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    Protect the weak, be just

    The Quran says: God forbids you not, with regards to those who fight you not
    for [your] faith nor drive you out of your homes, from dealing kindly and
    justly with them; for God loveth those who are just. (Quran, 60.8)

    It is one function of Islamic law to protect the privileged status of
    minorities, and this is why non-Muslim places of worship have flourished all
    over the Islamic world. History provides many examples of Muslim tolerance
    towards other faiths: when the caliph Omar entered Jerusalem in the year
    634, Islam granted freedom of worship to all religious communities in the
    Islamic law also permits non-Muslim minonties to set up their own courts,
    which implement family laws drawn up by the minorities themselves.
    When the caliph Omar took Jerusalem from the Byzantines, he insisted on
    entering the city with only a small number of his companions. Proclaiming to
    the inhabitants that their lives and property were safe, and that their
    places of worship would never be taken from them, he asked the Christian
    patriarch Sophronius to accompany him on a visit to all the holy places.
    The Patriarch invited him to pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but
    he preferred to pray outside its gates, saying that if he accepted, later
    generations of Muslims might use his action as an excuse to turn it into a
    mosque. Above is the mosque built on the spot where Omar did pray.

    How can a man die better than facing fearful odds for the ashes of his fathers and the Temple of his Gods?