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Letter to all Christians from Prophet Muhammad

How should Muslims treat Christians?  With violence? Anger? Hatred?  The answer is none of the above.  Below is the English rendering of a letter written by the Prophet Muhammad (sa) to all Christians.

In a time when tensions between Islam and Christianity seem to be at an all time high, we remind our Christian friends that a true Muslim cannot hurt a Christian in any way, neither by his hand, nor by his tongue.

Several certified historical copies are displayed in the library of St Catherine, some of which are witnessed by the judges of Islam to affirm historical authenticity. The monks claims that during the Ottoman conquest of Egypt in 1517, the original document was seized from the monastery by Ottoman soldiers and taken to Sultan Selim I’s palace in Istanbul for safekeeping.

The letter, below with translation requires no further explanation. We hope it provides credence and comfort that Prophet Muhammad (sa) truly celebrated his Christian friends. (The original letter is now in the Topkapi Museum in Instanbul)

Summary of letter

“This is a message from Muhammad ibn 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 Allah! 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 (Muslims) is to disobey the covenant till the Last Day (end of the world).”

English translation from ‘Muslim History: 570 – 1950 C.E.’ by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation. P.O. Box 8231 – Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8231 – Copyright Akram Zahoor 2000. P. 167

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This document is the Achtiname of Muhammad, also known as the Covenant or (Holy) Testament (Testamentum) of the Prophet Muhammad, a document or ahdname which is a charter or writ ratified by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad granting protection and other privileges to the monks of Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai. It is sealed with an imprint representing Muhammad’s hand. –wikipedia

English Translation of the Ashtiname by Richard Pococke

  1. Muhammad the son of ‘Abd Allah, the Messenger of Allah, and careful guardian of the whole world; has written the present instrument to all those who are in his national people, and of his own religion, as a secure and positive promise to be accomplished to the Christian nation, and relations of the Nazarene, whosoever they may be, whether they be the noble or the vulgar, the honorable or otherwise, saying thus.I. Whosoever of my nation shall presume to break my promise and oath, which is contained in this present agreement, destroys the promise of God, acts contrary to the oath, and will be a resister of the faith, (which God forbid) for he becomes worthy of the curse, whether he be the King himself, or a poor man, or whatever person he may be.
  2. That whenever any of the monks in his travels shall happen to settle upon any mountain, hill, village, or other habitable place, on the sea, or in deserts, or in any convent, church, or house of prayer, I shall be in the midst of them, as the preserver and protector of them, their goods and effects, with my soul, aid, and protection, jointly with all my national people; because they are a part of my own people, and an honor to me.
  3. Moreover, I command all officers not to require any poll-tax on them, or any other tribute, because they shall not be forced or compelled to anything of this kind.
  4. None shall presume to change their judges or governors, but they shall remain in their office, without being deported.
  5. No one shall molest them when they are travelling on the road.
  6. Whatever churches they are possessed of, no one is to deprive them of them.
  7. Whosoever shall annul any of one of these my decrees, let him know positively that he annuls the ordinance of God.
  8. Moreover, neither their judges, governors, monks, servants, disciples, or any others depending on them, shall pay any poll-tax, or be molested on that account, because I am their protector, wherever they shall be, either by land or sea, east or west, north or south; because both they and all that belong to them are included in this my promissory oath and patent.
  9. And of those that live quietly and solitary upon the mountains, they shall exact neither poll-tax nor tithes from their incomes, neither shall any Muslim partake of what they have; for they labor only to maintain themselves.
  10. Whenever the crop of the earth shall be plentiful in its due time, the inhabitants shall be obliged out of every bushel to give them a certain measure.
  11. Neither in time of war shall they take them out of their habitations, nor compel them to go to the wars, nor even then shall they require of them any poll-tax.
  12. In these eleven chapters is to be found whatever relates to the monks, as to the remaining seven chapters, they direct what relates to every Christian.
  13. Those Christians who are inhabitants, and with their riches and traffic are able to pay the poll-tax, shall pay no more than twelve drachms.
  14. Excepting this, nothing shall be required of them, according to the express order of God, that says, ‘Do not molest those that have a veneration for the books that are sent from God, but rather in a kind manner’ [29:46]. Give of your good things to them, and converse with them, and hinder everyone from molesting them.
  15. If a Christian woman shall happen to marry a Muslim man, the Muslim shall not cross the inclination of his wife, to keep her from her church and prayers, and the practice of her religion.
  16. That no person hinder them from repairing their churches.
  17. Whosoever acts contrary to my grant, or gives credit to anything contrary to it, becomes truly an apostate to God, and to his divine apostle, because this protection I have granted to them according to this promise.
  18. No one shall bear arms against them, but, on the contrary, the Muslims shall wage war for them.
  19. And by this I ordain, that none of my nation shall presume to do or act contrary to this my promise, until the end of the world.

