Nigerian Muslims Reach Out to Christians

Religion in Africa: Muslims and Christian peace in Nigeria

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The Nigerian online publication Vangaurd reports that Muslims have reached out to Christians in Nigeria’s ancient city of Kano.  It is the first time that anyone can remember that Muslims paid a solidarity visit to Christians in their various places worship.

Nigeria has been plagued with bombings and killings by the jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram for more than a year.  In recent weeks some Mosques and Islamic schools have been burned in retaliation.  There is widespread fear in the Nigeria that full on civil war could be right around the corner.

This act of kindness by Muslims from Kano can go a long way in reminding Nigerians that the far and away majority of Muslims and Christians are peace loving people.

The Muslims visited five denominations of the Christian faith.  They included Our Lady Of Fatima, ECWA (Hausa service), Baptist Church, Cherubim and Seraphim, and Calvary Life Assembly.  All of these churches are in the Sabon Gari district of Kano.

There have been text messages and tweets circulating frightening people that their homes and places of worship were soon to be torched.  The face to face visits led the  former National President of PENGASSAN, Bashir Is’haq Bashir.  The current head of the Kando branch of  the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Reverend Ransom Bello told reporters and Christians that he appreciated the gracious jester by the Muslim faithful.

Bashir said, “we are here to deliver a message, a message of peace, a message of hope, a message of peace, a message of solidarity that all Muslims all over Kano are with you, that they are not a source of threat to you but a source of security and in them you have a dependable ally”.

He went on to stress that, there is a verse in the Quran that says “I have made you Nations and tribe so that you may appreciate one another , and the best among you in the sight of Allah is he who is best in conduct”

Christians responded with loud chants of  “Hallelujah.”

Bishop Bello proclaimed this was the beginning of new era, “its a sign of positive thing come.”

 

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