Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach

Introducing Mohamed Samir, CCAO Peace and Conflict Intern

March 7, 2014

  Mohamed Samir

Intern, Mohame Samir

Hometown: Cairo, Egypt

School: American University

Major: Political Science

What I most look forward to at this internship: Fighting injustices all over the world and improving lives of impoverished people in the American Society.

In every religion, the main purpose is to promote peace and stability in the human society. I am an Egyptian Muslim but my best friend back in Egypt was a Christian Coptic.

I remember a Catholic prayer he always used to tell me when we were about to disagree severely on something political, “O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of all whom I have injured”, and I replied to him with literally the same idea but with different words from Quran.

This feeling of fraternity was generalized in the 25th January 2011 Egyptian revolution. Muslims and Coptics gathered in one square, fighting for the same causes. They all chanted, “Bread, freedom and social equality.” Coptics protected Muslims Mosques on Fridays, and Muslims protected Coptics churches on Sundays. Not a single conflict occurred during the 18 days before President Mubarak was ousted.

Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) always taught us that the real aspect of Islam only appears when peace prevails. Even during wars, Muslims are not allowed to hurt an old person, a lady, a child; demolish buildings or cut a tree.  Solving the conflict peacefully is the best choice because it preserves peace.