In response to the clash of barbarisms that is presently laying the world in ruins, interested Muslims have elected to take the rare opportunity presented by the publication of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World to launch “The Covenants Initiative,” which asks all Muslims, Sunni, Shi’ite, and Sufi, from all schools of jurisprudence and spiritual paths, including scholars and non-scholars, to append their names to the following declaration:
We will forward this declaration and the endorsements we receive, along with copies of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, to Christian leaders in the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere in the world, many of whose communities are now under serious attack by Muslim “extremists.” In view of the bombings and brutal massacres committed in the name of Islam in the past, as well as others that—God forbid!—may take place in the future, it is safe to say that if there was ever a time when Muslims need to do something to break the growing identification of Islamicist terrorism with all Islam in the minds of the non-Muslim populations of the western nations, it is now. Islam has been on the losing end of virtually every interaction with the western world during the past two centuries, and is presently under relentless attack both from without and from within. Why, then, should Muslims make a point of drawing public attention to the sufferings of contemporary Christians? One reason is that compassion extended to fellow sufferers by those who themselves are in great need of compassion is a powerful and chivalrous act. Those who come with demands drive people away from them; those who come with offers of help draw them closer. It is time for Muslims to move beyond simply protesting, once again, “but we’re not all terrorists!”—a phrase which, for all its obvious sincerity, has rather a self-serving ring to it for many non-Muslims, whether it is believed or disbelieved—and take a vigorous, proactive, and public stance in support of peaceful Christians presently being attacked by some seriously misguided “Muslims,” doing so in the name of the Prophet Muhammad himself, peace and blessings be upon him, based on newly-discovered documents that record his very words. This project, insha’Allah, will have three good effects, which we will list in ascending order of importance: 1) Like nothing else we can imagine, it will present Muslims in a positive light to those who are still capable of human feeling; 2) It might save a few lives; and 3) It is a worthy thing to do in the sight of Allah, according to His clear Command as transmitted by His Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. Peace is not made by generating peaceful feelings and/or attending exclusively peaceful gatherings. It is made by facing and enduring conflict, while never departing from the remembrance of God. It is a rare occurrence when strategic advantage, moral rectitude, and Divine Command apparently converge so as to point out a particular course of action; we believe that the Covenants Initiative represents just such a convergence. If you are a Muslim, and feel moved by your own conscience, after reading The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World—remembering, always, that no-one can decide for you or compel you in any way, seeing that there is to be no compulsion in religion—to add your name to this Initiative.
LIST OF SIGNATORIES
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Cordoba Initiative / Kathryn Qahira Santana / Marina (Nouria) Bouteillier, Los Angeles Beloved Sufis / Yousef Casewit, Yale University / Farah Kimball, International Peace Project / Zachary Markwith, Graduate Theological Union /Luqman Ali / Charles Daines / Adam Deen, The Deen Institute / Professor Alan Godlas, University of Georgia / Shaikh Kabir Helminski, The Threshold Society / Dr. Jeremy Henzell-Thomas, The Book Foundation / Irving Karchmar / Qaisra Ehsan Khan / Amnah Malik / Sadat Malik / Dr. John Parks, M.D. / Saqib Safdar, Tarbeyah: An Exploration of Spirituality, Parenting and Education / Yusuf A.H. Salaam, Ohio Kentucky Indiana World Trade Group ETC / Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi, Institute of Ismaili Studies / Kamal Southall / Alicia Carrara / Hector Manzolillo / Matthew Johnson / Dr. Aida Shahlar Gasimova, Baku State University / Dr. Omid Safi, University of Delaware / Dr. Hisham M. Ramadan, Kwantlen Polytechnic University / Dr. Bridget Blomfield, University of Nebraska / Dr. Said Mentak, University Mohamed I / Dr. Mohamed Elkouche, Mohamed I University / Dr. Muhammad-Reza Fakhr-Rohani, University of Qom / Dr. Amar Sellam, Mohamed I University / Charles Upton, Covenants Initiative / Rachida Bejja, Quality Counseling & Psychological Services / Dr. John Andrew Morrow, The Covenants Initiative / Saimma Dyer / Daniel Dyer / Nigel Jackson, Artist and Illustrator / Dr. Cyrus Ali Zargar, Augustana College / Dr. Mahdi Tourage, University of Western Ontario, King’s College / Priscilla Machado (BSW) / Faysal Burhan, Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies / Safeer Siddiqui, Ahmadiyya Moslim Djama’at / Amal Hayati / Captain Wisam Elmajed, Royal Jordanian / Mohammad Z. Malik / Ali Malik / Abdul Fattah / Yasser Chaudhary, LAFZ Magazine / Muhammad Islam Singh / Arshad Sharif, Muslim Council of Southampton / Mahmud Abdullah Abdat / Muhammad Fadillah Bin Rosli / James Parker / Baha’uddin Peter Hughes / Malak Shumburo / Zahit Krajna / Ibrahim Hanif / Sara Ozer / Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa / Sufi John Ishvaradas Abdallah, World Without Borders Interfaith Sufi Ashram / Khadija Fitzwilli Hall / Dr. Walid Radwan / Leo Abu Aziz Schmitt / Khaldoun Bitar / Enise Anas / Ahmed Saleem / Rafif Al-Ruhaimi / Guy St-Hilaire / Arnold Yasin Mol, Deen Research Center (DRC) & Leiden University / Dr. Kevin Barrett, Muslim-Jewish-Christian Alliance / Mohamad Reza / Alim Ali, Muslim Perspectives Radio Program / Muhammad Arshad, FSU / Abbas Shah / Hussain Khan / Nebil Nuradin, Muslim Women Network / Fyza Durrani / Muhammad Abbass / Asif Merchant, Foundation for Pluralism / Mike Mohamed Ghouse, University of Delaware, Foundation for Pluralism / Dr. Muqtedar Khan, University of Delaware / Muhammed Haron, University of Botswana /Wazir Bax, Guyana Islamic Trust / Bibi Ruqaiyah Baksh, GIT Youths / Fazeel Mohamed Ferouz, President, Central Islamic Organization of Guyana / Muhammad Yunus / Tariq Najee-ullah / Abdul-Rehman Malik / Atiya Ahsan / Rifat Belal / Osman Saffah, Author and Journalist / Osman Qureshi, Author and Journalist / Fouad Ahsayni / Aasim Soomro / Cheryfa MacAulay Jamal / Abeer Ameer / Andrzej Ahmed Saramowicz, Rumi Foundation of Poland / Latifa Chentouf / Jayde Russell, London Central Mosque and ICC / Humera Khan / Fatimah Mohammed-Ashrif / Ismaeel Siddique / Noor-Malika Chishti / Dr. Munawar A. Anees, President, Rawi University / Professor Emeritus Abdallah Schleifer, American University in Cairo / Shereen Williams / Dr. Bouchra Belgaid / Dr. Maged Agour / M. Shiraz Kaleel / Zahoor Ahmad / Brent (Bashier) Slabbert / Shakireh Ispahani / Sam Amico, Niche of Light / Serhat Cakmakoglu / Mahmoud Mostafa / Tasneen Kinaci / Tevfirk Aydoner, Canadian Sufi Cultural Centre / Daniel Abdal-Hayy Moore, The Ecstatic Exchange / Dr. Roger Abdul-Wahhab Boase / Ghazala Akbar / Khalid Masud / Nafiseh Ispahani / Qasim Kazmi / Saleh Jaleel / Uzma Taj / Imam Rashid Patch / Salim Warda, Wardrobe Pictures / Sabah Jaka / Alexander Valenzuela / Ryan Brizendine, Yale University / Oliver S. Muhammad, As Salaam Islamic Center of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA / Siema Taj / Vehap Kola / Natalia Andujar, Junta Islamica / Mohamad Saeb Martini / Mohammed Nazerul Khairy Bin Dzulkefli, Citizen, Republic of Singapore / Shabbir Agha Abbas, Muslims for Peace, Inc. / Rashed Y. Al-Foudary / Feroz Hamd / Ishrat Ahmad / Adnan Momin / Amjad Saleem / Tamir Mutakabbir / Imad Jafar / Teresa Gill / Toheed Ahmad / Catherine Shakdam / Ahmed Akoob / Sonja Lang / Noor-Malika Chishti / Ilyas al-Kashani, Hakim Wellness / Shahid Aziz / Nuray Cetin / Hira Khan / Zeeshan Sheikh / Shaykh Muhammad ‘Umar al-Qadri, Al-Mustafa Islamic Cultural Centre, Dublin, Ireland / Nasim Ahmad / Dr. Azlan Khalili Shamsuddin, Universiti Teknologi Mara Malaysia / Malik / Ali Panju, Ridhayatullah Theatre / Mashadi, Islam Nusantara Initiative / Tharik Hussain / M. Smit / Hamza Hasnain / Ghulam Zailai, Ridhayatullah Theatre / Munis Umatia, Ridhayatullah Theatre / Ana Moreira / Amy Rose Ali / Edward Kendall / Fabrice and Nurriddeenah Boukia / Mansour Moufid / Giovanna-Wakila Ilham Hope / Elizabeth / Muhammad Suhail / Ryan Ford / Dr. Mohamad Gemeaha / Mohammad N. Mian, Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake / Sheila Musaji / W. George Krasnow, Russia & America Good Will Associates / Mohammed Rafiq Lodhi, The Lodhia Center / Jalal / David Narbutas / Syed Rizwan Rizvan, Resident ‘Alim at Masjid-e-Ali / Sajida Bandali, Taqwa Media / Dr. Farooq Bandali, Taqwa Media / Abeda Mueed / Mohammad Zaki Khizer Khan / Mourad / Nibras Muhsin / Arlandi / Mark and Catherine Dreyer / Nimrah Kaaling Ali / Fitzgerald Mistral / Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances at the Islamic Society of North America /Ahlam Zaki / Muhajir Romero / Salim Warda / Slimani el-Houssine / Jasmine Ansari / Ahmed El-Wakil / Mohammad Fheili / Sayyid Slimani / Teresa Marie Gill / Abdullah Thomas / Yasmine Deghedi / Усман сын Султана / Hassan Seyyed / Sandra Hahn / Feisal Bin Abdul Rahman / Sameer Hasan / Arjen Buitelaar / Chaplain Asad S. Mannan / Stephen Olof Wikblom / Ibrahim Rabiu Hassan / Kareem M. Irfan, Esq., Past President: Council of Religious Leaders of Metro Chicago; Past Chair: Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago / Laurent Jasaron / Edward Cockrel / James Hiddle / Tariq Cheema, World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists / Mazen Helwani / Adamu Sambo / Lawrence DesForges / Tammar Soma / Marianne Hogan Nsour, Tayba Foundation / Safi Kaskas, Strategic Edge / Sahada Alolo, Northern Girl Initiative / Dr. Mohamed Hosny, Sorbonne University / Dr. S.M. Ghazanfar, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho / Professor Halim Rane, Griffith University / Rashid De Ridder / Divaan e Ishq / Abdullah Faiz Zain / Shah Hussain / Sakina Begum / Suzanne Giraud / Ait Serhane / Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Co-Founder of Zaytuna / Dr. Arief Ahmed, Leeds Dawah Network / Barri Yudha Prawira / Warda Umm Ibtihej / Taha Poonawala / Syed Ali Shah, the Sacred Hub…