Author: dr-john-andrew-morrow

Shaykh Saad al-Azhari endorses the Covenants

Shaykh Ahmed Saad al-Azhari, the respected Egyptian scholar, who heads the Ihsan Institute, has endorsed The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. This traditional, Maliki, Sunni, and Ash’ari religious authority, who descends from the Prophet Muhammad (s) through his grandson, Imam Hasan, and who was trained at the prestigious al-Azhar University in Egypt, provided the following commendatory preface to the Arabic version of the work, Uhud al-Nabi li-Masihiyyi al-‘Alam, which has been translated into English as follows: In the Name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord...

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The social and political reform of the Prophet

The Arabian society in the 6th century CE in which Prophet Muhammad (s) grew up was devoid of political organization. People were divided into warring tribes. Tribalism, racism, and prejudice were rampant. The rich exploited the poor. The powerful enslaved the weak. Women were viewed as sexual objects and treated as chattel. They could be brutalized without mercy. With the exception of small numbers of Jews and Christians, along with the monotheistic Hanifs and a segment of Zoroastrians, the overwhelming majority of the population was pagan, animistic, idolatrous, and polytheistic. Unlike the Hindus, however, the Arab idolaters did not...

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Towards building a pluralistic society in Iraq

I spent the last week of November in Iraq traveling between Najaf, Karbala, and Baghdad and presented my paper titled “The Sacred Duty of Protecting Sacred Sites” at a conference in Karbala on Iraq’s heritage and antiquities that featured scholars from 22 different countries. I demonstrated that the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Sirah, and the letters, treaties, and covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (s) are testimonies to the tolerance of Islam and its commitment to protect the lives and property of both Muslims and non-Muslims. I proved that, in Islam, the protection of people and their property is inseparable and...

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Parliament of World’s Religions calls for understanding

The seventh Parliament of the World’s Religions, the oldest, largest, most diverse and inclusive global interfaith event, was held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, between 1 November and 7 November, 2018. The conference, which was themed, “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love: Pursuing Global Understanding, Reconciliation, and Change,” was attended by over 10,000 people of faith and conscience from 80 different nations, and featured over 500 programs and events. One particular panel, titled “An Offering of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad in the 21st Century,” featured Charles Upton, the Muslim American scholar, activist, and intellectual, who issued...

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Christian author accepts the Covenants of the Prophet

After a ritual reading of a treaty that the Prophet Mohammad (s) made with the Assyrian Christians in the seventh century, a formal offering of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad (s) was made at the Parliament of the World’s Religions which convened in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday 3 November 2018. The offering was made by the Covenants Initiative, on behalf of all believing Muslims, to Jennifer Doane Upton, on behalf of all faithful Christian friends and allies. Jennifer Doane Upton, the Christian author and intellectual, shared the following words with the audience: As we learn from Dr Morrow’s...

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