The initiative of peaceful co-existence is being encouraged in schools in Minya, the province of 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded earlier this year. Religious leaders have taken the initiative to meet with students of different schools to encourage a culture of tolerance and respect among different faiths.
The Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyeb, and Patriarch Tawadrow II of the Coptic Orthodox Church have taken this initiative of co-existence. The Grand imam had previously condemned the ideology of ISIS describing their ideas as “a perversion of the Islamic religion”.
The catholic Archbishop said, “An inter-religious body called the ‘House of the Egyptian family’ was created years ago, but has been “and revitalized in recent times as a tool to prevent and mitigate sectarian conflicts.”
In all 40 imams and priests are part of the initiative and they hope to roll out the scheme across Egypt, as they believe an upsurge of sectarianism will hamper national unity.
Brutalities committed by ISIS have been condemned by both communities and have actually served the cause of promoting national unity and in different faiths within the nation.
ISIS hoped that the killing would foment sectarian strife in Egypt between Christians and Muslims, but it has had the opposite effect. Christians have responded by sorrowfully calling out to God, and Muslims have shown love and care towards them.