No wonder She said, “ Behold from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed”
On 14 June 2017, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan decided to rename the mosque to “Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque”. The change was done as an initiative exemplifying the values of co-existence among religions in the UAE.
Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. Mary, Mother of Jesus Mosque, also called in Arabic, Mariam Umm Eisa Masjid (Arabic: مسجد مريم أم عيسى عليهما السلام, Masjid Maryam Umm ‘Īsā)
It’s a mosque located in Al Mushrif, a central neighborhood in the city of Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates.
According to Whatson, in a move to promote religious tolerance, a mosque in Abu Dhabi has just been renamed to ‘Mariam Umm Eisa’ mosque, which translates from Arabic to English as ‘Mary Mother of Jesus’.
You’ll find the mosque in Al Mushrif in Abu Dhabi and the new name was decided by Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan “to promote the social connections between the followers of different religions” and highlight Christianity and Islam’s similarities according to the UAE’s official news agency.
Just next door to the renamed mosque you’ll find St Andrew’s Church, an Anglican parish.
Remember, ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus’ is actually mentioned and highly revered in the Quran.
“There are people from over 200 nationalities currently living in the UAE, who enjoy security, peace and co-existence, as our holy religion urges us to follow justice, respect others and co-operate in giving with other people,” explained the Chairman of the General Authority of Islamic Affairs, Dr Mohammed Matar Al Kaabi.
“The UAE sets a real example of tolerance, which transcends ideas and slogans to become a practical reality and reaching the stage of social harmony,” said Reverand Bishoy Fakhri, pastor of the Cathedral Church in Abu Dhabi.