Bahrain: Harmony in Diversity

Over millennia, Bahrain has been an oasis of peace, embracing people of all religions, creeds and races. Bahraini blogger Messiah's Blood (Ar) finds an old picture of a neighbourhood in the capital Manama, which reflects harmony in diversity.

Harmony in Diversity in Bahrain

Messiah's Blood
posts the picture above and comments:

استوقفتني هذه الصوره لما تحمل من معاني مخبئه وراء هذه الحشد من المباني المتراصه التي كثيرا ما كنت امر عليها دون ان اتنبه لدلالتها .
– الدائره الاولي علي اليسار هي لجامع الفاروق للطائفه السنيه .
– المساحه المفتوحه هي مقبره ومسجد تابع للطائفه الشيعيه .
– اما الدائره الصغيره التي ترونها فهي عباره عن حائط يحمل صليب الكنيسه الانجيليه .

بهذه القدر من التعايش كانت هذه المنطقه تعيش فعمر هذه الرموز يتجاوز 100 عام كلها اجتمعت برقعه واحده من الارض .

This picture drew my attention because of the symbolism hidden behind those buildings. I have passed by this area many times without realising its significance.
– The first circle on the left shows Al Farooq Mosque, which is for the Sunni sect.
– The open area is a cemetery and mosque for the Shia sect.
– The small circle you see is a wall which carries the cross of the Evanglican Church.

This reflects the level of co-existence in this area, where these structures are more than a 100 years old each. They are all gathered in one small part of this world.


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