I don't know if any of you have read this, but I found this via a orthodox christian's tumblr page and also here on a page of the examiner
. It's a letter written in 628 by Islam's prophet Muhammad towards the Monks at St. Catherine's monastery in Sinai. He says that his followers should not attack Christians and should defend them.
With all the violence that's going on in Egypt between the Muslims there and the Copts, it's clear to me that those militants there (as well in other areas of the middle east) aren't heeding to his message. Here the English translation (sourced from 'Muslim History: 570 - 1950 C.E.' by Dr. A. Zahoor and Dr. Z. Haq, ZMD Corporation.):
Continue reading on Examiner.com Letter to all Christians from Prophet Muhammad - National Islam | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/islam-in-national/letter-to-all-christians-from-prophet-muhammad#ixzz1UvduuSbp
“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).”
What say ye, Orthodox brethren?