Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, who is the Grand Imam of Egypt’s Al Azhar mosque and university, begged the Muslims of the Middle East to welcome and accept local Christian communities.
While addressing the Muslims he stated that they should continue to involve and incorporate their brothers the young Christian brothers into everything, as they are also the partners of the country. He added that the Muslims of the Middle East should stay with the Christians happily.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb made this statement during his speech at an event in the UAE capital Abu Dhabi and it was broadcasted live. The event was also attended by Pope Francis.
The Imam then focused on the Christians and stated that they are also a part of this country. He even stated that the Christians are the citizens, and shouldn’t be considered as a minority. Being a citizen of the UAE, the Christians also enjoys some rights as well as some duties.
Sheikh Tayeb even urged the Muslims in the west to merge and harmonize in their host countries and at the same time should abide the local laws.
Egypt counts on Azhar’s priest in their fight against extremist Islam. Al-Azhar accommodated Pope Francis in 2017 in order to strengthen relations between Catholics and Muslims.