Virgin Mary Church – Egypt Today/Hossam Atef
CAIRO - 26 May 2018: The Evangelical Church in Heliopolis, Cairo performed a prayer for Muslims to bear fasting during the hot weather in Ramadan.
“We want to pray for our fasting brothers [Muslims], I don’t know how they are fasting in such weather!” the leader of the choir said before the prayer commenced, as shown in a footage posted by the Evangelical Church’s page on Facebook on Friday. She pointed out that they will pray to Allah to keep the fasting Muslims healthy and protect them from the possible harms related to the warm weather.
The prayer’s footage went viral on most of the social media platforms; it was shared on Facebook over 16,000 times, with thousands of comments from Muslims praising the attitude of the church and all Christians.
“Thank you all for the warm feelings,” one of the comments said, with most commentators wishing the best for their ‘Christian brothers.’
At the beginning of the holy month, the Coptic Peace Association distributed cartons of basic commodities to the poor people of Cairo’s Shubra district.
The ceremony was held in the hall of Marjerjis Hospital in Shubra. Matta Sawiris, head of the association, said that this day is an extension of the 50-year march, adding, “We set up the first Iftar in the church in 1969 until we inaugurated it in 2004; Egypt is mentioned in the Gospel more than 500 times and five times in the Qur’an.”
Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims, where they stop eating and drinking from dawn until dusk; they also spend most of the day performing rituals and worship Allah.