THE SIXTH COVENANTS INITIATIVE REPORT

THE SIXTH COVENANTS INITIATIVE REPORT

Dear Signatories of the Covenants Initiative,

Asaalamu alaikum.

Dr. Morrow’s mission to Abu Dhabi was a resounding success; most of this report will be made up of news about the trip and its aftermath. But there are a number of other events of note that I would like to mention first:

1} In December of 2014, three copies of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World were sent to Fr. Jonah Paffhausen, Metropolitan Emeritus of the Orthodox Church in America, who promised to share them with his contacts in Russia, notably Kyrill, Patriarch of Moscow.

2} In January of this year Gary Krupp of Pave the Way extended an invitation for Dr. Morrow and myself to meet with a “civilian think-tank” at the Pentagon, apparently to give our input for the Anti-Terror Summit that took place in February. Independently, yet in unison, we let this opportunity slide, not wishing to become too identified with U.S. military efforts. Nonetheless Gary was able to provide us with contacts with the officer in charge of all U.S. military chaplaincies, Commander Brian Weigelt, as well as with a Muslim chaplain in the U.S. army, Khalid Shabazz. Both were sent copies of Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time [see 4} below], which we presented as a tool to help prevent the spread of Islamic extremist ideology in the military; both Cmdr. Weigelt and Chaplain Shabazz expressed their admiration for the book.

3} In February, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World was delivered to the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem by Gary Krupp.

4} Also in February the abridged version of Dr. Morrow’s book with just the text of the covenants and a short introduction, entitled Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time, was published by Angelico/Sophia Perennis (under the Covenants Press imprint). It comes to 76 pages and sells for $8.95 U.S. Every mosque in the English-speaking world should have it. (It’s available through http://www.amazon.com and http://www.amazon.co.uk ). We hope you will propose to any mosque or Islamic group that you may be familiar or connected with that they should purchase at least one copy (they may query me for information on bulk discounts). It has already been translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese, and we just received an offer to translate the book into Russian.

5} We were recently contacted by a representative of the Baha’is, who would like to provide a copy of Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time to all high-ranking dignitaries of the Baha’i religion.

6} On March 19, on the advice of Gary Krupp, I sent the following letter to Cardinal Tauran, the main “interfaith” cardinal at the Vatican:

Your Eminence:

Greetings of peace. I represent the Covenants Initiative, a growing global movement of Muslims to defend persecuted Christians; we are basically a non-aligned organization, beholden to neither Iran nor Saudi Arabia nor to any other Muslim organization, movement or national state. Our initiative is based on a book by Dr. John Andrew Morrow, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, which I believe you have seen; we have communicated with you in the past through Shaykh Yahya Pallavicini and (I believe) Gary Krupp of Pave the Way. Dr. Morrow has pioneered the re-discovery and authentication of these documents, which uniformly command Muslims not to attack peaceful Christians, damage their buildings, or even prevent their Christian wives from attending church, but rather to defend them “until the coming of the Hour”. Gary Krupp suggested that I write to you on behalf of the Muslims of North America to explore the possibility of a meeting between us and Pope Francis when he visits the United States. Dr. Faroque Khan of the Islamic Center of Long Island is confident that a delegation of major Muslim leaders from North America—he is in touch with most of them, including the leaders of the Islamic Society of North America—would be willing to publicly endorse the Covenants of the Prophet at a meeting with Pope Francis this September; I am also reasonably confident that they would be willing to alter their schedules to conform with that of His Holiness. Dr. Khan is equally sure they would gladly support the Pope’s call for “a global mobilization of conscience to defend persecuted Christians”. A highly-publicized meeting like this would make the covenants of our Prophet with the Christians of the world known the world over, and further His Holiness’ “mobilization of conscience” like nothing else I can imagine.

