So get this. In 628 C.E the Prophet (pbuh) sent a letter to the monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt.Sinai. This is what he wrote:
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 MuslimsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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).”
This letter became known as the Charter of Rights.
A few days ago a small community of Christians in Pakistan received a letter that (probably) read something like this:
“Convert to Islam or suffer the consequences. You have 10 days.”
At least according to an AFP article in the Middle East Times:
ISLAMABAD — A group of Christians in northwest Pakistan have been ordered to convert to Islam or face “serious consequences,” a minority community leader said Wednesday. A Christian in the area received a letter setting a 10-day deadline for his small community to convert, the head of a minority communities group said.
Shahbaz Bhatti said the letter had triggered fears among some 50 families living in Charsada, 35 kilometers (21 miles) from Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province bordering Afghanistan. Bhatti said he feared attacks by “religious extremists” as the deadline ends Thursday.
“We do not really know who dispatched this letter to a local Christian, Micheal Masih, May 7,” he added.