created a buffer of allies, consisting of Jewish and Christian communities, to the south and the north, effectively protecting him from his pagan Arab enemies from the south, and the two superpowers of the time, the Byzantine and Persian Empires.

Fortunately, the Prophet had friends; friends he had made during decades of leading caravans throughout the Middle East. Known as al-Amin, or the Trustworthy One, his reputation for righteousness extended far beyond Arabia.

His friends, both Jewish and Christians, serves as his eyes and ears throughout Arabia and on the hinterlands of the Byzantine and Persian empires. They notified him of any troop movements.

During the final four years of his life, Muhammad corresponded with Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian leaders. He received a regular stream of delegations from around the Middle East. He granted covenants of protection to old friends and allies and made new supporters in the process.

The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, also reached out to the Byzantine and Persian Empires, offering them treaties of peace and alliance. Not only did they arrogantly refuse his advances; they deployed their troops to attack the Muslims.

How different the world we be today had the European Christians made peace with the Prophet. There would have been no Crusades. There would have been no Colonialism. There would have been no Imperialism. Christians, Muslims, and Jews, could have co-existed, as fellow monotheists, as the Family of Abraham.

By the time the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, passed away, he had granted covenants of protection to Greek Orthodox Christians, to Syriac Orthodox Christians, to Assyrian Christians, to Armenian Christians, to Coptic Christians, to the Christians of Persia and the Christians of the World. He also granted covenants of protection to the Jews of the Hijaz, to the Jews of the Yemen, and to the Jews of northern Arabia. What is more, he granted covenants of protection to several Zoroastrian communities.
The Covenants of the Prophet, may God bless him and grant him peace, were once widely known in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim world. During the time of the Prophet, and the early Caliphs, the Ummah or Motherland, included all monotheists. It was only later, when relations between the various communities started to break down, that the People of the Book were excluded from the Community of Believers.  They were still protected communities; however, they no longer fit into the new, increasingly narrow, definition of Islam. Why did relations break down? I blame Muslims. But I also blame Christians and Jews. I blame them all. Some Muslims violated the Covenants of the Prophet. There can be no doubt. At the same time, some Jews and Christians also violated the Covenants of the Prophet. There can be no doubt.  This was not, however, the will of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, who was intent on creating a monotheistic movement that embraced all people of faith under the cover of Islam.

Although the protections granted by the Covenants of the Prophet were respected by most Muslim dynasties, the spirit of solidarity and unity envisioned by the Prophet was lost. After the Ottoman Empire collapsed, approximately one hundred years ago, the Covenants of the Prophet fell into oblivion. They no longer formed a part of the collective consciousness of Muslims. The Christians of the Middle East, however, never forgot them, nor did a small segment of Muslim scholars.

Covenants of the Prophet can be found at the Monastery of St. Catherine in the Sinai; at the Monastery of St. George in Syria; at the Monastery of Simonopetra in Greece; in the archives of the King of France; and in the national archives in Germany. Covenants of the Prophet were found in Istanbul, Seert, Mardin, and Aghtamar in Turkey as well as in New Julfa, in Isfahan, in Persia. Covenants of the Prophet have also been found as far away as Surat, in India. There was a time when most churches, monasteries, and synagogues displayed Covenants of the Prophet, charters of rights and freedom that were granted to them by Muslim Caliphs and Sultans. There are those who argue that the Covenants of the Prophet are forgeries produced by Christians, for self-protection, or by Muslims, in order to improve the image of Islam. These arguments have been thoroughly and systematically refuted.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, may God grant him peace and blessings, have been transmitted through solid chains of historical transmission from the early days of Islam to the present. They are mentioned, in part or in whole, in Muslim and Christian sources from the early years of Islam to the present. The language and terminology they employ is ancient and comparable to that found in the earliest authenticated Islamic source, the Constitution of Medina. While some critics have alleged that the Covenants of the Prophet are spurious, the overwhelming majority of scholars and academics, both Christian and Muslim, have asserted that they are genuine. In short, there is scholarly consensus concerning their reliability.

I therefore invite you to read the booklet titled Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time which is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Arabic, and which will soon be printed in Dutch, Persian, Turkish, Russian, and Azeri, among other languages.

If you wish an in-depth scholarly study of the Muhammadan Covenants, then I urge you to read The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World in English, Spanish, Italian or Arabic.

If, after this 450 page work, you still have questions, you will certainly find the answers in Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet, a thousand page academic work, featuring twelve studies by yours truly and twelve studies by leading specialists from around the world.

I would also invite you to visit the International Museum of Muslim Cultures which will be hosting an exhibit on the Covenants of the Prophet commencing in September of 2016.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad are radical and revolutionary in the best sense of these terms. They grant freedom of religion. They grant freedom of religious practice. They provide for protection of churches, monasteries, synagogues, and temples. They prohibit compulsion in religion. They forbid forced conversions. In the event a Jewish or Christian woman marries a Muslim man, out of her free will, the Covenants command that the husband to respect his wife’s religion, to allow her to attend services at the church or synagogue; and to obey the rules of her religion. Religious rights and women’s rights: this is truly unprecedented.  The Muhammadan Covenants outlaw excessive taxation. They free monks and priests from military service. They oblige Muslims leaders to provide for the material well-being of monks and clerics. They instruct Muslims to help maintain and repair churches and monasteries. They also compel Muslims to defend theAhl al-Kitab, the People of the Book, from their enemies.

Reading the Covenants of the Prophet is comparable to reading the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Rights of Freedom or the Bill of Rights, only that the Muhammadan Covenants were written 1400 years ago. This is something truly remarkable.

Many have wondered why the Islamic World declined, degenerated and eventually collapsed. The causes were many; however, one of the major causes was the fact that both Muslims and the People of the Book violated, neglected and ignored the Muhammadan Covenants, a social, spiritual, political, and economic contract that ensured congenial relations, respect, equality, justice, safety, diversity, and prosperity.

Muslims have many shortcomings. Christians have many shortcomings. Jews have many shortcomings.

While we are all guilty of wronging each other, can we agree to keep God out of the picture?

Can we agree to put Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad out of the picture?

Can we agree not to blame Judaism, Christianity or Islam for all of our sins?

Although we cannot, will not, and should not agree on everything:

Can we agree that God is One?

Can we agree that God is good and that God is Just?

Can we, as Jews, Christians, and Muslims, agree to follow in the footsteps of Abraham: namely, to believe in God and to do good?

Can we agree on the Golden Rule?

Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you?

If Moses, peace be upon him, were to see the slaughter of civilians in Palestine, he would not be pleased.

If Jesus, peace be upon him, saw millions of human beings murdered in his name, he would not be pleased.

So, rest assured, if Muhammad, peace be upon him, saw the horrors being committed by al-Qaedah, the Taliban, al-Nusrah, and ISIS, he would not be pleased.

The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, prophesized that “The time will come when the only thing that remains of Islam is its name and the only thing that remains of the Qur’an is its writing” (Mishkat).

I regret to inform you:

That day has come. In fact, it came a long, long time ago…

Were Muhammad, the Messenger of God, may God bless him and grant him peace, to return to Earth today, and were he to witness the crimes and atrocities being perpetrated in his name, he would, without a shadow of a doubt, disown, reject, repudiate, and excommunicate all parties that falsely profess to follow in his footsteps.

It is like day and night and night and day.

We are taking polar opposites.

Right versus wrong.

Good versus evil.

As Nu‘aym b. Hammad records in hisKitab al-Fitan (The Book of Tribulations):

“It is related on the authority of ‘Ali (may Allah ennoble his countenance): “When you see the black flags, remain where you are and do not move your hands or your feet (namely, “Stay put and don’t get involved in the fighting”). Thereafter there shall appear a feeble folk to whom no concern is given. Their hearts will be like fragments of iron. They are the representatives of the State (Ashāb al-Dawlah). They will fulfill neither covenant nor agreement. They will invite to the truth, though they are not from its people. Their names will be agnomens [namely, Abu So-and-so], and their ascriptions will be to villages. Their hair will be long like that of women. [They shall remain so] till they differ among themselves, and then Allah will bring forth the truth from whomever He wills.”

As one can imagine, supporters of ISIS say this hadith is weak and that there is a defect in its chain. The fact of the matter is that Imam ‘Ali foretold the rise of ISIS 1400 years ago. If the content is correct; if the prophecy comes true; then the tradition is clearly genuine.

ISIS flies black flags.

They are a feeble people who do nothing but follow their whims and vices.

ISIS terrorists have hearts of iron; namely, their hearts are hard; they have no compassion or mercy.

The name of ISIS in Arabic is al-Dawlah, the State: Dawlat ul-Islam; Dawlat ul-Islam, they keep crying.

Imam ‘Ali, may God be pleased with him, identified these devils by name.

ISIS claims to call to truth but they are not from the People of Truth; namely, they are not Muslims; they are Khawarij; they have broken away from Islam; they are the infidels that they accuse others of being.

Their names will be agnomens; in other words, Abu So-and-So, the Father of So-and-So. And so, we find that all of their terrorist mercenaries use such names: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Abu ‘Umar al-Shishani.

Their hair will be long like that of women. That speaks for itself and has no bearing whatsoever on my current hairstyle.

How will this ISIS crisis end?

“[They shall remain so] till they differ among themselves, and then Allah will bring forth the truth from whomever He wills.”

In other words, they will turn against each other, like the rabid dogs that they are. In fact, that have been at it for some time.

These Takfiri/Wahhabi terrorists spend more time killing each other than fighting the Syrian army.

Do not despair: ISIS will be annihilated and the Truth of God will prevail.

The problem is that many of these terrorist mercenaries, who number in the tens of thousands, will return home; here, to the Western world.

If ISIS is defeated militarily in Syria and Iraq, it merely means victory in a battle. The war, however, will continue.

While we must confront Wahhabi terrorists militarily, we must also wage war against them intellectually.

We are not dealing with a war between Islam and the West.

We are dealing with a war between real Islam and fake Islam, between the followers of Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah, the Messenger of God, who lived 1400 years ago, and Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhab, the creator of a death cult called Salafism and Wahhabism, that was spawned a mere two hundred years ago.

It is our obligation, as Muslims, to spearhead the war against Wahhabism.

We need to identity the origin of this ideology.

We need to identity the parties that fund the propagation of this ideology.

We need to identity the parties that use these pit-bulls for geo-political purposes.

And we need to hold all of them accountable at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Let there be no rest for the wicked!

Let us hunt-down every murderous mercenary, every rapist of Yazidi girls, every crucifier of Christians, and every destroyer of churches, monasteries and mosques.

You will not escape the justice of God!

If you combat so-called Radical Islam with anti-Islam, you simply reinforce the narrative of the radicals. You add fuel to the fire. You justify their ideology. You push people into their camp.

We are faced with two forms of Islam; true, traditional Islam, as espoused by Ahl al-Sunnah, Ahl al-Tasawwuf and Ahl al-Bayt; by traditional Sunnis, traditional Sufis, and traditional Shiites, and a fraudulent form of Islam known as Salafism, Wahhabism, Jihadism, and Takfirism.

If you are given an option between an Islam that is just, peaceful, compassionate, caring, and liberating, and an Islam that is unjust, heartless, merciless, brutal, despotic and psychotic, should you not side with the former?

Islam is not going away.

There are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world today.

93% of Muslims are peaceful, law-abiding citizens

7% sympathize with extremists

Yet only 0.001% of them are actual terrorists

In your opposition to that 0.001%, do not alienate the 93%.

Do not help radicalize and mobilize that 7%.

Work with us; not against us.

Let us make common cause.

Let us call Muslims back to the Qur’an and the Sunnah

Let us call Muslims back to true, traditional, civilizational Islam

Let us call Muslims back to the Covenants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him

Let us unite as Muslims, Christians, and Jews

Let us come together as the Family of Abraham

Let us see one another as brothers and sisters, children of Adam, and fellow human beings.

I commend efforts on the part of the Catholic Church to promote “Interreligious Dialogue.”

However, for this movement to have any real impact, Christian religious leaders need to acknowledge the importance of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World so that we can put in place similar policies and practices. Otherwise, efforts on the part of the Catholic Church, and other Christian denominations, will amount to nothing more than “good intentions.”

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad represent a bridge between Christianity and Islam; between Judaism and Islam; between Islam and other world religions.

They can ensure the protection of non-Muslims in the Muslim world. They can also help ensure the protection of Muslim minorities in both East and West.

The government of Myanmar needs lessons on how to treat its indigenous Muslim minority.

In light of all the rabid anti-Muslim and anti-Islamic sentiments being openly expressed in this country, not only on the part of ignorant hatemongers but on the part of people who wish to govern these United States, it is evident that many Americans can learn something from the pluralistic and tolerant spirit of the Covenants of the Prophet.

Adolf Hitler came to power on a racist, anti-Jewish, platform. That did not turn out so well for Jewish people or for the world as a whole.

We have politicians in this country who, instead of appealing to what is the best in people, appeal to what is the worst in people: rallying people around hatred, racism, and sexism.

Our politicians should be the best of us; not the worst of us.

Are these presidential candidates the best that this country has to offer?

One is a buffoon and a bigot while the other is a brain surgeon without a brain when it comes to socio-political and economic maters. And finally, we have a

chameleon who assumes the colors of her corporate sponsors.

If these people are the cream of the crop; the candidates we have to choose from, then there is little hope for this country.

We are headed to hell in a hurry.

Reclaim this country.

Reclaim the foundations on which it was based: freedom, justice, and liberty.

Our Founding Fathers were tolerant, open-minded, intellectuals.

Many of them were not only bilingual; they were trilingual and multilingual.

What is more, they respected Islam; they respected the Qur’an; and they had good relations with the Muslim world.

The Kingdom of Morocco was the first nation to recognize the United States as an independent nation.

The United States signed a Covenant with the Ottoman Empire; a treaty that was modeled on the Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians.

