Posts Tagged ‘Copenhagen fatwa’

Muslims and Christians working together

February 14, 2011

The Quran does not simply preach tolerance of other religions, it also acknowledges that salvation can be achieved in all monotheist religions. Freedom of choice, especially in matters of faith, is a cornerstone of quranic values. — Benazir Bhutto

Tyrants and peddlers of hate always try to divide people, divide and conquer. But when people work together even tyrants can be defeated.

Hosni Mubarak has gone!
Egypt in revolt

In the New Year we saw a Coptic Church In Egypt attacked. Last year we saw a Catholic Church in Iraq attacked. I was with Canon Andrew White a few days after the attack and he spoke of his pain at seeing his friend the priest lying in a pool of blood.

Coptic Christians in Egypt
Dinner with Canon Andrew White

But when people work together there is hope.

Muslims guarded the Coptic Churches in Egypt. When the brothers and sisters took to the streets of Egypt, flooded into Tahrir Square, they worked together, Muslim and Christian embraced on the streets. The Christians guarded the Mosques during Friday prayers. The Christians linked arms and formed a protective circle around the Muslims when they prayed in the street.

When the Mubarak Rent-a-Thugs attacked the peaceful protesters in Tahrir Square Wednesday and Thursday two weeks ago, it was the Muslim Brotherhood who mobilised their supporters on the Friday and secured the square.

In St George’s in Baghdad before Christmas, a Shia cleric was invited by Canon Andrew White to address the congregation. The congregation is not only Christians of all denominations, it includes Muslims too.

Last month Canon Andrew White brought together Shia and Sunni religious leaders and they issued a fatwa condemning violence against Christians.

Copenhagen fatwa

The Koran teaches tolerance and that followers respect other religions. People are given a choice, all are created equal in the eyes of God. Those who try to impose or coerce are unIslamic. The Koran sanctifies those who believe in the one true God but it does not deny other religions as the route to slavation, does not say Islam is the only route. [see Reconciliation]

Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.

What better message of hope and love can we give on St Valentine’s Day!

Copenhagen fatwa

January 18, 2011

Our meeting of Iraq’s religious leaders [in Copenhagen] has finished. The meeting was complex, difficult and very sucessful. below is the fatwa. — Canon Andrew White

In the name of God the Merciful

Fatwa concerning the banning of the hostility against the religious groups that live together with Muslims

God has said: “The Messenger believeth in what hath been revealed to him from his Lord, as do the men of faith. Each one (of them) believeth in Allah, His angels, His books, and His messengers. “We make no distinction (they say) between one and another of His messengers.” And they say: “We hear, and we obey: (We seek) Thy forgiveness, our Lord, and to Thee is the end of all journeys.”(Al-Baqara 285)

Knowing about the words and who is better than God and seeking comfort in the words of the Prophet PBUH: “Who Harms a Dhimmi is against him and he who I am against Judgment day is also against him”. And seeking comfort in the covenant of Omar and its text: “In the name of God the Merciful, this is what Gods Servant Omar the leader of the Muslims gave to Iliya family of security. He gave it to protect their souls and wealth and their churches and their crucifixes and that churches should neither be used as houses or be destroyed and nothing should be stolen from them or off their wealth and their crucifixes or any of their money and they shouldn’t be hated because of their religion and shouldn’t be harmed.

And Abu Ubayda Al-Jarrah also did so and Omar Bin Al-Aas in other periods in Islam. In this time when the Muslim nation is asleep certain people create strife between their sons of different religion. And acting in accordance with the words of God and in showing the right way for the Umma we totally ban the killing and displacement and the taking of the wealth of the other religious groups that live in the Islamic countries in addition to this we call for fraternization and peace between the different religions.
The message of Islam is peace and love and brotherhood. And all thanks is due to God.

Iraqi Olama and Intellectuals Group
The high council for issuing fatwas