I call on all Muslims to commit themselves to the following principles:
1. Our faith is built on mercy, compassion peace and justice, not violence. Hence, We speak for a faith that does not condone violence against our Christian neighbors, or their churches.
2. All Muslims stand in support of the Christians of the Middle East
3. We affirm our belief that the Muslims of the Middle East are thankful for many of the Middle East Christians who continue to bless the Middle East with their presence and witness to the Almighty God.
4. We Muslim must be united with a common action and a common call for a culture of passion for compassion that reaches out to all inhabitants of the Middle East.
5. We speak again all form of violence and attacks on Christians in the Middle East.
6. Neither mass exodus of Christians nor Christianity becoming history in the Middle East are choices for us, Muslims.
7. It is our mission, as Islam calls us, to wipe out the tears still flow in Syria, Iraq, Egypt and in the Holy Land and the Middle East off the faces of all people.
8. We will not set still as long as any community of faith is undermined, deprived of its basic rights to survive and flourish or forced to live as fugitives or refugees.
9. The Middle East will never be of Muslims only as it is much more beautiful and stronger through its diversity and pluralism. Christians continue to be equal players in its future, politics and culture.
10. We declare that Jerusalem as the “Spiritual birthplace” of the Church can never be emptied of the followers of Jesus as equal citizens of the city.
11. We would not accept and we do not want a Middle East without Christians.
12. We insist that Christians remain in the Middle East, not simply as minorities, but as citizens enjoying full equality under the law, and therefore in a position to continue to contribute to peace, justice, and stability.
13. Governments and the UN to promote Article 18 of the Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantees freedom of belief and expression. This element of international law must be to the fore, and all states should be expected to adhere to it.
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(Read HERE more about this prophetic call.)
Imam Yahya Hendi is the Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University, the first American University to hire a full-time Muslim chaplain. Imam Hendi is a Public Policy Conflict Resolution Fellow of the Center for Dispute Resolution of the University of Maryland School of Law and the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office. Imam Hendi is the founder and the President of Clergy Beyond Borders, and the founder and the president of the newly founded organization, Imams for Universe Dignity, Human Rights and Dialogue.