Sign the Covenants Initiative

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: Covenants Initiative 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 Pluralim

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

 

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