Saturday, September 18, 2004


Old History: Umar ibn al-Khattab and Jerusalem

quoted from: Muslim-Christian Relations, The Good, the Bad: (if clicked, link will open in a new page)

"Omar entered Jerusalem in humility. He walked in with not he, the Caliph, but his servant comfortably riding on a camel. They had been taking turns walking and riding.

At one point in Jerusalem, the Christians asked him to pray in their church but he declined. He refused saying that he is afraid that in the future Muslims could use it as an excuse to take over the Church for building a Masjid.

The Christians gave the key of the Church of Resurrection to Muslims to be responsible for its safety. This key is still with the Muslims today as a sign and symbol of the mutual trust. "

Why are all news related to religion????
Are they? Actually 8 out of 16 posts are indeed related to religion. But 7 out of them are also related to each other, covering different variations on the elastic theme of 'religious freedom.'
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