Islamic Heritage Preservation and Rebuilding of Jannat-ul-Baqee

I thought you might be interested in this. I am going to be on a panel, Saturday, May 15th at 3 pm (Mountain) for a live conference regarding Islamic Heritage Preservation and Rebuilding of Jannat-ul-Baqee.

Baqee is the cemetery where many members of Prophet Muhammad’s family are buried in Medina. It was destroyed by the Saudis in 1925. Not only this shrine but many others have been destroyed by Wahhabists and other extremists. I had the rare opportunity to visit the shrine of Hussain ibn Ali, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad in Karbala, Iraq in 2018 during Arbaeen. It is the largest annual peaceful gathering in the world. In a two-week period, 20 million or more people visit his shrine to commemorate his martyrdom. These shrines and others are often under attack by extremists. I also visited Samarrah near Baghdad, where ISIS (daesh) destroyed one of the holy shrines of one of the Prophet’s successors. While I was there, it was being rebuilt. 

My friend and I made a YouTube film about our 50 mile walk from Najaf to Karbala in the annual commemoration of Hussain’s martyrdom. It is called For Love of Hussain. This is the photo of the shrines of Imam Hussain and his brother Abbas in Karbala, Iraq that hangs in my office. 

Shrines, cemeteries, schools, holy sites, museums, archives, and libraries do not fare well in times of conflict, violence, and widespread ignorance and intolerance. We need to learn together, work to overcome differences, and to resist the forces that wish to divide us. I made a deep connection with my Muslim neighbors because of this journey. Even more so, I felt a deeper connection with humanity. I believe it is important to defend all burial grounds, holy places, and cultural heritage sites and resist their destruction. As we do for others, so we do for ourselves.  

You are welcome to watch and participate in this 24 hour on-line demonstration of solidarity for the rebuilding of Baqee and for the rebuilding of humanity itself. Go to www.slido.com and enter the code 385496. Again, I will be on Saturday at 3 pm Mountain, inshaAllah (God willing).

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World: A Conversation with John Andrew Morrow

Why do the powers that be try to convince us that there is a “clash of cultures” or a conflict between Islam and the West or between Islam and Christianity?

To answer that, Dr. John Andrew Morrow discusses his book, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World.  We learn that Christianity and Islam co-existed peacefully with full protections for Christians for 1400 years. These covenants

“uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian communities, rob them, stop churches from being repaired, tear down churches to build mosques, prevent their Christian wives from going to church and taking spiritual direction from Christian priests and elders, etc. On the contrary, the Prophet commands Muslims to actively protect these communities ‘until the End of the World’.”

In this informative conversation we learn about the rise of European Colonialism and its handmaiden, Islamic Fundamentalism (now funded and supported by the U.S., the Saudis, and Israel) and the role of these modern powers in smearing Islam and framing Muslims as “terrorists” for geopolitical interests.

Dr. Morrow invites us to wake up and learn our history. Find his writings on his website, John Andrew Morrow, and learn more about these historic covenants at Covenants of the Prophet.

Dr. John Andrew Morrow was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in 1971. Raised in a multilingual family, he lived in Montreal for ten years and in the Greater Toronto Area for another twenty. The product of a Catholic education, he completed his elementary school in French, his high school in English, and his university studies in English, French, and Spanish. He embraced Islam at the age of 16 after which he adopted the name Ilyas ‘Abd al-‘Alim Islam. After completing his Honors BA, MA, and PhD at the University of Toronto, where he acquired expertise in Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies, he pursued post-graduate studies in Arabic in Morocco and the United States. Besides his Western education, Dr. Morrow has completed the full cycle of traditional Islamic seminary studies both independently and at the hands of a series of Sunni, Shi’i, and Sufi scholars. Not only is he a senior scholar, academic, and professor, he is also a respected ‘alim holding the titles of ustadh, duktur, hakim, and shaykh. 

Dr. Morrow has spent over a decade and a half in the United States working at various universities including Park University, Northern State University, Eastern New Mexico University, the University of Virginia, and Ivy Tech where he was unanimously appointed to the rank of Full Professor. One of his most noteworthy and memorable experiences involved working as a professor of advanced Spanish, Islamic culture, and world literature for the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea Program. Aside from his academic duties, Dr. John Andrew Morrow is the Director of the Covenants Foundation, an organization dedicated to disseminating traditional, civilizational, Islam; promoting Islamic unity; protecting persecuted Christians; and improving relations between Muslims and members of other faiths. He regularly travels the world to promote peace and justice.

Dr. John Andrew Morrow is a Native North American and a proud member of the Metis Nation.

PS 123 Morrow Photo

Pacifica Radio Network
Public Radio Exchange (PRX)
KBOO
Stations
Podcast
All Episodes