Muslim youth take initiative to guard churches as Easter celebrated

Reposted from The Jordan Times

AMMAN — After the attacks on two churches in Egypt last week, Muslim Jordanian youth launched an initiative to protect churches all over the Kingdom on Easter Sunday, in an act of solidarity, they said.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks on two Coptic churches in Egypt’s Tanta and Alexandria on Palm Sunday, which killed around 44 and injured more than 100 worshippers, many of whom were children.

Kazem Kharabsheh wrote: “On Sunday, our Christian brothers and sisters will be in churches [performing] religious [rituals], [and] extremists [are] threatening our national security… My Muslim friends and I will be in Balqa Governorate, protecting its churches and people.”

There have been no direct threats by terrorists to attack churches in Jordan, although Daesh has been repeatedly issuing statements of threats against the Kingdom’s security. 

Another Balqa resident, Fayez Ruqeidi, added the vigilante act is meant to “underline the unity of Jordanians and to give everyone the freedom to practise their religion without restraints or fear”.

In Madaba, Hazem Al Fouqaha said many Muslim residents will stand as guards in front of churches to ensure the safety of Christians inside. 

Saleh Abu Mahfoud from Zarqa Governorate, some 19km east of Amman, announced his willingness to protect churches in the area, along with other activists to show solidarity with Christians celebrating Easter.

Activists in Ajloun voiced a similar stand to “show the world the harmony and conviviality in Jordan” and to present a model of a fight against extremism, xenophobia, and radicalism.

“We are always proud to say Jordan is made up of harmonious pieces of mosaics; it’s truly sad to see such security measures taken out of necessity in Jordan. We live in a small country and we know everyone here,” Amman resident Hala Saadi told The Jordan Times.

Several security checkpoints were installed on the gates of some churches around the country, as a way to ensure protection of worshippers.

Father Rifat Bader from the Amman-based Catholic Centre for Studies and Media said installing checkpoints at church gates is only a normal measure “to help the security personnel, who are always present on every religious occasion”.

Palm Sunday in Jordan was trouble free.

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Categories: Christianity, Islam

12 replies

  1. To guard churches from whom? ??

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  2. You mean your fellow Muslims? ?

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    • Who also happen to be fellow Egyptians, fellow North Africans, etc. What’s your point?

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    • Yes. Like how Mosques are guarded from your fellow Christians. Some Christians think every thing bad is Islam. May be those Christians are wee and cocaine smokers.

      Thanks.

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    • Nobody attacks Christians in Jordan. This is only a symbolic act of solidarity to the kuffar. I didn’t expect anything else from the people of that country.

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  3. What I find interesting is that the attacks on the Coptic Church got widespread media coverage (which it should have), but when Muslims came to donate blood and guard the church the media is silent. This is bad. The media basically saying there is only type of Muslims and they are extreme.

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  4. Jordan, the worst Arab country after Lebanon. This is disgusting.

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    • Because they like to help others? Those monsters!

      Dude you crazy..

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    • They’re not helping anyone but making a symbolic gesture towards the Christians. Muslims are not supposed to show support for disbelief. And they are ignorant of the fact that Christians in the Middle East are cancer.

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    • You’re an idiot, Rider.

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    • Rider,
      I don’t think that the Muslims who stood guard at the Church’s were showing support for disbelief so much as they were really standing up against injustice.

      “O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do.” Qur’an 4:135

      If an injustice is committed by those who call themselves Muslims, then Muslims should be the first to stand against such injustice.

      Why should we be upset about an act by Muslims in Jordan that shows the world the true heart of Islam?

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