Thursday, June 15, 2017

Sheik Renames Mosque Mary The Mother Of Jesus.

Authorities have renamed a mosque in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, after the mother of Jesus Christ.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and deputy commander of the Emirati military, said he ordered the change in a bid to build bridges with other religions.

The name change to “Mariam, Umm Eisa,” Arabic for “Mary, the mother of Jesus,” on Wednesday, would “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions,” he said, according to Gulf news.

The senior chaplain at nearby Anglican church St. Andrews said he was pleased with the renaming. “We are delighted that we are celebrating something that we have in common between both our faiths,” Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson told Gulf News.

“Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is of course a holy, special figure in our communities. She is a woman who symbolizes obedience to God,” he said. “We look forward to growing in deeper understanding with our neighbors, and we celebrate with them the new name of the mosque.”

The country, only 45 years old, has undergone unprecedented government changes in recent years. As its monarchy continues to promote diversity and tolerance in the country, a rare message in the region, those who oppose it continue to face the risk of arrest and detention.

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