Despite Shia Islam’s status as the official religion of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Middle Eastern nation’s Christian community is thought to number as many as one million people, including some of its oldest denominations, among them the Armenian Apostolic Church, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Catholic Church.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter to send holiday greetings to Christians all over the world, saying that ‘the birth of the Spirit of God, Jesus, revered by Muslims as a great prophet, is a joyous occasion for all mankind.’
Zarif’s greeting is by no means unusual; with Iranian officials going back all the way to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, issuing similar messages in the past. The messages are not always taken in their intended spirit, however, with confused readers, mostly in the US and other Western countries, regularly expressing their confusion over the greetings.
There is an elephant in the room that as far as Europe Renaissance can see has not been noticed by anyone. As far as we are aware ~ and tell us if we are wrong, not a single Western Prime Minister or President has the spine or religiosity to write or say the same and put his or her name to it.
‘The birth of the Spirit of God, Jesus, revered by Muslims as a great prophet, is a joyous occasion for all mankind.’ Signed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif but not by a single Western leader of the so-called Christian countries is something for us all to reflect upon. Furthermore, no mainstream Western media carried this story.
Christians in many parts of the world will celebrate Christmas, the annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, on Friday. Eastern Orthodox Christians celebrate the holiday on 7 January, in accordance with the Julian calendar. Source
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