Adhan and Muslim prayers to take place at the Vatican

The Vatican

For the first time in history, the Muslim prayer and its call (adhaan) would be heard in the Vatican city after Pope Frances invited Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Israel’s Shimon Perez for a peace prayer.

“This is a moment to invoke God for the gift of peace. This is a pause in politics,” Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, a Church official in charge of Catholic sites in the Holy Land and a key organizer of Sunday’s encounter, told Reuters on Friday, June 6.

“This is also an invitation to politicians to pause and look heavenward,” Pizzaballa told a Vatican briefing.

“Everyone wants something to happen, something to change. Everyone is tired of these eternal negotiations that never end…”

Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan and Al-Quds (occupied Jerusalem). Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peres’s spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel.

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Arnoud van Doorn’s son, Iskander Amien De Vrie, was one of the 37 people who converted to Islam during the Dubai International Peace Convention. The son of Arnoud van Doorn, the famous Dutch policy maker and distributor of an anti-Islam film “Fitna” that caused unrest in 2008, surprised the audiences at the three-day Dubai International Peace Convention by 
embracing Islam.

Arnoud’s son, Iskander Amien De Vrie, was one of the 37 people who converted to Islam during the convention. “I bear witness that there is no God to be worshipped but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his worshipper and last messenger,” said Iskander in his shahadah (testimony) to become a Muslim.

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