The Pope in Egypt

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By Labeed Ab­dal lo­cal@kuwait­times.net

The visit of Pope Fran­cis to Cairo and other cities in Egypt had a great im­pact and echo be­cause, as Mus­lims, we have to re­spect and pro­tect the fol­low­ers of all heav­enly re­li­gions. Our faith is based on be­liev­ing in Almighty Al­lah, his an­gels, his books and all his mes­sen­gers. The sto­ries about pre­vi­ous prophets in the Holy Qu­ran are the best ever be­cause they ad­dress all mankind at all times as peo­ple will re­main the same.

At­tend­ing Al-Azhar In­ter­na­tional Peace Con­fer­ence was surely a gi­gan­tic step to­wards con­firm­ing that Egypt is truly ‘The Land of Ki­nana,’ it is the land of the Nile that has been be­stow­ing its virtues and good

Egypt will al­ways re­main a peace-lov­ing coun­try that has been liv­ing on prin­ci­ples of re­li­gious tol­er­ance for long cen­turies

deeds on ev­ery­body. The Pope’s visit to Saint Mark’s Cop­tic Or­tho­dox Cathe­dral in Ab­basiya to meet Pope Tawadros II of Alexan­dria re­flects Egypt’s de­ci­sive con­fir­ma­tion that killing of in­no­cent peo­ple in a church was noth­ing more than a cow­ardly act of terror and blood shed­ding.

It stressed that Egypt will al­ways re­main a peace-lov­ing coun­try that has been liv­ing on prin­ci­ples of re­li­gious tol­er­ance for long cen­turies. Ex­trem­ism and ter­ror­ism is alien to Egypt. The phrases were used by some me­dia that has been re­lent­lessly work­ing on dam­ag­ing the im­age of Is­lam and Mus­lims, es­pe­cially when some Mus­lims are com­mit­ting crimes re­flect­ing ex­trem­ism that strongly con­demned in Is­lam; a re­li­gion that fully re­spects other re­li­gions and other peo­ple’s choices.

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