The following is an article authored by Fr. Elias Mallon, SA, for the Catholics new site Aleteia:

“Recently the Sheikh Muhammad bin Zayed mosque in Abu Dhabi received a new name, which has gotten wide coverage in the media. It is now the Mosque of Maryam (Mary) the Mother of Jesus. This gracious gesture of Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zayed al-Nahyan deserves to be gratefully received and properly understood.

Mary, the mother of Jesus, plays important but different roles in Islam and in Christianity, and it is important for Christians and Muslims to understand what that means and what it does not mean. In one sense Mary can be looked upon like English in the expression “England and the US are two countries divided by the same language.”


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