There are three entities who would potentially be involved in any negotiations to set up a meeting between the Pope and North American Muslims: the Vatican, North American Muslim leaders, and the Covenants Initiative; we need to be as clear as possible on what each would stand to gain from such a meeting. The Vatican could take it as an opportunity to put out a credible and persuasive global call to all Muslims of good will to defend persecuted Christians in the Mid-East and elsewhere. The Muslim leaders of North America could certainly use it to enhance the image of Islam in the west. And the Covenants Initiative could significantly increase the sales of Dr. Morrow’s books on the covenants, with the ultimate goal of returning Islam to its traditional practice, based on the actual written (or possibly dictated) words of the Prophet Muhammad, of treating peaceful religious minorities within its dominions with justice and respect. Muhammad’s gracious attitude toward for the Peoples of the Book, as expressed in the covenants, also provides clear guidance as to how Muslims should relate to the other Abrahamic faiths in any context, not just in their role as religious minorities within Dar al-Islam. It is Dr. Morrow’s contention that the covenants of the Prophet Muhammad constitute a de facto Universal Declaration of Human Rights, one that has the potential of being enthusiastically embraced by the Muslim intelligentsia—and the masses as well—because it is not based on secular western models but arises directly from the Islamic revelation itself. If it again becomes the law of man, it will be because it was first the Law of God.

However, the question of the basic intentions of the three groups who would be involved in these negotiations also needs to be addressed. At this point we are more certain of our own intentions, and those of the Roman Catholic Church, than we are of the intentions of every North American Muslim leader. Some are entirely sincere; they have abundantly proved this to us. But there are others of whom we are less certain. One thing that all of us should do our best to avoid is for a meeting between the Pope and Muslim leaders to become nothing more than a public relations event. At this point there is hardly a prominent western Muslim who does not “renounce terrorism”. Many of them are in earnest, but for some, such declarations are merely a smoke-screen. The Holy Father has every right to challenge Muslim leaders to back up their conciliatory words with concrete actions in defense of Christians. The Covenants Initiative also wishes to challenge these leaders, partly by appealing to the Muslim masses directly, not only through their established representatives, doing so on the basis of Dr. Morrow’s quite dramatic re-discovery of the Covenants of the Prophet. We do not wish to embarrass the Muslim leaders of North America, but rather challenge and inspire them, since we hope to work side-by-side with them if at all possible. But words must be backed up with deeds. Therefore we ask you: what concrete actions can Muslims take to demonstrate to His Holiness that our intent to defend persecuted Christians, as our Prophet has commanded us, is sincere, that it is not simply one more public relations ploy? We hope you will seriously consider this question, and get back to us….

In our opinion, a clear and public response by Pope Francis to the continued and expanding efforts of the Covenants Initiative and its allies, in the form of a meeting with North American Muslim leaders, has the potential of being of real and substantive help to the martyred Christians of Iraq and Syria. We feel that it is a rare opportunity that should not be missed.

Attached find a copy of a letter to us from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, to whom we have also sent a copy of the present letter.

7} Dr. Morrow is challenging Muslim leaders to formally adopt the Covenants of the Prophet as law. In line with this challenge I recently contacted Amnesty International to see if anyone could let me know what resources they might have in the Middle East to track whether a given Islamic government that claims to be implementing by the Covenants is in fact abiding by them. (Research in that direction continues.)

8} At some time in the near future I will be meeting with the new Catholic Bishop of Lexington, John Stowe, to discuss the Covenants Initiative and the possibility of a joint Christian/Muslim demonstration against ISIS – one which would also call for a thorough investigation into their origin and their sources of arms and funding.

9} We are now officially a non-profit corporation in the U.S.: THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET FOUNDATION.

REPORT ON DR. MORROW’S TRIP TO ABU DHABI

Tabah Foundation Tour

Dr. John Andrew Morrow was in Abu Dhabi from March 7th, 2015 to March 14th, on invitation of the Tabah Foundation and Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri. He gave closed-door, invitation-only, presentations about the Covenants of the Prophet to Western diplomats, Arab academics and intellectuals, Muslim diplomats, and high-ranking Muslim religious scholars. He had private meetings with diplomats and counter-terrorism experts. Along with Habib ‘Ali, he met with Shaykh Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the UAE, and gave him a copy of a prophetic covenant.  Morrow gave a public lecture to a crowd of two hundred. He was interviewed twice by al-Arabiya and once by Sky News. He was also interviewed by several journalists who subsequently published articles on the public lecture. Before departing to the US, Dr. Morrow granted a framed Covenant of the Prophet to Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri.