English Translation of the Achtiname by Anton F. Haddad:


This is a letter which was issued by Mohammed, Ibn Abdullah, the Messenger, the Prophet, the Faithful, who is sent to all the people as a trust on the part of God to all His creatures, that they may have no plea against God hereafter. Verily God is the Mighty, the Wise. This letter is directed to the embracers of Islam, as a covenant given to the followers of Nazarene in the East and West, the far and near, the Arabs and foreigners, the known and the unknown.

 

This letter contains the oath given unto them, and he who disobeys that which is therein will be considered a disobeyer and a transgressor to that whereunto he is commanded. He will be regarded as one who has corrupted the oath of God, disbelieved His Testament, rejected His Authority, despised His Religion, and made himself deserving of His Curse, whether he is a Sultan or any other believer of Islam. Whenever monks, devotees and pilgrims gather together, whether in a mountain or valley, or den, or frequented place, or plain, or church, or in houses of worship, verily we are [at the] back of them and shall protect them, and their properties and their morals, by Myself, by My Friends and by My Assistants, for they are of My Subjects and under My Protection.

I shall exempt them from that which may disturb them; of the burdens which are paid by others as an oath of allegiance. They must not give anything of their income but that which pleases them—they must not be offended, or disturbed, or coerced or compelled. Their judges should not be changed or prevented from accomplishing their offices, nor the monks disturbed in exercising their religious order, or the people of seclusion be stopped from dwelling in their cells.

No one is allowed to plunder the pilgrims, or destroy or spoil any of their churches, or houses of worship, or take any of the things contained within these houses and bring it to the houses of Islam. And he who takes away anything therefrom, will be one who has corrupted the oath of God, and, in truth, disobeyed His Messenger.

Poll-taxes should not be put upon their judges, monks, and those whose occupation is the worship of God; nor is any other thing to be taken from them, whether it be a fine, a tax or any unjust right. Verily I shall keep their compact, wherever they may be, in the sea or on the land, in the East or West, in the North or South, for they are under My Protection and the testament of My Safety, against all things which they abhor.

No taxes or tithes should be received from those who devote themselves to the worship of God in the mountains, or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands. No one has the right to interfere with their affairs, or bring any action against them. Verily this is for aught else and not for them; rather, in the seasons of crops, they should be given a Kadah for each Ardab of wheat (about five bushels and a half) as provision for them, and no one has the right to say to them this is too much, or ask them to pay any tax.

As to those who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants, the poll-tax to be taken from them must not exceed twelve Dirhams a head per year (i.e. about 45 cents).

They shall not be imposed upon by anyone to undertake a journey, or to be forced to go to wars or to carry arms; for the Muslims have to fight for them. Do no dispute or argue with them, but deal according to the verse recorded in the Koran, to wit: ‘Do not dispute or argue with the People of the Book but in that which is best’ [29:46]. Thus they will live favored and protected from everything which may offend them by the Callers to religion (Islam), wherever they may be and in any place they may dwell.

Should any Christian woman be married to a Musulman, such marriage must not take place except after her consent, and she must not be prevented from going to her church for prayer. Their churches must be honored and they must not be withheld from building churches or repairing convents.

They must not be forced to carry arms or stones; but the Muslims must protect them and defend them against others. It is positively incumbent upon every one of the Islam nation not to contradict or disobey this oath until the Day of Resurrection and the end of the world.

Investing In A Luxury Home – Some Rules To Follow

Want to invest your savings in a safe place? Buying a luxury home is widely considered among the best and the safest investments. Luxury homes are being sold for record breaking prices which indicate that luxury real estate is clearly on the rise. It is a fact that in the turbulent economic climate in the world, investment in luxury home is one of the few lucrative options for people who want to increase their savings.

Wonder why? By its nature, the luxury property market is insulated against many issues that plague other markets with the ups and downs of the economy. Furthermore, foreign investment is another major factor in luxury real estate, as America is still the most desirable country to own a second home in due to the best education, high quality of life, and many other reasons. As a result, foreign investment frequently assists in keeping luxury real estate market in better shape, even when the other markets are struggling.

