The renowned Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque, located in the Al Mushrif district of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, has received a surprising name tweak that has been welcomed by the Christian community.
The mosque, former known as Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Mosque is now known as ‘Mariam, Umm Eisa’ in Arabic, which translates to ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’ in English.
The renaming of the Mosque was initiated by Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who emphasized the importance of strengthening the bonds of humanity among followers of various religions.
According to the report, the decision was driven by a desire to cultivate a sense of unity and shared values among diverse religious communities.
The renaming of the mosque has received positive responses from religious leaders and communities of different faiths.
Andrew Thompson, a senior chaplain at St Andrew’s Church, expressed his delight at the development, highlighting the common ground shared by both faiths.
Thompson noted that Mary, revered as the mother of Jesus, holds a special place in the hearts of both communities.
Jeramie Rinne, senior pastor of the Evangelical Community Church in Abu Dhabi, also welcomed the news.
The renaming of the mosque is seen as a move acknowledging and celebrating the shared spiritual values between both faiths.