Sharjah ruler gives $2m to build 25 new Egypt mosques

Sheikh Sultan ordered them to be named after the soldiers who died earlier this week
By Beatrice Thomas
Thu 22 Aug 2013 09:42 AM

Sharjah ruler, HH Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, has offered $2m to Egypt to build 25 mosques and help the families of martyrs in the latest donation from the UAE to the troubled Arab country.

Sheikh Sultan ordered that the mosques be named after the martyrs who died in Rafah in an act of terrorism that led to the death of 25 Egyptian soldiers earlier this week, the WAM news agency reported.

According to Sheikh Sultan's orders, each one of the mosques will be named after a martyr and constructed in their respective hometowns and villages.

"What happened to Egypt was the result of a plot that was carried out in 40 years to spread ignorance, hunger and obliterate history through the destruction of Egyptian antiquities and the torching of all documents, in addition to selling parts of Egypt to those who pay the highest price in this sabotage,” Sheikh Sultan said in a phone call to Egyptian ONTV's morning show this week.

The ruler of Sharjah also urged Egyptians to "remain loyal to their revolution because Egypt was the pillar of the efforts which succeeded in stopping the barbaric assault”.

He re-affirmed the UAE’s support for Egypt, noting that Egypt in the past sent teachers to the Gulf region despite the financial difficulties the country went through at the time.

Sheikh Sultan has also donated $2 million to Cairo University’s Faculty of Engineering building for restoration work and installation of needed equipment.

The building was badly damaged by a fire during the dispersion of the sit-in at Al Nahda Square.

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