Now that you have decided to invest in a luxury property, it is time to tackle the other side of the equation – how exactly do you make the right investments in luxury homes? Even though there isn’t a certain formula which can be followed to ensure that the investment pays off, there are certain rules that should be followed to boost your chances of success. Following are the rules you need to follow:

  • Understand the importance of luxury on a personal level. It is significant that you identify which type of luxury homes appeal to the buyers. For numerous reasons, media typically show luxury homes as real estate costing over $1 million, but this isn’t necessarily the case. Luxury can indicate a desirable neighborhood; it could mean the easy transportation to various destinations, or could mean extras like a trophy room, tennis court, swimming pool, or a Jacuzzi. In order to become a successfully investor, you must determine what people are looking for.
  • When buying luxury homes, it is important to be on top of things in the real estate transactions, so that the speed and flexibility of the purchases can be enhanced when buying the property. In most of the cases, it is essential for the buyers to be quick because such properties don’t stay on the market for long. This is because luxury real estate properties attract the elite class with a huge sum of money at hand and they don’t waste any time in buying the property they want.
  • It is also essential that you have an open mind when making this investment. People usually think of West Coast or East Coast when luxury homes are mentioned. However, today, there are numerous areas around the country that are extremely desirable to live in. Understand what makes a location desirable and keep in mind that such locations are often in unexpected places.
  • Lastly, it is important that you seek professional help when making a huge investment in luxury home. A reputable professional knows what makes a property desirable and can assist you in avoiding various pitfalls.

 

Here at yourleaderinluxury.com, you can get access to the best real estate professionals for help and tips regarding real estate investment in the luxury market.

Top Tips for Buying a Luxury Home

An investment involving millions of dollars, buying a luxury home requires quite a lot of consideration. It is essential that you be careful in every step in order to ensure that you made the best use of your time, efforts, and resources. If you are looking for a home in Charlotte, NC, then you will have plenty of options to select from. The Charlotte real estate industry is flourishing, especially luxury real estate.

To help you find the perfect luxury home in Charlotte, here are some useful tips:

1.     Understand the Searching Process

There are numerous luxury homes that aren’t listed in order to protect the privacy of the seller. However, these properties can typically be found in luxury websites or personal blogs of the realtor. Make sure you look thoroughly when searching for luxury homes in Charlotte.

2.     Seek An Expert’s Help

It is important to consult an expert before you make any decision. A real estate professional will know the area and the listings in a much better way than anyone. You will be able to view more properties suitable as per your requirements which will save your time. Ensure that you find someone who will genuinely help you out. There are numerous real estate agents in Charlotte you can consult to find your perfect luxury home.

3.     Learn to Negotiate

The most important factor in the home buying is the art of negotiation. Construction or lake view choices usually make the properties unique which enables the seller to demand a high price. Make sure that you look up similar properties that have been sold recently and get closing prices for an idea about the right price before making a final offer. There are many homeowners who remodel their homes to add more value to their homes so it is essential that you have an understanding of this factor as well. This will assist you in making a better offer and identify the negotiation techniques of the seller. The best thing to do is have your real estate professional do the negotiation.

4.     Include The Cost of Maintenance and Utilities in Your Price Range

When determining the price range, numerous individuals leave out the cost of maintenance and utilities. It is essential that you not merely determine the cost of mortgage and the luxury home but also maintenance and utilities’ cost. This will allow you to calculate the affordability of the home.

 

Keeping these tips in mind, you will definitely find a perfect home in Charlotte, NC. However, it is also important that you keep in mind that luxury living is not merely about buying an expensive house but it is a complete lifestyle that requires responsibility and regular maintenance.

 

If you are looking for the best real estate professionals to help you with good advice and assist you in finding the perfect luxury home for you in Charlotte, we at yourleaderinluxury.com can help!

Looking for Luxury Real Estate? Consider Charlotte

If you are thinking about relocating then Charlotte NC is one of the best choices – heaven for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Charlotte is the hub of motorsports industry in the country. NASCAR and its Hall of Fame call this town home with more than 75% of the drivers and employees living here. Not only this, there are several events and festivals that are held here. Furthermore, this area offers fine dining, amazing entertaining spots, and diverse shopping areas. It is a perfect place for young professionals, retirees and a wonderful place to raise a family. Another great thing about moving to Charlotte is its booming real estate industry.

You are bound to find a perfect luxury home in Charlotte as it offers abundance of luxury real estate to fit the requirements of everyone. There are several options when it comes to locations and properties; one can choose from including luxury condos, duplexes, apartments, lofts, and townhouses. You will have a wide range of locations to select from as well. There are luxury homes for sale in the uptown area for people who prefer city life, with amazing locations available in the suburbs too. These locations have great schools and numerous more amenities which people from all age groups can enjoy. Luxury real estate is also available for sale on the outskirts of Charlotte. The most popular areas for luxury homes include Southpark, Southend, Sedgefield, 3rd Ward Warehouse district, Plaza Midwood, Myers Park, Mountain Island Lake, Elizabeth, Eastover, Dilworth, Cotswold, Chantilly, Center City, and Uptown City.

