Al-Azhar’s Imam calls on Muslims in the Middle East to ’embrace’ Christians

1903602-grandimam-1549295615-249-640x480Source: Reuters

ABU DHABI (Reuters) – Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al-Azhar mosque and university, called on Muslims in the Middle East to “embrace” local Christian communities.

He addressed Muslims saying: “Continue to embrace your brothers the Christian citizens everywhere, for they are our partners in our nation,” he said during a televised speech from a ceremony in the United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi, also attended by Pope Francis.

Then he addressed Christians saying: “You are part of this nation. You are citizens, you are not a minority.. You are citizens with full rights and responsibilities.”

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2 replies

  1. Al-Azhar is part of Egypt and Egypt is under the control of Jews and Christians. Imam’s statement to embrace Christians wherever they are is ambiguous and confusing. It looks as if he is dictated. Muslims should treat all humans according to the Sharia and within the parameter of Islam. —Sami

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