To Churches of Singapore. <3

I write this letter as a Singaporean Muslim.

I address this letter to the believers of this church, the priest and pastors, our interfaith workers, and all people who commemorate the birth of Jesus, Peace and Blessings be upon him, & Lady Mary, the purest woman of this world and most eminent in the next world.

Recent events such as the evil ISIS torturing our Christian brethren in Mosul and the very recent shootings and unfortunate incident of innocents being held hostage in Sydney – all of which claiming to be done under the name of Islam has caused great upset, anger and hate for the rest of the world.

This outrages us as much as it outrages you and hurts us as much as it hurts you and angers us as much as it angers you, perhaps it angers us even more so because these evil perpetrators have hijacked our religion and misused it to fulfill their hidden motives and agendas.

Although these incidences and acts of terror are happening outside of Singapore, the ripples of their actions are starting to hit our shores.

One of our greatest blessings which we share in common, amongst many others, is to call Singapore home.  We were born and raised here. Our closest friends are Hindus, Christians, Catholics, Buddhists and Muslims and believers of many other faiths. And we really wouldnt have it any other way. Neither will we tolerate anyone, regardless of who they are, to threaten this peace and love that we share amongst us.

The majority of Muslims, 99.999% of us, are lovers of our Prophets and Messengers. All of them. They are one and we prefer none of God’s messengers over the others and unto Him do we submit.
In fact, it is part of the faith of a Muslim to believe in the Holy Bible and Jesus, upon him be peace as with the Torah – the scriptures of the Jews and Moses, upon him be peace.

Believing in them is a testimony of our Faith.

In 628 AD, a delegation from St. Catherine’s Monastery came to the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and requested his protection. He responded by granting them the following charter of rights.

St. Catherine’s Monastery is located at the foot of Mt. Sinai in modern-day Egypt and is one of the world’s oldest monastery. It possesses a huge collection of Christian manuscripts, second only to the Vatican, and is a world heritage site. It also boasts the oldest collection of Christian icons. It is a treasure house of Christian history that has remained safe for 1,400 years under Muslim protection.

The following was penned in the Charter of Rights.

“This is a message from Muhammad son of Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by God, I hold out against anything that displeases them. 
No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. 
No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His prophet.

Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. No one is to force them to travel or to oblige them to fight.

The Muslims are to fight for them. If a female Christian is married to a Muslim, it is not to take place without her approval. 
She is not to be prevented from visiting her church to pray. 
Their churches are to be respected. They are neither to be prevented from repairing them nor the sacredness of their covenants. No one of the nation of Muslims is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

This promise is eternal and universal. Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) ordered Muslims to follow it until the Day of Judgment just as we follow his last sermon before his passing.

The charter imposes no conditions on Christians for enjoying its privileges. It is enough that they are Christians. They are not required to alter their beliefs, they do not have to make any payments and they do not have any obligations. This is a charter of rights without any duties.

I know i do not speak for myself alone but the majority of Muslims, not just in Singapore but all over the world. We stand with you in solidarity. We pray with you and for you. Our peace is yours and your peace is ours. Every word in the Charter stands true as it was in the time of the Prophet as it does today.

Previously, perhaps it was enough that we knew in our hearts that good people on both sides exists, but with the negative media only showing discord and injustice, doubt arises and we start to wonder.

The intention of this letter is to reinstate and assure our fellow brethren that we are ONE.

Muslims celebrate the Prophet Muhammad on varying occasions.
In the coming month of December, i would like to join you in your gatherings to celebrate Jesus. His birth, life, message, teachings, the second coming, the Messiah, the Spirit of God & the Virgin Mary, our Holy Mother.

Let us, together, stand united against attacks on any religious communities.

With love and prayers,
on behalf of my Muslim friends all over.

PS: I do apologise however, as i understand there are different sectors within the Christian community itself and perhaps you may or may not identify with this letter, but my message of peace and solidarity stands nonetheless.

I sent this letter over 200 churches in Singapore, but i dont think that is all of them. I have tried looking for various sources for the email address and in my process could have spammed a couple of churches. (Im really sorry.)

I hope that this reaches out to people of goodness on both sides to send a message that we need to do a lot more to reach out to one another and bridge our communities.

If not now, then when? If not you, then who?

Peace be upon you always.


140 thoughts on “To Churches of Singapore. <3

  1. Eliza says:

    Reblogged this on Ataraxia and commented:
    I find this a good read. A good letter stating how Christianity and Islam do worship the same God.
    Well personally I feel that these two religions are slightly different, our values are not all the same. However, I do feel for them, how the whole Islamic community is being condemned because of people who misuse the name of Islam. It happens to Christianity as well, when Christians who force others to convert to Christianity, resulting in a bad reputation for us Christians.
    In all, I know that God himself will reveal the truth, and until then, I pray for Shalom over both the Islam and Christian communities.

  2. Thank you for writing this. We all need to hear this. May Allah bless you. Peace and Love to you and your loved ones.

  3. Andrew Choo says:

    Well done Noor.There is no doubt that God created us to love one another as He loves us. Andrew Choo

  4. mohd ali says:

    True islam is expressed very well.

  5. mohd ali says:

    Isis is a hidden agenda of enemy of islam same like 9/11.

  6. Thank you for pointing this out Noor. I’m also aware the significance of al-Masih in the Qur’an; verses 15 and 33, Jesus is blessed on “the day he was born and the day he will die and the day he is raised alive”. The history behind St. Catherine’s Monastery was true based on my reading and understanding. Its like an embassy of peace. On this note, and as mention in Mathew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God, here’s wishing you God’s blessings for a peaceful and joyous New Year!

  7. Sivalingam says:

    Well written we are all the children of the Lord

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  9. Philip marcelo says:

    This is truly interesting. I have heard of such covenant this mean that this covenant is true. I am puzzel why the Islamic Leaders of Malaysia , Brunei in fact worldwide Do Not keep and follow this direct covenant from your prophet. There are force conversions being practise. Many thru marriages with Christians. Churches and Christians are discrimated in Muslim majority countries. In Brunei Chritmas decorations in public place are prohibited. There are many many unkind things done to Christians in Muslim controlled countries. Why Does the Muslim Leaders and Clerics not follow this direct instruction from the prophet….? Clearly thru this covenant the prophet wants PEACE and LOVE for our fellow men. Can you send this letter to the Mosques , clerics and the Governments of Muslim countries too as a reminder of their duty

  10. edwin says:

    God be with you.

  11. Ridzuan Abd says:

    I was a Roman Catholic reverted to Islam Alhamdullila. I and not only me but my Roman Catholic parents fine me to be a better person now than before.In Islam I found peace, tolerance and respect for other believers.May Almighty God guide us all.

  12. Richard De Souza says:

    Good letter. I agree with Philip Marcelo (above). Please send this letter to Imams, clerics and the like. But you being female, will have your letter blatantly disregarded by them. Churches in Malaysia will continue crumble from dis -repair as the Malaysian Govnt. disapproves refurbishment and renovation of Churches. What the Malaysian Govnt. is unaware of is that Churches may crumble but the Christian spirit thrives and flourishes with the Love of our Lord Jesus.

  13. Shiva Rai says:

    The monastery at Mount Sinai is not the oldest one in the world. Please get your facts right.

    • Noor Mastura says:

      Dear Shiva
      The monastery is one of the oldest working Christian monasteries in the world, according to an UNESCO report. If you choose to refute the report researched by people who are experts in their field – please be my guest.

  14. NatIsrael972 says:

    Is there a like or a love button for this? Peace to you too! 😀

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