2016 Lenten Season: Muslim Clerics Call for Closer Ties with Christians
To encourage and strengthening peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance between different faith organizations in Nigeria, a team of Muslim scholars visited Pastor Yohanna Buru, Wednesday evening, with the sole aim of encouraging clerics-to-clerics visitations among them.
The meeting also offered the clerics to congratulate all Christian Catholics all over the world for the commencement of this year’s 40-day fasting.
The team, headed by Alaramma Abdulrahman Mohammad Bichi, said, Lenten period is a very special Holy period to all Christians around the world, adding, “That is why we came to felicitate and wish them success from the beginning of the holy month till the end.”
According to them, Lent is the period of preparation for Holy Week and Easter, and “it’s a very important seasons for dedication to worship the Lord.” Some churches hold the custom of making ashes from the palm crosses of the previous year (precisely on Easter Sunday). These ashes are used to mark the foreheads of worshipers at a Mass on Ash Wednesday of the following year.
As a sign that this is also a period of penitence, many churches go to extent of removing items that are colourful or ornate, or they cover them over with cloths of a drab or purple colour – both of which signify penitence.
Abdulrahman pointed out that, the importance of prayer cannot be overemphasized at the season, “and that is why we as scholars are calling on all Christians around the world to redouble their efforts in prayers at this holy month, so as to get plenty blessings,” and called on God to intervene in solving all the problems confronting peace and stability in Africa and some parts of the world.
Alaramma Abdulrahman said, “during our holy month of Ramadan, many Christian clerics wish us success for our 30 days’ fast, we also came to extend the same thing to our brothers; we are from one family, Adam and Eve, and we all worship one God, we all believed in paradise and Hell and we all believed on the day of resurrection, therefore, lets us all keep on living in peace and harmony with one another and learnt to accommodate and tolerate each other in order to make our country great.”
While calling on all Christians over the world to stay away all the bad things that could cause them sins at this holy season, he then urged Christian fellows to rededicate their lives to Bible studies and serious prayers and all-nights, in order to achieve their blessings.
In his remark, Pastor Yohanna Buru, who is General Overseer of Christ Evangelical Intercessory Fellowship Ministry, thanked the Muslim teams and said, “During the Ramadan, we normally bail out Muslim inmates to go home and do their fast with friends and families, and we have been doing that for many years; we also do visit Muslim scholars in their places of worship and join them in breaking fast together – all with the sole aim of promoting peace and religious tolerance.”
The Pastor appealed to Muslims and Christians to live in peace and support each other, in order to make Nigeria great.