Monday, June 19, 2017

Muslims rename mosque in honor of Mary, Mother of Jesus

By Deacon Greg Kandra
“Mary, Mother of Jesus” mosque in Abu Dhabi
A mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital, has been renamed “Mary, Mother of Jesus.” Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, ordered that the mosque be renamed to “consolidate bonds of humanity between followers of different religions.” Some context, from my colleague at CNEWA, the Rev. Elias D. Mallon: "Our Lady plays an important role in Islam. She is the virgin mother of Jesus, although with no connotation of the Incarnation as understood by Christians. She is the one who hears God’s word and believes it. And in the Qur’an, she is the focus of Chapter 19. [More]