American Muslims are Stakeholders in the US Constitution

By: Salam Al-Marayati

Speaking to a group of Muslims in New York the other day, I was reviewing texts from Prophet Muhammad on the covenant he signed with the tribes of Medina, in what became the model Islamic state after the Muslims' exodus from Mecca in 622 CE. The agreement is now regarded as the Medina Constitution, which contains striking similarities to our founding US documents. The prophet transformed the tribal order to one of open citizenship. He declared that religious freedom was a cornerstone of his new society: “Jews are a community alongside the believers,” and “they have their religion and the Muslims have theirs.” 

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