We were once a constructive force in the world but, for far too long, we have become a destructive force.

The United States is no longer a democracy. It is a Corpora-tocracy; and oligarchy at the service of the one-percenters.

Money does not make you masters.

Might does not make right: morals and ethics do.

I appeal to what is the best in people: love, kindness, justice, tolerance, compassionate.

I call people to the Golden Rule: do unto your brother or sister as you would have them do unto you.

I call people to the center, to the middle ground, and to moderation.

Extremism produces more extremism.

Only moderation can serve as a moderating factor.

Do not fan the flames of hatred, bigotry, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Those who incite hatred are inciting violence.

You cannot demonize a community and then claim that your hands are clean when people put your words into action.

You are fully and completely justified to hate terrorists.

You are not fully and completely justified to hate all Muslims.

You will find nobody who hates terrorists more than Muslims.

Why?

Muslims are the most killed people on the planet.

Muslims are the single greatest victims of terrorism.

You should side with the Muslim majority against the terrorist minority.

Current conditions are untenable.

Christians, Shi‘ites, Sufis, and traditional Sunnis are being systematically exterminated in Syria and Iraq.

If we fail to act, then the oldest Christian communities in the world, the Christians of the East, will be wiped off the face of the Earth as will the Shi‘ites, Sufis, and traditional Sunnis.

We need to fight fake Islam with true Islam.

We need to combat terrorists with the Qur’an, the Sunnah, and the Covenants of the Prophet.

The Prophet Muhammad was at the forefront of a monotheistic movement of believers composed of Muslims, Jews, and Christians.

Let us reconstitute that alliance and join forces against our common enemies for verily the enemy of one religion is the enemy of all religions.

Believers of the world unite!

I leave with prayers of peace.

Peace be with you.

Salaamu ‘alaykum

Shalom aleichum

Islam vs. ISIS: What would the Prophet Muhammad Do?

Dr. John Andrew Morrow (Shaykh Ilyas Islam) delivers the key-note address at the launch of the Interfaith Institute at the Islamic Center of Long Island in New York on October 25, 2015:

Wahhabism is the enemy lurking in the shadows not Islam

Wahhabism is the enemy lurking in the shadows not Islam

By Catherine Shakdam

Late on Friday the French capital was hit by a series of terror attacks. As a result France declared a state of emergency, its security services scrambling to understand how their country and their people became murderous radicals’ target.

Late on Friday the French capital was hit by a series of terror attacks. As a result France declared a state of emergency, its security services scrambling to understand how their country and their people became murderous radicals’ target.

An estimated 120 were killed this Friday – a tragedy which millions around the world are already mourning.

And so they should, any loss of life to violence is a tragedy and an injustice against humanity as a whole.

But as anger will certainly rise in people’s heart let us remember to direct such ire towards those who are indeed guilty.Let’s not allow racism, bigotry and intolerance dictate our actions.

If ISIS came to claim responsibility for Paris attack, the crimes of this one terror organization should not fall on Islam and its people.

Radicals might call themselves Muslims it does not make it so. Radicals might call themselves righteous, it does not make it so.

Those Wahhabi hordes, those men who espoused the violence, deviant and fascist ideology of Wahhabism positioned themselves outside the realm of Islam when they purposely rejected its tenets of peace, compassion and moderation for bloodletting.

In his forthcoming book Restoring The Balance, Dr John Andrew Morrow, a prominent scholar of Islam writes: “Islam, it should be recalled, is a religion of moderation. Muslims should be neither extremely lax nor extremely strict in their observances. As we read in the Holy Qur’an, “Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope” (2:286); “[Allah] has not laid upon you in religion any hardship” (22: 78); and “Allah does not want to place you in difficulty” (5: 6). As Almighty Allah warns in the Holy Qur’an, “Do not exaggerate in your religion” (4:171), a verse that can also be translated as “Do not be fanatical in your faith.” The Qur’an also warns believers to “Beware of extremism in your religion” (5:77). In short, Muslims are supposed to be “a justly balanced nation” (2:143).

Although some scholars may argue that the reproach against extremism contained in the Qur’an applies to the People of Book, the Prophet explained that it was equally applicable to Muslims. In fact, he warned his followers to “Beware of extremism in your religion for it is that which destroyed the nations which came before you” (Nasai and Ibn Majah). In another tradition, he stated that “The religious extremists [mutanatti‘un] are destroyed” (Muslim). And again, “Let it be known, the religious extremists [mutanatti‘un] are destroyed” (Abu Dawud). The Messenger of Allah also warned: “There are two groups of people from my Ummah who will not receive my intercession: oppressive rulers, and religious extremists” (Tabarani).”

Extremism and radicalism, whatever their forms and purposes are by definition anti-Islamic as they negate God’s commands to mankind, that Islam is the religion of the middle – that piety and Grace are found by subduing passion and excess.

Paris attack was commandeered and carried out by the enemies of Islam and Islam can never be found in those murderous cries radicals insist on screaming as they kill and plunder, sowing destruction as they go, striking fear at the heart of every man, woman and child.

If Almighty Allah and the Prophet denounced all forms of religious extremism, so did the Twelve Imams. As Imam ‘Ali warned, “Two types of people will be destroyed because of me: the extremist and the enemy.” He stated that “The best stance towards me belongs to those who choose a moderate way.” Imam Muhammad al-Baqir professed that “There are two categories of my Ummah which do not benefit from Islam: the extremists and those who believe in predestination.” As Imam Ja‘far al-Sadiq warned, “Beware of the exaggerators lest they deviate your children.” He stated that “The smallest thing that diverts a believer from his faith is sitting next to an extremist, listening to him, and confirming his words.” As Imam ‘Ali al-Rida said, “We, the Household of Muhammad, are the middle nation. The extremists cannot reach us, and the laggard cannot keep up with us.”

Wahhabism is a cancer onto the world which needs to be eradicated. Muslims more than most have suffered under its banner. And so when you look at terror do not see Islam but see Wahhabism, the very ideology western powers insist on rubbing shoulders with when they bow to Riyadh’s will.

Islam, real Islam, the Islam which our prophets and our Imams so bravely and brilliantly taught to their communities is not the faith now practiced in Riyadh.

Wahhabism is the enemy lurking in the shadows not Islam.

Nov 12, 2015: Dr John Andrew Morrow: Early Christian-Muslim Encounters Speech in Jackson #Mississippi

Nov 12, 2015: Dr John Andrew Morrow: Early Christian-Muslim Encounters Speech in Jackson #Mississippi

Thursday November 12, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Please Join our guest speaker, Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a prominent scholar of Islam, on a journey back to the seventh century, when Islam surged out of Arabia and came into contact with Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian communities in the Middle East. Gain unprecedented insight into the Prophet Muhammad’s perspective on pluralism and diversity.
 
International Museum of Muslim Cultures

Mississippi Arts center
201 East Pascagoula Street
Second Floor
Jackson, MS 39201

More information & registration HERE

Under the Government of Prophet Muhammad

Nov. 5, 2015

By Craig Considine

SHAFAQNA – The example of the Prophet Muhammad(s) and the Qur’an are the basis upon which Islamic practices stand. Craig Considine reflects on the pluralistic nature of the Prophet’s State in Medina, illustrated by his covenants with people of other faiths.

It is no secret that Christians are being persecuted in the ‘Muslim world’. According to the World Watch List for 2015, nine out of the top ten countries where Christians suffer ‘extreme persecution’ have populations that are at least 50% Muslim. Much of the discrimination happens in the Middle East, where ancient Christian communities are abandoning their homeland to avoid the wrath of the ‘Islamic State’. To say that Christian- Muslim relations are deteriorating is an understatement. It is time for us to discuss an important question: what can Muslims do to ensure that religious freedom, not religious bigotry, reigns supreme in their societies? My answer to the question is a simple one: return to the Prophet Muhammad’s vision of an ‘Islamic state’, one that is merciful, compassionate, and respectful of all citizens, regardless of religious backgrounds. Not only was the Prophet a proponent of justice, but he ensured that all people in the ummah had equal rights under ‘Islamic rule’. Let us examine several of Muhammad’s covenants with Christians as a way to show how Christians and Muslims can live harmoniously in an ‘Islamic State’. Muhammad’s covenants with the Christians of the world are unknown to many Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide. To shed light upon them, I turn to the research of Islamic scholar Professor John Andrew Morrow. Two of Professor Morrow’s recent books The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (Angelico Press, 2013) and Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his Time: The Primary Documents (Covenants Press, 2015) offer groundbreaking insight into long forgotten documents outlining Muhammad’s love and reverence for Christians. Scholars of Islam have referred to ‘The Covenants’ as a third foundational source for Islam in addition to the Qur’an and hadith literature. Charles Upton, who wrote the foreword to The Primary Documents, summarised the covenants as follows: …[‘The Covenants’] uniformly command Muslims not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired, tear down churches to build mosques, prevent their Christian wives from going to church and taking spiritual direction from Christian priests and elders, etc.

Not only was the Prophet a proponent of justice, but he ensured that all people in the ummah had equal rights under ‘Islamic rule’. Let us examine several of Muhammad’s
covenants with Christians as a way to show how Christians and Muslims can live harmoniously in an ‘Islamic State’.

So-called ‘Islamic groups’ such as the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) have blatantly disregarded Muhammad’s commandments. By murdering Christians because of their faith and by destroying churches in Syria and Iraq, members of ISIS have disobeyed the very Prophet they claim to revere. Members of ISIS have forgotten how Muhammad referred to Christians as ahl al-kitab, ‘People of the Book’, and even allowed Christians to use his mosque in order to pray. As ‘The Covenants’ demonstrate, the Prophet did not simply call on Muslims to honour Christian leaders and their places of worship, but he demanded that they be considered revered members of a political and geographical ‘confederacy’ in which Jews, Christians and Muslims were all equal members of an ‘Islamic state’. ‘The Covenants’ also make it clear that Muhammad would have fought for Christians if their communities were under threat. In his covenant with the Christian monks of Mount Sinai in Egypt, the Prophet of Islam guaranteed protection for Christians in ‘East and West, near or far, Arabs or non- Arabs, known or unknown’, meaning that he intended to protect Christians of all backgrounds who lived anywhere in the world. He added: ‘I am behind [Christians], defending them from every enemy… There shall be no compulsion or constraint against them [in any matter]’. Muhammad’s words demonstrate that he did not simply ‘tolerate’ the beliefs and practices of Christian monks at Mount Sinai; he had compassion for them by defending their beliefs and practices and offering assistance in building and maintaining churches. By giving the monks complete religious freedom, the Prophet echoed the pivotal Quranic passage: ‘let there be no compulsion in religion’ (2:256). The Prophet Muhammad’s covenants called for Muslims to protect Christians during times of peace as well as strife. In the covenant with the Christians of Persia, Muhammad states that ‘Christians shall not be asked to fight for Muslims against the enemies of faith’. He added that Muslims are not to tyrannise Christians by forcing Christian women to marry Muslim men. The Prophet of Islam envisioned all women in his ‘Islamic State’ having equal rights to that of Muslim women and men. According to the covenant with the Christians of Persia, Christian women who married Muslim men were able to retain their faith and practice their religion without any form of discrimination.

The Prophet Muhammad’s pluralistic vision could not be more timely considering the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries. It is also worth pointing out that Christians in countries like the US, where Islamophobia is running rampant, would also be wise to follow Muhammad’s pluralistic ethos in relation to their Muslim neighbours.

Muhammad’s benevolence is a far cry from the actions of ISIS, who condemn Christians to death and turn Christian women into ‘sex slaves’. The Prophet Muhammad was not simply calling on Muslims to ‘contemplate’ his covenants; rather he made it obligatory for all Muslims to stand by them. In the covenant he made with the Christians of Najran, the Prophet ordered Muslims to protect, respect, defend, conserve, and live up to their agreement of respecting Christian monks and churches, or else they run the risk of opposing his vision and disobeying God. As he stated in the covenant with the monks of Mount Sinai, Muslims who break his treaties ‘[break] the Covenant of God’ and ‘[make] a mockery’ of Islam. Those Muslims who promote the persecution of Christians in any form whatsoever are ‘Muslim’ in name only. The Prophet Muhammad’s pluralistic vision could not be more timely considering the persecution of Christians in Muslim-majority countries. It is also worth pointing out that Christians in countries like the U.S., where Islamophobia is running rampant, would also be wise to follow Muhammad’s pluralistic ethos in relation to their Muslim neighbours. The covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of his time teach Christians as much about justice, compassion, and peace as they teach Muslims about the same values. The Prophet’s universalist message was not simply for Muslims, but for all of mankind. Let Christians and Muslims never forget it.

Dr. Craig Considine is a Catholic American of Irish and Italian descent. As a sociologist, he focuses on Christian-Muslim relations, interfaith studies, and identity. He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Trinity College Dublin.

THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD COME TO NEW YORK CITY

THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD COME TO NEW YORK CITY:
LISTEN TO DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW (AL-USTADH AL-DUKTUR ILYAS ISLAM) LECTURE ABOUT THE MUHAMMADAN COVENANTS AND OTHER RELATED TOPICS
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015.
Title: A 17th Century Spanish Maqtal al-Husayn
By: Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: 7:00-9:00 pm
Place: Al-Khoei Center, Van Wyck Expy, Queens, NY 11435
Date: Friday, October 23, 2015.
Title: Khutbah (Friday Sermon): The State of our Ummah
By: Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: Session 1: 1:00 pm / Session 2: 2:00 pm
Place: Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
Date: Friday, October 23, 2015.
Title: Evening Book Discussion: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) (20 minute talk followed by 40 minutes of Q&A)
By: Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Place: Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Title: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with the Christians of the World
(1 hour and 15 minutes followed by 30 minutes Q&A)
By: Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Place: Long Island Muslim Society, East Meadow, Nassau County, NY 11554
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015.
Title: Day and Night on the Sufi Path: A Talk by Charles Upton Introduced by Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Place: Dergah al-Farah; Nur Ashki Jerrahi Community, 245 West Broadway, NY, 10013
Located in Tribeca, Manhattan, near the Holland Tunnel. Take the A,C,E subway train to Canal Street, or the 1 subway train to Franklin Street.
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015.
Title: Islam vs. ISIS: What would the Prophet Muhammad Do? Launch of the Interfaith Institute
By: Dr. John Andrew Morrow (al-Ustadh al-Duktur Ilyas Islam)
Time: 3:00-6:00 pm
Place: Islamic Center of Long Island, 835 Brush Hollow Rd, Westbury, NY 11590
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Title: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) with the Christians of the World
Time: 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (after ‘Isha prayers)
Place: Masjid Darul Quran, 1514 E 3rd Ave, Bay Shore, NY 11706

Book Review: “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” by John Andrew Morrow

Book Review: “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” by John Andrew Morrow

By Thomas Walsh

Dialogue & Alliance: Journal of the International Religious Foundation, Inc. 29, no. 2, (2015): 107-108

This volume, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, contains a vast amount of very significant historical information related to the life of Muhammad, early Islam and its relations with the existing Christian communities in the Near East. In particular, the volume contains many primary sources in Arabic and Persian, including corrected versions in modern Arabic typescript. Together they offer an opportunity for re-thinking Muslim-Christian relations at a time when those relations are strained and threaten to create widespread instability in strategic points around the world. On the other hand, if Muslim and Christian relations improve, based on dialogue, education and trust-building initiatives, the possibilities for peace around the world are strengthened immeasurably. A volume such as this, which speaks to models of cooperation and mutual respect, can help to undermine extremist or politicized interpretations of sacred scripture that stand in the way of reconciliation and cooperation.

In his foreword to the volume, Charles Upton states that the “two foundational sources of the Islamic tradition have always been the Holy Qur’an – the direct Word of Allah as revealed to his Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him – and the prophetic hadith literature, the record of the sayings of Muhammad as remembered by his wives, his close companions and other who had been in his presence and heard his words.” Upton goes on to suggest the “Covenants” may provide a third foundational source for Islam, “one that is entirely consonant with the first two.” (p. xi)

The “Covenants” are not widely known, even among scholars, and even less among ordinary believers. This publication, therefore, provides an important resource for innovative reflection on the history of Islam and the practices of the Prophet, and provides the basis for a more advanced Islamic theology of religions or a more advanced theology of interreligious relations and especially Muslim-Christian relations.

In addition, Morrow suggests that a new kind of harmony can emerge among Jews, Christians and Muslims that will go a long way toward establishing safeguards against the caustic effects of modernity that undermine moral values and traditions that have endured for centuries, and which promote a secularist worldview that is empty of spiritual content.

This volume is recommended for any serious student of Islam, interfaith relations, and the relationships between religion and peace.

EXCLUSIVE – Dr Morrow’s Genocide Initiative against Wahhabism is gaining traction in the US – Congressman is pushing for political recognition

Wednesday, 23 September 2015 12:29                      

SHAFAQNA – Dr John Morrow and his team’s efforts have dramatically changed America’s political landscape now that a Congressman has petitioned the House of Congress, hoping to see recognize ISIS’ crimes as acts of genocide against Islam, Christianity and all religious minorities.

Earlier this September US Congressman, Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican introduced Resolution 75 to Congress on September 9, 2015 ahead of the Pope’s scheduled visit to the Washington.

The resolution reads as follow:

• the atrocities committed against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities targeted specifically for religious reasons are crimes against humanity and genocide;

•each of the Contracting Parties to the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide and other international agreements forbidding war crimes and crimes against humanity, particularly the governments of countries and their nationals who are in any way supporting these crimes, are reminded of their legal obligations under the Convention and these international agreements;

•the United Nations (U.N.) and the Secretary-General are called upon to assert leadership by calling the atrocities war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide;

•the member states of the U.N., with an appeal to the Arab States that wish to uphold religious freedom and justice, should collaborate on measures to prevent further war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, and collaborate on the establishment of tribunals to punish those responsible for the ongoing crimes;

•the governments of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the Lebanese Republic, and other countries are commended for having undertaken to shelter and protect those fleeing extremist violence; and

•those who force the migration of religious communities from their ancestral homelands, including specifically the Nineveh Plain and Mount Sinjar, should be prosecuted in accordance with the laws of the place where their crimes were committed and under applicable international criminal statutes and conventions.

Dr Morrow’s determination to expose Wahhabi-inspired radicalism has been welcomed by rights groups across the globe. Gregory Stanton of Genocide Watch recently said he was delighted of the progress the Genocide Initiative made on the ground in terms of raising awareness against ISIS.

Genocide Watch has been working with Chaldean Christians on precisely the same issue as the Genocide Initiative (headed by Dr Morrow) : having the actions of ISIS officially declared “genocide”.

Following is that Gregory Stanton from Genocide Watch, had to say on ISIS’ crimes:

“Members of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, representing the world’s largest organization of experts on genocide, have called upon the United States Congress to declare that the crimes committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) also known as Daesh, constitute genocide in violation of the International Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Genocide is the intentional destruction, in whole or in part, of a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such. ISIS is committing genocide against religious groups that do not conform to ISIS’s totalitarian definition of ‘true Islam.’ ISIS’s mass murders of Chaldean, Assyrian, Melkite Greek, and Coptic Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Sunni Kurds and other religious groups meet even the strictest definition of genocide. ISIS’s policy of mass rape is also genocidal. The gendered pattern of persecution pursued by ISIS against groups it considers to be infidels conforms to historical patterns of genocide, particularly the mass killing of men and teenage boys accompanied by the rape and enslavement of women and teenage girls and the kidnapping of children. ISIS government in areas it has occupied includes beheadings of captives and people considered apostates, destruction of religious centers such as churches and monasteries, and pillage of ancient cultural sites that do not conform to the regime’s religious orthodoxy—acts typical of genocidal regimes. ISIS rules by totalitarian terror. ISIS leaders, many of them from Saddam Hussein’s sadistic regime, have read Stalin’s writings on how to use terror to rule populations through fear. That is why ISIS beheads its captives, and then posts videos of the beheadings on the internet. ISIS must be defeated militarily to destroy the illusion of invincibility its terrorism has created. It is incredible that American airstrikes have left Raqqa and dozens of ISIS training camps standing. Are American and NATO Air Forces incompetent? ISIS must also be defeated ideologically. This is a spiritual war, very similar to the Cold War against Communism. Muslim nations must reclaim Islam from the satanic preaching of ISIS. The imaginary ISIS caliphate is like the Khmer Rouge attempt to recreate the imaginary 11th century Angkor Empire. What difference would it make to call the crimes of ISIS “genocide?” Studies by genocide scholars have shown that calling genocide by its proper name, rather than using euphemisms like “ethnic cleansing” or weaker terms like “crimes against humanity,” increases the probability of forceful action to end the crimes by over four times. The most relevant case was Kosovo, where US War Crimes Ambassador Scheffer’s determination that the crimes were genocidal massacres led nearly directly to the bombing of Belgrade and a rapid end of the conflict. One way to undermine the ideological attraction of ISIS is indictment of ISIS leaders by the International Criminal Court (ICC.) Because Syria and Iraq are not state-parties to the ICC, only the UN Security Council can refer ISIS to the ICC. Russia and China might not block such referral since they have radical Muslims of their own to deal with. The UN Security Council should refer ISIS to the ICC for investigation and prosecution. The Arab League, Turkey, NATO, and national police forces should act swiftly and firmly to arrest ISIS leaders. ISIS must be stopped and brought to justice.”
By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

New Petition Proclaims ISIS Is Guilty of Genocide

New Petition Proclaims ISIS Is Guilty of Genocide

By Craig Considine

Huffington Post -9/21/2015

ISIS is winning. I say that with the utmost regret, but it is true. Bullets have not stopped it, nor have bombs or ground troops. States around the world have denounced ISIS’s radicalism from afar, but words are meaningless without any action. At a time when ISIS enslaves people, a new movement is determined to stop their cruelty once and for all.

The Genocide Initiative has launched a petition on change.org that calls on political powers to unite and proclaim the crimes being committed by ISIS as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide. While political entities such as the United Nations have proclaimed ISIS’s activities as “crimes against humanity,” few organizations or institutions have labeled the group’s actions for what they truly are: genocide.

Started by Islamic scholar Dr. John Andrew Morrow, poet Charles Upton, and Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Eastern Rite church, the Genocide Initiative is a coordinated interfaith effort to urge nations and human rights groups to stand up for Christians, Yazidis, Kurds, Sufis, and other religious groups facing genocide because of ISIS. The Initiative’s petition demands that local, regional, and international powers act to neutralize ISIS by cutting off their legs from under them. The plan is to systematically dismantle their networks, whether ideological, financial, political, or religious. Only a multi-faceted and comprehensive method of action will prevent ISIS from gaining more ground in the Middle East.

The Genocide Initiative is inspired by Dr. Morrow’s book The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. Muhammad’s treaties with Christians state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, but defend them “until the End of the World.” Morrow’s book directly appealed to all Muslims to condemn the violence against Christians in the name of Prophet Muhammad himself.

Morrow and his colleagues challenge international organizations, human rights groups, intelligence agencies, national security agencies, law enforcement agencies and military forces “to coordinate their efforts to locate, arrest, indict, try, and convict any and all parties responsible for supporting ISIS.” By signing the petition, these groups and organizations put pressure on elected officials and other representatives to stand against the evil of Takfirism — the latest heretical perversion of Islam. People of all religious backgrounds, as well as no religious backgrounds, must tackle Takfirism.

Christians and Muslims have signed the petition to fight the darkness of radicalism with solidarity and unshakable resolve. Once the petition has enough signatures, the Genocide Initiative will present the petition to world leaders, U.S. governors, human rights organizations and others to lobby for the request to categorize ISIS’s actions as genocide.

It is imperative that world leaders declare the actions of ISIS as genocide. Joining the Genocide Initiative and signing the petition is taking one step closer to ensuring that groups in the Middle East have a place to call home in the future.

Dr Morrow’s address at the ISNA conference – Exclusive

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Wednesday, 09 September 2015 09:47

SHAFAQNA – Prominent author and Islamic scholar shared with Shafaqna the transcript of the speech he delivered at the ISNA on September 5th, 2015.

MUHAMMAD’S LEGACY:

THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD WITH THE CHRISTIANS OF THE WORLD

Delivered by Dr. John Andrew Morrow at the 2015 ISNA Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, September 5th, 2015

A‘udhu billāhi min al-Shayṭān al-rajīm. Bismillāh al-Raḥmān al-Raḥīm. Alḥamdulillāhi Rabb al-‘alamīn. Wa ṣalātu wa salām ‘alā ashraf al-mursalīn: nabiyyinā Muḥammad al-Amīn wa ‘alā ālihi wa sahbihi ajma‘īn. Amā ba‘d.

The Covenants of the Prophet Muḥammad with Christians of the World is the story of a journey. It is very much the story of a quest: a search for the Scrolls of Hope; a voyage of discovery and rediscovery which provides unparalleled insight into primordial Islam and the living legacy of the Messenger of Allah, ṣallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.

Alḥamdu wa shukralillāh I was exposed to the Ashtīnāmeh, the Covenant of the Prophet Muḥammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai immediately upon embracing Islam, nearly thirty years ago, and professing the sweetest and most spiritually sublime words I have ever uttered, the shahadah of lā ilaha illā Allāh / Muḥammadan Rasūl Allāh.

Consequently, along with the Qur’ān and the Constitution of Medina, the Ashtīnāmeh represents the fundamental foundation of Islam.

Is Islam a religion of violence? Is Islam a religion of brutality? Is Islam a religion of misogyny, pedophilia, sexual slavery, and ritualized rape? Is Islam a religion of terror? Is Islam a religion of destruction and chaos? Is Islam a cult of death, dismemberment, torture, mutilation, and mass murder? Is Islam the manifestation of injustice, oppression, despotism, and tyranny? Some will say: yes; by God Almighty; yes it is!

But I say no; we say no; the Prophet says no; the Qur’ān says no; the Sunnah says no; the Sharī‘ah says no and Allah,subḥānahu wa ta‘ālā says: no, absolutely not; never! Islam is a religion of justice. Islam is a religion of peace. Islam is a religion of tolerance. Islam is a religion of compassion. And those who argue otherwise are ignorant, misguided, or ill-intentioned. Summūn, bukmūn, ‘umyūn, fa-hum lā yarji‘ūn: Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return to the path. (2:18)

This is not to say that we are pacifists. This is not to say that we always turn the other cheek. This is not to say that we follow in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. This is not to say that we are non-violent in the mode of Martin Luther King, Junior. This is not to say that there is no jihad in Islam. Let me be absolutely and categorically clear: the Prophet Muḥammad, peace and blessings be upon him said: “I smile and I fight.”

The Prophet Muḥammad, peace and blessings be upon him, came with the sword; but it was the sword of justice. It was the sword of self-defense. It was the sword of the oppressed drawn against the oppressor. It was never the first option; it was always the last option; the last recourse.

The Messenger of Allah, ṣallahu ‘alayhi wa ālihi wa sallam, always preferred conciliation over conflict. He always preferred a diplomatic solution over a military solution. And when there was war, there were rules of war; rules of just war which governed military conflict; the treatment of non-combatants; the treatment of women; the treatment of crops, orchards, and gardens; and the treatment of churches, monasteries, and synagogues…all of which are being blatantly and shamelessly violated by those who have deviated from the teachings of Allah, subḥānahu wa ta‘ālāand the Messenger of Allah, ‘alayhi ṣalawātu wa sallam…

The Covenants of the Prophet Muḥammad with the Christians of the World take us, not only to the early days of Islam, but the days before the rise of Islam, when Muḥammad, a caravan leader, used to travel the Middle East, extensively, making journeys throughout Arabia, to the Yemen, to the Sinai, to Egypt, to Palestine, to Syria, to Iraq and Persia, and perhaps as far as Abyssinia and Armenia… This is well documented in the works of early Muslim and non-Muslim historians.

