Yuletide: Muslims attend Christmas service with gifts



In an act of love and to promote greater religious tolerance, a Muslim sect known as the Shiites attended a Christmas church service at one of the biggest denominations on Sunday in Zaria, Kaduna State.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the prayer session was held at the Church of Brethren in Nigeria (Ekkelisiyar `Yan Uwa Ta Nigeria, Samaru, Sabon Gari, Zaria, Kaduna State.

The group also gave a gift to the church to encourage religious tolerance between the two faiths.

Speaking to reporters after the event, the team’s leader, Prof. Isah Mshelgaru, stated that the purpose of attending the service was to join Christians in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

He went on to say that the purpose of the visit was to revive and cement the current friendship between the two faiths.

“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,’’ he said.

“We decided to attend this church service today 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,” he said.