The horrific attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt has resulted in something the attackers definitely did not want to see: Thousands of Muslims attended Christmas services and held candlelight vigils in honor of those who lost their lives. The objective wasn’t only to express solidarity but to act as human shields to protect the Christians.
Among those shields were movie stars Adel Imam and Yousra, popular Muslim televangelist and preacher Amr Khaled, the two sons of President Hosni Mubarak, and thousands of citizens who have said they consider the attack one on Egypt as a whole.
The article also has this very encouraging fact:
In the days following the brutal attack on Saints Church in Alexandria, which left 21 dead on New Year’ eve, solidarity between Muslims and Copts has seen an unprecedented peak. Millions of Egyptians changed their Facebook profile pictures to the image of a cross within a crescent – the symbol of an “Egypt for All”. Around the city, banners went up calling for unity, and depicting mosques and churches, crosses and crescents, together as one.
One can find inspiration and beauty beneath the surface of the inhumanity we see coming from the Middle East. There’s reason to believe in a better tomorrow for the region, as painful as today is.