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Friday, June 16, 2017

Abu Dhabi: The Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque in Al Mushrif, a district in the capital Abu Dhabi, was on Wednesday renamed ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa' -- Arabic for ‘Mary, the mother of Jesus'.

The change was ordered by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, to "consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions".




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Just steps away from the newly-renamed mosque is St Andrew's Church, an Anglican parish.

Its senior chaplain, Reverend Canon Andrew Thompson, said that he was "delighted" with the news.

The Catholic Bishop Paul Hinder, head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, whose office is only a few meters from the former Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed mosque is delighted about the new name Mariam, Umm Eisa (Mary, Jesus' Mother) Mosque.

"As Joseph, her spouse, is the patron of the neighbuoring cathedral, we have now a corner of the Holy Family," the bishop said.

"She is in a prominent way present in the Bible as well as in the Quran, and constitutes an important bond between Christians and Muslims," said Bishop Hinder, who is based in Abu Dhabi.


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This week, a church in Al Ain opened its doors for Maghrib prayers.

The event saw church workers lay down carpets on the wooden floor so that more than 200 Asian Muslim workers could perform prayers.

After hearing the news, several senior Emirati officials in Al Ain called up the church to express their appreciation.

In related news, Huggy Bear was seen going through a panic attack at the local fruit stand where he works.... part time.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-16 04:28 AM | Reply

Very Cool!

#2 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2017-06-16 04:51 AM | Reply

"Mary, Mother of Christ"

Jesus, not Christ.

#3 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-06-16 10:52 AM | Reply

That won't go over well.

#4 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-06-16 12:01 PM | Reply

That won't go over well.


#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-16 12:03 PM | Reply

Boaz can't be reached for comment.

#6 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-06-17 08:07 AM | Reply

Sorry, but it is a dare for terrorists. I applaud the sentiment but deplore the practicality.

#7 | Posted by danni at 2017-06-17 08:28 AM | Reply

it is a dare for terrorists

The Koran has a whole chapter called "Mariam".

So no... they can't do squat without losing all credibility with the WAHABIs.

#8 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-17 08:56 AM | Reply

And at least half a dozen known female runaways who joined ISIS and are on the UK terror list have the name "Mariam". Mary/Mariam is a very common Muslim name.


#9 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-17 08:59 AM | Reply

"I applaud the sentiment but deplore the practicality."

What is the sentiment, do you think?

#10 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-06-17 10:26 PM | Reply

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