Endorsement by Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri

Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, one of the most influential scholars of Islam in the world, publicly endorsed the Covenants of the Prophet on numerous occasions and provided strong arguments to support their authenticity. This is the single most important expression of support we have received from Muslim scholars to date. The significance of Habib ‘Ali’s blessing is beyond measure. Significantly, al-Habib ‘Ali has become a spokesman for the Covenants of the Prophet. In fact, he will be speaking about the Muhammad Covenants in Manchester on April 1st.

Endorsements by Other Scholars of Islam

Some of the highest ranking scholars from Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Tasawwuf were presented with the Covenants of the Prophet. The content of the Covenants of the Prophet was not a subject of dispute. Some concerns were raised concerning modes of authentication. Many of them readily endorsed them in no uncertain terms.

Endorsements by Muslim Intellectuals and Professors

Muslim academics, intellectuals, and professors were given a presentation on the Covenants of the Prophet. Although some shared concerns of an academic nature, the majority of them were convinced that the content was sound and the documents were historically sound.

Endorsements by Muslim Diplomats

Muslim diplomats from Jordan, Guinea-Bissau, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan were introduced to the rights and freedoms granted by the Covenants of the Prophet. Not only was their response favorable, it was enthusiastic. They viewed the Covenants of the Prophet as veritable models of human rights rooted in the Islamic tradition with modern-day applications.

Endorsements by Western Diplomats

Diplomats from the United States, Canada, and the European Union were presented the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad as a Charter of Rights and Freedoms or a Bill of Rights provided by the Prophet over 1400 years ago. As the Canadian representative stated, “This is fantastic stuff.” In private meetings, the Canadian Ambassador, Arif Lalani, expressed how ecstatic he was about Dr. Morrow’s presentation on the Covenants of the Prophet. In a subsequent meeting, Canadian diplomats hoped that the Covenants of the Prophet could help bring together, not only Muslims and Christians, but also Muslims and Muslims, namely, Sunnis and Shi‘ites.

Media Attention

Dr. Morrow appeared in four English-language newspaper articles in the UAE; one immediately preceding his arrival; and the three other ones after he delivered his public lecture. He was interviewed by al-‘Arabiyyah on Tuesday, March 10th, immediately after his public lecture; on Wednesday, March 11th, by Sky TV, and, finally, on Friday, March 13th, by al-‘Arabiyyah in their studio in Dubai. Several offers for interviews were received both during and immediately after Dr. Morrow’s trip to Abu Dhabi; including one from Abu Dhabi and another from the UK. These interviews should be forthcoming.

Web Traffic

Despite the fact that Dr. Morrow did not plug any of our websites, http://www.johnandrewmorrow.com received 325 visitors during course of visit while http://www.covenantsoftheprophet.com received 404 for a total of 729 unique visits in one week. An increase of activity, likes, and comments were also noted on our various Facebook pages, including John Andrew Morrow, Dr. John Andrew Morrow / Imam Ilyas Islam, and Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad. Significant spikes have been seen as newspapers articles about Morrow’s Tabah Foundation tour have appeared in the media.

Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet

Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri has offered to contribute an article to Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet, the follow-up volume to The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. Invitations to participate were extended to leading scholars of Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Tasawwuf along with academics from around the Muslim world.

Publication Offers

Both the Tabah Foundation, along with two publishers from the UAE, offered to help publish the Arabic version of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World as well as Six Covenants of the Prophet with the Christians of His Time.

Translation Offers

The Tabah Foundation expresses interest in having the book and the booklet translated and published in Urdu considering the importance of this language in the Indian subcontinent and throughout many parts of the world. A professional translator from Brazil also contacted Dr. Morrow during the course of his tour to offer to translate The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World into Portuguese, at no cost, for the benefit of Portuguese speaking Muslims and Christians in Latin America and Europe.

