'We are one cohesive family ': Christian with Muslim name dies in Jordan


Published: 2017-07-31 16:59

Last Updated: 2017-08-01 07:36

The Mosque of Jesus Christ in Madaba. (File photo)
The Mosque of Jesus Christ in Madaba. (File photo)
Roya News Source

Jordan is widely known as one of the few Arab countries where social cohesion flows relatively smoothly between Muslims and Christians.One man who represents this friendly dynamic between the two religious communities is the Christian Mohammed Saleh Qastandi Al Ammareen, a married father of four, who passed today away at the age 67.

The name “Mohammed” means "praiseworthy", derived from the Arabic “hamid,” meaning "to praise". It was the name of the prophet who founded the Islam in the 7th century, and has been very popular in the Muslim world.

As one of the few Christian's named after the Prophet Mohammad in Jordan, Ammareen illustrates how the Kingdom's Christian community, which makes up around 10% of the population, has generally lived peacefully alongside their Muslim counterparts.

The cohesive nature of Jordan’s Muslim and Christian communities is encapsulated by "The Mosque of Jesus Christ,” in Madaba, south of the Amman. Founded in 2008, it aims to send out a message of togetherness and tolerance.

"We are an oasis of safety and security in Jordan under Hashemite rule, and this makes a lot of sense because we were taught by our fathers and theirs that we are one cohesive family under the Hashemite flag,” Father Sama'an Alkhouri of the Roman Orthodox Church in Um Al Husun told Roya English.

These values were solidified by systemic implementation of laws that include the Amman Message, and many other measures that ensure religious fraternity and co-existence, including conferences that bring together Christians and Muslims," he added.