GAZA: Displaced Muslims observe last days of Ramazan in a Church.
In the thick of bombs, explosions, blood, destruction and deaths, the Muslim residents of Gaza are observing the holy month of Ramazan by praying inside a Christian church. As a fine display of brotherly love Christians in Gaza City have offered cover to the displaced Muslim Gazans in the Saint Porphyrius Church courtyard. According to a news source these war-stricken refugees from the North Palestinian territory were greeted with “Marhaban” by the Christian community.
Mahmud Khalaf, 27-year-old Gazan Refugee said, “The Christians took us in. We thank them for that, for standing by our side.” Khalaf added that,” the Christian community is very cordial and became our ‘brothers’. They let us pray. It’s changed my view of Christians. I didn’t really know any before, but they’ve become our brothers,” the 27-year-old war refugee told. He went on to say that,” it was initially very difficult to pray to Allah inside a church, but we got accustomed to it as the Christians are helping them in prayers and their fasting.”
“The Christians aren’t fasting, but they’re deliberately avoiding eating in front of us during the day. They don’t smoke or drink around us,” Khalaf added.
The church has thus far provided shelter to more than 500 Gazans displaced by the Israel-Gaza war while facilitating them to observe Ramazan and Eid-ul-Fitr peacefully. Hamas has fired more than 2,000 rockets at Israel during the same period killing 34 Israelis, including 32 soldiers, and a Thai worker. On the other hand, more than 800 Palestinians have been killed ever since the launch of operation ‘Protective Edge’ in Gaza by Israel.