Event Invitations

The Islamic Center of Long Island and the al-Khoei Center in New York, have invited Dr. Morrow and Charles Upton to speak about the Covenants of the Prophet. Zachary Markwith and Ustadh ‘Ali Ataei are also working on inviting Dr. Morrow to lecture about the Covenants of the Prophet at Zaytuna and GTU. A panel at the next ISNA Convention in the USA also appears to be a distinct possibility. The Tabah Foundation also stresses that this was only the first appearance of Dr. Morrow in the UAE and that there would be many more in the future.

Research Plans

Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri proposed to Dr. Morrow that they travel together to the Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai together and that they conduct research together at the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, Turkey. The Tabah Foundation also committed to assist Dr. Morrow in acquiring other Covenants of the Prophet.

ARTICLES ABOUT DR. MORROW’S TRIP TO ABU DHABI AND RELATED DEVELOPMENTS

A PROFESSOR ON A PEACE MISSION

Canadian researcher Dr. John Andrew Morrow recently returned from a week-long mission to the Middle East to promote his critically acclaimed book on The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.

His trip was in response to an invitation by Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri of the Tabah Foundation, a non-profit organization that offers suggestions and recommendations to opinion makers to help them assume a wiser and more socially-beneficial approach. Its purpose was to familiarize diplomats, politicians, policy-makers, and religious scholars with the Covenants of the Prophet and to present them as a pluralistic model of co-existence, tolerance, and compassion, one based not on western models but on fundamental Islamic principles.

While known to Muslim scholars from the dawn of Islam to the present, and respected by most Islamic rulers for nearly 1400 years, the Covenants of the Prophet have been generally forgotten, neglected, and ignored since the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

While in Abu Dhabi, Morrow presented the Covenants of the Prophet to Western diplomats from Canada, the United States, Austria, and the European Union; to Eastern diplomats from Guinea-Bissau, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Tunisia, and Yemen; to Arab intellectuals working in the United Arab Emirates; as well as to high-ranking Muslim scholars from the region and around the world.

Besides these closed sessions, Morrow–who happens to be both a full professor and a senior scholar of Islam–delivered a public lecture at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi to a crowd of two-hundred people. Titled “Tolerance and Coexistence in the 21st Century,” the event was under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan ibn Mubarak Nahyan, the Minister of Youth, Culture, and Community Development, and was concluded by two powerful speeches by Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri along with Mufti Ahmed al-Kobaisi.

With the rise of radical fringe groups like the pseudo-Islamic State, many critics have pointed to Islam as the source of the problem and have called for an Islamic Reformation. As Morrow expressed in his lecture, “To say that Islam needs to be reformed is to say that Islam is deformed.” The fact that some extremists violate the teachings of Islam, he explained, does not change the essence of Islam. For him, “The source is not the problem. The source is the solution. As such, we must return to Islam and revive Islam.”

Besides three television interviews on al-‘Arabiyyah and Sky News, and coverage in several newspapers, Dr. John Andrew Morrow was also invited to meet with the Crown Prince at his palace. “Your book,” stated Sheikh Nahyan, “deserves to be in every school and library in the West.” Clearly, the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World has moved from being a mere book to become a major Muslim movement.

SENIOR MUSLIM SCHOLARS EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET

On Thursday, March 12th, 2015, a closed door meeting took place at the Tabah Foundation in Abu Dhabi during which Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a full professor and senior scholar of Islam, presented The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World to a group of high-ranking Muslim religious authorities from around the Muslim world.

While many analysts anticipated that the Covenants of the Prophet would be met with antagonism, the response to the presentation titled “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World: From Authenticity to Applicability” was overwhelmingly positive.

Although questions concerning the authenticity of some of the documents arose, and some academic issues were addressed, the consensus of the scholars in attendance was that the Covenants of the Prophet were consistent with the teachings of Islam as understood by Ahl al-Sunnah wa al-Tasawwuf.

“I do not need any evidence to support these documents,” said a Syrian mufti, “as they agree with the spirit of Islam.” “I have no doubt that the Covenants of the Prophet are authentic,” stated a scholar from Afghanistan, “There is not a thing that I heard that was not genuine.”

