ABU DHABI, -- A delegation from the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, Awqaf, led by Chairman Dr. Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, today visited the Coptic Church in Abu Dhabi to reiterate the UAE's firm stance against terrorism and extend condolences over Sunday's terrorist blasts that had targeted two churches in the Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria, leaving a large number of people dead and injured.
The UAE stands firm with Egypt as it counters terrorism which desecrated the churches and killed innocent people, Al Kaabi noted during the visit.
"We strongly condemn this evil assault on churches, worshippers and the Egyptian society which struck at a time when the grand Imam of al-Azhar was leading the world's most important inter-religious to establish peace and civilised co-existence among all religions and religious scholars," he said.
The brutality of terrorism is now exposed for the whole world to see, and it violates all religious and human values. "All Muslims and people around the world have repudiated this terrorism and all forms and manifestations of extremism and hate."
Terrorism, he said, is a global phenomenon that threatens all states in the world.
All religious scholars are united against any aggression on humanity, and consider churches as spiritual lighthouses and peaceful sanctuaries, he said, while stressing that "any attack on churches is considered as an attack against mosques and all places of worship in Arab countries and the wider world."
Source: Emirates News Agency