Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated the country’s largest church and mosque on the eve of Coptic Christmas. This inauguration sends a message of forbearance to the people of the country majority of whom are Muslim.
Just a few hours after the inauguration, the Copts celebrated a midnight mass in the newly built Cathedral of the Nativity.
Coptic Christians construct around 10 per cent of the total population of Egypt. Previously, the minority group has protested against favouritism towards the Muslims. The analysts are hoping that this inauguration will stop the protests of the Coptic Christians against the government.
Arab League Chief Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas also took part in the inaugural functions. In that function, a famous local singer sang about the coexistence of Christians and Muslims.
In his speech, the Egyptian President said that both communities are an integral part of the country. This important moment has made it clear that the communities will remain together in future.
The Coptic Church Pope Tawadros II chaired the midnight mass. President Sisi was one of the attendees of that mass.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, also appreciated the inauguration of the church and the Mosque. He tweeted that President Al-Sisi is leading his country to become an all-embracing nation.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of the al-Azhar Mosque, said that the religion instructs all the Muslim to protect all other religious houses. Egypt has just followed the divine path.
More than 8000 worshippers can be accommodated in the newly inaugurated cathedral, whereas, twice the number of worshipper can be housed in the newly opened al-Fattah al-Aleem Mosque. Both of the religious houses are constructed in the newly announced capital of Egypt.
The new administrative capital, which is somewhat 45 km away from Cairo is built to reduce the crowd pressure from Cairo. The government is going start the transfer in upcoming months of this year.