While some scholars saw the Covenants of the Prophet on the basis of their areas of specialization, Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri saw the broader perspective stressing their implications and potential applications.

“This was just the first in what we hope will be a long list of meetings with Muslim scholars,” mentioned Morrow, “Alhamdulillah, we have started off on a positive note; erudite, diligent, yet humble and open-minded, the ‘ulama’ committed themselves to continue to the study the Covenants of the Prophet and to join me on this journey of rediscovery. Consequently, they are looking forward to the Arabic translation of the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World so they can engage it intellectually and scholastically from the Islamic tradition.”

The results of this scholarly voyage, explains Morrow, which is rooted in dialogue and debate, will appear in a collaborative volume titled Critical Studies on the Covenants of the Prophet which will feature contributions from Muslim scholars from far and wide.

A PRINCE OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ENDORSES THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET

His Highness Sheikh Nahyan ibn Mubarak Nahyan, the Minister of Youth, Culture, and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates has officially endorsed the Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad.

As the Prince explained to Dr. John Andrew Morrow, the author of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of World: “Your book deserves to be in every school and library in the West.”

Dr. Morrow, a Western academic and senior scholar of Islam, was in the United Arab Emirates on the invitation of the Tabah Foundation in order to share his research with Muslim scholars and intellectuals, as well as diplomats from both East and West.

Accompanied by Shaykh Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri, one of the most influential Muslim scholars in the world, Dr. John Andrew Morrow was introduced to His Highness during his weekly majlis or audience which is held in a circular gazebo-type structure on the grounds of his palace.

“I hope and pray that you will help disseminate the Covenants of the Prophet,” said Morrow, after he presented Sheikh Nahyan with a copy of a prophetic covenant as a gift. His Highness held his hand, looked him in the eye, nodded his head, and said: “Insha’ Allah” [God-willing].

The significance of the event was not lost on Morrow: “The United Arab Emirates has the distinct privilege of being the first Muslim nation to recognize the significance of the Covenants of the Prophet as a model of moderation.”

“The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, were regularly renewed by Muslim rulers over the course of nearly fourteen centuries,” added the Canadian academic, “we are now calling upon Muslim leaders, both political and religious, to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors.”

As Morrow explained, “Renewing the Covenants of the Prophet, and the protections they grant, will send a strong message to both Muslims and Christians: it will distinguish traditional Islam from radical political Islam, defend the image and integrity of the Messenger of Allah, and help improve interfaith relations.”

HABIB ‘ALI AL-JIFRI EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR THE COVENANTS OF THE PROPHET

Shaykh Habib ‘Ali Zayn al-‘Abidin al-Jifri, the founder of the Tabah Foundation, a research institute based in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., publicly endorsed the Covenants of the Prophet at various venues during the first two weeks of March.

The renowned scholar and spiritual guide with roots in the Hadhramaut region of Yemen met with Dr. John Andrew Morrow at the Reviving the Islamic Spirit Convention in Toronto in December of 2013 where he received a copy of The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.

As Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri explained, “We had initially wanted to invite Dr. John in 2014; however, for a variety of reasons, it never came to be. With the rise of ISIS and the degradation of the situation in the reason, he could not have come at a better time.”

More than any other Muslim scholar, Habib ‘Ali al-Jifri perceived the potential of the Covenants of the Prophet as a rallying call for traditional, mainstream, Islam in opposition to Takfiri terrorists and secular liberal reformists.

Despite his busy schedule, Habib ‘Ali either introduced Morrow or provided concluding remarks to several of his speeches, lectures, and presentations, providing compelling arguments in favor of the Covenants of the Prophet and their relevance to Muslims today.

“The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, is saddened by all the crimes being committed in his name,” confided the Yemenite Shaykh to the Canadian professor after he delivered his public lecture on Tuesday, March 10; “today, by the will of God, we have made his happy.”

“ISLAM IS NOT THE PROBLEM,” PROCLAIMS CANADIAN SCHOLAR, “IT IS THE SOLUTION”

Dr. John Andrew Morrow, a Canadian scholar who converted to Islam over thirty years ago, has come to the defense of Islam at a time when many people, in East and West, seek to equate it with extremism and terrorism.

