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Little Known Covenants of Prophet Muhammad Made Known through International Advertising Campaign

Covenants ordering followers to protect Jews and Christians provide effective tool to true Muslims opposing the illegal use of their religion to justify violence.

New York, April xx, 2014- Pave the Way Foundation (PTWF) has initiated an international advertising campaign to give an effective tool to true Muslims who oppose the illegal use of their religion to justify the violence occurring worldwide.

The original covenants, some of which were signed with the palm-print of the Prophet Muhammad, and others signed with the wax seal of his ring, order his followers to protect the peaceful people of the book (Jews and Christians), their synagogues, churches and holy shrines until the end of days.

Through  PTWF director John Catsimatidis, PTWF has initiated and funded an international advertising campaign to call attention to little-known Covenants of Protection. The online ads provide images of these covenants and are linked to more information on the foundations website, http://www.ptwf.org, where images and translated text from the covenants can be found.

According to Imam Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam (Dr. John Andrew Morrow), these covenants, which have been further sustained through the centuries by multiple Islamic rulers, carry the same legal authority as the Holy Q’uran. Imam Islam also stated that those who have committed acts of violence against innocent people have insulted the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and insulted Islam and should be punished for these violations.

“Imam Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam is a respected Islamic scholar and recently published a book of his research into the over 20 Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Jews and Christians of the World,” said Elliot Hershberg, Chairman of PTWF. “Imam Islam also started the Covenants Initiative, where hundreds of important Islamic leaders have signed on to indicate the validity and importance of these documents. These covenants give peace-loving Muslims a tool to combat those who have hijacked their religion by committing acts of violence against innocent Jews, Christians and Muslims around the world in the name of Islam.”

Gary Krupp, President of PTWF, stated, “We have found that knowledge of these covenants can make a difference in addressing important issues. In 2012, on behalf of 300 million Orthodox Christians, PTWF requested that the Turkish government reopen the Halki Seminary in Istanbul, closed since 1971. In partnership with international Muslim leaders, we sent a letter containing information about the existence of these covenants to Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey. As a direct result of this effort, Dr. Mehmet Gormez, the highest Islamic authority in Turkey, visited Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople on July 5, 2012, embracing him and stating that in the name of Islam the seminary should be opened.”
About Pave the Way Foundation

PTWF is a nonsectarian public foundation working to identify and resolve obstacles between religions through cultural, educational and technological gestures. Our mission is to ultimately remove the use of religion as a tool to justify private agendas.