WCC condemns attack on mosque in Egypt

WCC condemns attack on mosque in Egypt

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World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit has condemned an attack at a mosque in Egypt during which hundreds of people were killed and expressed sorrow for the lives lost.

As the world expressed shock and dismay, Tveit urged people to continue to stand united against such violence. He said: “We must condemn this attack on our Muslim brothers and sisters as a devastating disregard for human life; and so painful to confront when people who are worshipping are targeted. We stand beside you, we walk with you and we will not allow this heinous act to divide us.”

In a letter to the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Dr. Ahmad Al Tayyeb, Tveit expressed his profound condolences. “We pray that our Lord grant them comfort and healing,” he wrote. “We condemn strongly this tragic attack against our Muslim brothers during prayer time, in a place of worship dedicated to peace and devotion.”

Such brutal attacks perpetrated against all people of faiths, against mosques and churches, show that violence cannot be related to any religion, on the contrary, it aims at opposing the message of love and tolerance held by all religions, Tveit continued.

“We believe that evil cannot prevail over God’s light and goodness,” he wrote. “We appeal to President Abdul Fattah Sisi of Egypt, to religious leaders and to governments across the region to ensure security in the face of violence and to guarantee justice for all people.”

Tveit also reiterated the WCC’s support to Al-Azhar in its efforts countering the extremist ideology.

“Combating terrorism and extremism in the Middle East is our shared responsibility,” he wrote. “We remain committed to our collaboration and common work for peace and justice in the world.”

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 12:59
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