As Dr. Morrow, a Full Professor of Foreign Languages and senior scholar of Islam, explained during his public lecture at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi on March 10th of 2015, Islam is not the problem: its essence and original message is enough to allow Muslims to restore the true spirit of their faith.

Far from being persecuted, Morrow explained, minorities lived and flourished under Muslim rule. The Ottomans, among others, honored and respected their Christian communities by granting to them copies of the Covenants of the Prophet.

For Morrow, “Muslims have everything within their own religion to provide the solutions to the problems they face today.”

ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS ETC. FROM AROUND THE WORLD ABOUT THE COVENANTS AND RELATED ISSUES THAT APPEARED IN 2014 AND IN 2015 THROUGH MARCH (google them)

Malek, Caline. “Lecture in Abu Dhabi stresses awareness about true Islam.” The National (March 15, 2015).
Al-Arabiyyah. “Interview with Dr. John Andrew Morrow.” Al-Arabiyyah (Friday, March 13th, 2015).
Radan, Silvia. “Islam is not against other religions, says scholar.” Khaleej Times (March 12, 2015).
Morrow, John Andrew. “How has a religion of beauty been presented as ugly by ISIL?” The National (March 8, 2015).
Bremer, Jörg. “Imam beim Papst Mit „Schutzbriefe des Propheten“ gegen islamische Terroristen.” Frankfurter Allgemeine Politik (March 5, 2015).
Shakdam, Catherine. “Is There Room For Islam In Democracy, Freedom Of Speech, And Secularism?” Mint Press (March 3, 2015).
“Islamic official given Auburn man’s book.” KPC News (March 1, 2015).
Shakdam, Catherine. “Charles Upton to Shafaqna: A Journey towards Truth.” Shafaqna (Feb. 28, 2015).
Morrow, John Andrew. “L’historicité de l’alliance Mount Sinai.” Muslim Village (February 22, 2015).
Morrow, John Andrew. “La historicidad de la Alianza Monte Sinai.” Muslim Village (February 22, 2015).
“Is ISIL really ‘Sunni’? Not at all.” Global Truth (Feb. 25, 2015).
“Local professor’s book presented to major Muslim scholar.” News-Sentinel (Wednesday, February 25, 2015).
Morrow, John Andrew. “The Historicity of the Mount Sinai Covenant.” Muslim Village (Feb. 22, 2015).
Morrow, John Andrew. “The Historicity of the Mount Sinai Covenant.” Arab World News (Feb. 21, 2015).
“Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Granted a copy of the Covenants of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).” Shafaqna (Feb. 20, 2015).
“Jerusalem Grand Mufti Receives Covenants.” Last Prophet (Feb. 20, 2015).
Considine, Craig. “The 8 Most Important Interfait Monuments in the World.” Craig Considine (Feb. 2, 2015).
Dyer, Saimma. “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” Rumi’s Circle (January 30, 2015).
Pallavicini, Yahya. “Chrétiens et musulmans participent à la civilisation des héritiers des prophètes .” Saphir News (29 janvier 2015).
“The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Monks of Mount Sinai:
Issues of Historicity, Authenticity and Reliability.” Lastprophet.info (January 28, 2015).
Dr. John Andrew Morrow to SHAFAQNA: An insight into Prophet Muhammad’s life (PBUH). Shafaqna (January 25, 2015).
“The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad.” Lastprophet.info (January 20, 2015).
“Da li je IDIŠ zaista ”sunitski’”. Bosnian Radio (2014).
“Benarkah ISIL Penganut Islam”Sunni” ? Sama Sekali Tidak Benar.” Digit Indonesia (Dec. 15, 2014)
Tang, Joy. “Pave the Way Foundation places spotlight on controversial covenants said to be by Prophet Muhammad .” Suroorasia (Dec. 4, 2014).
“Little Known Covenants of Prophet Muhammad Made Known through Pave The Way Foundation’s International Advertising Campaign.” PN Newswire (Dec. 3, 2014).
“The Covenant of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of Najran.” Medhajnews (November 18, 2014).
Kilbane, Kevin. “Local Professor, Covenants Initiative Hope to Bring Peace to Middle East.” Shafaqna (November 17, 2014).
Kilbane, Kevin. Local professor, Covenants Initiative hope to bring peace to Middle East. The News-Sentinel (Wednesday, November 12, 2014)
