The Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque located in the Al Mushrif district of Abu Dhabi, UAE, has been renamed to ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ which translates to ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’ in English.
The decision to rename the mosque was initiated by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi. The motive behind this change, as reported by Gulf News, is to “strengthen the bonds of humanity among followers of various religions.”
In response to this development, Reverend Andrew Thompson, a senior chaplain at St. Andrew’s Church, expressed his satisfaction, stating, “We are pleased to celebrate a shared aspect of our faiths. Mary, as the mother of Jesus, holds a special and revered place in both our communities. She embodies obedience to God. We eagerly anticipate deepening our understanding with our neighbors and join them in commemorating the mosque’s new name.”
Jeramie Rinne, a senior pastor at the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi, also praised this decision. He remarked, “The renaming of the mosque by Mohammad is a remarkable display of religious tolerance. The UAE continues to lead the way in this region by promoting harmonious coexistence and collaboration. We are extremely heartened and grateful to be a part of this nation.”
A recent occurrence was reported where a church in Al Ain opened its doors to allow Maghrib prayers. Church staff thoughtfully placed carpets on the wooden floor to accommodate over 200 Muslim workers from Asia, allowing them to perform their prayers.
This initiative reflects the UAE’s commitment to fostering interfaith understanding and peaceful coexistence among its diverse population, setting an example of inclusivity and respect for all religions.
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