We all know, from our books of ḥadīth and sīrah, from our books of prophetic traditions and history, that Muḥammad, before he received revelation, was known as al-Amīn, the Trustworthy, throughout the Ḥijāz. However, few of us are aware that his reputation extended far beyond the reaches of Arabia where he was known, respected, and loved by Christian patriarchs, abbots, bishops, priests, and monks.

One such Christian, who was the friend of Muḥammad, was the abbot of St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai. One day, when Muḥammad, who was still a young man, was resting in front of the monastery, an eagle appeared. This eagle, which circled mysterious around the young man, intrigued the abbot. He knew that the Angel Gabriel could take the form of an eagle. This is confirmed in our books of ḥadīth.

The abbot concluded that this was a sign that Muḥammad would grow up to be a wise and powerful leader. Consequently, he invited him into the monastery, treated him with the utmost hospitality, and asked him for a letter of protection.

Muḥammad, who had no power or wealth, asked: “How can I protect the monastery when I am but a poor orphan?” The abbot, just like Baḥīrā the Monk in Syria, foretold that Muḥammad would become a mighty leader. “How can I grant you a letter of protection if I cannot write?” asked Muḥammad. “Just give us your word,” said the Abbot. He then gave him a parchment and a bowl of ink. Muḥammad soaked his hand in the ink, and stamped the paper with his palm print, and said: “My word is my bond.”

The years passed and word reached the monastery that Muḥammad had received revelation, that he had been persecuted for a decade, and that he had finally had established an Islamic State, the real one, the true one, and not that fake, bogus, corrupted, and perverted aberration now rearing its hideous head in Syria and Iraq.

We take refuge in Allah from those who present as Islam what is fake Islam. We take refuge in Allah from those who spread hatred, violence, and fanaticism. We take refuge in Allah from those who commit atrocities in the name of Allah, Islam, the Qur’ān, and the Sunnah.

Let it be known as it has been shown, that the war criminals in questions are not part of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Jama‘at. On the contrary, they have broken from the Jama‘at, turned against the Jama‘at, they have made takfīr of the Jama‘at, and everyone else for that matter; they have corrupted the Qur’ān, soiled the Sunnah, and spit on the Sharī‘ah.

Let me regain my composure and return to raḥmat al-‘alamīn, Muḥammad Rasūl Allāh wa Ḥabīb Allāh, the man who was sent as a mercy, and not a terror, to all the worlds.

The monks organized a delegation and headed off to Medina. There, they met the Messenger of Allah, ṣalawāt Allah ‘alayh, and reminded him of the promise of protection that he had made. He said: “I remember my promise, and I fully intend to fulfil it.” He then dictated a charter of rights and freedoms to his cousin ‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib; had it witnessed by his companions; and bid the monks farewell. The charter was placed in the monastery. It remained there until 1517 when it was taken to the Treasury in Istanbul by Sultan Selim who granted the monks a notarized copy.

The Ashtīnāmeh is not the only Covenant of the Prophet. The first covenant of the Prophet was the Constitution of Medina which granted protection to all the inhabitants of the Ummah, including Muslims, Jews, and even polytheists. Yes, the Prophet protected the mushkrikīn who were allied with the Muslims. When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him arrived in Medina, the Muslims only numbered in the hundreds; half the town was pagan and half the town was Jewish. However, he was embraced by all parties as a peace maker and conciliator.

Nabbiyinā wa ḥabībinā wa ‘azīzinā, Muḥammad al-Musṭafā, ṣalla Allāhu ‘alayhi wa ālihi wa sallam, granted covenants of protection to the Christians of Najran, to the Jews of Aylah and Maqnah, to the Assyrian Christians, to the Armenian Christians, to the Christians of Persia, and to the Christians of the World.

These Muḥammadan Covenants, which were found in ancient churches, monasteries, and mosques around the Middle East, are so similar in content, style, language, and witnesses, that they can only conceivably have been authored by the same man: Muḥammad, the Messenger of Allah, ṣalawāt Allāh ‘alayh.

The Covenants of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, grant the People of the Book, Jews and Christians, freedom of belief and freedom of religious practice. They protect places of worship: churches, monasteries, and synagogues. Not only must Muslim protect these religious sites, they must help maintain them. The Covenants of the Prophet prohibit conversion by force or any compulsion in matters of religion. While the Covenants permit Muslim men to marry Christian women–marry them, not rape them–they forbid Muslim men from coercing their Christian wives to embrace Islam.

Islam, for those who have forgotten, is spread through the word; it is spread by the intellect; it is spread by reasoning; and, most importantly: it is spread by example.

The Muḥammadan Covenants also command Muslims to protect the Christians of the East until the end of times. We are not talking about the Crusaders. We are not talking about colonialists. We are not talking about imperialists. We are talking about the indigenous Christian communities of the East, who were friends and allies of the Prophet Muḥammad, and who have lived with us, as neighbors, for more than 1400 years. This was always understood by true Muslims. During the Crusades, the Europeans were describes as salībīs or Crusaders while the Christians of the Middle East were described as masīhīs and “our Christian brothers.”

True traditional Muslims always distinguished between true traditional Christians who are our neighbors, friends, and allies, and fake Christians who were our enemies. The Christians of the East were treated as Ahl al-Kitāb while the European invaders were treated, rightfully so, as kuffār al-ḥarbī, infidels at war against Islam.

While many Muslims are unfamiliar with the Covenants of the Prophet, ‘alayhi ṣalawātu wa sallam, they are well documented, and have been transmitted consecutively by both Muslims and Christians over the past 1400 years. In fact, they were renewed by the four rightly-guided Caliphs, raḍī Allāhu ‘anhum, may Allah be pleased with them, and most of the Umayyads, the ‘Abassids, the Mamluks, the Ayyubids and the Safavids, all the way down to the last of the Ottoman Caliphs, a mere hundred years ago.

It is our duty as Muslims to familiarize ourselves with the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet, ‘alayhi ṣalawātu wa sallam. This includes not only Ḥadīth, but also Tarīkh or history as well as the Wathā’iq; namely, the letters, treaties, and covenants of the cream of humanity, the peak of spirituality, the perfect human being, and the proof of Allah for all creation: Muḥammad ibn ‘Abd Allāh, the Prophet and Messenger of Allāh, may countless blessings be showered upon him and may Almighty Allah grant us his company in the ākhirah or the Hereafter.

I invite you to join me on this journey of discovery and rediscovery.

Let’s us revive the Covenants of the Prophet Muḥammad, ṣallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and show the world the true teachings of Islam; a religion of justice; a religion of compassion; and a religion of love for God and all of humanity.

I send you my most sincere salaams.

Al-salāmu ‘alaykum wa raḥmatullāhi wa barakātu.

Petition Against Wahhabi-Inspired Radicalism – The fight against terror becomes cross-sectarian

Petition Against Wahhabi-Inspired Radicalism – The fight against terror becomes cross-sectarian

Petition Against Wahhabi-Inspired Radicalism - The fight against terror becomes cross-sectarian

SHAFAQNA –

This September, Dr John Andrew Morrow, a prominent Islamic scholar, author and speaker launched a brand new project against terror and radicalism by way of a petition entitled: The Genocide Initiative.

Behind and in support of the petitions, dozens of intellectuals have already answered  – all determined to throw their name and their weight to an effort which should be global.

A universal call to action against Wahhabi-inspired radicalism the Genocide Initiative is at heart an injunction for peace and religious tolerance – in keeping with the spirit of Islam

Below is the text of the petition:

We, the undersigned, call upon all political powers: beyond all questions of political affiliation, and in the true spirit of human solidarity and decency, to categorize the crimes being committed by ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists against Christians, Twelver Shiites, Ismailis, Alawis, Sufis, traditional Sunnis, and others, as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide.

Before ISIS, all religious denominations stand in the line of fire. Christians and Muslims know only too well the bitterness and despair of a life spent under the ominous flag of Takfirism—a heretical perversion of Islam, also known as Wahhabism, which reared its hideous head a mere two centuries ago.  Evil has a new face and it is Takfirism! Doing nothing while millions of lives are at risk is tantamount to murder. We owe it to our children to carry on this fight so as to prevent the shadow of our shameful inaction from falling on future generations.

Before the threat of Wahhabi-inspired radicalism the world can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines—the enemy needs to be engaged on all fronts: ideologically through the denunciation of its nefarious dogma, religiously through the coming together of people of all faiths, politically, militarily, financially … everything conceivable must be done and no effort should be spared.

We demand that local, regional, and international powers act decisively to neutralize ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists by cutting off their legs from under them—systematically dismantling their networks, whether financial, political or religious.

While we remain committed to peace, local populations have the right to defend themselves; and we have a duty of care towards them. Therefore, concerted efforts, in keeping with international and territorial sovereignty, should be made to combat this evil by all means necessary.

We urge political and economic powers to freeze all bank accounts of ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists; to seize their assets; and to prosecute any and all who provide material support to genocidalist war criminals.

We further urge these powers to do all they can to determine how the black market trade in oil, drugs, arms, art treasures and enslaved human beings that ISIS and other Takfiri groups rely upon to fund their efforts can be interrupted and brought to a halt, and how anyone involved in any aspect of this trade, as either seller or buyer, can be prosecuted under existing laws.

We challenge all international organizations, human rights groups, intelligence agencies, national security agencies, law enforcement agencies, and military forces to coordinate their efforts to locate, arrest, indict, try, and convict any and all parties responsible for supporting ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists in any form or fashion, including, but not limited to, financial, military, strategic, political or ideological assistance. We call upon members of the legal profession to determine how the perpetrators of these crimes can be indicted under existing laws, including but not limited to those against criminal conspiracy, hate speech, and providing aid to the enemy in time of war.

Finally, we demand that any and all parties who have supported ISIS and other Takfiri groups, in any form or fashion, be labeled as war criminals guilty of genocide.

The petition can be signed here.

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NUEVO LIBRO REVELA: MUHAMMAD ORDENÓ A LOS MUSULMANES DEFENDER A LOS CRISTIANOS

NUEVO LIBRO REVELA: MUHAMMAD ORDENÓ A LOS MUSULMANES DEFENDER A LOS CRISTIANOS

Revista Cultural Biblioteca Islamica

Agosto de 2015

Dra. Bridget Blomfield: “El Dr. Morrow presenta hallazgos importantes y excepcionales”.

Este libro –“Los Pactos del Profeta Muhammad con los Cristianos del Mundo” del Dr. John Andrew Morrow [Angelico prensa/Sophia Perennis, 2013]– podría cambiar el curso de las relaciones entre cristianos y musulmanes. Como resultado de la investigación de fuentes soterradas en monasterios, en antiguos archivos y en colecciones particulares, el autor revela los tratados del Profeta con los cristianos: los mismos afirman de manera constante que los musulmanes no deben atacar a las comunidades cristianas pacificas sino defenderlas “hasta el fin del mundo”.
Este libro no pudo ser más oportuno, pues actualmente los cristianos están siendo perseguidos en Siria y en otros lugares por extremistas que se presentan como musulmanes mientras reciben ayuda de Estados Unidos (“New York Times”, 10 de septiembre de 2013, http://www.nytimes.com/…/assault-on-christian-town-)
Según el autor, si los documentos sacados a la luz en este libro fuesen conocidos (masivamente) por los estadounidenses y los musulmanes del mundo, en vez de un “choque de civilizaciones” –realmente un choque de barbarismos– se reconocería que las religiones enfrentan a un enemigo común dedicado a destruirlas. Respetados eruditos y autoridades de todo el mundo musulmán ya han tomado nota de este trabajo innovador. (Ver los respaldos en http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zxE_U1PjA8
Desde los ataques del 9/11 y el atentado en la maratón de Boston, los musulmanes informados y conscientes han estado gritando “¡no somos terroristas!” y buscando la manera efectiva de oponerse a los extremistas en el nombre de la Sharía tradicional. (Ver: http://www.patheos.com/…/John-Andrew-Morrow-Covenants-Proph…) Este libro confirma las normas de la verdadera jurisprudencia islámica –no su perversión extremista– en lo que hace a la relación con los no musulmanes basándose en documentos recién redescubiertos que registran las palabras reales de Muhammad. También contiene la Iniciativa de los Pactos, donde los musulmanes pueden firmar una declaración por medio de la cual se acepta que estos pactos de Muhammad mantienen plenamente su legalidad. (Para ver los Pactos y la Iniciativa de los Pactos haga clic en http://www.covenantsoftheprophet.com). Esta Iniciativa, que ya ha sido firmada por personas de los más variados estamentos, permite a los musulmanes solidarizarse con los cristianos pacíficos que ahora son atacados por terroristas pervertidos que dicen actuar en nombre del Islam en Medio Oriente Medio, África y otras partes del mundo.
El libro “Los Pactos del Profeta Muhammad con los Cristianos del Mundo” contiene mucho material difícil de conseguir: facsímiles de fuentes primarias en árabe y persa; versiones corregidas transcriptas en árabe moderno y las traducciones alternativas. Los eruditos ahora tienen todo lo necesario para el estudio de esos pactos del Profeta en profundidad. Este libro seguramente abrirá un nuevo campo de acción en los estudios islámicos, los movimientos contra la guerra y las relaciones interreligiosas.
“Esta narrativa tiene el poder de unir a las comunidades musulmanas y cristianas. Un trabajo de erudición publicado oportunamente y con un contenido esencial en el fomento del respeto mutuo y la libertad religiosa”. Presidente de “Iniciativa de Córdoba”, IMAM FEISAL ABDUL RAUF.
“En su contribución indispensable al estudio de las religiones abrahámicas, John Andrew Morrow narra la historia de cómo el Profeta Muhammad se valió de sus experiencias en el desierto en lo que hace a hospitalidad y protección parra unir a musulmanes y cristianos”. JOSEPH HOBBS, Universidad de Missouri.
“Estas cartas del Profeta Muhammad a las comunidades cristianas pueden servir para inspirar a los musulmanes y a los cristianos sobre nuestra competencia para vivir juntos como pueblo de Dios, como amigos, como vecinos y como custodios del mismo pequeño planeta.” OMID SAFI, Universidad de Carolina del Norte.
“Los pactos son un genuino llamado a reconsiderar la relación entre las tres religiones abrahámicas reveladas: el cristianismo, el judaísmo y el Islam”. AMAR SELLAM, Universidad Mohamed I.
“Este libro documenta lo que posiblemente es la tercera fuente fundamental del Islam: los tratados y pactos entre las personas de fe Abrahámica”. BRIDGET BLOMFIELD, Universidad de Nebraska.
“Uno de los más importantes proyectos de las últimas décadas referido a las relaciones de musulmanes y cristianos”. MARKWITH ZACHARY, Licenciado de Theological Union.
JOHN ANDREW MORROW ha sido administrador y miembro de claustro en numerosos colegios y universidades. Sus libros incluyen “Arabic, Islamic, And The Allan Lexicon: How Language Shapes our Conception of God” (Edwin Mellen, 2006), “Religion and Revolution: Spiritual and Political Islam in Ernesto Cardenal” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012), e “Islamic Images and Ideas: Essays on Sacred Symbolism” (McFarland, 2013).
El sello “ANGELICO PRESS/SOPHIA PERENNIS” combina los recursos de prensa de Angelico –comprometida en la conservación de los elementos esenciales de la tradición católica en tanto se promueve el entendimiento mutuo entre los pueblos de las religiones abrahámicas– con los de Sophia Perennis, editorial que durante casi dos décadas ha estado a la vanguardia de la publicación de obras que exhiben las bases comunes de todas las religiones del mundo.