—.”Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Times Union (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—.”Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Chron (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” WLFI (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet. Elkart Truth (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” San Francisco Gate (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” My Informs (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” News Nom (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” The Republic (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Giridon Digest (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Network of News (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Newstral (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Professores (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
—. “Ivy Tech Professor Shares Words of Prophet.” Crown of King Nothing (Wednesday, November 12, 2014).
Karim, Kaleef K. “Debunking the Myth that the Qur’an Endorses Violence.” Do Not Say Trinity (November 9, 2014).
“Gary Krupp: Jewish Founder of Pave the Way Foundation on Pope Pius XII. The Splendor of the Church (November 6, 2014).
“Pope Given Local Author’s Book.” Journal Gazette (October 18, 2014).
“Pope Francis Receives the Covenants of the Prophet.” Shafaqna (October 18, 2014).
“Auburn Man’s Book Presented to Pope.” KPC News (October 18, 2014).
“Dr. John Morrow vs. ISIS.” Truth Jihad Radio (October 17, 2014).
Aness. “Review: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by Dr. John Andrew Morrow.” Goodreads (October 14, 2014).
ISIL – Ισλαμικό Κράτος του Ιράκ και του Λεβάντε. Kordatos (September 2014).
Peters, Bosco. “Muslims and Christians.” Liturgy: Worship that Works / Spirituality that Connects (August 19, 2014).
Lighting Strikes Here. “An Open Letter to the ISIS from Prophet Muhammad.” Above Top Secret (August 12, 2014).
Akbar, Zahid Ali. “Why ISIS Should Not be Described as ‘Sunni’ by Press and Media.” Zaakbaruk (August 11, 2014)
Sultan, Sohaib N. “ISIS Is Ignoring Islam’s Teachings on Yazidis and Christians.” Time (August 8, 2014).
VIMUN: Vienna International Model United Nations. Preparation Paper/Study Guide: Security Council (SC): The Situation in Iraq and its Implications for International Security. (August 3-7, 2014).
Cleland, Bilal. “Book Review: The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.” Australian Muslim Times (01 August 2014).
Morrow, John Andrew. “The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad: A Revolutionary Revelation.” Angelico Press Blog (July 28, 2014).
“The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World by Dr. John Andrew Morrow.” Green Light: The Non-Tech Side of Ivy Tech (July 25, 2014).
Barrett, Kevin Barrett. “Discussion with Dr. John Andrew Morrow on Ramadan, Laylat al-Qadr, International Quds Day, Gaza and ISIS.” Truth Jihad Radio Show. No Lies Radio. Friday, 25 July, 2014.
Morrow, John Andrew with Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor. “ISIS Exposed at House of Lords.” 21 July, 2014. Veterans Today.
Castleton, Barbara. “John Andrew Morrow, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, Angelico Press – Sophia Perennis, ABD 2013. ISBN: 978-1-59731-465-7.” Tarih İncelemeleri Dergisi XXIX / 1, 2014, 355-356
Konflikt im Irak ist kein Glaubenskrieg [Conflict in Iraq is not a Religious War]. Klaagmuur TV (June of 2014). in a story titled “Conflict in Iraq is not a Religious War.”

Amid all this activity and expansion, one thing keeps presenting itself to me: that we need to research the following two questions, and gather all the available information relating to them:

1} What are the origins of ISIL?

2} How are they presently being armed and funded?

Dr. Morrow has been posting many articles relating to these issues on his Facebook page. I urge all signatories of the Covenants Initiative to scour the internet for pertinent information and raise these questions to religious leaders, political leaders, and the media. Any links to relevant articles, videos etc. can be sent to me.

Sincerely,

Charles Upton

for Dr. John Andrew Morrow

and the Covenants Initiative

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