Binsal Abdul Kader’ 24/12/09
On Thursday, thousands of Christians will attend the Christmas service at St Andrew’s Church while their Muslim neighbours will be attending the Friday sermon at the mosque next door, illustrating the religious harmony of the UAE, said the church’s pastor. “Every Friday, when mass at church and the prayer call and Friday Sermon at Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Mosque [off Airport Road] go together, I always think of Abu Dhabi as a religious enclave”, pastor Clive Windebank told Gulf News. The pastor added that it was wonderful that Christians in a Muslim country enjoy the freedom to worship and celebrate the religious festival. Considering the religious freedom granted to other faiths, the UAE has a unique position among Muslim countries, according to the Rev Windebank, who is from the UK.