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25. Treatment of Non Moslems In The Islamic State

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25. Treatment of Non Moslems In The Islamic State
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1999
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39
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25
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September 21, 1999
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Muhammad ‘Abd al-Mun‘im Hanafi
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Non-Moslems enjoyed the rights of complete citizenship in the state of Islam that was there one thousand years ago. We hope the world remembers this great history of Islam so we do not hear any more of ethnic cleansing.

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The Islamic state started at the beginning of the seventh century, in a time that witnessed injustice when those under the authority of the Persians or the Romans suffered unjust ruling. Those who suffered persecution heard of the new religion that called for equality and justice. That is why, Moslems did not face any real fighting back in the countries they reached. In fact, they were received with great enthusiasm and people were pouring into the religion of Islam.


The Moslem invaders gave non Moslems promises of safety and they were allowed to go on with their religious rituals. Religious freedom was connected to political freedom. Where these promises of safety were promised to protect the money and property of non Moslems, in addition to their lives, they felt safe about their churches and belongings.


Arabs left the administrative systems in the invaded countries as it is and lots of social ties existed between Moslems and non Moslems, as the Qur’an says. This makes it clear that non Moslems enjoyed the rights of complete citizenship in the state of Islam that was there one thousand years ago. We hope the world remembers this great history of Islam so we do not hear any more of ethnic cleansing , black and white or north and south.

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