Prophet’s letter on the protection of Egyptian Copts

I am grateful to Saadi to have forwarded me the this amazing ancient text.


The Letter of Prophet Muhammad

Below is the English translation of the extra-ordinary letter by Prophet Muhammad as a Charter of Privileges to Christians monks of St. Catherine Monastery at Mt. Sinai. It consists of several clauses covering all aspects of human rights including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their property, exemption from military service, and the right to protection in war. It bears the hallmark of Islam and Prophet’s attitude about the right[s] of other religious practitioners.

* This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.* Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.* No compulsion is to be on them.

* Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries.

* No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.

* Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.

* No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.

* The Muslims are to fight for them.

* If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray.

* Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.

* No one of the nation (Ummah, the Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).

The letter stands out as a beacon of extra ordinary pluralism and how deep the attitude of respect for another religious group can be extended.

More here

 Stop the discrimination against the Egyptian Copts – the Orthodox Coptian Church

The world must not make the present day Saudia Arabia as a touchstone of judging Islam’s treatment of other faiths. The Ottoman Empire respected other religions, a tradition that continues to date in modern Turkey.

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  • Irving

    An excellent post :) Here is an old post on Darvish that also has the blessed Prophet’s letters to the Assyrian Christians:

    It is a sin that today’s Muslim leaders behave with such disregard to his example.

    Ya Haqq!

  • Danial

    Perhaps the neocon-worshipping Coptic jackasses from Egypt and the diaspora should read this and taken note.

    But I highly doubt it since they prefer to be licking the boots of their Evangelical masters than to admit the truth.

  • Shueyb Gandapur

    Is it safe to believe that this letter is authentic. If it is, then should we also believe that such accounts of the Prophet’s life and times have been kept out of the Muslim public’s reach under an organized conspiracy? This brings us to the question whether obscurantists are capable of implementing their conspiracies with such success. I mean, could they possess such cunning, when most of their actions seem to defy logic and reasoning?

    Apart from that, if the modern Saudi Arabian law of banning public practising of any other religion, or any version of Islam other than Sunni Wahhabism, as well as the public display of their symbols, is contrary to the teachings of the Prophet, should we conclude that Saudi Arabia is the most un-Islamic country?

  • RR

    thanks for the link and the comment. I was amazed at the letter you have posted – have to confess my ignorance – as Shuyeb says, such aspects of Islam are always kept in the dark from the poor Muslims lest they discover the real Islam and not the clergy tailored nonsense packaged as salvation..

    Danial: yes indeed the neocon loving copt leaders need to be reminded of these historical facts..

  • Sidhusaaheb

    Well, this needs to be read by as many as possible of those who follow other faiths as well, in order for them to be able to respect Islam even more.

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  • the coptic

    …muslims highly discriminate against coptic egyptians.
    just recently there was a mishap where muslims raided a monestry and broke monks legs threw a monk in a pit stoned him etc.
    this behaviour is disgusting appauling and is greatly frowned upon.
    the muslims in egypt should mind their own business and get on with their lives instead of interferring in the lives of the copts.
    or maybe they should pay more attention to their so called prophet mohammed.
    they need and must stop their disgraceful behaviour as worldwide they are now known as a looney religion with disgusting trades in australia even comedians take the piss out of them, and to the moron danial above get a clue ….!!!!!

  • the coptic

    i wish for every1 to read this article and be aware of the suffering the coptics go through this explains my above statement on the monestary attack.
    they do not desevre such brutality and should be left in peace and be treated eaualy!!!

  • the coptic
    there is the link to the article PLEASE READ

  • the coptic

    Danial the only jakasses are the muslim losers that treat coptics like crap mayb more of you jakasses should read this and follow your own bloody religion instead of defying it you moron…..
    so many christians in egypt suffer from you F**Kheads. your religion is total utter bulls*** maybe you should watch a show called rashid and ahmed or go to …..
    so do you know how many virgins you’v got in heaven so far lol….
    hey let me ask wen all of the virgins have been slept with how do they keep getting virgins a reminder to all the unmarried women out there hurry and get married so you don’t suffer for being a virgin in their so called heaven LOL

  • Vandana

    This letter should be read by all those hot heads who scream jihad against anyone and everyone at any pretext.Whose Islam do they claim to be safegurading…definitely not the one portrayed in this .

  • Edward

    hi everybody, i am Edward Huthworn, Catholic Christian, and I worked to many international companies in middle eastern countries coz i know arabic, and worked mainly in Egypt, and actually lived there for 7 years, and i have never seen such climate of religious harmoney as in egypt, so i wonder for all the talk we get daily from egyptian christians about how they are tortured, or how muslims there discriminate them.
    and i see none of this, christians in egypt forming the majority of the high class of the egyptian society, their incomes are higher than muslims, lots of christians in egypt are in so elevated and there are muslim ministres there, so how could be they mistreated, and yet reach all of this?!!!! i want some logic (THE COPTIC), ALL the egyptians christians do is just to be able to go to any european or to our US embassy, to take a green card, or to apply for a refugee migrant visa, but i touched religgious forgiveness in egypt i had never seen in America, so, just be true to yourself first (THE COPTIC)

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  • Enticing Fury

    But remember, this letter was sent to the Christians living inside a Muslim Ruled State. For Christians living outside of a Muslim State, the Glorious Qur’an tells this:
    And I quote:
    “Sahih International
    O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people.”

    JazakAllah Khair.

  • Muslim

    @Enticing Fury: I don’t agree with your interpretation of the verse. Please carefully see what Allah said, it is not all Christians and Jews are evil and being prohibited to become our allies. But only the Christians and the Jews who become friends and allies to each other. Don’t you think it’s weird for Christian to be friend with people who crucified their God? But indeed, the alliance really exist. And I refer them as the Europe/Western Christians and Zionist Alliance. I believe these are the Christians and the Jews which we prohibited to take them as friend.