A Muslim group, the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shiites, on Sunday, attended a church service in Kaduna state to celebrate Christmas with their Christian counterparts.
Naija News reports that the Shiite group attended a church service at the Church of Brethren in Nigeria, (Ekkelisiyar `Yan Uwa Ta Nigeria) in Sabon Gari, Zaria, Kaduna State.
After the service, the leader of the group, Isah Mshelgaru, presented a gift to the church as a sign of love and to strengthen religious tolerance between the two faiths.
Speaking to reporters, Mshelgaru said the visit was to rejoice with Christians on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and cement the existing relationship between the two faiths.
He said the essence of the visit was to “clear all the unnecessary imaginary boundaries that have been created between Muslims and Christians”.
The Shiite member said that as Muslims, they considered Christians as their brothers and sisters in humanity.
He said: “Islam says if someone is not your brother in faith, he is your brother in humanity and we share this humanity with everybody, either Muslim, Christian, or whatever.
“We decided to attend this church service because today is Christmas day, a day that the birth of Jesus Christ is being celebrated over the globe and we feel that we also have our concern to share with them, the feelings of the day Jesus was born.
“The coming of Jesus to this world is a blessing to everybody, so we wish that we should come and celebrate this glorious day with them
“This is important now that the country is facing multiple security challenges that require all hands to be on deck in order to overcome them.”
Mshelgaru, therefore, advised Nigerians to come together irrespective of the religious, tribal, or political divide to save the nation from ruins.
Also speaking, the Resident Pastor of EYN Church, Rev. Tijjani Chindo, asserted that the church received the Muslims with joy and appealed for the replication of the gesture across the country.