At the height of the Egyptian democracy protests this Spring, protesters in Tahrir Square came under attack from pro-government supporters during Muslim prayers. Christians in the square linked hands to protect their praying Muslim compatriots.
Nevine Zaki took this picture on her camera phone and posted it to Twitter, along with the following tweet:
“Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.”
After the bombing Muslims had protected Christians praying in their churches from possible further attacks.
This image of inter-faith respect, solidarity and love , was widely circulated across the world’s media, and used to illustrate that things can be different.
In the words of John Wesley, a sixteenth Century Christian theologian, one of the founders of Methodism, and originator of the phrase ‘agree to disagree’:
“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
Photo by Nevine Zaki