How should Muslims treat Christians? With violence? Anger? Hatred? The answer is none of the above. Below is the English rendering of a letter written by the Prophet Muhammad (sa) to all Christians. In a time when tensions between Islam and Christianity seem to be at an all time high, we remind our Christian friends that a true Muslim cannot hurt a Christian in any way, neither by his hand, nor by his tongue.
The below letter requires no explanation. We hope it provides credence and comfort that Prophet Muhammad (sa) truly celebrated his Christian friends. (The original letter is now in the Topkapi Museum in Instanbul)
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A 1,400-year-old monastery that was one of the most significant archaeological finds in the United Arab Emirates opened to visitors on Saturday. The site at Sir Bani Yas island in Abu Dhabi dates back to around 600AD, and is the only pre-Islamic Christian site in the region. It was built by a community of 30 to 40 monks and is understood to have been established by pilgrims travelling from India.
The remains, which also include a church, chapel and tower, were unearthed in the 1992 during an archaeological study.
However only now are they becoming opening to the public – with excavations to continue as the tourists visit.
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