CWN - A Muslim organization associated with Lebanon’s highest Sunni authority has issued the Beirut Declaration on Religious Freedom.

“To deny Christian communities the right to exercise their religious freedom and destroy their churches, monasteries and educational and social institutions are contrary to Islam’s teachings, and are, since these abuses are made in its name, a blatant violation of its principles,” the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut stated in its declaration, according to an AsiaNews report.

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You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, * showing Your glory to Your Disciples as far as they were able to bear it. * Through the prayers of the Mother of God, * let Your everlasting Light shine also upon us sinners. * O Giver of Light, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 7)

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Upon the mountain You were transfigured, O Christ God, * and Your Disciples beheld Your glory as far as they could receive it, * so that when they would see You crucified, * they would understand that You suffered willingly; * and they would preach to the world * that You are truly the radiance of the Father. (Kontakion, Tone 7)