The Big Wigs are coming
Western Christians celebrate Christmas every year on Dec. 25, the date chosen to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Eastern Orthodox Christians, like the Coptics of Egypt (of whom make up 10% of the Muslim majority country). But this Christmas for the Copts, which was a few days ago in January, some different visitors came. Famous Egyptian actors Adel Imam and Yousra came, as well the Presidents two sons came, among other high profile people.
Together in Solidarity
Why did such people come to church that day? Something which further complexes us is they are all Muslim. The answer is mostly found in what happened New Years Eve at a Coptic church there in Egypt. After a prayer vigil on NYE, an extremist blew himself up killing 21 people. According to some journalists, this was the last straw to the people of Egypt, Muslims and Christians alike.
The droves of Muslims came to form a human shield around the Coptic church on Christmas. These Muslims came in support of the church from the terroristic tragedies of late, and a coming alongside a community that has in large part not been protected by police and government. Of all violent situations had in the recent past, a turnout like this may be the first.
“We either live together, or we die together,” was the sloganeering genius of Mohamed El-Sawy, a Muslim arts tycoon whose cultural centre distributed flyers at churches in Cairo Thursday night, and who has been credited with first floating the “human shield” idea.
– Abraham Online
Different county, different sentiments
As many of you may remember, as I wrote earlier, a Christian woman in Pakistan, was recently falsely convicted of a Blasphemy crime and little was done by Muslims in the area to interecede and help the family. When we looked on and clicked around petitioning websites to give our voice, little was done (as far as I know). So it is extremely refreshing to see Muslims stand up in support of religious tolerance, and to see them stand as human barricades in front of the church, so affirming their desire to live as one.
“This is not about us and them,” said Dalia Mustafa, a student who attended mass at Virgin Mary Church on Maraashly Street. “We are one. This was an attack on Egypt as a whole, and I am standing with the Copts because the only way things will change in this country is if we come together.”
– Abraham Online
I am so happy in this expression of peace. This is a brilliant example of two religions able to co-exist. They may disagree, but live together in peace. Praise God!
Original article here.
A more dramatic article, with backdrop here.
Those responsible for the Alexandria bombing will, as always, go unpunished and the whole affair will soon be forgotten. Alexandria will happen again. Nagaa Hammadi will happen again. El Kosheh will happen again and the government will continue to insist that “nothing will disrupt the national unity.”
– Joseph Fahim
From CNN, here.