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Letters from the Prophet

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)

 

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I am Tahir from pakistan. I am muslim. I am interested in reading christian literature. I read their thoughts about Islam and Prophet Mohammad(P). I read this letter which Mohammad (P) sent to the brothers of Oman. This letter is as follows:

 

"Peace be upon the one who follows the right path! I call you to Islam. Accept my call, and you shall be unharmed. I am God`s Messenger to mankind, and the word shall be carried out upon the miscreants. If, therefore, you recognize Islam, I shall bestow power upon you. But if you refuse to accept Islam, your power shall vanish, my horses shall camp on the expanse of your territory and my prophecy shall prevail in your kingdom."

 

I don`t know this letter is true or not. Please tell me this letter is true or not.

 

I am waiting for your respond.

 

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Letters from the Prophet

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: I don`t know this letter is true or not. Please tell me this letter is true or not.

The contents of the letter quoted is an authentic translation of the letter sent by Prophet Mohamed (saws) to the rulers of Oman at the time, who were named Jeefer and Abd, the sons of Jalandi.

 

After the Prophet (saws) signed the Treaty of Hudaibiya with the pagans of Makkah, he (saws) sent several emissaries to the various rulers of the region and invited them to Islam. The letter you have quoted to the rulers of Oman was very similar in content to letters sent to the other pagan rulers in the region like Egypt, Rome, Iran, etc.

 

Our Christian brethren present these letters as proof to strengthen their propaganda that Islam was spread by the sword, whereas that is not the truth at all. One must keep in mind that the rulers at the time were de-facto dictators, and the nations at the time were divided by religious rather than secular beliefs, where the subjects had the freedom to practice their own religions or beliefs. Thus the contents of these letters was sent to invite the rulers to Islam; if they accepted Islam, the Messenger of Allah (saws) guaranteed them that they would continue to rule over their nations. But if they rejected the invitation to Islam, the rulers would be overthrown by force if need be, and the subjects would be given the freedom to choose whatever belief they wished to follow. If they wished to accept Islam, that was fine; and if they wished to follow their own beliefs, their choice of religion would be respected. It was normal and accepted at the time that the leaders of the nation decide what would be the religion of the nation, its form of governance, and its way of life.

 

Even today in what we call a secular world, we see that the Super Powers of the World try to enforce their views on all the nations of the world. Those nations who follow or accept their form of governance are secure, but those who do not wish to follow their bidding, they try to overthrow by force, if need be, the leadership of those nations and enforce their form of governance in those nations; example, Vietnam, Russia, Cuba, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, etc.; but the same people who propagate ferociously and with venom that Islam was spread by the sword are in no hurry to admit that today their peaceful system of Democracy is being spread by the Bombs!

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your Brother in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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