Fault Lines travelled to Ferguson to witness the demonstrations and the subsequent heavy-handed police reaction – and to find out how Brown’s killing sparked something bigger, exposing tensions that have been bubbling beneath the surface for years.
The following is how Islam’s second caliph – Umar ibn al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) treated Christians after the conquest of Jerusalem.
“In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate. This is the assurance of safety which the servant of God, Umar, the Commander of the Faithful, has given to the people of Jerusalem. He has given them an assurance of safety for themselves for their property, their churches, their crosses, the sick and healthy of the city and for all the rituals which belong to their religion. Their churches will not be inhabited by Muslims and will not be destroyed. Neither they, nor the land on which they stand, nor their cross, nor their property will be damaged. They will not be forcibly converted. No Jew will live with them in Jerusalem.
The people of Jerusalem must pay the taxes like the people of other cities and must expel the Byzantines and the robbers. Those of the people of Jerusalem who want to leave with the Byzantines, take their property and abandon their churches and crosses will be safe until they reach their place of refuge. The villagers may remain in the city if they wish but must pay taxes like the citizens. Those who wish may go with the Byzantines and those who wish may return to their families. Nothing is to be taken from them before their harvest is reaped.
If they pay their taxes according to their obligations, then the conditions laid out in this letter are under the covenant of God, are the responsibility of His Prophet, of the caliphs and of the faithful.”
When Umar entered Jerusalem and the time of prayer arrived, the Christians offered him to pray in a church but he refused as he didn’t want the Muslims to use it as an excuse to convert it into a Mosque. He prayed nearby and this is the place where a mosque called ‘Masjid Umar ibn al-Khattab’ was built.
Islam guarantees the rights of minority religious groups under its control and ensures their safety. Christians and Jews prospered under Islamic states for hundreds of years and even gave refuge to those fleeing persecution.
Joe Scarborough took aim at Israel’s bombardment of Gaza on Thursday, saying that, despite his history of support for the country, he could not condone the killing of so many Palestinian civilians. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine,” he said, adding, “The United States of America, we cannot be associated with this if this continues. This is so bad, not only for the Israeli people, but for us.“
Source: Al Jazeera
Bloodshed in and around Gaza has surged with a strike killing seven Palestinian children and a heavy overnight bombardment from Israel shattering hopes for an end to three weeks of devastating violence.
By: Sister from Gaza
“This loss upon loss amongst our people in Gaza has left me feeling sad and brittle. Not to mention that I have arrived to a situation where one starts waiting for his/her death, which becomes much closer than anyone can imagine every time I hear in the news that ‘Israel’ has targeted X family’s house and destroyed it with the people inside. And the only question that comes to your mind is: Who will be the next family…?!”
In this episode of the Lost Islamic History Podcast, we discuss what were the basic causes of the Arab-Israeli War that persists today. For more information, check out the website: http://lostislamichistory.com/
Thumaama ibn Athaal was one of the greatest enemies of the Prophet (peace be upon him) until his close encounter with Prophet Muhammad. Afterwards, the Prophet become the most beloved human being to Thumaama.
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