The best thing about looking for luxury homes in Charlotte is that there is real estate available to meet any space, design, style, and price requirements. The luxury real estate includes numerous properties around and in the Charlotte area and they are available in different price range. There isn’t any shortage of luxury homes in Charlotte NC – from a lovely water front home to an amazing condo, you will find anything in your budget and it will be worth every penny you spend. Their real estate market is doing exceptionally well, plus there are many great jobs opportunities for professionals, as well as amazing schools for the kids.

It is essential to consult professionals to help you find the perfect choice of luxury home in your area of choice. You simply have to provide all your information and details to the real estate professional. They will narrow down the luxury houses that meet your requirements. They will also assist you by showing you around all the homes and helping you decide which one would be perfect for you. These professionals understand your needs and requirements, as well as the entire real estate of Charlotte which is why you will end up with the best bargain.

If you are looking for the best real estate professionals to help you with good advice and assist you in finding the perfect luxury home for you in Charlotte, then feel free to visit http://yourleaderinluxury.com/ and you will soon be living in your dream luxury home!

4 Questions that Homebuyers Commonly Ask

Buying a luxury home is far from easy, what with the numerous intricacies involved, and of course, the fact that you would be making a major investment. Before taking this step, homebuyers have numerous questions racing through their minds. Many cases involve first-time homebuyers who are completely confused being new to this arena. Here, we answer the most common questions asked by homebuyers:

1.     How can a price range be selected?

Determining your price range is the first step of buying a house. You must have a clear idea about how much can you afford comfortably every month as this will save you time during house hunting, you visiting only properties that are in your price range.

This is how you can select your price range – start comparing your monthly income with your monthly expenses (car payment, credit card payments, saving, etc.). Calculate how much money you are left with. The mortgage payment must be lesser than that amount. Search online for a mortgage calculator and start breaking each sale price down to the monthly amount. Determine whether this amount is outside or inside your comfort zone. This will help you in determining your price range for the luxury real estate.

2.     Should I consult a luxury real estate professional?

The short answer? Yes! This is especially true when you are a first-time homebuyer. Buying a home, that too, a luxury home, is a major investment, which is why it is wise to seek professional help. Real estate professionals can assist you in find the right home which meets your desired features and falls in your price range. Not only this, a real estate agent will help in validating the asking process, writing up the purchase offer, negotiating with the seller, and guiding you throughout the homebuying process.

3.     How can the asking price be researched?

The first and foremost thing you must understand is that the asking price is not set in stone; it is always negotiable. An asking price is what the seller is asking for and you can make a counter offer. If you have hired a real estate professional then they will assist you in validating the asking price by searching for similar sales in that particular area. This will help you in determining whether the asking price is reasonable or overpriced.

4.     Which mortgage is better?

To determine which type of mortgage is best for you, it is essential that you do some research. Search about the basic kinds of home loans like balloon loan, adjustable rate, fixed rate, etc. While conducting your research, pay close attention to paragraphs that highlight the pros and cons of those mortgages. There is a rule of thumb that if you will be staying on the home for at least five years and more, then the best option is the fixed rate mortgage. However, if you will be staying in the home for two to three years, the adjustable rate mortgage is a great option.

 

Here at yourleaderinluxury.com, you can get your hands on useful advice and obtain consultations from the experts regarding luxury real estate, helping you land your dream luxury home!

Find The Perfect Luxury Home for Sale in Charlotte

If you are searching for a luxury property in Charlotte, NC, the possibilities are endless. There are various considerations when it comes to buying a house, cost, location, size, and style of the home, to name a few. In order to ensure that you find your dream home, here are a few things to consider:

Style

The style of the home is an essential factor to consider before making the final decision. Everyone has their own preference about the style and design of the house they want to live in. ome styles are more accessible as compared to others. Depending on the style you are hoping to find, it might take a little more time to find the right one. Furthermore, another thing that must be considered in this regard is whether there is a family member with special needs. There are many houses that are designed to accommodate the needs of a special person, or else a house with one man floor will also be suitable in this case.

Size

Another factor to consider is the size you want your luxury home to be. This might depend on the size of your family. If you have a large family, then it is best to find a luxury home that can accommodate everyone comfortably. Otherwise, there are various luxury homes in Charlotte that are smaller in size but have loads of comforts and amenities. Aside from this, you might want a few extra guest rooms, or a full basement to convert in to a living area or storage etc.

