REBUILDING MUHAMMAD’S INTERFAITH ALLIANCE
Dear Followers and Occasional Visitors:
Greetings. Earlier this year the Covenants of the Prophet Foundation was created to carry on the work of the Covenants Initiative. The Foundation is now launching its first fundraising campaign through the Muslim crowdfunding network Launchgood:
In the view of our growing global influence, we will need to secure sufficient funds to take advantage of the opportunities now opening up.
Now that all three of the religions of Abraham are under attack, the Covenants of the Prophet Foundation is bringing together Muslim, Christian and Jewish interfaith activists in the United States to plan for mutual defense. Faatimah Knight has solicited contributions from Muslims to repair Christian churches burned by domestic terrorists. Catherine Orsborn has organized Christian churches to fight Islamophobia. Muslims have raised funds to help the congregation of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, hit by a mass shooting; the same synagogue raised money to help the congregations of the Al-Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, also attacked by mass shootings; Muslims around the world have banded together to protect Christian Churches from ISIS on Easter Sunday.
The Covenants of the Prophet Foundation is now planning a conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA to bring together Muslim, Christian and Jewish interfaith activists to non-violently organize mutual aid against these attacks in light of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessing be upon him. Beginning October 1, we will be accepting donations; our campaign goals are described here:
REBUILD MUHAMMAD’S (pbuh) INTERFAITH ALLIANCE:
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If you would like to receive a report on the success of the conference and whatever organizing efforts may arise from it, let us know by replying to this email.
Charles Upton, Executive Director
The Covenants of the Prophet Foundation
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VISION, MISSION, AND PURPOSE
To promote peace and justice according to the model of religious pluralism and interfaith friendship established by the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny, in his Covenants, his Treaties, his Letters, his Sunnah, and the Holy Qur‘an.
The mission of the Covenants of the Prophet Foundation is to disseminate, support the study of, increase public knowledge of, and demonstrate the contemporary social and legal relevance of, the covenants, letters and treaties of the Prophet Muhammad with various other faith communities of his time, especially the Peoples of the Book—Christians, Jews, Samaritans, and Zoroastrians—thereby promoting a tolerant, traditional, civilizational, classical, and universal Islam; supporting Islamic unity; improving inter- and intra-faith relations; defending human rights and dignity through scholarship, engagement, and interfaith activism; and facilitating cooperation between the faiths in order to maintain their integrity in the face of the increasing secularization, marginalization and politicization of religious communities and institutions. The Foundation will work to infuse these efforts with a wider understanding of the sacred traditions of the human race, understood not primarily according to authoritarian dogmatism—though dogma certainly has its place—but above all according to compassion, wisdom and inspiration, thereby placing them in line with the outlook of the Holy Qur’an, as demonstrated by such rulings as “There is no compulsion in religion” (2:256) and “Verily! Those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in God and the Last Day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve” (2:62).
The Covenants of the Prophet Foundation is a non-profit Corporation and shall operate exclusively for educational and charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future Federal tax code.
To fulfill its vision and mission, the Foundation will engage in any or all of the following activities, always ensuring that they remain directly focused on promoting the Covenants of the Prophet and allied documents, and promulgating the model of active interfaith friendship found within them: 1) Producing and supporting scholarly research and academic studies; 2) Producing and supporting journalism; 3) Producing and supporting children’s literature; 4) Producing and supporting translations; 5) Preparing lectures and presentations; 6) Producing videos, documentaries, and films; 7) Preparing curricula, teachings guides, and educational material; 8) Delivering lectures, presentations, classes, seminars, and panels at public venues, such as conferences; as well as before either public or in-house gatherings hosted by Corporations, governmental task forces and commissions, charitable and service organizations, churches, mosques and other religious institutions, while strictly refraining from proselytizing for a particular faith or supporting any specific political candidate; 9) Hosting and organizing events; 10) Utilizing social media channels and the Corporation’s website to provide information relevant to our mission and purpose; 11) Supporting travel for research and outreach; 11) Building partnerships and promoting solidarity between Muslims and the Peoples of the Book; 12) Engaging in concrete actions that put the Covenants of the Prophet into practice in relevant social situations; 13) Engage in other activities that are consistent with the Foundation’s vision, mission, and purpose.
To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501 (c) (3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.