– See more at: http://www.redislam.net/2015/08/nuevo-libro-revela-muhammad-ordeno-los.html#sthash.yGMGcGdI.dpuf

Local Professor Starts “Genocide Initiative”

Professor: “ISIS is committing genocide.”

By Sara Wagner, August 21, 2015

Dr. John Andrew Morrow teaches foreign language at Ivy Tech. He’s also the director of the Genocide Initiative, a worldwide effort to help put a stop to ISIS.

“We know they’re committing genocide, and we believe that world leaders should do something about it. They should act. Unfortunately, so far, there hasn’t been a clear will to do so,” Dr. Morrow said. “If we could use our network in order to pressure governments, world leaders, politicians, human rights organizations to declare the atrocities being committed by ISIS and similar groups as acts of genocide, as crimes against humanity. When you do so, that would be a great accomplishment in and of itself. It would trigger a series of consequences- politically, economically, and so on. It would ensure that eventually justice would be served.”

The Genocide Initiative is the product of a book Dr. Morrow wrote back in 2013 called “The Covenants of Prophet Mohammed with the Christian World.” Dr. Morrow said the book is essentially a collection of long lost letters that the Mohammed sent to Christian leaders of his time. Dr. Morrow said the book was initially aimed at the Muslim community to show Christians that they support them during this time of persecution. From there, Dr. Morrow asked Christian leaders how else they could help, and thus, the Genocide Initiative was born.

The group is sponsoring a petition that anyone can sign to show their opposition to ISIS.

“This is open to everyone, people of faith and people without faith, just human beings as a whole. After we have a significant amount of signatures, we would start sending this out to different political leaders throughout the world to put some pressure on these people to act,” Dr. Morrow said. “People need to realize that they can do something, and it can be something very simple.”

Dr. Morrow thinks the actions of ISIS are worse than past genocides in history.

“Perhaps quantitatively, it is not the same as what happened in Europe or in Germany, but qualitatively, it is exactly the same thing. They make no secret about it. They film their atrocities. When they drown people, when they burn people alive, crucify people, they’re very proud of it,” Dr. Morrow said. “Pretty much anyone who disagrees with their ideology, with their mode of thinking, is someone whose blood, in their eyes, is legitimate to shed. They are committing genocide. There is no question about it. When you try to exterminate a specific group, a religious group, an ethnic group, this is genocide.”

He believes doing nothing is simply not an option.

“I have many roles in life. I’m a father, I’m a professor, I’m an academic, and apparently now, I’m an activist. All of it ties together. It just boils down to that I’m a human being who cares for other human beings. We’re talking about human life here. Human life is sacred. If you don’t believe that life is sacred, then I don’t think you deserve to live. I think we should all unite as human beings in order to save human lives,” Dr. Morrow said.

The group hopes to get at least 100,000 signatures. It plans to upload the petition to www.change.org sometime next week. Below is a copy of the petition:
THE GENOCIDE INITIATIVE

We, the undersigned, call upon all political powers: beyond all questions of political affiliation, and in the true spirit of human solidarity and decency, to categorize the crimes being committed by ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists against Christians, Twelver Shiites, Ismailis, Alawis, Sufis, traditional Sunnis, and others, as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide.

Before ISIS, all religious denominations stand in the line of fire. Christians and Muslims know only too well the bitterness and despair of a life spent under the ominous flag of Takfirism—a heretical perversion of Islam, also known as Wahhabism, which reared its hideous head a mere two centuries ago.  Evil has a new face and it is Takfirism! Doing nothing while millions of lives are at risk is tantamount to murder. We owe it to our children to carry on this fight so as to prevent the shadow of our shameful inaction from falling on future generations.

Before the threat of Wahhabi-inspired radicalism the world can no longer afford to stand on the sidelines—the enemy needs to be engaged on all fronts: ideologically through the denunciation of its nefarious dogma, religiously through the coming together of people of all faiths, politically, militarily, financially … everything conceivable must be done and no effort should be spared.

We demand that local, regional, and international powers act decisively to neutralize ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists by cutting off their legs from under them—systematically dismantling their networks, whether financial, political or religious.

While we remain committed to peace, local populations have the right to defend themselves; and we have a duty of care towards them. Therefore, concerted efforts, in keeping with international and territorial sovereignty, should be made to combat this evil by all means necessary.

We urge political and economic powers to freeze all bank accounts of ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists; to seize their assets; and to prosecute any and all who provide material support to genocidalist war criminals.

We further urge these powers to do all they can to determine how the black market trade in oil, drugs, arms, art treasures and enslaved human beings that ISIS and other Takfiri groups rely upon to fund their efforts can be interrupted and brought to a halt, and how anyone involved in any aspect of this trade, as either seller or buyer, can be prosecuted under existing laws.

We challenge all international organizations, human rights groups, intelligence agencies, national security agencies, law enforcement agencies, and military forces to coordinate their efforts to locate, arrest, indict, try, and convict any and all parties responsible for supporting ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists in any form or fashion, including, but not limited to, financial, military, strategic, political or ideological assistance. We call upon members of the legal profession to determine how the perpetrators of these crimes can be indicted under existing laws, including but not limited to those against criminal conspiracy, hate speech, and providing aid to the enemy in time of war.

Finally, we demand that any and all parties who have supported ISIS and other Takfiri groups, in any form or fashion, be labeled as war criminals guilty of genocide.

Local Professor Pushes Effort to Have ISIS Violence Recognized as Genocide

http://www.fortwaynehomepage.net/news/local-news/local-professor-pushes-effort-to-have-isis-violence-recognized-as-genocide

“ISIS’ crimes are act of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide,” says prominent Muslim scholar

Wed. August 19, 2015

SHAFAQNA – Following the publication of his book: “Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a well-known Muslim scholar, author and speaker decided to turn words into actions.

Rather than denounce radicalism from afar, Dr. Morrow decided to expand on the already thriving Covenant Initiative by calling on all world actors to rise against the black flag of ISIS by declaring its actions acts of genocide.

“We, call upon all political powers: beyond all affiliations, and  in the true spirit of human solidarity and decency, to categorize the crimes being committed by ISIS and other Takfiri terrorists against Christians, Twelver Shiites, Ismailis, Alawis, Sufis, and traditional Sunnis, as acts of religious, cultural, and ethnic genocide,” Dr. Morrow urged.

The petition, which was initially inspired by Bishop Francis Kalabat, calls for solidarity in between all Abrahamic faiths.

At such a time when ISIS has spread across all four corners of the world, funded and propped up by those powers which seek to defile the religious to better enslave and oppress, Dr. Morrow has said to be determined to stand a vigil.

“Since ISIS does not sleep, neither will I,” said the scholar.

In true Islamic tradition Dr. Morrow is urging Muslims to honor their faith by shining a light against the evil of radicalism and Wahhabi absolutism.

In the words of Imam Hassan, from whom we learn peace: “Befriend people in the same manner you would like them to befriend you.”

Fort Wayne Professor Seeks Genocide Declaration for ISIS Violence

Fort Wayne Professor Seeks Genocide Declaration for ISIS Violence

Created by dwright on 8/18/2015 8:57:43 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A Fort Wayne professor is making an effort to have the violence of ISIS officially recognized as genocide.

John Morrow teaches foreign languages at Ivy Tech Community College and says he can’t stand still in the face of evil and injustice. He tells the News-Sentinel he’s part of an effort called the Genocide Initiative, which urges nations and human rights groups to admit ISIS’ murder of Christians and others in the Middle East is genocide.

Morrow says if the movement is successful, it’ll inspire nations to feel morally obligated to stop the terror group, including taking action against countries friendly to ISIS and what it stands for.

Ivy Tech professor part of effort to have ISIS violence recognized as genocide

Ivy Tech professor part of effort to have ISIS violence recognized as genocide

Local professor John Andrew Morrow doesn’t want to be in the position where, in the future, his children ask what he did to stop the violence of terrorist group ISIS, and he had to answer, “Nothing.”

So Morrow joined with others in what they call the Genocide Initiative — an effort to urge nations and human rights groups to recognize as genocide the killing by ISIS of Christians, Shia Muslims, and members of various tribal and ethnic groups.

“I for one cannot stand still in the face of evil, in the face of injustice,” said Morrow, a professor of foreign languages at Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast.

Morrow, who lives in Auburn, already had been promoting peace in the Middle East through his book “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World,” which was published in November 2013.

Through an effort they call the Covenants Initiative, he and poet Charles Upton of Lexington, Ky., are trying to make world leaders and Muslims aware of six covenants Islam’s great prophet, Muhammad, signed with Christian groups before his death in A.D. 632. Muhammad signed similar agreements with Jewish and other groups, Morrow has said.

The covenants reportedly promise the groups protection until the end of the world if the groups agree to live under the civil government of a Muslim confederation.

But while Upton worked on organizing a joint Christian-Muslim march against ISIS, a bishop from the Chaldean Catholic Church recommended they start an effort to have ISIS’ actions declared genocide, Morrow said. The Chaldean Catholic Church is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and mainly ministers to people in the Middle East.

The Genocide Initiative also applies to other groups, such as the Free Syrian Army, which are described as moderates but which also want to force people of other faiths or backgrounds to leave the area or to kill them, Morrow said.

If the actions of ISIS and the other groups are recognized as genocide, countries such as the United States would have a moral obligation to stop the killing, he said.

“After the Holocaust, people said, ‘Never again,'” he said. “Then Bosnia happened. Rwanda happened. ‘Never again.’ And we are sitting here watching genocide.”

Stopping ISIS’ brutality can come either through direct military intervention or through various countries arming the persecuted groups so they can defend themselves, Morrow said. He described Shia Muslims, Kurds, Yazidis and Christians as “sitting ducks.”

Halting the genocide also can involve taking action against countries that created, trained, armed and now pay fighters for ISIS and other groups, Morrow said. In addition, Morrow believes outside countries should freeze ISIS’ financial assets and seize its bank accounts.

The Genocide Initiative’s attorneys are working now to draw up a petition calling for ISIS’ actions to be recognized as genocide, Morrow said. The petition likely will be posted in the near future on the website Change.org, www.change.org, so people can sign it. The website describes itself as “The World’s Platform for Change.”

When they have enough signatures, Morrow said they will begin presenting the petition to world leaders, U.S. governors, human rights organizations and others to lobby for them to take action.

“We are a movement promoting peace,” he said. “But we also realize you can’t sit around holding hands, singing ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Shall Overcome’ while ISIS surrounds your village.”

kkilbane@news-sentinel.com

The Saudi spin doctors: On the spread of radicalism and the institutionalization of sectarianism

The Saudi spin doctors: On the spread of radicalism and the institutionalization of sectarianism

Catherine Shakdam
Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East with a special focus on radical movements and Yemen. Her writings have been published in world-renowned publications such as Foreign Policy Journal, Mintpress News, the Guardian, Your Middle East, Middle East Monitor, Middle East Eye, Open Democracy, Eurasia Review and many more. A regular pundit on RT, she has also contributed her analyses to Etejah TV, IRIB radio, Press TV and NewsMax TV. Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies and consultant for Anderson Consulting, her research and work on Yemen were used by the UN Security Council in relation to Yemen looted funds in 2015.
People are pictured through a damaged window of a house, near the site of Thursday's car bomb attack in Yemen's capital Sanaa August 14, 2015 © Mohamed al-Sayaghi

In this narrative, Islam and all Muslims within it, once again sit the eternal enemy, the designated scapegoats of Western neo-imperialism – their real crimes are merely to have dared claim monopoly over their resources, political future and sovereignty.

Only this month, Western capitals, Washington in the lead, have painstakingly rationalized both their cooperation with Turkey and their military escalation in Syria, and one might say against Syria, arguing the war on terror and national security strategy.

Interestingly no Western officials made mention of the fact that Ankara, the great ally against terror, has actually been instrumental in the rise of radicalism in the region, as it has allowed for funds, militants and weapons to reach ISIS.

