St. Catherine Monastery, Sinai Egypt.
Letter to the Monks of St. Catherine Monastery
by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
(contributing sources; saimmadyer | Covenant of the Prophet | h/t Muslim Village & scoloxzar)
The following is based upon an alleged ‘Charter of Privileges’ that Muhammad was said to have granted to the Christians of St. Catherine Monastery in 628 C.E. in Sinai, Egypt.
Since the ‘authenticity’ of this document, can neither be confirmed nor denied by us, as existing in the true, original form, we will approach the subject as an objective ‘third party.’ At times, we will even work from the premise that the document is authentic.
The document itself entitled; ‘..Prophet Muhammad’s Charter of Privileges to Christians..’ (and) sub-titled; ‘.. Letter to the Monks of St. Catherine Monastery..’ was said to have been written originally by, Muhammad himself.
From an evidenciary standpoint, we must first look at the ‘visual appearance’ of the document:
(Note: The image of this document below has been compressed to fit the maximum horizontal dimension allowed. Please CLICK on the document / image for enlarged viewing, then click on it once more for full page viewing.)
The Appearance of the Document:
On the left side is a copy of the ‘original’ form, in Arabic.
One of the first observations I noticed was the hand-print of Muhammad. Notice the clarity? We can even see the ridges (lands and grooves) of the print itself. This becomes even more amazing when we consider the ‘original’ document itself is on leather from Ta’if. (As stated HERE.)
What becomes even more amazing is that the image above is not just a 1st generation copy from the original but rather..
‘..This reproduction was copied from the copy that was copied from the copy written in the handwriting of the Leader of the Believers, ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah bless his countenance..’ (As stated HERE.)
Wow, and yet that hand print is still so clear…
Now, that’s one amazing photo-copier.
And all of this.. more than 1,000 years before the science of fingerprinting was developed in the West, in the mid-1800’s.
Well, you know Muhammad, always ahead of the curve.
Hmm.. so, after doing a little more research, I was able to locate another document entitled ‘Patent of Muhammad,’ with another example of his ‘..hand print..’ (As seen below.)
That looks like a sketch of the back of his left hand (at left) and the back of his right hand (at right.)
The variation between the pristine palm print in the first document and the ‘..child-like..’ drawing of the back of the hand in this second document are strikingly different. And ‘both’ are supposed to be the ‘..hand-print signature..’ of Muhammad.
Notice the highly degraded text, albeit, from the same time period.
The Translated Text of the Document:
– (From; Muqtedar Khan | Translation by; John Andrew Morrow)
“This is a message from Muhammad ibn Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them.
Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them.
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses.
Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate.
No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight. The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants.
No one of the nation (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”
This just seems too convenient and too contrived. It sounds like another attempt at ‘re-writing’ the past. Basically, taking any and every argument that can be attributed to Islam and Muhammad’s example from the beginning to the present, and absolving Muhammad of any contribution.
So.. is the document authentic (or) fabricated?
Honestly, it’s irrelevant and here is why;
The St. Catherine Monastery at the foothills of the Sinai in Egypt was built by the Christian Monks, under Emperor Justinian (527-565AD). The date of ‘establishment’ was 565AD. Five years prior to the birth of Muhammad.
Muhammad was from Saudi Arabia, not Egypt.
So then, under what authority did Muhammad have jurisdiction over a Christian Monastery in another country, that existed before he did?
– He possessed no authority.
Who appointed Muhammad as the ‘..provider of privilege..’ for the people of another religion, that already possessed privilege?
– No one. Muhammad was self-appointed.
In typical Islamic fashion, fascism and fanaticism. The arrogance of ordaining oneself as ‘..the giver and taker of rights, liberties and privilege..’ Proclaiming to have the self-appointed ‘authority’ to tell others what they can and cannot do in their own lands, their own homes and their own houses of worship.
This would be like ‘me’ coming to ‘your home’ tonight, in ‘your country’ and telling you..
‘..I am taking over your neighborhood but, I will grant you some privileges in ‘..your own home..’
I bet ‘you’ would tell me where to shove my privileges.
And Muslims around the world tout this document as an example of Muhammad’s kindness and compassion towards Christians.
‘..Oh, you mean I can breathe in my own home?..’
Well, thank you Mr. Muhammad.. you are so kind and your generosity so abundant..
And likewise, there are millions of ‘..pseudo-Christians..’ around the world, mostly in the U.S., that Muslims will share this document with.. and they will be sucked right in by it.
This document, if genuine, is simply further evidence of the lunacy and self-appointed supremacy of Islam and Muhammad’s contribution to it.