Muslim youth guard churches in Jordan as Easter celebrated
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.
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.″
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. (The Jordan Times)
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