In November 2014, Ben Norton wrote in Counterpunch: “In one of the most contemptible of recent political developments, we now know that the great secular, democratic nation of Turkey is directly aiding ISIS fascists in order to crush the secular, left-wing Kurdish resistance.”

Even more compelling were German Deputy Speaker of the Bundestag and Green Party MP Claudia Roth’s comments to Rudaw in late 2014 when she declared: “Erdogan’s dealings with the ISIS are unacceptable. I could not believe that Turkey harbors an ISIS militant camp in Istanbul.”

But here is where this radical algorithm becomes downright conspiratorial – while bombs are raining from the skies and as imperialists are working hard to redraw borders and play political patronage in the Middle East, the very ideology which allowed for ISIS to be born has been left to metastasize globally.

If few remain under the illusion that ISIS armies simply manifested into existence, all mighty and military hardened, what of the ideology which has sustained its flow of militants? Without the arms to carry it, ISIS as a movement, could never have fuelled its radical war machine. Radicalism was made and spread before it could be raised as a military power.

When ISIS stated it seeks to carve the world into its image, its leaders were quite likely deadly serious, as serious as a virus actually, since their sick and twisted interpretation of Islam can be compared to a disease of the mind, a religious devolution the world would benefit from getting rid of.

Today, ISIS’s ideology has infiltrated the global religious narrative, playing on prejudices and racial bias to draw a wedge in between communities and eventually bring about the reinvention of a faith – Islam, to the image of its fanatic clerics.

From London Wahhabi-inspired clerics calling for Shia mosques to be burnt to the ground, to the Yemen government’s latent religious profiling, Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi radicalism is churning and spitting hatred – actively landscaping Islam into a violent, radical and reactionary religious dogma.

© Paul Hackett

Before this treat everyone is keeping quiet!

For all politicians’ political posing against terror, how many have actually proposed to tackle radicalism at the source by preventing sectarianism to take hold? Why have we not attempted to cut the financial tap, beginning with the millions of dollars the Riyadh Wahhabi establishment has poured into not just the Middle East, but the West, Africa and Asia?

In July 2013, the European Parliament identified Wahhabism as the main source of global terrorism and yet nothing has been done on the ground to stop the terror-making factory. And I am not talking about profiling people or calling on British teachers to spy on their students for signs of radicalization as PM David Cameron suggested – those measures are infringement on civil liberties. What about political and financial sanctions against the fountainhead of terror? What about holding Riyadh responsible for the tens of thousands of death its clerics helped bring about?

How many times will the world say: “Never again”, before putting words into actions?

Western capitals have already proven more than capable of rolling out sanctions against “its enemies”, why the sudden shyness with Saudi Arabia?

At which point does doing nothing translates into guilt and condoning? Or is it that Wahhabi radicalism serves a covert agenda – a means to an end?

Surely the world does not need another Libya, Syria or Iraq to be reminded of the threat ISIS poses to all people: whether Muslims, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, or any other religion. Arguably, Muslims have suffered most of all under the blade of ISIS, and this alone proves the irrationality of this movement which claims itself to be of Islam. What ISIS really professes is religious eugenics: a grand cleansing of Islam’s pluralism.

By allowing terror’s ideology to further establish itself as Islam’s main school of thought under the financial impetus of Saudi petrodollars, world leaders are essentially standing by the institutionalization of terror.

If Wahhabism is all that Muslims continue to hear, ISIS will continue to have its terror militants. As long as Saudi Arabia’s fanatic clergy remains immune, the world will continue to bite its own tail, unable to oppose this ever-growing radical tide.

As Dr. John Andrew Morrow, an Islamic scholar and author of ‘The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World’ said, “only by addressing the core root of terror, as expressed by Wahhabism, can we hope to truly free humanity from this religious abomination. Wahhabism is a plague on all religious denominations, most of all Islam, since it has perverted its teachings and massacred its people.”

Why is it that Saudi Arabia has escaped all criticism when it is sitting at the epicenter of terror?

It was Voltaire who said: “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of RT.

Christians, Muslims Heed Interfaith Call To Fight ISIS With Muhammad’s Peaceful Message

Christians, Muslims Heed Interfaith Call To Fight ISIS With Muhammad’s Peaceful Message

“It is time for all faiths to come together and say in one voice: ‘Not in our name!’” Dr. John Andrew Morrow, one of the forces behind a new interfaith movement to stand in peaceful opposition to ISIS and extremist groups like it, tells MintPress.

Jordan MosqueLONDON — A country in the throes of war, America has been battling an ever elusive enemy: radicalism. A force with many names and many masks, this threat appears to have compounded into the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, arguably the world’s fiercest and most immediate enemy.

Because of a self-professed affiliation with Islam, ISIS and other violent fundamentalist groups like it have left Muslims around the world to constantly defend themselves and justify their faith against the fury of fundamentalism. Often attacked and accused of harboring “genocidal” sentiments toward Christians and Jews, Muslims have suffered many humiliations because of the folly of a psychotic minority.

Yet one Islamic scholar has vowed not to allow his faith to be slandered or exploited to hateful ends. Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a Canadian-born cleric, researcher and author, is building a movement to oppose terror at its root and inspire an interfaith network strong enough to weather the storm of intolerance.

“Rather than argue theology with blood-thirsty savages, we thought instead to lead by example. In Islam we had a tradition that was cultivated for over a thousand years called futuwwa, or chivalry. Muslims used to compete with each other in nobility. As Imam Ali said: ‘Be a friend of the oppressed and an enemy of the oppressors,’” Morrow told MintPress News.

With America’s military superpower securing just a few victories against ISIS, Morrow and others sympathetic to his cause have decided to step in and offer a different approach to this war of faiths.

“ISIS is more than just a threat to world powers and world nations, ISIS is the very negation of civilization. It seeks to destroy to better subjugate. This group’s sole purpose has been to annihilate a region’s historical, religious, ethnic and social heritage to impose its dogma over the ruins of a people’s soul,” Rabbi Meir Hirsch from the Neturei Karta, a Jewish organization that denounces Zionism as antithetical to Judaism, told MintPress.

Tens of thousands of Yezidis fell under ISIS fire last year in Iraq, pinned by its militants in the most abject conditions. This centuries-old religious community, rooted in the ancient land of Mesopotamia, faces complete annihilation. Recalling the horror of ISIS’ brutal campaign against Iraq’s Yezidis, a report in the Huffington Post early this month reads:

“One year ago this week, the self-proclaimed Islamic State in the Levant — otherwise known as ISIS — perpetrated a genocide against the Yazidi in Sinjar. Tens of thousands of men, women and children fled to Mount Sinjar, where they were trapped for days. Hundreds were massacred by ISIS, and dozens of lives were taken by starvation and dehydration. A U.N. report noted other gross human rights abuses, forced conversions and the abduction of women and girls.”

An estimated 500,000 Yezidis now risk death under the rule of ISIS’ self-proclaimed leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Yezidis are not unique in being marked for death by ISIS. The militant organization targets Christians, Alawites, Shiite Muslims and Sufis, as well. Even Sunni Muslims have been persecuted, although ISIS claims itself from this creed.

The Islam of ISIS is rooted in Wahhabism, a harsh interpretation of the Scriptures which advocates for the annihilation of all dissenting voices.

President Barack Obama held a lecture at American University on Aug. 5, where he discussed alternatives to war and military intervention in general, aiming to instead achieve peace through diplomacy.  And though Obama was alluding to Iran and the recently inked Iran nuclear agreement, Morrow, American poet and metaphysician Charles Upton, and Detroit-based Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Eastern Rite uniate churches, among others, also recognize the wisdom in not giving in to military impulses to bring about peace.

They choose to look toward mutual support and religious solidarity to oppose the creeping advances of radicalism, opting to defeat terror ideology with religious inclusion and tolerance rather than bombs and threats. While such interfaith efforts have mainly revolved around a Christian-Muslim collaboration, Morrow is hoping Jewish organizations and other religious denominations will also answer his calls.

Dr. John Morrow and the Covenant Foundation

In October 2013, Dr. John Andrew Morrow published “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of the World.” Meant as both a testament and a witness to Islam’s commitment to interfaith solidarity, Morrow’s book has resonated with both Muslims and Christians.

charter of privelges to Christians

In denunciation of the dogma of Wahhabi-inspired radicals, Morrow’s book seeks to confirm and reaffirm the rulings of the true Islamic law, or Shariah, on the treatment of non-Muslims based on newly re-discovered documents that record the Prophet Muhammad’s actual words.

The book features a trove of historical documents, each highlighting Islam’s commitment to peace and interfaith harmony. “Born not in war but in respect,” Morrow told MintPress, “Islam was never meant as weapon of war against other nations and other faiths — only as guidance for those who wished to accept its truth.”

As word spread and as more gathered around Morrow’s work, all sensing the opportunity behind such a powerful and universal message of peace, the Covenants Initiative was born.

Inspired by Morrow and organized by Charles Upton, an American intellectual and author, a movement began to take form, centered in the belief that there’s a better way to fight terror than endless war.

Morrow described the outreach behind the book, as well as the response it’s enjoyed so far:

“‘The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World’ has been endorsed by leading Western academics as well as leading Sunni, Shiite and Sufi scholars. Our efforts have received the blessings of Al Habib Ali Al Jifri, the pope, and several Christian patriarchs. We have presented copies of the Covenants of the Prophet to all major Christian leaders in the Muslim world and abroad in an attempt to defend the dignity of the Prophet, improve Christian-Muslim relations, and, perhaps, save some human lives in the process.”

Beyond a simple intellectual exercise, Morrow wants to encourage others, regardless of their religious denomination within Islam, to come forth and honor the teachings of the Quran and the Sunnah (tradition) of the Prophet Muhammad by standing for the oppressed.

“In short, we refuse to stand still while atrocities are being committed in the name of Allah, the Prophet, Islam, the Quran, the Sunnah, and the Shariah,” Morrow stressed. “To do this we need all hands on deck: Christians, Jews, Muslims … all.”

The Genocide Initiative

Intent on enacting Islam’s covenant with Christianity and all Abrahamic faiths, Dr. Morrow and Charles Upton reached out to clerics, researchers and men of the cloth, hoping to build a powerful network against religious extremism and intolerance.

Morrow’s book and website both contain The Covenants Initiative, a declaration Muslims can sign, acknowledging their acceptance of the treaties of Muhammad as legally binding for Muslims today. The initiative, which has already been signed by over 20,000 people from all walks of life, offers Muslims a way to stand in solidarity with peaceful Christians, who are also under attack by corrupt and misguided terrorists who falsely claim to act in the name of Islam in the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of the world.

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In the light of reports that world powers have covertly financed terror to use as a weapon of mass destruction to promote a neo-colonialist agenda, Morrow’s efforts could help introduce new dynamics and dispel the misconception that ISIS and groups like it are pushing Islamic ambitions.

On July 29, Bishop Francis Kalabat suggested the launch of the “Genocide Initiative” in partnership with the Covenants Initiative — Muslims and Christians united against those who have declared war on God himself by defiling His Message.

Bishop Kalabat writes in a letter addressed to Morrow and Upton:

“I believe that the Muslim community has a great role to play in this initiative but I am not a great believer in demonstrations.  The Pope himself has made many pleads to stop the atrocities committed by ISIS/ISIL/IS and I know that the USCCB continues to play a vital role.

I do have an initiative that can bring greater focus on a common act that we can all work towards, and that is getting to proclaim the acts of ISIS/ISIL/IS to be genocide, not just in the media, not just in the wordings of some of our politicians, but by the US Congress and by the United Nations.  But entities have proclaimed their acts as “crimes against humanity” but never proclaimed them for what they truly are; genocide.  This must be a coordinated effort that can be done on a local level with our elected leaders and the religious leaders playing a role.  Greater awareness can then be brought to these persecuted Christians and maybe a greater response from the world leaders.

Let’s begin the Genocide Initiative and ask God’s blessings in doing so.”

Morrow answered the Catholic leader’s letter with a resounding yes.

Political ramifications

Bishop Kalabat’s offer to call on world leaders to recognize ISIS’ crimes as genocide have far-reaching political ramifications. So much so that it could potentially change official narratives on terror and open new, unexpected avenues toward solving this modern plague.

Mainstream American and Western media and officials have long held onto one basic position on terror: Muslims and Islam are to blame for the atrocities committed in the name of the faith.

The fact that Muslims themselves have been and continue to be the primary victims and targets of ISIS and its brothers in arms — al-Qaida, the Taliban and Boko Haram — has been largely ignored by the media.

“Rather than fathom that Muslims are not the enemy, for Muslims neither speak nor recognize the radical language of ISIS, the Western establishment has chosen to criminalize Islam and label its people under suspected terrorists ad nauseam,” said Dr. Morrow.

He added:

“This is what we hope to change with the Genocide Initiative. We want to make that first step where the world would recognize and hear the cries of all of our martyrs, whether Christians, Shiites,  Sunnis, Yezidis, Alawites … We cannot tolerate for men such as al-Baghdadi to speak the Quran and associate with Islam when everything his group stands for is a negation of the Islamic faith.”

The Genocide Initiative came just as America shifted, even if ever so slightly, its policy toward Iran, a potential critical partner against ISIS.

Iran has been Washington’s designated nemesis since the onset of the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979, when the Iranian people came together to reject the despotic rule of the U.S.- installed dictator the Shah to reclaim their political self-determination.

Although the Iran nuclear agreement had been described as “tentative” it nevertheless stands witness to Tehran and Washington’s desire to forge a new path and establish new relationships, if not friendships.

Long before any deal was actually reached, Iran proved its worth in fighting ISIS in Iraq when it committed its military power to stop the advances of ISIS militias.

“Iran has entered the fight to retake a major Iraqi oil refinery from Islamic State militants, contributing small numbers of troops – some operating artillery and other heavy weapons – in support of advancing Iraqi ground forces,” the Guardian reported, citing a U.S. defense official, in May.

