It is a blessing, a warning, and a sign that these Six Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of His Time have resurfaced at this particular moment in history. Renewed by caliphs and sultans, supported by scores of fatwas, and accepted as law for nearly 1400 years, these documents were common knowledge to educated Muslims and Christians until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, after which they virtually disappeared from collective consciousness. Their rediscovery will certainly open a new field in both Islamic Studies and interfaith relations. As the written words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, peace and blessings be upon him, and a central part of the Sunnah, they should sit side by side with the Qur’an in both mosque and home. If Muslims are ever to recover the reality of Islam and undergo a collective awakening, these covenants of hope will play a major part in that restoration.
Those wishing to familiarize themselves with Dr. Morrow’s exhaustive arguments supporting the authenticity of these Covenants should refer to The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World (Angelico, 2013).
“The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World, by Dr. John Andrew Morrow … is a very interesting and crucial work.”–Theophilos III, Patriarch of Jerusalem
“An enlightening reference that brilliantly sheds light on the glorious and magnificent spirit of Islam as epitomized by the Prophet Muhammad.”–Dr. Bouchra Belgaid, University Mohamed I
“This is one of the most important projects related to Christian-Muslim relations in recent decades.”–Zachary Markwith, Graduate Theological Union
“The Holy Council of the Fathers at Saint Catherine’s Monastery expresses sympathy for your work.”–Father Justin of Sinai