by Charles Upton
Bismillah al-Rahim al-Rahim. Alhamdulillah al-Khaliq wa al-‘Alim. Subhan Allah al-Wadud wa al-Halim. Wa salawatu wa salam ‘ala al-Nabi al-Karim, Muhammad ibn ‘Abd Allah, wa ‘ala alihi ajma‘in. In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise to be to Allah, the Creator and the Omniscient. Glory be to Allah, the Loving and the Gentle. May blessings and peace be upon the Noble Prophet, Muhammad the son of ‘Abd Allah, and upon all his family: Assalaamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh.
The Covenants of the Prophet Training Course is designed as a self-administered program for Muslims (though non-Muslims can benefit from it too) who want to learn more about the Covenants or treaties that the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, made with various non-Muslim communities, including the history of these agreements, their contemporary influence on both peacemaking and national and international law, and how they can be put to practical use in interfaith organizing today. It is made up of texts, links to articles and links to videos. The course as a whole is designed primarily for Muslim interfaith activists and secondarily for non-Muslim activists—nonetheless LESSONS 1-5 make up a strictly academic course in the Prophetic Covenants and their historical context that will be of interest to university departments of history, religious studies, world literature, international relations, etc.
Though the Covenants of the Prophet Training Course can be taken by individuals as well as groups, we encourage any individual who has completed it either to share it with a group he or she feels will be receptive to it, or else bring together a new study group to assimilate it, discuss it, and make plans for its constructive application to interfaith relations.