How ISIS is going against Islam’s teachings: Texts suggest Muslim prophet wanted XtIans to be ‘protected and defended’, claims expert
- This is according to Dr Craig Considine of Rice University in Texas
- Studied texts believed to have been written by Prophet Muhammed
- Also says other parts of the Qu’ran have been misinterpreted by ISIS
- ‘Muslims shall hold themselves in duty bound to aid and care for [Christians]’ one of the previously untranslated texts reads
Isis‘ persecution of Christians is not justified by Prophet Muhammed’s teachings, according to a new study of his previously untranslated writings.
Dr Craig Considine, a Professor at Rice University and the study author, says they indicate that Christians living within the ‘ummah’ – Arabic for community – were protected and defended.
He said they could be viewed ‘as a kind of medicine to cure the diseases of Islamic extremism and Islamophobia’.
Dr Considine, a lecturer in Rice’s Department of Sociology in Texas, looked at texts written by the Muslim prophet written between 622 and 632 AD.
‘These covenants were designed to protect and even defend peaceful Christian communities, not attack them,’ Considine said.
‘The research clearly shows that contemporary Islamic states that mistreat and discriminate against Christians cannot be justified in light of Prophet Muhammad’s covenants.’
Considine said it is assumed they were written because of Prophet Muhammad’s desire to build alliances to bolster his new community and because of his positive interactions with members of the Christian faith.
The paper explores the prophet’s covenants with the monks of Mount Sinai, the Christians of Najran, the Christians of Persia and the Christians of the World.
In ‘The Covenant of the Prophet with the Christians of Persia,’ the prophet was emphatic on the issue of complete religious freedom.
He wrote: ‘Even as they honor and respect me, so shall Muslims care for that people as being under our protection and whensoever any distress or discomfort shall overtake (Christians), Muslims shall hold themselves in duty bound to aid and care for them, for they are a people subject to my Nation, obedient to their word, whose helpers also they are,’ the prophet wrote.
‘It therefore is proper for my sake to attend to their comfort, protection and aid, in face of all opposition and distress, suppressing everything that becomes a means to their spoliation.’
Considine said a similar – if not identical – passage is found in the three other covenants addressed in this paper.
‘Prophet Muhammad made it clear that freedom of religion is an inherent right for Christians living in a Muslim nation,’ he said.
‘His cordial relations with Christians were not due merely to political expediency or personal aspirations, but rather they resulted from his belief that Christians should be able to freely practice their own faith in accordance with their own will.
‘Christian Persians were under no compulsion whatsoever to accept or reject Islam.’
Considine also noted that Prophet Muhammad believed that a Muslim
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