Floor Plan

In Charlotte, NC there are houses with different floor plans. This works particularly well if you plan to remodel or expand the place before moving in.

Location

Location is another major factor to consider before you buy the house. This might depend on a number of different reasons. If you have kids, you will want good schools nearby, as well as playgrounds. If you are single and a professional then you want to live near your workplace. If you are retired, you might want to consider a place with peace and quiet.

Cost

Cost is another very important factor to consider. It is important that you have a budget in mind and you can afford to live in the place you really want otherwise it will lead to problems in the future. Ensure that whichever luxury home you decide upon is under your budget.

 

After looking at these various considerations, you are bound to find a perfect home in Charlotte, NC which meets all your needs and requirements, as well as your budget. It might take a little more effort and research but you will surely find the right place.

 

If you are looking for the best real estate professionals to help you with good advice and assist you in finding the perfect luxury home for you in Charlotte, get in touch with us!

Link Juice (PR Weight) Flow And The Importance of Link Age

For you to make the right decisions regarding the effectiveness of your link building campaign, you should know that NOT all link juice (PR Weight) is passed to your website at once after the link is built. In fact, for most links it will take up to 6 months for the PR Weight to be passed to your website for 100%. Take a look at the table below showing the percentage of PR Weight passed from PR4-PR6 backlinks during the first 6 months of use.

Month of Use % of the Passed
PR Weight
1st 10%-15%
2nd 20%-30%
3rd 50%-60%
4th 65%-80%
5th 90%-95%
6th 95%-100%

As you see, this progression is gradual. Please note that the higher the PR of the backlink is, the longer it takes for PR Weight to flow to your website. For example, for PR7 and PR8 backlinks this period can be from 6 to 12 months. Whereas for PR1-PR3 links this period is shorter – from 1 to 3 months.

That’s how Google determines weather the link is natural or not. If it appears for a few months and then disappears, your website rankings won’t even change. Google only trusts old backlinks that stay alive for long. That’s what proves to Google they are real.

Benefits of Hybrid Grills

It’s that time of the year again where we head out to look for barbeque grills that help turn our summer days into delicious brunches. Generally speaking, a grill may last anywhere from 5 to 7 years, or even more, depending on the usage, maintenance, and other factors. Given how different people make use of wood, charcoal, or gas burning BBQ grills for their barbeque setup, it is not a bad idea to have a hybrid grill that features all three options.

Hybrid grills are renowned for their powerful, professional grade design and functionality that easily allows you to switch from a gas grill to cooking with wood and charcoal. The Chameleon Hybrid Grill, now available at Backyard Heritage, is one of the best custom BBQ grills for your backyard for the price, that is not just lightweight, but highly durable as well.

Simple Yet Versatile

At a glance, it looks just like any other grill and that’s what the Chameleon is all about. You won’t really feel that there is much to it but once you get cooking, you can use gas, wood, and charcoal in any combination you like over the whole grill. It’s fairly easy to change fuels and its angled design allows you to diffuse heat from burners when you want to switch to gas-only cooking. To switch to traditional fire cooking, simply place the wood or charcoal in the hybrid drawer!

The Chameleon can deceive you with its simplistic looks and that’s what the manufacturers were going for with the unique design. It is available with various grate and base options. For instance, for the ultimate gaucho barbeque, choose the Argentine grate for the grill. Then there is the pizza oven, cart base, and cabinet base that can be used to take your barbeque cooking to the next level.

Durable and Practical

Why restrict yourself to a wood, charcoal, or gas grilling when you can enjoy using all three with the Chameleon Hybrid Grill? Weighing 350 pounds, it is one of the lightweight hybrids out there and its sturdy construction accounts for greater durability. It features a removable grill lid and 2 chimneys that allow smoke control. The hybrid grill is tested and certified by CSA, which means that the last thing you have to worry about is the grill or one or more of its parts not functioning properly.

The Chameleon is potentially the best hybrid barbeque grill that you can customize with various options. While it does cost you an upwards of $5,000, down the line, the hybrid grill will prove to be a worthwhile investment.

When it comes to authentic and highly functional grills, Backyard Heritage knows what people are looking for. If you want a grill that offers fast cooking similar to gas grills as well as the slow cooking from wood or charcoal burning BBQ grills, then the Chameleon is just what you need. Even on days when you’re not preparing steak or hamburgers, you can simply make delicious pizzas and more, with this versatile grill!

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