The UAE’s Abrahamic Family House is inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity
The Abrahamic Family House, a unified complex located in Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi featuring a mosque, a church and a synagogue, was inaugurated on Thursday.
However, the interfaith complex will open to the public on March 1.
UAE president Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan took it to Twitter to express the UAE’s “proud history of people from diverse communities working together to create new possibilities.”
The complex will act as “a cultural and architectural beacon of peaceful human coexistence that represents each of the Abrahamic faiths,” according to a statement by the Abu Dhabi Media Office.
The Abrahamic Family House is inspired by the Document on Human Fraternity and is endorsed and “closely followed” by Pope Francis and the Grand Imam. The project was, however, supervised by the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity.
Designed by Sir David Adjaye, the three houses “captures the values” shared between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, and is named Imam Al-Tayeb Mosque, St. Francis Church, and the Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue, respectively.
“The naming of the three houses of worship recognises the work of His Eminence Grand Imam Al Tayeb, His Holiness Pope Francis, and Moses Ben Maimon, and harnesses their teachings to forge a message of goodwill for future generations around the world,” Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture Abu Dhabi and a member of the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity said.
He added: “The Abrahamic Family House epitomises interfaith harmonious coexistence and preserves the unique character of each religion. It personifies Abu Dhabi’s vision for human fraternity and embeds coexistence into the already diverse cultural fabric of the UAE. Overseeing the development of this iconic project is inspiring and reflective of the UAE efforts in realizing the values of the Document on Human Fraternity and fostering its lofty principles.”
The three geometric houses, will now welcome visitors from across the world, allowing them to “worship, learn and engage” in dialogue.
In addition, the complex will also host daily programs, activities, international conferences and world summits to “promote harmonious coexistence within communities.”
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