The Genocide Initiative could be yet another cornerstone to this rapprochement of nations, people and faiths against terror.

As Morrow pointed out, religious communities simply cannot afford to look on while Muslims and Christians alike are murdered and brutalized en masse, their sons and daughters enslaved and humiliated, their books defiled and their shrines broken, their faith mocked and their prophets insulted.

“It is time for all faiths to come together and say in one voice: ‘Not in our name!’”

Watch the Conclusion of “The Achtiname of Muhammad: The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World”

Dr. John Morrow Speaks at the World Muslim Congress

August 13, 2015

SHAFAQNA – On August 8, 2015, Dr John Morrow, an Islamic scholar and author of “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” delivered an inspried speech at the World Muslim Congress in the US.
Held under “Making true Islam acceptable” Dr Morrow offered his views and observations to the distinguished panel and attendees.

Following is a transcript of his speech:

“A ‘udhu billāhi min al-Shayṭān al-rajīm. Bismillāh al-Rahmān al-Rahīm. Alhamdulillāhi Rabb al-‘alamīn. Wa salātu wa salām ‘alā ashraf al-mursalīn: nabiyyinā Muḥammad al-Amīn wa ‘alā Alihi al-Ṭahirīn wa al-mas‘umīn. Wa ba‘d.

It is truly and unquestionably a great blessing to participate in the 2015 Muslim Congress and an unparalleled opportunity to address the timeless topic of making true Islam accessible.

I commenced my Islamic Studies in the early 1980s. I started attending mosques in the Greater Toronto Area in the mid-1980s. I was very active in various communities in the 1990s. I moved to the States in 2001 and had contact with Muslim communities in Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas, and Indiana for over a decade. I have also had the opportunity to travel and study throughout the Muslim world in places such as Morocco, Ghana, South Africa, Mauritius, India, Malaysia, Vietnam, China and Japan. I have worked with heritage Muslims and Muslim reverts from all walks of life, particularly Latinos and the people of African ancestry who inhabit the Americas.

Over the past three decades I have seen a great deal of good. I have also seen a great deal of bad. I have spoken about my experiences. I have written about them. I can be brutal in my honesty. I am frank and forthcoming. I could easily write an entire book on the horrors I have endured. However, it is not my will or intent to subject you to a litany of complaints for, despite all of our shortcomings as Muslim communities, an enormous amount of progress has been made. Although many issues remain unresolved and many improvements remain to be made, I am tremendously proud at what Muslims have accomplished in the Western world over the past thirty years. I applaud you. But rather than praise you, let us praise Allah by sending our blessings on our beloved Prophet and his Holy Household. SALAWAT.

How, then, do we make True Islam accessible? Accessible to whom? To non-Muslims or to Muslims? True Islam becomes accessible to Muslims to the degree that we study it and practice it, by reading the Qur’an, the whole Qur’an, and pondering its many meanings. True Islam becomes accessible to Muslims through the study and application of the traditional sources of Islam.

As for making true Islam accessible to non-Muslims, this can only be done by example. Those who follow the examples of the Prophet Muhammad, his Companions, the Imams from Ahl al-Bayt, and of modern Western figures like Malcolm X, in the areas of decent behavior, community service and active defense of the oppressed, Muslim or otherwise, will manifest the light of Allah to all who encounter them, on the day when the sun shall rise in the west.

If only we, as Muslims, embodied Islam, everything would fall into place. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, did not simply preach, teach, and punish people. Nobody would have followed him. The Messenger of Allah, sallahu ‘alayhi wa ‘alihi wa sallam, practiced what he preached. He was the embodiment of ethics. He was the manifestation of morality. He was the pinnacle of justice. He was a perfect human being. He was the Qur’an walking and the Qur’an talking.

What do New Muslims need? What do Muslim converts and reverts need?

They need a community. They need a support system. I am not sure that many heritage Muslims comprehend this. I am not sure many heritage Muslims understand this. However, many, if not most New Muslims lose their families. They are rejected by their families. They lose their parents. They lose their siblings. They lose their relatives. They lose their spouses. And they even lose their children. This is not exceptional. This is normative. It may be a temporary situation. It may last years. It may last decades. In some cases, it may even last a lifetime. The Sunnis have understood this. I know many communities that provide a buddy system, a social support network, to help New Muslims. All I can say is Alhamdulillah.

More than anything, non-Muslims and New Muslims need Islam, true Islam, traditional Islam, and not the doctrines of this diabolical death cult known as Salafism, Wahhabism, and Takfirism. As a scholar who was trained by Ahl al-Sunnah, Ahl Allah, and Ahl al-Bayt, I have a very broad definition of what constitutes Orthodox Islam or Mainstream Islam. It is high time for traditional Sunnis, and by that, I mean Sunnis who follow the Sunnah, as opposed to the Umayyads; Sunnis who love, respect, and venerate Ahl al-Bayt; Sufis, and by that, I mean the true partisans of tasawwuf or ‘irfan, who balance the shari‘ah and the on the way to the haqiqah; and the Shi‘ites, to join forces to promote traditional civilizational Islam to counter the propaganda that is being disseminated all over the world by the Salafis and Wahhabis.

Evidently, there are many other things that are needed: 1) preachers should preach in the language of the land: you alienate people when speak exclusively in foreign languages; 2) we need high quality, authentic, Islamic literature, translated professionally and idiomatically; 3) we need a stronger presence in academia, in the media, in the arts, in all aspects of culture. But most importantly, we need to be engaged socially and politically.

This is not the time for taqiyyah. You don’t stick your head in the stand when heads are being chopped off. You don’t keep a “low profile” when your people are being persecuted. You can’t be pacifists in the face of genocidalists. As Almighty Allah, subhanahu wa ta‘ala says in al-Qur’an al-Karim: “O ye who believe! Stand out firmly for justice” (4:135).

If you don’t care for black people? Why should they care for you? If you don’t care for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis? Why should they care for you? If you don’t care for the Christians of the East? Why should they care for you?

Alhamdulillah, we are on the same page. Everyone on this panel is involved, in some form or fashion, in interfaith work. We work with various Muslim groups. We work with Christians. We work with Jewish people. Ya‘ni: we work with fellow human beings: the sons and daughters of Adam, ‘alayhi al-salaam. Never, ever, forget it: humanity comes first. You cannot respect Allah if you don’t respect His Creation. If you don’t believe that life is sacred, you don’t deserve to live. You have denied your own existence and the Source of Existence.

Please allow me to conclude with a few comments regarding the efforts in which I am involved. As most of you know, I am the author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. The book spawned the Covenants Initiative, conceived by Charles Upton, a movement by Muslims, for Muslims, which calls upon all Muslims to abide by the teachings of the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Shari‘ah, and the Covenants in their dealings with non-Muslims. This movement was well received. The book was endorsed by leading Muslim academics, along with leading Sunni, Shi‘i, and Sufi scholars.

Alhamdu wa shukralillah, I presented, and successfully defended, the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad in the Middle East in the presence of Muftis from around the Muslim world. By the grace of God, we received the blessings of Pope Francis, the Holy Fathers from Mount Sinai, Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Theophilos the Third.

In Islam we had a tradition that was cultivated for over a thousand years called futuwwah or chivalry. Muslims used to compete with each other in nobility. Charles Upton, a Sufi scholar known as Sidi Akram, approached Christian leaders on behalf of the Covenants Initiative, asking, in all humility: “We are Muslims. How can we help?” The response was instantaneous. Bishop Francis Kalabat from the Chaldean Catholic Church responded and asked if the Covenants Initiative could promote a Genocide Initiative; namely, to pressure world leaders to describe the crimes being committed by ISIS, and others of their evil ilk, as acts of Religious Genocide.

We acted immediately. The Genocide Initiative was picked up by Muslim and Christian media outlets around the world. Insha’ Allah, I will be at the Islamic Center of Long Island on Friday, October 23rd, where I will be leading Friday prayers. On the Sunday, I will be speaking at the launch of their Interfaith Institute. Insha’ Allah, I will be speaking at other venues as well.

In the months to come, the Pave the Way Foundation will be organizing a press release and book signing at a major venue in New York City to promote the Covenants of The Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, the Covenants Initiative, and the Genocide Initiative.Insha’ Allah, I will be accompanied by other Muslims scholars, along with Christian and Jewish leaders.

As Imam ‘Ali, peace be upon him, said: “Be a friend of the oppressed and an enemy of the oppressors.” We take Allah as our witness that we did not stand still in the face of genocide. We take Allah as our witness that we stood by the oppressed of the earth and by the oppressed of the earth we mean the Christians of the East, the Yazidis, the Ithna-Asharis, the ‘Alawis, the Isma‘ilis, the Sufis, and the traditional Sunnis: in short, anyone and everyone who opposes ISIS and the wickedness for which it stands.

This is how da‘wah is done. This is how we make true Islam accessible.

SALAWAT”

The Covenants Initiative Inspired a Play in Britain

August 13, 2015

SHAFAQNA – Following much media attention Dr John Morrow’s groundbreaking work and efforts to dispel misconceptions and prejudices against Islam has inspired a group of British Muslims to develop his book “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” into a play.

The play is directed by Ali Panju and was put on by the Ridhayatullah Theatre Company based in the United Kingdom.

The director described the play in the following terms:

“The Covenant of Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Mount Sinai was a document scribed by Imam Ali A.S. and sealed by the handprint of Muhammad pbuh. It accorded Christians of the world certain rights that they should not be denied under Muslim rule. The covenant exists to present day at the Monastery of St. Catherine in Southern Sinai, Egypt and offers stark contrast to the treatment of Christians and Muslims under the current unjust Islamic State rule.
This 20 min playlet highlights the miracle of the eagle and the sealing of the covenant. It will educate Christians, Muslims and those without faith about the generosity of Muhammad (PBUH).”

The play premiered on Sunday 9th August.

Research on the authenticity of the covenant has been carried out by Dr. John Morrow and documented here: http://www.covenantsoftheprophet.com/

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by Dr. John Andrew Morrow is constructed around covenants that the Prophet concluded with various Christian communities of his time, which Prof. Morrow has discovered in obscure monasteries, collections, and book out of print for centuries, in some cases newly translating them into English, as well as providing cogent arguments for their validity. They uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired, tear down churches to build mosques, prevent their Christian wives from going to church and taking spiritual direction from Christian priests and elders, etc. On the contrary, the Prophet commands Muslims to actively protect these communities “until the End of the World”.

With the publication of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World we may in fact be witnessing—unexpectedly, miraculously, at this extremely late date—the emergence of a third foundational source for Islam in addition to Qur’an and hadith: the application of western methods of textual and historical research to the documents composed by the Prophet himself during his lifetime. These documents—letters, covenants, treaties etc.—though known to a few scholars for many centuries, have been largely neglected by both traditional Muslim and modern western scholarship, and are virtually unknown to the mass of believers. One of the most valuable contributions of this work is that it represents a comprehensive treasury of rare, ancient, Islamic sources, many of which have been quite difficult to obtain. Rather than spend their time scouring European and Middle Eastern archives, scholars will now have all the sources they need to conduct further studies on the Covenants and advance our knowledge in this fascinating field. Not only has Dr. Morrow included the original primary sources in Arabic and Persian, he has provided corrected versions of most of these in modern Arabic typescript, along with a wide variety of translations for the purpose of comparative analysis. Consequently, the Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World represents a necessary and foundational resource and source of reference for all subsequent studies. And now that we are witness to widespread Islamicist violence against Christians in places like Syria and Egypt—often perpetrated by groups fighting as proxies for the United States and Israel—It is nothing short of providential that The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World should see the light of day at this precise historical moment.

The Achtiname of Muhammad

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The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World

By Bill Cleland

Islamicity August 8, 2015

At a time when the name of Islam is being besmirched by extremists all over the planet, it is refreshing to come back to what the Islamic way of life is really about. Indeed the best antidote to both Muslim extremism and Christian-Zionist Islamophobia is the actual teachings of Islam.

Even the most anti-rational extremist must be given food for thought in the very plain statement in the Holy Quran:

To those against whom war is made, permission is given (to fight) because they are wronged and truly Allah is Most powerful for their aid.
(They are) those who have been expelled from their homes in defiance of right (for no cause) except that they say “Our Lord is Allah”. Did not Allah check one set of people by means of another there would surely have been pulled down monasteries churches synagogues and mosques in which the name of Allah is commemorated in abundant measure. Allah will certainly aid those who aid His (cause); for truly Allah is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might (Able to enforce His Will)

Surah 22 Hajj Ayat 39-40

It has become unfortunately commonplace to read in the venomous tracts of the Islamophobes that Islam teaches Muslims to exterminate non-Muslims and that they must engage in “jihad” (a term they use for religious war) against them. Again the Holy Quran is clear:

Allah forbids you not with regard to those who fight you not for (your) Faith not drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and justly with them; for Allah loves those who are just.

Allah only forbids you with regard to those who fight you for (your) Faith and drive you out of your homes and support( others) in driving you out, from turning to them (for friendship and protection). It is such as turn to them (in these circumstances) that do wrong.
Surah 60 Mumtahana Ayat 8-9

This verse makes it a Muslim’s duty to treat peacefully coexisting persons with equity (qist) and birr. The term birr and its derivatives are the same expressions used in the Qur’an and Hadith to refer to one’s relationship with his or her parents. Such a relationship is more than kindness, since it includes also love and respect. Many English translations of the Qur’an have translated this Qur’anic term as kindness, a translation that falls short of the richer meaning of the original Arabic term. …The term qist has been translated as “justice.” Justice, however, is closest to another Arabic word `adl. This word, however, refers to giving the other his or her rights, no less and no more. Other scholars argue that the Qur’anic term qist means “going beyond justice by giving more than what is due to others.” (Jamal Badawi, PhD April 5 2005
http://islamonline.net/english/Contemporary/2005/04/Article01.shtml)

The recently published “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World” begins with a reference to these mostly neglected “literary monuments in the history of Islam.” The author comments:

“Considering that the continued conflict between Christians and Muslims across the world has been artificially ignited by the forces of imperialism, especially in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, the content of these priceless historical documents can shed light on the early history of Islam. Via this information we are witness to the primordial relationship between Muslims and People of the Book. Thus, these covenants can serve as a source of inspiration for the establishment of insuperable harmony between the three Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.” 

