Young Jordanians Guard Churches and Protect Christian Fellow Citizen During Easter

Contrary to what is being portrayed in the Media about the Middle East, diversity, both cultural and religious, has been a part of the region for a very long time. It’s the birthplace for the world biggest religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam and it’s been inhabited throughout history by many folks.

Unfortunately, we rarely see the interaction, respect and love between these inhabitants that find place every single day in what we now only see as a war zone, the Middle East. This is why this beautiful act of young Jordanians will light up our newsfeed.

Jordan Unites Us

While the terrorist threat is lurking around the corner and is very active in the Middle East, young Jordanians decided to not give hate a chance.

At Easter this year, terrorists threatened to carry out attacks against churches in Jordan. As a reaction to this, tens of young Islamic Jordanians went on the streets and headed to a number of churces to show their support for their Christian countrymen, using their slogan “Jordan Unites Us”, or “Al Urdun Yajma’una”.

Religious diversity also means there’s diversity in religious holidays and everyone, be it a religious or a non-religious feast, should be able to celebrate in peace. The young Muslim Jordanians worked together with the Jordanian security to make sure Christians can celebrate in peace, without fearing for their lives, by guarding the churches until the feast has ended and the participants were in good hands.

Terrorism has no compassion, it makes us angry and leaves us speechless, but as long as our anger is aimed towards terrorism, and not people, and we hold on to our own compassion for others, we know that it has failed at setting us against each other. If the world is dark, let us be the light that will never fall out.

But, a feast is not a feast without some sweets or…ofcourse, love! This is how the world should react against terrorism:

Written by Mayada Srouji

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Mayada Srouji is a 23-year-old student Gender and Diversity at the UGent and has a bachelor in Arabic and Islamic Sciences, with a minor in political and social sciences. She is interested in women rights, philosophy, literature and history.