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Ancient Christian Monastery Discovered in Middle East Predates Emergence of Islam

Jean Mondoro : Nov 28, 2022  LifeSiteNews.com

Archaeologists speculate that the site was constructed between 534 and 656 A.D., which indicates it was built before Muhammad was born in roughly 570 A.D.

(UAE) — [LifeSiteNews.com] An ancient Christian monastery discovered earlier this [month] was in use before the founding of the Islamic religion that now dominates the Middle East. (Screengrab image)

[Recently], officials of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced that the country had uncovered its second ancient monastery, which is said to date back to between the 6th and 8th centuries. Archaeologists speculate that the site was constructed between 534 and 656 A.D., which indicates it was built before Muhammad was born in roughly 570 A.D.

"Today, we announce the discovery of the historic Christian monastery on the island of Al Seniya," Majid Al Mualla, the chairman of Umm Al Quwain's Department of Tourism and Archaeology, posted on Twitter. "This archaeological discovery confirms that the island of Al Seniya played a pivotal role in understanding the history of Umm Al Quwain and a prominent example of the religious communities that settled on the island at the time."

The country's Ministry of Culture and Youth also shared photos of Al Mualla with Noura Al Kaabi, the Minister of Culture and Youth, and Zaki Nusseibeh, the Cultural Advisor to the UAE president, at the discovery site.

The Daily Mail reported that "remains of the monastery suggest Christian worshippers prayed within a single-aisle church, which had additional rooms for baptism and baking wafers for communion"... Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

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