Extremist of both the Muslim and Islamophobic non-Muslim varieties try to ignore, or even deny, the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) but all accept the authenticity of the Constitution of Medina. There is no doubt that in this there was a clear paragraph:

“6.2 The Jews of Banu ‘Awf are one community with the believers, the Jews have their religion and the Muslims have theirs, their freedmen and their persons except those who behave unjustly and sinfully, for they hurt but themselves and their families. The same applies to the Jews of the Banu al-Najjar, Banur al-Harith, Banu Sa’ida, Banu Jusham, Banu al-‘Aws, Banu THa’laba, and the Jafna, a clan of the Tha’laba and the Banu al-Shutayba. Loyalty is a protection against treachery.”

The second paragraph of the Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Assyrian Christians states: “To the followers of Islam I say: Carry out my command, protect and help the Nazarenes nation in this country of ours in their own land.”

The significance of these words is that the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) recognized the Nazarenes (Christians) as a people and a nation existing with the confines of the Islamic Ummah. As the author comments: “Rather than try to homogenize the Islamic world, making it all Arabic-speaking Muslims, the Prophet recognized that there were nations and peoples within the Muslim ummah. Such a concept never materialized in the West until the end of the twentieth century when countries like Canada finally recognized that Quebec was a nation within the country of Canada….Whether they were Jews or Christians, and later Hindus and Buddhists, these communities represented a kind of United Nations under Islamic rule.”

The author asks (p.185) “If Muslims are prohibited from belittling the People of the Book and destroying their property, what are we to make then, of so-called Islamists who insult and abuse them and destroy, not only their material belongings, but their lives as well?”

His answer is no revelation. Many thinkers have come to the very same conclusion about such people: “They are in most instances, conscious or unconscious agents of the enemies, not only of Islam, but of religion as a whole. If the imperialists used Islamic extremists for their own ends during the colonialist period, spreading Salafism and concocting Arab nationalism in order to undermine the Ottoman Empire, it would be nave to believe that neo-imperialists of the 20th and 21st century are not doing the same. While most of their rank and file are unaware of the reality, many if not most of the world’s militant Muslim movements were created and remain under the control of US, British, French and Israeli secret services.”

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Book Review: Morrow. John Andrew. The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World
Angelico press/Sophia Perennis. USA. 2013

Iniciativa contra el Genocidio: “Cuando el Islam y la Cristiandad se Unen contra el Radicalismo”

Iniciativa contra el Genocidio: “Cuando el Islam y la Cristiandad se Unen contra el Radicalismo”

ABNA 6 de agosto de 2015

Por: Catherine Shakdam

Según la Agencia de Noticias de Ahlul Bait (P) (ABNA) – Un mal en el mundo –los efluvios perniciosos del DAESH– ha oscurecido los cielos de Arabia y amenaza con fagocitarse regiones y continentes en su abrazo ateo y mortal. Frente al DAESH, ninguna comunidad puede solicitar refugio, ninguna fe queda a salvo y ningún hombre, mujer o niño tiene esperanza de sobrevivir.

En estos momentos, se debate sobre el terror en las plazas públicas y su metodología es estudiada y diseccionada: los expertos y líderes mundiales se embarullan buscando una explicación de lo absurdo con el objeto de encontrar una forma de combatir un movimiento arraigado en el odio y la sangre, en tanto los hombres salen de la sombra para reivindicar a Dios y a la Religión.

Eso ha comenzado con un hombre y un mensaje universal de paz.

En octubre de 2013, el Dr. John Andrew Morrow publicó un libro, “Los Pactos del Profeta Muhammad con los Cristianos del Mundo” Tiene el carácter de documento y exhibe el testimonio de compromiso del Islam con la solidaridad interreligiosa. Seguramente por eso encontró un profundo eco entre musulmanes y cristianos.

La obra es un puente entre las comunidades y un recordatorio de los sagrados juramentos manifestados hace mucho tiempo [LINK =https://covenantsoftheprophet.wordpress.com/] la iniciativa de pactos [/LINK], que nació bajo el impulso de hombres como el Dr. Morrow y Charles Upton. Se trata de una luz brillante frente a la oscuridad del radicalismo, de un escudo contra el mal de la guerra.

Mientras crece el movimiento alrededor de “Iniciativa fundamentada en los Pactos”, empieza a tomar cuerpo un proyecto que, aparentemente, uniría a todos los creyentes frente a los takfiristas.

Hoy día, bajo el impulso de “Iniciativa fundamentada en los Pactos” y gracias a la valentía de numerosos musulmanes y cristianos, está naciendo un movimiento que combatirá lo nocivo con lo más adecuado, que responderá a la violencia con la solidaridad y una determinación inquebrantable.

Hoy los musulmanes y los cristianos han dicho que están dispuestos a batir al DAESH donde se encuentre y a denunciar sus actos por lo que son: genocidio religioso.

El 29 de julio, el obispo Francis Kalabat de Iglesias Unidas del rito Oriental [LINK = https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Catholic_Churches%5D sugirió que la “Iniciativa contra el Genocidio” sea lanzada con la ayuda “Iniciativa fundamentada en los Pactos”: musulmanes y cristianos unidos contra quienes han declarado la guerra a Dios al profanar o enlodar Su Mensaje.

Dice el obispo Kalabat en una carta dirigida al Dr. Morrow y a Charles Cupton: “Creo que la comunidad musulmana tiene un gran papel que desempeñar en esta iniciativa, pero no soy un gran creyente en las manifestaciones. El Papa ha suplicado mucho para detener las atrocidades cometidas por DAESH y yo sé que la Conferencia Episcopal [LINK =http://www.usccb.org/] continúa desempeñando un papel vital.

Tengo una iniciativa que puede aplicarse mejor a un trabajo en común: proclamar no sólo por los medios de comunicación, no sólo por medio de algunos de nuestros políticos, sino a través del Congreso y de las Naciones Unidas que los actos de DAESH son genocidio. Algunas entidades han denunciado sus actos como crímenes de “lesa humanidad” pero nunca los denunciaron por lo que verdaderamente son: genocidio. Este debe ser un esfuerzo coordinado que se realizaría a nivel local con nuestros candidatos electos, cumpliendo un papel en ello los líderes religiosos. Se puede lograr concientizar más sobre los cristianos perseguidos y tal vez se obtenga una mayor respuesta de los líderes mundiales.

Vamos a comenzar la “Iniciativa contra el Genocidio” y pedir que Dios nos bendiga en la empresa.

Donde el DAESH intentó destruir las comunidades religiosas usando (las diferencias) entre etnias y religiones como arma, debería encontrar unidos y resistiendo a los musulmanes shiitas, yazidíes, sufíes, alawitas y sunitas ortodoxos, a los cristianos y a todos aquellos que se comprometieron frente a Dios al efecto.

Mientras que el DAESH solo ofrece inquietud, la “Iniciativa” ofrecerá seguridad. Mientras el DAESH ofrece dogmatismo, la “Iniciativa” ofrecerá compasión. No debe aceptarse más que el ISIS se reivindique islámico, que hable de Islam.

Todos sabrán como bajo el DAESH los musulmanes e innumerables cristianos han sido asesinados y maltratados, sus hijos e hijas esclavizados y humillados, sus libros profanados sus santuarios rotos, su fe burlada y sus profetas insultados.

Es hora de que el mundo a escuche el lamento de los oprimidos y el nombre de los que los oprimen: el DAESH.

El DAESH carece de religion.

Dr. John Morrow Speaks at the Cats Roundtable Radio Show

DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW TO SPEAK AT MUSLIM CONGRESS

Date: Saturday August 8th: 10:45 to 11:45 am
Topic: Making True Islam Accessible
Time: 10:45 to 11:45
Panel: Dr. John Andrew Morrow / H.I. Hamza Sodagar / Dr. Kevin Barrett / Hajj Barakat / Imam al-Asi

Date: Saturday August 8th: 6:15 to 7:15 pm
Talk Show: Countering Islamophobia
Panel: Dr. John Andrew Morrow / Imam Musa / Dr. Kevin Barrett / Dr. Masterton / Br. Walid

http://muslimcongress.org/wp/eleventh-annual-conference-2015/

The Genocide Initiative – When Islam and Christianity come together against radicalism

Wed. July 29, 2015

By Catherine Shakdam for Shafaqna

SHAFAQNA EXCLUSIVE -Terror has a face and it moves under the ominous black flag of ISIS. Under each of its denomination, whatever the language and whichever the angle, terror today, has found a powerful vessel in the ideology carried by Wahhabism – the fountainhead of radicalism and religious extremism.

An evil onto the world, ISIS miasms have darkened the skies of Arabia, threatening to engulf regions and continents in their deadly and godless embrace. Before ISIS, no communities can claim shelter, no faith stands immune and no man, woman or child can hope to survive.

At such a time when terror is being debated in the public squares, its ideology dissected and its methodology studied; as experts and world leaders have scrambled to make sense of the nonsensical and thus find means to combat a movement rooted in hatred and blood, men of faith have stepped out of the shadow to reclaim God and reclaim Religion.

It all started with one man and a universal message of peace.

In October 2013, Dr John Andrew Morrow published a book, “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad and the Christians of the World.” Meant as both a testament and a witness to Islam’s commitment to interfaith solidarity, Dr Morrow’s book found a deep echo among Muslims and Christians.

A bridge in between communities and a reminder of sacred oaths spoken long ago, The Covenants Initiative was born under the impetus of men such as Dr Morrow and Charles Upton, a light shone forth against the darkness of radicalism, a shield against the evil of war.

As words quickly spread and as more gathered around the Covenants Initiative, a plan began to form – one which would see men of all faiths come come together against takfirism.

Today, under the impetus of the Covenants Initiative and thanks to the courage of countless Muslims and Christians, a movement is being born – one which will fight evil with what is better, one which will answer violence with solidarity and unshakable resolve.

Today Muslims and Christians have said to be ready to break ISIS where it stands and denounce its deeds for what they are: religious genocide.

On July 29, Bishop Francis Kalabat of the Eastern Rite uniate churches suggested the “Genocide Initiative” be launched with the help of the Covenants Initiative – Muslims and Christians united against those who have declared war on God himself by defiling His Message.

Bishop Kalabat writes in a letter addressed to Dr Morrow and Charles Cupton, “I believe that the Muslim community has a great role to play in this initiative but I am not a great believer in demonstrations.  The Pope himself has made many pleads to stop the atrocities committed by ISIS/ISIL/IS and I know that the USCCB continues to play a vital role.

I do have an initiative that can bring greater focus on a common act that we can all work towards, and that is getting to proclaim the acts of ISIS/ISIL/IS to be genocide, not just in the media, not just in the wordings of some of our politicians, but by the US Congress and by the United Nations.  But entities have proclaimed their acts as “crimes against humanity” but never proclaimed them for what they truly are; genocide.  This must be a coordinated effort that can be done on a local level with our elected leaders and the religious leaders playing a role.  Greater awareness can then be brought to these persecuted Christians and maybe a greater response from the world leaders.

Let’s begin the Genocide Initiative and ask God’s blessings in doing so.”

Where ISIS sought to destroy religious communities, wielding ethnicities and faiths as one would do weapons, Shia Muslims, Yazidis, Sufis, Alawis, traditional Sunnis, Christians and all those who pledged themselves to God will rise, resist and unite.

When ISIS offers no hope, the Initiative will offer safety, when ISIS professes dogmatism, the Initiative will offer compassion – but no more will ISIS claim itself of Islam, no longer will the world believe its armies speak for the people of Islam.

For all will know how under ISIS’ blades Muslims, like countless Christians, have been murdered and brutalized, their sons and daughters enslaved and humiliated, their books defiled and their shrines broken, their faith mocked and their prophets insulted.

And so it is time for the world to hear the cries of the oppressed and name the fear which shackle them – ISIS.

ISIS knows no religion and speaks no faith.

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DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW DEFENDS THE DIGNITY OF THE PROPHET, ISLAM, AND MUSLIMS ON THE CATS ROUNDTABLE HOSTED BY JOHN CATSIMATIDIS

DR. JOHN ANDREW MORROW DEFENDS THE DIGNITY OF THE PROPHET, ISLAM, AND MUSLIMS, WHILE TEARING UP THE TAKFIRIS ON THE CATS ROUNDTABLE HOSTED BY JOHN CATSIMATIDIS

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BISHOP FRANCIS WRITES TO THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET FOUNDATION REGARDING THE COVENANTS INITIATIVE; CALLS FOR A GENOCIDE INITIATIVE

My dear brothers,

I first of all would like to thank all efforts that are being done to eradicate injustice, and wish to utter the words “blessed are the peace makers”. I believe that the Muslim community has a great role to play in this initiative but I am not a great believer in demonstrations. The Pope himself has made many pleads to stop the atrocities committed by ISIS/ISIL/IS and I know that the USCCB continues to play a vital role.

I do have an initiative that can bring greater focus on a common act that we can all work towards, and that is getting to proclaim the acts of ISIS/ISIL/IS to be genocide, not just in the media, not just in the wordings of some of our politicians, but by the US Congress and by the United Nations. But entities have proclaimed their acts as “crimes against humanity” but never proclaimed them for what they truly are; genocide. This must be a coordinated effort that can be done on a local level with our elected leaders and the religious leaders playing a role. Greater awareness can then be brought to these persecuted Christians and maybe a greater response from the world leaders.

Let’s begin the Genocide Initiative and ask God’s blessings in doing so.

+Francis