Fifteen centuries of love and affection symposium

24 Jan 2011

Minister of Higher Education Scientific Research Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan opened the symposium on the Muslim-Christian relations at the Zayed University on the 20th of January 2011.

The symposium entitled 'Fifteen centuries of love and affection' was organised jointly by the Zayed University and the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments in Association with the Taba Institute.

A number of diplomats, senior officials, religious personalities and academicians attended the symposium, which was held to highlight the Christian role and contributions to the Arab-Islamic civilization within the fabric of a single Arab community over the last 15 centuries.

In his inaugural speech Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who is also the President of the Zayed University, recalled the history of Muslims-Christian relations in the Arab region.

"We must affirm through word and deed that the Christian Arabs are noble brothers who stand together with their fellow Muslims in a single rank to serve the cause of the nation and preserve the welfare of the nation. There is no difference between a Muslim and a Christian in this respect as both support each other in honest fraternity", stressed Sheikh Nahyan.

Sheikh Nahyan continued : "We, both Muslims and Christians, are the children of the Arab region. We share the common heritage based on one language and one nation and heritage, that emphasizes human rights. This heritage continues to live through the ages facing all challenges".

He added that during more than fourteen centuries until now since the advent of Islam, the relationship between Islam and Christianity thrived in the context of the divine command in His Holy Book "There is no compulsion in religion", as well as God's proclamation "Had your Lord willed, He would have made the mankind a single nation".

These relations also nurtured within the framework of the teachings of God's Last Prophet who taught that the pride and greatness of Islam lie in the commitment to its principles of tolerance, which emphasises justice, equality and the freedom of faith; Sheikh Nahyan noted.

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