Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Christians, Muslims and others show solidarity with Egypt


R4BIA in candles

Christians, Muslims and others show solidarity with Egypt in Wellington’s Civic Square

Hundreds of New Zealanders gathered on Friday evening in Wellington's Civic Square together with Christian and Muslim leaders, to express solidarity with the people of Egypt, and to denounce the brutality of the military regime headed by General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Beneath banners bearing R4BIA, the “four-fingered salute” symbolising solidarity with those massacred at the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp, the Muslims present prayed the maghrib prayer led by Sheikh Khalid, originally from Egypt, followed by a prayer for the dead, and for Egypt.

“I ask God – the Mighty and Majestic – by His Beautiful Names and Lofty Attributes to spare the blood of the people of Egypt and to remove the calamity, and to grant the people of Egypt security and peace,” he said.


Sheikh Khalid and the crowd make the sign of R4BIA

Father Gerard Burns, a Roman Catholic priest based in Wellington, told the crowd that he was pleased to join with others to remember all those killed in the recent violence in Egypt.

“While I have a special connection and concern for the Christian communities in Egypt, I wanted to pray and to stand up for all the people of Egypt,” he said, pointing out that Muslims are the most impoverished, and bear the brunt of the prevailing distress.

As the crowd pressed closer to hear, both leaders gave speeches about the situation in Egypt.

“Military governments and military repression are no solution to the challenges that Egypt faces,” Father Burns told them.


Father Gerard Burns denounces the repression in Egypt

Sheikh Khalid affirmed that “There is no doubt that all of us will be happy with every effort that spares the blood of any human being and removes this great evil. And there is no doubt that I say: that which is obligatory upon the people of Egypt is that they strive to prevent bloodshed, this is not the time to be angry, it is time to show patience.”

“With all the uncertainty in Egypt these days, the only thing that seems certain is that whoever is on the truth will prevail at the end of the day,” he added. “My sincere request to all people, please don’t be biased against the Muslim of Egypt, think about the poor of the country whose hopes of at least progressing economically are lost.”

After their speeches, others spoke about the situation of Muslims everywhere, noting that they make up the greatest percentage of refugees internationally, and calling for more respect and tolerance, but also for an end to them being driven from their homes. Local activist Nadia Abu-Shanab read a poem by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, then candles were lit to commemorate the dead, and the many children present arranged them in the shape of the R4BIA symbol.

As Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists mingled together discussing their concerns, their similarities and their differences beneath the symbol of solidarity for the Egyptian protestors, it was clear that peaceful coexistence IS possible, and Sheikh Khalid’s hopes are attainable.

“Egypt deserves better, and I know for sure that she'll get it sooner than we think,” he concluded.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite.

Published this morning, the final “Better Urban Planning” report is the culmination of eight years of investigations ordered by the government into the causes of unaffordable housing and urban planning. More>>

 

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news