Worshippers Revel over New Church and Mosque in Abu Dhabi
Devotees have expressed their delight and happiness over the plans to construct a new church and a mosque in Abu Dhabi. They stated that the construction of new religious center can indicate how the Muslim and Christian faiths can stand together in integration and harmony.
His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, stated that the new places of worship would suffice as a signal for forbearance in the nation.
Sheikh Mohamed and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed the foundation stone for the Church of Saint Francis and Mosque of Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb during the landmark visit of Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Dr Ahmed Al Tayeb to the nation.
Pope Francis and the Grand Imam requested people irrespective of their faith to unite in order to deal with terrorism and despotism, bring about equality for everyone, and help to foreshadow world peace during their historic visit.
H.H Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, while declaring the news, stated that the church and mosque would serve as signals to hold to the values of tolerance, moral honesty and human brotherhood in the UAE. They are sentiments that are mirrored by people across the nation.
Milind Pandit, 40, from India, stated that he has earlier encountered a papal visit when Pope John Paul visited India in 1986; however, Pope Francis’ tour of the UAE is of special importance. He stated that the UAE is a Muslim country and hence the building of a mosque and church together can be considered as a great accomplishment. One doesn’t get to hear such news very often. It can be a perfect hint that the people of different faith lives in complete harmony and unity.
David Achere, a taxi driver from Cameroon stated that he have never seen in any other place here a church and a mosque to be placed side by side. He presumes that it’s a great breakthrough that wouldn’t be possible in his homeland.